BITS Pilani

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Associate Professor

Deptt. of Humanities and Social Sciences,

BITS Pilani- K.K. Birla Goa Campus

Phone: +918322580141(office)                                                                     


Subjects Taught

Professional Ethics, Symbolic Logic, Introductory Philosophy, Theoretical Approaches to Liberal Studies
Research Interest

Cognitive Science, Critical Thinking, Education

  • Post doctoral research in Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (2005) (Title-‘Phenomenal Consciousness in Cognitive Science’ (Supervisor- Professor B.H. Boruah)
  • PhD in Philosophy, Calicut University Campus (2004 (Title of PhD Thesis- ‘The nature and structure of consciousness- the biological naturalist’s views’ (Supervisor- Professor A Kanthamani)
  •  MPhil in Philosophy, Calicut University Campus (First-A Grade)
  •   M.Ed in Education, University of M.S (First)
  •    B.Ed in Social Studies, University of Kannur  (First)
  •   MA in Philosophy, Calicut University Campus (First-Rank at university level)
  •  BA in Philosophy and Psychology, Govt. Brennen College (Third Rank at university level)
  •  Certificate Course in Russian Language and Communication Calicut University Campus (First)                                

 Fellowships & Awards

  • JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research on 'Language, Culture and Critical Thinking: The possibilities of measuring objectives with task,' Role: Co-investigator, 2019 (Principal Investigator: Hideki Ohno, Daitobunka University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Data Collection Abroad fellowship, ICSSR, on 'Meta-moral Cognition and Critical Thinking' in University of Kyoto, Japan, 2019
  • Visiting Research Scholar, School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan (2019)
  • Visiting Research Scholar,Graduate School of Education, Kyoto Univeristy, Japan (2019)
  • Visiting Research Scholar, Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo, Japan (May- July, 2018)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship for Women,UGC, 2005
Details of Employment
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus, 2018-

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus, 2007-2018

  • Visiting Faculty ( BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, UAE January 2016- 2019)

  • Visiting Faculty in the Department of Humanities and Management at BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus, 2006-07

  • Senior HSST, Govt of Kerala, 2005-06

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    List of Publications
 Hajara Hameed and Reena Cheruvalath, 2021. Metacognitive skills inventory (MSI): Development and validation, International Journal of Testing, Routledge, Q1
Reena Cheruvalath. 2020. Analyzing the concept of 'paradox' in the Liar Paradox arguments. Cultura. International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology, Philosophy Documentation Center, 17(1): 87-98. (SCOPUS)
Reena Cheruvalath. 2019. Does studying 'ethics' improve engineering students' Meta-moral Cognitive skill? Science and Engineering Ethics (JSEE), 25(2): 583-596. Springer (Indexed in SCI & SCOPUS- Q1)
Reena Cheruvalath. 2019. Meta-moral cognition- An introduction. Mind and Society, 18(1): 33-42, (Springer (Indexed in SCOPUS- Q1)-
Reena Cheruvalath. 2019. Finding virtues in the trash on the City's Edge. Film International, 17(1): 96-102, Intellect (Indexed in SCOPUS & SCI)
Reena Cheruvalath. 2018. Internet Neutrality: A battle between Law and Ethics. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (SELA), 31(1): 145-153 Springer (Indexed in SCOPUS-Q2 & SCI) (

Reena Cheruvalath. 2017. Need for a shift from philanthropic to humanistic approach to Corporate Social Responsibility: With special reference to the New Act 2013 of CSR in India, Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 88(1): 121- 136. John Wiley & Sons (Indexed in SCOPUS - Q2 & SCI )

·        Reena Cheruvalath. 2017. Does attending classes help foster human values in college students? Active Learning in Higher Education, 18(2): 143-155. Sage Publication.  ( SCOPUS- Q1 & SCI)

