Samir Ranjan Nath

Samir Ranjan Nath is a Programme Head, Educational Research Unit at RED. As an education researcher since 1991; He has worked for various national and international organisations. He has ability in conducting research independently and co-ordinates the educational research unit in BRAC consisting of eight members. He also has a strong background in social science research design, large scale sample survey, sampling strategy, instrument development, training of interviewers, qualitative and quantitative analysis of data, report writing and seminar presentation at both national and international levels. Offered research methods courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Wrote many research reports, monographs and books; contributed articles in journals and chapters in books. A major contributor in Education Watch studies since its inception in 1998.

 

Name: SAMIR RANJAN NATH

Affiliation: Programme Head, Educational Research Unit

Address: BRAC Research and Evaluation Division

BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh

Fax: (880-2) 8823542

Email: nath.sr[at]brac.net

Date of birth: 30 April 1966

Nationality: Bangladeshi

Gender: Male

Marital status: Married

 

 

Education

MSc in Educational Research Methodology (1997), University of Oxford, United Kingdom

MSc in Statistics (1987), Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

BSc (Honours) in Statistics (1986), Jahanginagar University, Bangladesh

HSC in Science (1983), Dhaka Education Board, Bangladesh

SSC in Science (1981), Dhaka Education Board, Bangladesh

 

Work experience

2011-Present Programme Head, Educational Research Unit, BRAC

2008-2011 Research Coordinator, BRAC

2002-2008 Senior Research Fellow, BRAC

2000-2002 Research Fellow, BRAC

Responsibilities:Coordination of educational research in BRAC; keep contact with BRAC education programme, communicate with other research units; do research independently and in group; supervise research conducted by the unit members

 

1996-1999 Senior Staff Statistician, BRAC, Do research independently and in group; help unit members in their research; assist unit coordinator; lead field activities of large surveys; write draft reports

 

1992-1996 Staff Statistician, BRAC, Do research in group; help unit members in their research; assist unit coordinator; lead field activities of large surveys; provide statistical support to other researchers; write draft reports

 

1991-1992 Young Researcher, BRAC, Help unit members in their research; assist unit coordinator; work in various field activities of small and large surveys; provide statistical support to other researchers

 

1990 Research Associate, Worldview International Foundation, Interviewing people, data analysis, draft report writing

 

