Manoj Kumar

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Sociology of Education
  • Cultural Studies


Manoj Kumar is a faculty with the School of Education.

He started his teaching career in 1997 as a lecturer of Hindi language and literature in a degree college in his home state Bihar. Manoj then moved on to a more interdisciplinary assignment with the department of peace studies in Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha in 2002. Between 2004 and 2006, he also spent two academic years in the Indology Department of Gent University, Belgium. In 2007, Manoj joined Digantar, Jaipur, where his main responsibilities included conducting courses on foundations of education with the help of a team and providing academic support to the field staff in implementing projects in government schools of Rajasthan. Prior to joining the university Manoj spent two and half years with the Room to Read, India and worked there as a Programme Manager leading the Book Publishing team which is responsible for the developing and publishing engaging reading material for emergent readers.


  • Sociology of Education


    How are the issues that surround education and its practices related to social processes?

Publications and Writings

Journal Articles and Reviews

Conference Papers and Book Chapters

1. Ansari, H. & Kumar, M (2011). Preparing Teachers for Reflective Pedagogic

Practices: Digantar’s Intervention in Teacher Professional Development. A

Compilation of papers presented at National Seminar on Teacher Education.

Published by Department of Elementary Education, Lady Shri Ram College of

Women, Delhi.

2. Kumar, M (2016). Postcolonial State, Agrarian Economy and Education in Bihar:

Structure of Educational Aspiration and Reordering of a Stratified Society. A

paper presented in Comparative Education Society of India annual conference at

Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati from 19 th to 21 st November, 2016.

3. Kumar, M (2017). Language of Textbook in Post NCF 2005 Educational

Scenario: Comparative Analysis of Linguistic Registers of Two Chapters

Containing Similar Content Taken from Two Textbooks. A paper presented in

Comparative Education Society of India annual conference at Jammu University,

Jammu from 16th18th November 2017.

4. Kumar, M & Upadhyay, H. (2017). मानक भाषा का मुहाफ़िज़: नई भाषिक सत्ता-संरचना और स्कूली

शिक्षा में भाषा शिक्षक की सत्ता. A paper presented in the seminar

organised by School of Education, Azim Premji

University in collaboration with Ambedkar

University, Delhi in 2017 on the Idea of being a

teacher. This is an annual seminar series

organised by Translation Initive Team in Hindi

and Kannada

5. Kumar, M., Sharma, R. (2019). Parliamentary Debate on Assessment in

Elementary Education: Issues of Equity, Inclusion and Learning Needs. A

paper presented in Comparative Education Society of India annual conference at

Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies (ZHCES), JNU, Delhi from

December 9 – 112019.

Popular Press:

1. Kumar, M (2013). A Tale of Two Curricular Reforms. Mainstream, VOL LI, No 26,

June 15, 2013 http://​main​streamweek​ly​.net/ar…

2. Kumar, M (2015). नागरिक जीवन से रेलवे की विदाई का शोकगीत. Hindi Magazine- ‘ Hans

Monthly’, January, 2015

3. Kumar, M (2013). चम्पा’ से संवाद का तरीका . Hindi Magazine- Khoje aur Jane’,

Year‑1, Issue‑4, January, 2013

4. Kumar, M (2013). भाषा का खेल. Hindi Magazine- Khoje aur Jane’, Issue‑6, July,


5. Kumar, M (2014). समस्या महज अनुवाद नहीं , Jansatta, 3 August, 2014


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6. Kumar, M (2017). साफ हवा पानी की तरह सर्वसुलभ हो शिक्षा- Interview with Mrinal

Vallari published in Jansatta, 8 June, 2017


7. Kumar, M (2019). अभी यह बहुत बदलेगा-A piece in Hindi monthly magazine (HT

group) Kadambini on Nature and Scope of Social media and New forms of

Sociality. http://​epa​per​.live​hin​dus​tan​.com/​e​p​a​p​e​r​/​M​a​g​a​z​i​n​e​/​K​a​d​a​m​b​a​n​i​/​2019-

06 – 01/520/Page-58.html

Writings for Children:

1. सबसे बड़ा छाता- A Picture Book for Emergent Readers. Published by Room to

Read India.

2. कास के फूल‑A small piece in Children’s magazine Cycle (Ektara

Foundation) https://​www​.ektarain​dia​.in/pro…

3. Edited approximately twenty five picture books for children while working Room

to Read, India