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Name: Nikhil M G 
Supervisor Name: Dr. M G Prasuna
Email ID: p2011417@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in, nikhil.mg1@gmail.com
Research Topic: Avatars as instruments of learning in Serious Games
 
Research Abstract : Serious Games are virtual interactive simulations where players learn skills and competences that can then be applied in the real world. In this research, the outcome of Serious Games will be studied from the perspective of Avatars – the players’ physical representations that take up the imaginary role in the game world. The extent of personalization in an avatar, determines the extent of players’ involvement/empathy in the game. This empathy then facilitates a greater affect on self-identity. It then follows that, a higher/improved self-identity promotes a higher degree of academic/emotional growth (by achieving goals), as theorized in the metacognition theory. The research aims to give essential inputs to game designers and researchers on creating Avatars, and in understanding the effect they have on the outcomes of Serious Games. 
 
 
Name: Jayashree Hazarika 
Supervisor Name: Dr. Maya Vinai
Email ID: p2011418@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in, jayashreehazarika11@gmail.com
Research Topic: The Global Mélange: Interrogating the Consequences of Globalization in the works of Vikram Seth.
 
Research Abstract : Globalization has a profound impact on literature as writers gained knowledge not only about their native culture but also other cultures. This research focuses on the works of Vikram Seth, one of the most prolific Indian English writers. An exploration will be undertaken within the critical and sympathetic narrative of Seth’s notion of Globalization and Cosmopolitanism, if there is an underlying subtext which manoeuvres into the anti-globalization principles or of ‘closing the borders’. Also, there will be an attempt to decipher whether in retelling the story of migrant who finds a ‘home’ in a third country, the author re-narrates and reaffirms his experiences of love, bonding and faith with his own life and family in India.  
 
 
 
Name: K. Lakshmi Jahnavi 
Supervisor: Prof. Sunny Jose
Email ID: p2015007@hyderabad.bits-pilani.ac.in
 
A newly admitted research scholar with specialization in Sociology, she holds a UGC-NET-JRF. She completed her M. Phil.  on “Political Ecology of a Community Seed Bank”, from University of Hyderabad. Her areas of research interest are Sociology of Development, Sociology of Environment and Sustainable Development. She is interested in understanding the real ontological status of the contemporary challenges of the world, with respect to environment and development. 
 
 
Name: M. Chandra Shekher 
 
Is currently enrolled as a PhD Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences - BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus. His research interests focus on Public Health, Disabilities Studies, Visual Impairment and Social Entrepreneurship. A post graduate in Public Health from University of Hyderabad, Chandrashekher also holds an Integrated Master’s degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences. With many participations and recognitions to his name, Chandrashekher has presented in many national and international conferences including the Global Public Health Conference 2014 (GPHCON); 58thAnnual National Conference of Indian Public Health Association (IPHACON-2014); ASIA ARVO International Conference in October 2013 and participated in 2nd Science Conclave: A Congregation of Nobel Laureates hosted by IIIT-Allahabad in December 2009.He received Best Service award in National Service Scheme by Kendriya Vidyalaya for contribution towards various social activities in 2008.  
 
 
 
Name: Ms. Madhuri Mathur 
 
Is a research scholar in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, BITS Pilani-Hyderabad campus. Ms. Mathur has pursued BA (Hons) English and MA (English) at the University of Delhi. She has a teaching experience of ten years. Her teaching career began with a short stint at the Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, New Delhi. She has since worked at Meera Bai Polytechnic, New Delhi, and at Bhavan's Public School, Ghaziabad. She is currently employed as Lecturer at Bhavan's Vivekananda College of Science, Humanities and Commerce, Sainikpuri, Secunderabad. Ms. Mathur proposes to pursue research in the field of digital media.  
 
 
  
Name: D. Shalini 
 
Is currently enrolled as a PhD Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences - BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus, she completed her M.A in Rural Development and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. She worked in Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty, Government of Telangana for 2 years. Her areas of research interest are Displacements of people, Refugees’ lives and livelihoods, Urban risks, and Policy. She proposes to work on Development-induced Displacement in Urban areas.  
 
 
  
Name: Ms. Kopal Khare 
 
Is currently enrolled as a PhD Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences - BITS-Pilani, Hyderabad campus, she completed her M.A in Rural Development and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences,Hyderabad. She has been a full time Freelance Consultant in Research and Documentation to BIMTECH, Noida and Agribusiness Systems International, Lucknow. Prior to this, she has also worked as young professional in Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty, Government of Telangana for a year. Her areas of research interest are human development, female empowerment: concepts and measurement, and policy.

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