Vikas Gupta teaches in the Department of History at Delhi University. His broad area of academic engagement includes historical and contemporary aspects of education in modern India with special focus on curricular knowledge, social inequalities, state policies and school practices. Vikas Gupta jointly published with KM Shrimali and others a book on Teaching History from Aakar in 2013. His two forthcoming books are also on the theme of modern education in India. One of them is an edited volume being published by Orient Blackswan on Modern Transformations and the Challenges of Inequality in Education in India. He has contributed many book chapters in different volumes and articles in leading journals such as Economic and Political Weekly, Seminar, and Mainstream etc. Besides this, He has served as the Associate Editor of Reconstructing Education for Emancipation, which is a very popular quarterly Newsletter of All-India Forum for Right to Education. He has delivered lectures at different internationally and nationally renowned educational institutions.

The German Historical Institute and Charles Wallace Trust for India provided to Vikas Gupta fellowships for archival studies in the UK in the year 2015. In October 2014, Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) awarded him a two-year project on “Inequality and Education in Modern India”. ICHR had also awarded Vikas Gupta with a grant in 2008 enabling him to go to UK for collecting certain archival documents on colonial education.

Vikas Gupta Coordinated an International Conference of the Department of History, Delhi University on the theme of ‘Modern Transformations and the Challenges of Inequality in Education in India’, which was held on November 27th-29th, 2014. Within Delhi University, Vikas has served at many important committees, such as the Core Committee of the Equal Opportunity Cell; Faculty of Social Sciences; joint committee of EOC and Examination Branch for drafting Exam Guidelines for Students with Disabilities; and Library, Accessibility, and Seminar Committees of the Department of History, Delhi University.

In addition to his regular work in Delhi University, Vikas Gupta is also associated with many organizations. For instance, he is the Organizing Secretary of the Secretariat of the All-India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) which is formed of its more than two hundred member organizations across the country and which is striving for fully and directly state funded common education system from KG to PG. Vikas Gupta is a member of the Board of Trustees of Kishore Bharati, which has been a pioneering organization in the field of learner centric and socially contextualized transformative learning process and environment conservation. He is also the Joint Secretary of SAMBHAVANA, an organization working for the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities.


  • Vikas Gupta (2017), ‘Macaulay se Pare’, in Hriday Kant Dewan, Rama Kant Agnihotri, Arun Chaturvedi, Ved Dan Sudhir, and Rajni Dwivedi, (Ed.), Macaulay, Elphinstone Aur Bhartiya Shiksha, New Delhi: Vani Prakashan.
  • Vikas Gupta (2017), ‘Cultural Marginality and Reproduction of Stereotypes: An Insider’s View on Practices of School’ in Manoj Kumar Tiwary, Sanjay Kumar and Arvind Mishra (Eds.), Social Diversity, Inclusive Classroom and Primary Education in India, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.
  • Vikas Gupta (2016), ‘Flawed and Inegalitarian Framework of School Education in Draft National Education Policy 2016’, RECONSTRUCTING EDUCATION for Emancipation, Vol. 2, Nos. 2, 3 & 4, (July-October-December), P 18.
  • Vikas Gupta (2016), ‘Politics of the Guarded Agenda of New Education Policy’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. L1, No. 42, October 15th, PP 59-69.
  • Vikas Gupta (2016), ‘Combating Educational Inequalities and The Judgment of Allahabad High Court’, Janata, Vol. 71, No. 10, April 3rd, PP 6-13.
  • Vikas Gupta (2015), Review of Deepak Kumar, Joseph Bara, Nandita Khadria And Ch. Radha Gayathri, Education in Colonial India: Historical Insights. New Delhi: Manohar, 2013, The Indian Historical Review, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 1–4.
  • Vikas Gupta (2015), ‘yah hai samaveshikaran ka’ (Instrument of Inclusion), Hastkshep, Weekly Supplement of Hindi Daily Rashtriya Sahara, (Saturday), 29th August.
  • Vikas Gupta (2014), “Changing Discourses on Inequality and Disparaty: From Welfare State to Neoliberal Capitalism”, in Ravi Kumar, (Ed.), Education, State and Market: Anatomy of Neoliberal Impact, Aakar, pp 19-57.
  • Madhu Prasad and Vikas Gupta (2013), ‘Delhi University’s Struggle in Defense of Higher Education’, Reconstructing Education, Volume 2, No. 2, April-June.
  • Vikas Gupta (2013), “Discourse and Politics of Home-Based Education”, Reconstructing Education, (Joint Issue), Vol. 1, Issue 4, (Sept-Dec.), 2012 & Vol. 2, Issue 1, (Jan-Mar), pp 11-16.
  • K.M. Shrimali, Vikas Gupta, et al (2013), Teaching History, New Delhi: Aakar Publishing.
  • Vikas Gupta (2012), “Pluralism Versus Contest of Identities”, Seminar, No. 638, (Oct.), 2012, pp 30-36.
  • Vikas Gupta (2012), “Indology”, a Unit in the Study Material for IGNOU, (M.A. level course in Translation Studies).
  • Vikas Gupta (2011), “Is social Science Social? Problematizing Classroom Learning”, Proceedings of NUEPA Global Conclave of Young Scholars of Education, January 27-29th.
  • Vikas Gupta (2011), “Political Economy of Language Education: Questions of Social Diversity and Disability”, International Journal of Research & Development, Vol. I, No. I, (Autumn), pp 3-11.
  • Vikas Gupta (2010), “A Critique of the Semester System”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLV: No. 9, pp 18-20.
  • Vikas Gupta (2010), “Neo-liberalism, Neo-conservatism and the Inequalities in Education”, (Michael W. Apple’s Lecture Compiled with Notes and References), Mainstream, Vol. XLVIII: No. 8, (Feb.), 33-36.
  • Vikas Gupta (2007), “Social Agenda of Colonial Education: Textbook Discourse In the Mid- Nineteenth Century”, Indian History Congress Proceedings, 68th Session, 1113-1123.


