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Timeline of the project

The project started in May 2016 and completed in July 2020.

May 2016 Project started.
July 2016 Researchers, consultants and partners had a meeting at New Delhi to set up the project's formal structure, areas of investigation, tools of inquiry and disparities, and to build up firm relationships between researchers in India and the UK.
July 2016 Researchers visited low socioeconomic strata government schools and some private schools in Hyderabad and New Delhi to get accustomed to the pedagogical practice and structures in India and to establish firm networks . These visits resulted in the choice of areas for schools.
April 2017

Researchers and Mr Joydeep Bordoloi (a representative from the British Council India) visited the Minister of Education, Panta, Bihar to introduce the project.  The visit was helpful to obtain approval so that studies can be carried out in Bihar.

April 2017

A training workshop was held at JNU, New Delhi.  Nine university students from Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore (NIMHANS) participated together with three Indian Co-investigators and researchers in the UK.

August 2017

Another training workshop was held at EFLU, Hyderabad.  11 university students (including 4 of whom participated in the April workshop) participated.  The training included how to deliver cognitive, mathematics and narrative retelling tasks using laptops.  These tasks will be done in English, Telugu and Hindi, and carried out in Indian primary schools between December 2017 and February 2018.  An expert neuro-psychologist, Dr B. Roopesh, NIMHANS, gave his advice in the workshop.

October 2017 First round data collection started in New Delhi and Hyderabad.
July 2018 First MultiLila Project Dissemination Conference "The languages of education in multilingual India: exploring effects in reading and mathematics" was held at New Delhi on 12th and 13th July 2018.
August 2018 Data collection started in Bihar.
September to December 2018 Second round data collection started in New Delhi and Hyderabad.
December 2018 Data collection finished in Bihar.
January 2019 All data collection finished in New Delhi and Hyderabad.
November 2019 A workshop "Multilingualism and multiliteracy workshop:  Multilingualism and educational challenges" was held on 28th and 29th November at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.
February 2020 Final MultiLila Project Dissemination Conference "Multilingualism in education: evidence in practice and policy" was held at Hyderabad on 10th to 12th February.
August 2020 Project final report published.