·        Reena Cheruvalath. 2017. Engineering, technology and science disciplines and gender difference: A case study among Indian students, European Journal of Engineering Education, Routledge publication (SCOPUS- Q1 & SCI)

 Reena Cheruvalath. 2016. Role of sociality in deciding the morality involved in personal and professional relationships in Indian culture. Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, 34(1-2):113-122.
Reena Cheruvalath and Medha Tripati. 2015. Secondary school teachers’ perception towards corporal punishment: A case study in India. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, Routledge Publication. 88(4):127-132 (Indexed in Thomson Reuters)

·        Reena Cheruvalath. 2014. Politics of Mobility in Indian Politics - With special reference to Electoral Behavior, Humanities Circle- International Journal of Central University of Kerala, 2(1): 143-155

·         Reena Cheruvalath. 2013. Is the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act really beneficial to the poorer children in India? An analysis with special reference to the admission of poorer children in Public unaided schools, Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, Routledge Publication, 43(6): 621-629 (Indexed in SCOPUS, Thomson Reuters)

·         Reena Cheruvalath. 2012. Academic Failure of First year Engineering and Technological students in India and Assessment of Motivation factors – A Case Study, Educational Research & Evaluation- An International Journal on Theory and Practice, Routledge Publication, Vol.18, No. 3, pp. 283-297 (Indexed in SCOPUS-Q2)

·       Reena Cheruvalath. 2012. Analyzing the concept of self-deception in Indian Cultural Context, Cultura- International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology, Peter Lang Press, Germany, pp.195-204. (Indexed in SCOPUS)

·ReReena Cheruvalath. 2008. The Problem of Phenomenal Consciousness and Connectionist’s Representationalism, Acta Philosophica- An International Journal of Philosophy, Italy, 1, 17, pp.135-143. (Indexed in SCOPUS)

·      Reena Cheruvalath. 2007. Explanatory Gap and Mental Causation, Teorema- International Journal of Philosophy, Vol.XXVI/I, p.107-116, Spain, 2007. (Indexed in SCOPUS)

·         Piyali Ghosh and Reena Cheruvalath. 2007. Female Entrepreneurs as a Catalyst for Economic Growth and Development, The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovations,  8(2):139-147,  Sage Publication, (Indexed in SCOPUS)

·       Reena Cheruvalath. 2009. Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline, Book Review, Philosophical Practice, Routledge Publication.

·         Reena Cheruvalath. 2009. The Many Facets of Love- Philosophical Explorations, Book Review, Philosophical Practice, Routledge Publication,

·         Reena Cheruvalath. Experiments in Ethics, Book Review, Philosophical Practice, Routledge Publication, 2009.

·         Reena Cheruvalath.2006. Clinical Philosophy, Book Review, Philosophical Practice, Routledge Publication, UK, July 2006;2(2):129-130.

News Letter articles

·         Reena Cheruvalath. Teacher- Student Relationship in Technological Institutes: A Philosophical Enquiry, AcademoSophy- Journal of Ancient Philosophy Forum for Lifelong Learning and PHIL-LLE e-society, UK, April 2007, p-8 

·         Reena Cheruvalath. Technological and Engineering students & Humanities subjects, AcademoSophy- Journal of Ancient Philosophy Forum for Lifelong Learning and PHIL-LLE e-society, UK, June 2007, p-9.

·         Reena Cheruvalath. The Concept of Force: Philosophy and Physics, AcademoSophy- Journal of Ancient Philosophy Forum for Lifelong Learning and PHIL-LLE e-society, UK, October 2007, P-10.



·        Reena Cheruvalath. 2015. Analysis of the issue of engineering and technological students' class absenteeism- A case study. The Indian Journal of Technical Education, 38(2): 77-85.