  • Vikas Gupta, (2017, Forthcoming), ‘Colonial Legacy of Paradoxical Curricular Knowledge in India: A Sociological -Historical study’ in K.M. Shrimali (Ed.), Remembering Professor R.S. Sharma, New Delhi: Tulika Social Scientist.
  • Vikas Gupta, Rama Kant Agnihotri and Minati Panda, (Ed.), (Forthcoming), Modernist Transformations and the Challenges of Inequalities in Education in India, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan.
  • Vikas Gupta, (Forthcoming) Education in Modern India: Inequality, Exclusion and Marginality.


  • Associate Editor, Reconstructing Education for Emancipation, Quarterly Publication of All-India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE).


  • Organized an International Conference on ‘Modern Transformations and the Challenges of Inequality in Education in India’ on November 27th-29th, 2014 in Delhi, India.
  • Project Director, “Inequality and Education in Modern India: A Study of Structures, Agency and Curricular Knowledge in 19th and 20th Centuries”, Research Project of the Department of History, Delhi University, Sponsored by Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), 2015-2016.
  • Trans-National Educational Research Group on Education and Poverty, Max Weber Foundation granted Fellowship on a research project on Inequality And Education In Modern India: A Study Of Structures, Agency And Curricular Knowledge (April to July 2015).
  • Delhi University granted me R&D and Doctoral Research Grant in 2015 for a project on the theme “Contradictions and Inequities within Colonial Framework of Curricular Knowledge in India”.
  • Delhi University granted me R&D and Doctoral Research Grant in 2014 for a project on the theme “Homogeneity and Heterogeneity in the Structure of Modern Education in India: a Socio-Historical Perspective on the Interplay of Inequality and Education in 19th and 20th Centuries”.
  • Delhi University granted me R&D and Doctoral Research Grant in 2013 for a project on The “Role and Influence of Raja Shiva Prasad and Dr. John Murdoch in the Field of Education in India”.
  • Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) provided me Study and Travel Grant in the year 2008 for collecting source material from Britain for the project “Colonial Curricular Knowledge and its Social Dimensions during Late Nineteenth Century”.
  • Participated as a resource person in the preparation of a report on “Pluralism and Education”, (2010), submitted to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India by Deshkal in collaboration with UFID, UNICEF and World Bank.


  • Member of Secretariat, All-India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE), which is a nation-wide network of 200+ organizations of teachers, students, trade-unions and social workers striving for the universalization of education of an equitable quality within the framework of ‘common school system based on the concept of neighborhood schools’.
  • Member, Executive Committee/Board of Trusties, Kishore Bharati, which has a long history for work to promote innovative and scientific learning in schools and which has taken up other social issues, such as water conservation.
  • Joint Secretary of Sambhavana Organization working for the rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Served as the Member of the core committee of Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC), University of Delhi.
  • Served as member of the Library Committee, Website Committee, Accessibility Committee and Seminar Committee constituted by the Department of History, Delhi University.
  • Served as Member of the Social Science Faculty, University of Delhi.


  • “History of Modern Education in India: Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century”. (M.A. Final Year).
  • “Language, History and Nationalism in South Asia”. (M.A. Final Year).
  • “Historians and Their Methods”. M.Phil. Course Work.
  • “History of Modern France 1760s-1815”. (M.A. Previous Year).
  • “Communalism in Modern India”. (M.A. Final Year).
  • “Economy and Society in India Circa 1750-1850”. (M.A. Final Year).


