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Alka Wadkar Former Faculty Member, Department of Psychology, University of Pune.

Alka Wadkar had a bright career throughout her educational endeavors. She has completed her Masters and PhD in psychology with various awards and scholarships. She is associated with various institutes for differently abled individuals, and other educational institutes. She is a trustee of a college of education and is known for free counseling of differently abled stu­dents and their parents. She has a rich experience regarding teaching, research, and socially relevant work. She has taught psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Pune, for approximately 30 years. She has been successfully guiding research students for PhD, MPhil, MEd, and MA for last 25 years.

Dr Wadkar is known for her socially relevant publications. She has written thirteen books and received seven state-level awards for thought-provoking research-based books written for the laymen. She has written five textbooks for different universities.

She has published and presented 75 research papers in regional, national, and interna­tional contexts. She has completed five research projects and has been writing articles for encyclopedias, government publications, All India Radio, newspapers, weeklies, monthlies, and yearly publications for the last 30 years.

Dr Wadkar has been a regular faculty for various academic institutes and government organizations for conducting workshops, delivering lectures, and conducting train–the-trainers programs at organizations, such as Academic Staff College, Extramural Board, Yashada (training institute for government officers), Police Training Center, etc. She has contributed substantially to government programs, such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Aanganwadi, and similar other programs for the welfare of women and children. She has been involved in the evaluation work of different universities for postgraduation and dissertations of MPhil and PhD.

Dr Wadkar has been working for the Government of India and the Government of Maharashtra for various examinations for the last 22 years.