Reena Cheruvalath. “Does configuration of neurons produce moral behaviour?- an inquiry into the ethical implications of connectionism,” Proceedings of National Seminar on The Ethics of Paradigm Shifts in Science, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, February 2007, pp. 25-31

·         Reena Cheruvalath. “What does Cognitive Science say on Consciousness?” The Philosophical Quarterly, Vol.8, No.3-4, July-October, 2002, pp. 119-124

·         Reena Cheruvalath. “Is Elimination of Folk Psychology Possible?” Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Vol.No.XIX, No.4, 0ctober-December, 2002, pp.168-173. (SCOPUS-Q2)

·         Reena Cheruvalath and Biju. Can Consciousness be Explained? Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Vol. XV, III, No.3, September, 2001, pp.222-226(SCOPUS-Q2)



 R  Reena Cheruvalath. 2018. Teachers' character development in higher education settings in Higher Education and Professional Ethics: Roles and Responsibilities of Teachers. Satya Sundar Sethy (Ed.), Routledge Publication, pp. 45-58.  

Reena Cheruvalath. 2017. Social policy in higher education: Linking educaiton and social needs in Higher Education in India: Challenges and Possibilities. Parimala D (Ed.) Kanishka Publishers, New Delhi.

·        Reena Cheruvalath. 2015. Teaching ethics to engineering students in India: Issues and challenges, in Contemporary Ethical Issues in Engineering (Ed.) Satya Sundar Sethy, IGI Global Publishing, USA. pp.121-132

·       Reena Cheruvalath. 2014. An Integrative Model of organizational commitment, in Acquisition, Nurturing and Retention of Talent - A Futuristic Approach (Eds.) Ashok Aima and Shahid Mushtaq, Cengage Learning, New Delhi

·          Reena Cheruvalath. 2014. Ethical Leadership and politics in Indian context in Leadership and Leadership Styles, (Eds.) Diwan T. K. and Dr. Lenin, K. N.  Prasadpsycho, New Delhi, pp.136-143

·         Reena Cheruvalath. 2012. Women and Higher Education- Analysis of some Existing Realities Regarding Women students, in Issues and Challenges on Higher Education (Eds). Phillips-Singh, D. and Singh, N.S, Words Worth India Publication, New Delhi, pp.165-176


·        Invited as a Resource Person, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Sponsored Two Week Online FDP on “Nurturing Morals, Work Ethics & Accountability for Technical Teachers,” Dept. of Computer Science, VRSEC,7th - 19th December 2020

 Invited as a Resource Person, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Sponsored Two Week Online FDP on “Professional Morals, Work Ethics, Accountability for Teachers in Technical Education,” Dept. of Computer Science, VRSEC, 19th- 31st November, 2020
Invited Speaker in ISEC 2020 (SE4AI), IIITDM, Jabalpur, 27th February, 2020, Topic: Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
Invited as a Resource Person at ICSSR Sponsered Capacity Building Workshop on Research Methodology at IGNOU Regional Center, Goa, 8th -21st January, 2018.
Invited as a Resource Person in a Two-day National Seminar on 'Kant, Hegel, Marx: Revolutions in Philosophising,' organized by Dept. of Philosophy, Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 16th-17th, November, 2017.
Invited as a Resource Person in a National Workshop on 'Quality enhancement in Higher Education: The role of Inter-disciplinary teaching, learning and research', sponsored by NAAC, in Nirmalagiri College, Koothuparamba, Kerala, 22nd- 23rd, January, 2016.
  Invited as a Speaker in International South Asian Conference on Social Policy in Higher Education: Challenges and Possibilities” 19th to 21st November 2015, Department of Education, University of Delhi

·     Invited as a Resource Person, in 73rd Orientation Programme (General) from 16.05.2012 to 12.06.2012 at the UGC-Academic Staff College, Calicut University Campus, organized by  UGC-Academic Staff College, University of Calicut

  Invited speaker in a National seminar of Philosophy, (Topic- Can artificial neural network explain phenomenal consciousness?), University of Goa, March 2007
  Invited speaker in a National Seminar of Philosophy, (Topic- Does configuration of neurons produce moral behaviour?- an inquiry into the ethical implications of connectionism) , Government Brennen College, Kerala, February 2007

