Schooling in Loreto Convent, Shillong
BA (Hons in English Literature), Loreto College, Calcutta University
MA in Comparative Education, University of Calgary
PhD in Comparative Education, University of Calgary
Higher Local Certificate in Pianoforte, Trinity College of Music, London.
Currently she holds two endowed Chairs:
Distinguished James McGill Professor, McGill University and Sir W.C.Macdonald Professor of Education
Full Professor, 1988
President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, 1988-90
President, CIES, 2011-12
Ratna Ghosh is Distinguished James McGill Professor, and William C. Macdonald Professor of Education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada’s most celebrated university. She was President of the Comparative and International Education Society in 2012. Ghosh was the first female Dean (1998-2004) of the Faculty of Education at McGill University and has held several administrative positions such as Acting Director of McGill International. She was President of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI)—a bi-national organization of major Indian and Canadian universities involved in academic exchanges and programs between the two countries. She was Resident Director of SICI in Delhi, and later elected its President.
Ghosh was elected to Canada’s National Academy as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, F.R.S.C. (1999). She was the first woman of Indian origin to receive the national civic decoration as a Member of the Order of Canada, C.M. (2000). A similar honour followed from the Quebec Government and when she was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Quebec, O.Q. (2005). A Full Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities in Paris since 1999, she was elected to TWAS – The World Academy Sciences – for the advancement of science in developing countries (Social Sciences Division) in 2011.
Among numerous awards from national and international organizations, Ghosh has earned the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (1996); the Canadian Bureau of International Education’s Leadership in Internationalization of Education Award (2002); and jointly with her husband (Dr. Ashok Vijh) the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement Award (2008). She was selected for the “Power List” of the most influential Indo-Canadians published by India Abroad (2009). In 2015 she was awarded the Hind Rattan Award (Jewel of India) given to people of Indian origin in the diaspora. She was honored with distinguished alumni award in 2016 by the University of Calgary.
Ghosh’s contributions to the area of diversity and education have been most significant over the course of her career. Time magazine recognized her contributions in a Canadian Edition (October 13, 2003) of its magazine with a full page feature article on Ratna Ghosh as one of “Canada’s Best” in Education. In January 2004, McGill University appointed her James McGill Professor (Endowed University Professorship) in recognition of her work in diversity, which was renewed for a second term as she continued to hold another endowed Chair, the W.C. Macdonald Professor in Education. In 2018, she was appointed Distinguished James McGill Professor, and in 2019, she was awarded the CIES Honorary Fellows for her most marked contributions to growth in the field.
CONTRIBUTED BY: Mousumi Mukherjee, PhD
Date Contributed: 2 May 2019