Full Biography

PRIMNATH GOOPTAR  (Ph.D.)

Date of Birth: 30/11/53

(A) Educational Qualifications

(B) Work Experience

(C) Community and Social Involvement

(D) Books Written

(E) Committees

(F) Presentations

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

TERTIARY EDUCATION

PhD Degree

2013 University of Trinidad and Tobago [UTT]                             

Cultural Studies: The Impact of Indian movies on East Indian Identity in Trinidad

Certificate

July 2005 Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center

Leadership:   an Evolving Vision (Summer Institute)

Bachelor in Education B.Ed. (Educational Administration)

1998 – 2000 University of the West Indies [Upper second class honors]

Certificate in Education [The Teaching of Social Studies]

1990 – 1992 University of the West Indies            

Diploma in Management Studies

1991 – 1992 The College of Professional Management (Correspondence Course)

Teachers’ Diploma

1973 -1975 Mausica Teachers Training College

Certificate in Basic Guidance and Counseling

1994 Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association

Certificate in Introductory Leadership/Management

1994 Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Women’s Affairs

Certificate Course in Youth Work

1991 – 1992 Commonwealth Youth Program Caribbean Center [Guyana]:

Other Certificates/Courses

1.  1992 Helping top managers Improve the Performance of Subordinate Managers T & T

Management Development Centre         

2.  1992 Upgrading Supervisory Skills                                            

T & T Management Development Centre         

3. 1992 Making Effective Decisions             

T & T Management Development Centre            

4.    IDB Sponsored Training for Primary Teachers (Ministry of Education, Government of T&T)

a)  1989 Language Arts; Science; Music                                                                                                        

b)  1991 Special needs in the Main Stream                        

c)  1992 Primary Principalship                            

d)  1993 Primary Vice Principalship          

5.  1993 Effective Management in Primary Schools 

T & T management Development Centre 

6. 1994 Certificate in introductory Leadership / Management

Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Women Affairs                   

7. 1994 Certificate in Basic Guidance and Counseling

TTUTA

8.  1994 Effective Leadership and Management Development in a Non-Profit Organization .

T & T Management Development Centre

9.  1996 Management of Educational Institutions                 

U.W.I. Faculty of Education/ Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha          

I0. 1998 Continuous Assessment Programme (CAP) 

Ministry of Education

OTHERS (Summer institutes and Workshops)

11. 2000 School Leadership Centre                   

Finding the Way Forward: The Legacy and Challenge

12.  2001 (November) School Leadership Centre         

Breakfast with Leaders                  

13.  2001 (August) School Leadership Centre (Summer Institute)    

Bullies and Victims: Responses to violence in schools in T&T                                                               

14.  2002 (November) School Leadership Centre              

When Accountability knocks                       

15. 2002(April) Heart, Soul, Mind and Body

School Leadership Centre                                                                                   

16.  2003(May) School Leadership Centre

Learning How to Learn                                                               

17.  2004 (August) School Leadership Centre (Summer institute)     

Boys to Men                                                                                                                                                      

18.  2005 School Leadership Centre     (Summer Institute)      

Take me to your Leader                                                                                                                                                 

19.  2006 (April) School Leadership Centre

Teaching of Mathematics           

20.  2011 School Leadership Centre

Zippy’s Friends ( Mental Health Programme)                                 

SECONDARY EDUCATION

1967 – 72 North Eastern National High School

Six GCE   ‘O’ Level subjects [University of London]

Biology, English Language, History, Human Biology, English Literature, Mathematics

(B) WORK EXPERIENCE

1975 – 1994 Teacher 1

1994 – 2006 Principal (Primary)

2006 – 2007 School Supervisor 1 (ag)

2007 – 2009 Principal (Primary)

2011 – 2014 Zippy School Monitor (Partnership for Children/School Leadership Centre: Mental Health Programme) 

Present Employment

2016 – Lecturer, Indian Cinema. UWI

(C) COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT

1969 – 1980 Member Brazil Hindu Youth Organization

1974 – 1980 President – Brazil Hindu Youth Organization

1974 – 1975 V. President – Mausica Hindu Society

1975 – 1988 President – Brazil SDMS Branch

1975 – 1979 Secretary – Hindu Jawaan Sangh (National Hindu Youth Organization)

1976 – 1978 Secretary – Brazil Village Council

1974 – 1977 PRO – Maha Sabha Youth Arm

1979 – 1984 Secretary – Maha Sabha Youth Arm

1980 – 2009 Assistant Secretary – Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha of T& T Inc.                      

1985 – Present President – Sanger Grande Phagwa Committee

[Co-founder Sangre Grande  Phagwa Committee in 1985]                                                                   

1990 – 2016 President – Sangre Grande Ramleela Committee

[Co-Founder of the Sangre Grande Ramleela Committee 1990] 

1990 – 2007 President–Sangre Grande Cultural Promotions                                    

1991 – 2004 President – National Ramleela council of T & T

[Co –founder of National Ramleela Council of T&T 1991)

1985 – 2007 V. President Sant Nagar Ramayan & Chowtal Goal (Sangre Grande)

1993 – 1998 President – Kailash Hindu Mandir [Sangre Chiquito] SDMS

2003 – 2008 V. President – Kailash Hindu Mandir

1997 – 1998 Secretary, World Ramayan Conference.