·         A talk on Zimon De Bouveir, in All India Radio, 1999

Title: Comparison on the Academic performance, class-room interaction and college students’ feedback between Tele-presence and On-campus students, Amount: Rs. 80,000, Duration: December, 2017-March, 2018 Agency: Teaching Learning Centre (TLC), BITS Pilani Goa.· (Completed)     

·     Principal Investigator, NCERT, Title: ‘Evaluation’ as a teaching method: A new pedagogical model to improve knowledge and critical thinking among students, Duration: 12 months, (On-going)

PhD Thesis Supervision
Sebastiao Anthony Rodrigues, Intra-inter conflicts and sustainability issues in the fisheries of Goa: An environmental ethical Approach (Completed)

·         Cheruvalath, R.,  Manalo, I. and Ayabe, H. 2020. “Planning as a metacognitive strategy, diagram use, and depth of moral reasoning" at SIG 8 Meets SIG 16 Dresden 2020 in DGUV Congress, Dresden, Germany (Poster Presentation)

Cheruvalath, R. Meta-moral cognition and social relationship: A theoretical perspective, International Conference for Social Sciences and Humanities, University of London, November 8-11, UK, 2016

Cheruvalath, R. Internet Neutrality, Social Justice And Ethics: A Kantian Perspective, The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy, The Art Centre of Kobe, March 31- April-3, Japan, 2016.
Cheruvalath, R. Teachers’ Character Development in Higher Education settings, National Conference, IITM, August 29-30, Chennai, 2015
Cheruvalath, R. Morality: An Indian Woman’s Perspective, International and Interdisciplinary Conference, May 21st- 23rd, University of Vaasa, Finland, 2014.
 The Sociality and Morality, International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Jawaharlal Nehru University, December 16-18, New Delhi, 2014

·         ‘A comparative study of Female Entreprenurs in India and UAE’, 17th International Conference on Management and Technology, The British Univeristy, Dubai, April 6-10, 2008.

·         Attitude of Engineering and Technological students towards Suicide- A case study in BITS Pilani Goa Campus, National Symposium on Suicide-A cry for Help, Goa, November 2006 (R.P. Pradhan and B Mitra)

·         Philosophy of Ibn-Rushd, International Conference on Ibn-Rushd, Aligarh Muslim University, April 2004

·         Film and Philosophy, International Conference on Film and Philosophy, Calicut University, January 2004

·         What does cognitive science say on consciousness? National Research Scholars Seminar, Maharashtra, September 2001

·         Swadharma as a rule of life, Indian Council of Philosophical Research Seminar, Lucknow, December 2000

·         The Concept of Freedom, Indian Council of Philosophical Research Seminar, New Delhi, 1999


·         Global Ethics Conference, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, January 3-5, 2014

·         GOA DIALOGUES on Human Capital and Development in Goa- the status of Higher Education in Goa, Organized by International Centre, Goa, 2007

·         A dialogue on Japanese Views on the Indian Economy, organized by International Centre, Goa, 2007

·      Winter Institute on ‘Bounded Rationality in Psychology & Management,’ in Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, conducted by DAAD, 2005

·         Refresher course on ‘Phenomenology,’ Pondicherry University, 2002

Refresher course on ‘Philosophy and Science,’ Hyderabad University, 2003

Member of Board of Studies in Philosophy, Goa University

· Lifetime member in Indian Philosophy Congress, India

·  UNESCO Women’s Association forum for Philosophy

·  Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, Australia

·  Ancient Philosophy Forum for Lifelong Learning and Education, UK

· International Forum of Educational Technology & Society, New Zealand

·  Association for Applied Philosophy, India

Additional Information        

Qualified National Eligibility test : Details: NET (Philosophy)        829/NET-June, 1999, (UGC)-             

Interested in Carnatic and Hindustani Music

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