  • Vikas Gupta, 2017, ‘The Pedagogy of Ordering in Colonial India, Teacher and the Challenges: Perspectives from Four Educationists of 19th and early 20th Century’, paper presented in a conference on teacher education, organized by Ambedkar University (Delhi) and Azim Premji Foundation, New Delhi: 23-25th May.
  • Vikas Gupta, 2017, ‘National Policy on Education, 2016’, lectured delivered in a seminar organized by the American India Foundation, New Delhi, 24-26 April.
  • Vikas Gupta, 2017, participated in the PANEL DISCUSSION CUM INTERACTIVE SESSION on ‘Progressive Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan)’, organized by Satyawati College, Delhi University: 17th February. 
  • Vikas Gupta, 2017, ‘Human Rights and Disability Laws in India’, lecture delivered in a seminar on Human Rights organized by the Department of Political Science, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi: 8th February.
  • Vikas Gupta, 2017, ‘rights of disabled and disability laws in India’, lecture delivered in a workshop on ‘Laws and Rights’, Organized by The Department of Political Science, Gargi College, Delhi University, New Delhi: 4th February.
  • Vikas Gupta, 2016, ‘Commentary on Chapter 3 of the RPWD Act 2016 Pertaining to the Issues of Education’, lecture delivered in the National Consultation on ‘the RPWD Bill 2016’, organized by People’s Action for Change & Empowerment (PACE) and Centre for Accessibility in Built Environment (CABE), New Delhi: 29-30 December. 
  • Vikas Gupta, 2016, ' Secular Education and the Dynamics of the Intervention of a Religious Agency in Colonial India: Dr. John Murdoch of the CVESI’ in the panel discussion on ‘Education in Colonial India: Regions, Actors and Texts’ at 7th International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) on the theme ‘Comparative Educational Destinies: Vision, Dilemmas and Challenges’ , Sri  Venkateswara University, Tirupati : 19th-21st November. 
  • Vikas Gupta, 2015, ‘Conceptual Framework and vision for policy formulation on education’, lecture delivered in the consultations organized by the Delhi Education Society, New Delhi: 12th December. 
  • Vikas Gupta, 2015, ‘WTO-GATS and Indian Higher Education’, lecture delivered in a seminar organized by All-India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) and Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Banaras: 28th July.
  • 2015: ‘Modernity, Inequality and Education in Colonial India: A Study Of Structures, Ideas, Interventions And Interlocutors—An Outline’, Paper presented at the Colloquium of Transnational Research Group on Education and Poverty in India (TRG), Max Weber Foundation, London, July.
  • Vikas Gupta, 2015, ‘Structural Aspects of the nature of Education and Curricular Knowledge in Colonial India’, Planary Lecture delivered in the XXXVIII Indian Social Science Congress on the theme of ‘Knowledge Systems, Scientific Temper and the Indian Peoples’, Visakhapatnam: 29th March–2nd April. 
  • Vikas Gupta, 2015, ‘Higher Education at Crossroads’, lecture delivered in the National Convention organized by CCATD, New Delhi: 3rd March.
  • Vikas Gupta, 2015, ‘Concepts of Secularism, Scientific Temper and Right to Equality versus the Proposals for Value Education in India’, lecture delivered at IIIT (Hyderabad): 28th March. 
  • Vikas Gupta, 2015, series of 14 lectures on the broad themes of “Historiographical Trends in the Indian Freedom Struggle, Communalism, Economic History, Education and Contemporary Challenges”, delivered at Mahadev Desai Gram Seva Mahavidyalay, Gujrat Vidyapeeth, Sadra: 19-24th February.
  • Vikas Gupta, 2014, ‘Education in India: Policy-Reform- Implications’, lecture delivered at the National Workshop organized by the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO), New Delhi: 22nd August.
  • 2013: ‘Remapping Policy for Universalization of Equitable Quality Inclusive Education’, National Seminar organized by the Department of Social Work, St. Edmund’s College, Shillong, Meghalaya, June 7th-8th.
  • 2013: ‘Issues and Challenges in Elementary Education in north India: Some Major Concerns’, lecture delivered in a seminar on ‘North India Educational Issues’, organized by Students’ Islamic Organization of India (SIO), New Delhi, 28th April.
  • 2013: ‘Lessons from the History of Colonial Education in India: Implications for Reconstructing Education in Our Times’, Paper Presented in a Seminar on ‘Education for what and for whom?’ Organized by OKD Institute of Social Change and Development (Guwahati, Asam), April 11-12.
  • 2013: ‘Changing discourses on inequality and disparity: From welfare state to neoliberal capitalism’, Paper presented in a conference on Mapping Changes and Transformations in Educational Systems and Discourses–Issues, Possibilities and Strategies, Organized by South Asian University, New Delhi, on March 21st-22nd.