Publications

Books/book chapters/journal articles

  1. Nath SR (2013). Exploring the marginalized: a study in some selected upazilas of Sylhet division in Bangladesh. Dhaka: BRAC Research and Evaluation Division, 208p
  2. Nath SR (2012). The role of pre-school education on learning achievement at primary level in Bangladesh. International Journal of Early Years Education, 20(1): 4–14.
  3. Nath SR (2012). Factors influencing primary students learning achievement in Bangladesh. Research in Education, 88: 50–63.
  4. Hasan MT, Nath SR, Khan NS, Akram O, Gomes TM & Rashid SF (2012). Internalized HIV/AIDS-related stigma in a sample of HIV-positive people in Bangladesh. Journal of Health Population and Nutrition, 30(1): 22–30.
  5. Nath SR, Choudhury RK & Hoque KME (2010). Quality EFA in Bangladesh: progress and challenges. Zeitschrift für internationale Bildingsforschung und Entwickiungspädagogik (ZEP), 33(3): 16–19.
  6. Nath SR & Chowdhury AMR (2010) (eds.). Qualitative methods in educational research: studies from BRAC. Dhaka: Academic Press and Publishers Library, 208p.
  7. Roy G, Dutta NC and Nath SR (2009). Competencies achievement at primary level: a comparison of three types of BRAC schools. Primary Education Journal, 3(1):17–30.
  8. Nath SR (2009). Shiksha: Aasa, Bastobata, Naboaasha (Education: hope, reality, renewed hope) [in Bangla]. Dhaka: Academic Press and Publishers Library, 144p.
  9. Nath SR & Mahbub A (2008). Inside schools. Dhaka: Academic Press and Publishers Library, 165p.
  10. Nath SR (2008). Private supplementary tutoring among primary students in Bangladesh. Educational Studies, 34(1): 55–72.
  11. Nath SR (2008). Quality of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee education programmes: a review of research studies. In CR Bagley & GK Verma (eds.) Challenges for inclusion: educational and social studies from Britain and Indian sub-continent. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. pp. 183-218.
  12. Nath SR & Sylva K (2007). Children’s access to pre-school education in Bangladesh. International Journal of Early Years Education, 15(3): 275–295.
  13. Nath SR (2007). Self-reporting and test discrepancy: evidence from a national literacy survey in Bangladesh. International Review of Education, 53(2): 119–133.
  14. Nath SR, Yasmin RN & Shahjamal MM (2007). The tea garden children lagged behind in access to school. Primary Education Journal, 1(1): 50–63.
  15. Nath SR (2006). An exploration of the students’ assessment at the beginning of secondary education. Bangladesh Education Journal, 5(2): 9–24.
  16. Nath SR (2006). Internal efficiency of secondary educational institutions: results from a reconstructed cohort analysis. Bangladesh Education Journal, 5(1): 27–39.
  17. Ahmed S & Nath SR (2004). Public service delivery in education: The BRAC experience. In S Ahmed & S Bery (eds.) Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2003 – South Asia component. New Delhi: National Council of Applied Economic Research. pp. 1-9.
  18. Nath SR & Shahjamal MM (2004). Successful school management: case studies of two government primary schools. Bangladesh Education Journal, 3(1): 41–54.
  19. Nath SR, Chowdhury AMR & Blinkhorn F (2004). Children's acquisition of health knowledge through compulsory primary schooling in Bangladesh. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 42(1): 4–9.
  20. Nath SR, Ahmed M & Ahmed KS (2003). Literacy for a learning society: a collective effort with broader vision is needed. Bangladesh Education Journal, 2(1): 1–14.
  21. Chowdhury AMR, Nath SR & Choudhury RK (2003). Equity gains in Bangladesh primary education. International Review of Education, 49(6): 601–619.
  22. Nath SR (2002). The transition from non-formal to formal education: the case of BRAC, Bangladesh. International Review of Education, 48(6): 517–524.
  23. Nath SR & Chowdhury AMR (2002). Levels and trend of basic education in Bangladesh: 1993-98. Educational Studies, 28(1): 77–92.
  24. Chowdhury AMR, Nath SR & Choudhury RK (2002). Enrolment at primary level: gender difference disappears in Bangladesh. International Journal of Educational Development, 22(2): 191–203.
  25. Nath SR & Chowdhury AMR (2001). Change in health knowledge of Bangladeshi children: five years experience. Public Health, 115(6): 380–386.
  26. Nath SR (2001). Enrolment and literacy. In M Rafi & AMR Chowdhury (eds.) Counting the hills: assessing development in Chittagong Hill Tracts. Dhaka: University Press Limited. pp. 59-71.
  27. Hadi A, Nath SR & Chowdhury AMR (2001). The effect of micro-credit programmes on the reproductive behaviour of women in rural areas of Bangladesh. In ZA Sathar & JF Phillips (eds.) Fertility transition in South Asia. NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 263–280.
  28. Chowdhury AMR, Choudhury RK & Nath SR (2001). Towards education for all: lessons from Bangladesh. Perspectives in Education, 17(3): 131–150.
  29. Nath SR & Hadi A (2000). Role of education in reducing child labour: evidence from rural Bangladesh. Journal of Biosocial Science, 32: 301–313.
  30. Chowdhury AMR, Choudhury RK & Nath SR (2000). Jomtien, EFA goals and lessons from Bangladesh. Entwicklungs Politik, September, 2000.
  31. Nath SR, Sylva K & Grimes J (1999). Raising basic education levels in rural Bangladesh: the impact of a non-formal education programme. International Review of Education, 45(1), 5–26.
  32. Nath SR (1999). Health knowledge of rural Bangladeshi children: does BRAC’s non-formal schools programme have any impact? Health Education Journal, 58 (1), 26–38.
  33. Nath SR (1999). Level, pattern and socio-economic determinants of enrolment in formal schools of the graduates of BRAC’s non-formal schools. Perspectives in Education, 15(3): 179–189.
  34. Nath SR, Mohsin M & Chowdhury AMR (1997). Health knowledge of children in Bangladesh: An exploratory study. Public Health, 111: 311–315.
  35. Nath SR, Mohsin M & Chowdhury AMR (1997). Gender difference in the arithmetic knowledge of children in Bangladesh. Research in Education, 58: 35–45.
  36. Nath SR (1997). Social factors underlying gender variation of school enrolment: case of rural Bangladesh. The Journal of Rural Development, 27(1): 123–138.
  37. Mohsin M, Nath SR & Chowdhury AMR (1996). Influence of socio-economic factors on basic competencies of children in Bangladesh. Journal of Biosocial Science, 28: 15–24.
  38. Mohsin M, Nath SR & Chowdhury AMR (1994). Basic competencies of children in Bangladesh: an analysis of urban/rural differential. Pakistan Economic and Social Review, 32(1): 61–76.

 

Translated work

Chaya Shikshabyabasthar Mokabilay: kone dharaner grihoshikshakatar janya kone dharaner sarkari neeti, a Bengali translation of Confronting the Shadow Education System: what government policies for what private tutoring? by Mark Bray (published by IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2009). Bengali translation was published by UNESCO, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010.

 

RED Monographs

  1. Nath SR (2012). Competencies achievement of BRAC school students: trends, comparisons and predictors. Research monograph series no. 51. Dhaka: Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC. 87p
  2. Nath SR (2006). Education status of the youths in Bangladesh. In Adolescents and youths in Bangladesh: some selected issues. Research monograph series no. 31. Dhaka: Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC. pp. 1-19.
  3. Nath SR (2006). Youths access to mass media in Bangladesh. In Adolescents and youths in Bangladesh: some selected issues. Research monograph series no. 31. Dhaka: Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC. pp. 147-162
  4. Nath SR (2006). Quality of BRAC education programme: a review of existing studies. Research monograph series no. 29. Dhaka: Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC