Bala is an education researcher and social entrepreneur with vast experience in teaching, research, advocacy, organization development and school leadership. He is the Founder-Director at India Institute (www.indiaI.org), a non-profit think tank working in the areas of education, property rights and rule of law. His study, "The Private School Revolution in Bihar: Findings from a survey in Patna Urban" (with James Tooley & Pauline Dixon), is India's first landscape study of the private school ecosystem in a city. It won the Templeton Freedom Award in 2012. He has also launched several outreach initiatives such as ‘itorney’, an android based mobile application to secure legal rights in India for which I won the 2014 Global Think Tank Shark Tank Grand Prize; Niti Express, a radio-based awareness project to promote legal literacy in Hindi through nano tales; and India Property Rights Alliance, a network of organizations and individuals committed to securing property rights for all.