  • 2012: ‘Cultural Diversity, Pluralism versus Contest of Identities in Modern Education’, Paper presented in the National Convention on Cultural Diversity and Development organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi, August 29 & 30.
  • 2012: ‘Reforms in contemporary Indian Education: RTE and Its Impact’, paper presented in a Seminar organized by Students’ Islamic Organization of India (SIO), in New Delhi, on June 21st.
  • 2012: ‘Vision of Education and two Years of RTE: Any Hope for Fundamental Change?’ paper presented in a workshop organized by Rachnatmak Shikshak Mandal (Uttarakhand), at Lohaghat, (May 25-26).
  • 2012: ‘Education of Disadvantaged and Disabled, paper presented in a seminar on Right to Education and Common School System, organized by Arajpatrit Prarambhik Shikshak Sangh (Bihar) in collaboration with All-India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE), at Patna (28-9 April).
  • 2012: ‘Disability and Higher Education: Challenges and Possibilities’, lecture delivered at the annual festival Pahal’12, organized by the Enabling Unit, Hansraj College, University of Delhi, (March 24).
  • 2011: ‘Higher Education: Problems, New Attacks and Alternatives’, lecture delivered in the National Council of All-India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE), at Panvel, Maharashtra, (December 9-11).
  • 2011: ‘Education as Birth Right’, lecture delivered in the National Workshop organized by Usuf Meher Ali Centre (Yuva Biradari) and Youth for Solidarity, at Bharat Sevashram Sangh, New Delhi, (December 3).
  • 2011: ‘Exclusionary Politics of the RTE Act and the Dogma of Normal’, Paper presented in the international conference on 'Structures Of Exclusion', Organized By the Indian Formation Research Society, at the University of Delhi, (November 23-25).
  • 2011: ‘Exclusionary politics of Right to Education Act’, paper presented in the Disability Colloquium, organized by Sambhavana Organization at the University of Delhi, (November 6).
  • 2011: 'Challenges of Secondary and Primary education in India, some major Concerns’, lecture delivered In the workshop on ‘National Education Agenda’, organized by Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO), at University of Delhi, (September 16-18).
  • 2011: ‘Education of Disabled: Perspective of Recognizing Universality of Difference’, paper presented in the Annual National Conference on Disability, Organized by EOC, at the University of Delhi, (March 3-5).
  • 2011: ‘Disability as Perspective and Politics of Equal Rights: Education, Awareness, Accessibility and Employment’, lecture delivered in the Seminar Organized by EOC, at Dayal Singh College, University of Delhi, (February 7).
  • 2010: ‘Institutionalization Of Knowledge and The School Community Divide: Colonial and Post-colonial Experience’, Paper Presented in ‘The National Consultation on Inclusive Classroom, Social Inclusion/Exclusion and Diversity: Perspectives, Policies and Practices’, Organized by Deshkal in collaboration with UNICEF and others, at India International Center, New Delhi, (September 7-8).
  • 2010: ‘Hinduising India through Colonial Education’, Paper Presented in the International conference on ‘Hindu Organizations in Education, Health and Development Work’, organized by the Indic Studies Project in collaboration with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, at Tinmurti, New Delhi, (March 2-5).
  • 2009: ‘Problems and Possibilities of Scientific Engagement with History in Schools’, paper presented in ‘Second Peoples Education Congress: Symposium on Science Education in India’, at JNU, Delhi, (December 12-13).
  • 2009: ‘Pedagogic Oppression and Cultural Marginality in the School Education’, Paper presented in the ‘Consultations and Network Building on Classroom Curriculum, Pluralism and Social Inclusion: Voices from the Margin’, Organized by Deshkal Society in collaboration with UNICEF, at J.P. Naik Centre for Education and Development, Pune, Maharashtra, (July 22-23).
  • 2008: ‘Paradox of Colonial Education: Textbook Discourse in the Late Nineteenth Century’, paper presented in a conference on ‘Knowledge Production and Pedagogy in Colonial India’, SOAS, University of London, (November 13-15).
  • 2007: ‘Beyond Curricular Frames: Plurality versus Majoritarianism in Schools’, paper presented in the Conference on ‘Muslims: Ground Realities and Challenges for Inclusive Education’, at the Department of Education, University of Delhi, (March 14-15).
  • 2007: ‘Social Agenda of Colonial Education: Textbook Discourse in the Mid Nineteenth Century’, paper presented in the Indian History Congress, at Delhi University, (28-30 December).
  • 2007: ‘School Education, Pluralism and Marginality: Comparative Perspectives’ (participated as Discussant for M. Murali Krishna, ‘Marginalization of Dalits: Role of Oppressive Pedagogic Practices in Indian Schools: A Dalit Perspective’): International Conference Organized by Deshkal Society at the India International Center, New Delhi, (14-16 December).


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