2003 – 2005 Chairman, SDMS HIV/AIDS Coordinating Council

2005 – Founder and President – Maya Indian Orchestra (Sangre Grande)

1993 – 2008 President – Maha Sabha North East Regional Council

2009 – 2011 Member Hindu Seva Sangh

2010 – Member, Global South Asian Diaspora Conference (Trinidad)

2011 – 2012 – President TAPASYA International

2013 – 2015 Executive Member, National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC)

2013 – Life Member, NCIC

2013 – Chairman, First International Ramleela Conference 12-14 July 2013, Trinidad

2014 – Chairman, International Diaspora Conference 17-19 July 2014 (NCIC), Trinidad

2015 – Chairman, NCIC Caribbean Indian Diaspora Conference, July 2015, Trinidad

2017 – Chairman, IDC/NCIC World Diaspora Conference, March 17 – 19 Trinidad.

2019 – Chairman, NCIC International Diaspora Conference in Collaboration with UNESCO International Indenture Labour Route Project 

D) BOOKS

  1. Ranjit Kumar: Bridging East and West (co-authored with Bridgette Brereton) Published, 2013.
  2. Bala Joban: The first Indian movie in Trinidad, 1935. (Published 2014).
  3. The impact of Indian movies on East Indian Identity in Trinidad. (PhD Thesis. Published 2014)
  4. Cultural Persistence (NCIC, 2015)
  5. The Ramleela of Sangre Grande (2015)
  6. Cry of the Lotus Vol 1 Religious Poems; Wounded Society (2016)
  7. Cry of the Lotus   Vol 11 Wounded Hearts

(E) COMMITTEES/NGOS

Some of the National Committees and NGOs on which I served:

1995 CARIFESTA V (Trinidad)

1998 International Ramayan Conference (Trinidad) (Secretary)

1999 Concordat Review Committee (Min. of Education)

2000 – 2005 SDMS National HIV (Aids) Committee (Chair)

2000 – 2009 Chairman, Tunapuna Hindu ECCE Board of Management

2011 Indian Diaspora Conference 2011 (Trinidad). (NCIC, UWI &UTT)

2011 – 2015 Tourism Heritage Advisory Committee

2013 – First International Ramleela Conference (Chair)

2014 – 2016 NCIC Heritage Center (Chair)

2016 – NCIC Heritage and Research Center (Member)

2014 – International Diaspora Conference (Chair) (NCIC)

2015 – Indian Diaspora Conference (Trinidad) (NCIC)

2016 – NCIC Heritage Center

2017 – Global Indian Diaspora Conference (Chair) (hosted in Trinidad)

2018 – Hindu Mandirs Conference of Trinidad and Tobago (Co-Chair)

(F) SOME PRESENTATIONS

2018 (1 ) June 19th-23rd 2018. Suriname.

Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour, Migration Diaspora  and Identity Formation.                                                                           

Paper: The Legacy Of Indian Indentureship In The Caribbean 1838 – 1920.

2018 (2 ) December 7th – 9th .Trinidad. NCIC.

Hindu Mandirs Conference of Trinidad and Tobago

Paper:  The  Hindu Mandir of the future in Trinidad and Tobago

November 8th   2017      Trinidad    NCIC.  Distinguished Lecture Presentation: 

Ranjit Kumar – A bridge between India and Trinidad.

2015, November 3-5     Mauritius          Towards the establishment of the  indentured labour route

The Ministry of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, Mauritius.

Paper:  Indian cinema  Route to Roots in the Indian Diaspora, with special  emphasis on the Caribbean

2015, July, 23rd – 29th India Second International Ramleela Conference. (India)

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi

Paper : Ramleela in Trinidad: Traditions vs Modernity -A case study of the Ramleela in the rural community of Sangre Grande

2013, July, 12-14 Trinidad   The National Ramleela Council of Trinidad and Tobago Inc. (NRCTT Inc.) and the Faculty of Humanities and Education, The University of the West Indies, (UWI) St. Augustine. Trinidad and Tobago.

First International Ramleela Conference. (Trinidad)

Paper :  Ramleela in the Global   Village: Traditions, Innovations and  Future Directions.                                                              

June 6th. – 10th, 2013     Suriname.  Legacy of Slavery and Indentured Labour Conference on Bonded Labour, Migration, Diaspora and Identity Formation in Historical and Contemporary Context, Paramaribo, Suriname

Paper : The Mike Men of Trinidad: East Indian Identity in cultural, social and religious activities 1935-1985                           

June1-3, 2012. St. Vincent. St Vincent Indian Diaspora Conference

Paper : Indian Movies as a Medium for the Continuity of Indian Culture in the Caribbean

July 1st-2nd 2010 England. University of Warwick

Paper: The Indo-Caribbean Studies Association – Centre for Caribbean Studies