Santosh Gautam is the Coordinator of the Brain Gain Center, which is a Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is created to recognize and foster contribution to Nepal’s social and economic progress by the many diaspora Nepali experts and professionals around the world. Gautam coordinates with Nepali diaspora professionals around the world who are connected to the Brain Gain Center.
Gautam is a scholar of English literature by training. He is currently pursuing PhD from Tribhuvan University. He recently earned an M. Phil. in Education (Development Studies) from Kathmandu University School of Education. He was the Topper of M. Phil./ PhD Program from his batch.
Among many professional hats that Mr. Gautam wears, one is his service as Language Expert at Kathmandu University School of Education. Another is his service as Assistant Professor at Nesfield International College and Aims International College, and yet another is as freelance translator and researcher for different national and international organizations.
He has a robust teaching portfolio. He has worked as Coordinator of Bachelors and Masters at The Times International College. 6. Worked as Higher Secondary Level English Teacher in Ambition Academy from 2006 to 2010. Before that, he served as English Department Head from 2001to 2005 and as Academic Chief from 2005 to 2007 in Arjun Boarding High School, Gulmi.
Apart from the English literature, his research interests include culturally relevant pedagogy, workforce and school reform, especially in the marginalized and downtrodden communities of Nepal with a view to promoting their living standard. He carried out research in various areas including the following.
- Shadowed Domestic Laborers in Lalitpur Municipality under the funding of Lutheran World and carried out by Kathmandu University School of Education. Role: Qualitative and Quantitative Tools Construction, Data Collection, Data Analysis and Write Up of the Report
- Education Resilience of School Children of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) due to Maoist Conflict in Nepal, under the funding of the World Bank carried out by Kathmandu University, School of Education. Role: Qualitative and Quantitative tools Construction, Risks and Coping Strategies, Life Affirming Activities: Tools Construction, interview, data analysis and write up, RRA: Tools Construction and Write up, Focus Group Discussion :Tools Construction, Field Work, Data Analysis and Write Up Published by World Bank(Coauthored)
- A Study on Access to Education in Nepal. Role: Qualitative tools construction, data collection, analysis, write up and presentation. Published by Department of Education, Nepal.
- Nationalizing Schools in Nepal. Role: Qualitative tools construction, data collection, analysis, write up and presentation Published by GRIN Publications Germany. Urbanized Rural People and their Identity concerns in Nepal. Role: Qualitative tools construction, data collection, analysis, write up and presentation. Published in LMV annual magazine.
- A Study of Monolingual Mode of Instruction in Multilingual classroom. Role: Qualitative tools construction, data collection, analysis, write up and presentation.
- A comparative Study of the Learning Achievement of Primary Level Students in the Selected Districts of Nepal. Role: Qualitative and Quantitative tools construction, data collection, analysis, write up and presentation.
- Domestic Labor: An Alternative Analysis. Role: Qualitative tools construction, data collection, analysis, write up and presentation.
- Can Nepal Achieve MDG goals in Education by the End of 2015? Role: Qualitative and Quantitative tools construction, data collection, analysis, write up and presentation.
- ECD Mapping in Nepal, jointly funded by the Department of Education and UNICEF carried out by Kathmandu University School of Education. Role: Tools Construction, Write Up.
- Educational Resilience of Urban Squatter Children in Kathmandu (Co authored). Published in Journal of Education and Research March 2016,Joint Issue 5.2 and 6.1 (Published by Kathmandu University School of Education.
- Students and Parents in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: An Auto/ethnographic gaze. Published by Bhagat Phool Mahila Vishwavidyalaya through Bloomsbury Publishing India Private Limited.
- Curriculum Development Officers and Education Officers in/about Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Published in The Batuk (Vol.5, Issue No.1, Jan.2015) a peer reviewed journal of interdisciplinary studies by Nesfield International College.
He also has many articles recently published in renowned national dailies in Nepal as listed below:
- ‘Learning to Learn’- The Himalayan Times Daily Date :February 25, 2015
- ‘New Year Dreams’- The Himalayan Times Daily Date :April 17, 2015
- ‘Culturally Responsive Pedagogy’- The Himalayan Times Daily Date :January 15, 2015
- ‘The Next Frontier’- The Kathmandu Post Daily Date :February 4, 2015
- “Rampant Corruption’- The Himalayan Times Daily Date :April 2, 2015
- ‘Smiles shorten the Miles’- The Himalayan Times Daily Date :December18, 2014
- Integrity in Education: Setting the Scene- The Himalayan Times Daily Date :September 2, 2015
- Have we failed? –The Himalayan times Daily Date: November 30, 2015
- Redefining Education : Integrity Perspective –The Himalayan Times Daily : January 26, 2016
- Nationality Redefined- The Himalayan Times Daily :February 18, 2016
- Trajectories of Culture-A Book Review-The Kathmandu Post Daily –April 9, 2016
- An Open Letter to Education Minister (Nepali) Published in Nayapatrika Dainik of August 26, 2016 (Bhadra 10,2073)
- School Sector Development :Rhetoric and Reality Published in the Himalayan Times National Daily December 6, 2016
- Urban Development :Undue Pressure Published in The Himalayan Times National Daily June 23, 2017
- Politics within National Politics (Nepali) Published in Naya Patrika National Daily. (Asar11, 2074)
He has presented in international meetings including the following –
- Crossing miles: Viewing the Milestones (Presented in the First International Conference on Transformative Education Research and Sustainable Development)
- Students and Parents in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: An Auto/ethnographic gaze
(Presented in the International Conference on Emerging Paradigms in Social Science Research organized by Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Sonipat, India.
AWARDED AS THE BEST PAPER PRESENTER IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING PARADIGMS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH (190 PAPERS WERE PRESENTED IN THE CONFERENCE).