Vikas Maniar

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Schooling of Marginalised Groups in the Global South
  • Postcolonial Theory and Education
  • Capability Approach and Education
  • Justice and Education
  • Quality Discourses in Education
  • ICT in School Education


Previously, Vikas Maniar headed the In-School programme at Akshara Foundation, Bangalore where he worked intensively with the government schools in Karnataka, India. He is presently pursuing his doctoral degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and an MA in Elementary Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. 

Vikas is interested in understanding how modern schooling benefits children from marginalised communities in the global south. He pursues this broad quest by deploying eclectic political and sociological frames that include postcolonial theory, capability approach, discourses on rights and justice, and political economy. He also engages with grass-root initiatives that grapple with this issue, both in the public and non-governmental sectors. His doctoral research focusses on the relationship between education and wellbeing in rural indigenous communities in India and South Africa.



  • Maniar, V. (2019). ICT in schools: Panacea or a pipedream. Technology in Education: Perspectives and Praxis. L. Devaki (Ed.). Centre for Communication and Development Studies, Pune
  • Maniar, V. (2018). Right to Education and Capability Enhancement in Rural South Africa. The Right to Education Movements and Policies: Promises and Realities, 46.