Much work has been done to improve India's development but even more needs to be done: India still ranks 136th on the United Nations Human Development Index. Through its data and research, NCAER hopes to illuminate India's paths to development.
Debasis Barik is an Associate Fellow at NCAER, working with the Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS) team. His research interests lie in public health, demography, migration, gender, labour and social security. His dissertation was centered on the health and economic implications of ageing population in Indian states. His current research focuses on health and health systems. His other research interests include analysing the issues arising out of demographic transition in India.
Tarujyoti Buragohain is an Associate Fellow at NCAER., Her research interests include infrastructure and energy issues. She has written several project reports for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Ministry of Human Research Development. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation of Solar Photovoltaics in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, a member of the Research Advisory Committee on Tribal Development Research in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and is a life member of Bhartiya Arthik Shodh Sansthan and the Input–Output Research Association.
Mousumi Das, an Associate Fellow at NCAER, recently submitted her PhD thesis at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai on “Food Security in India: Measures, Issues and Policy Imperatives”. Her broader research interests are on food policy and labour economics, with a strong interest in applied micro-econometrics. She recently returned from a visiting fellowship at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC as a Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellow awarded by the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). She is presently part of the Skill India project team at NCAER.
Sonalde Desai is a Senior Fellow at NCAER with a joint appointment as Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. She is a demographer whose work deals primarily with human development in developing countries with a particular focus on gender and class inequalities. While most of her research focusses on India, she has also undertaken comparative studies across South Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has published articles in a wide range of sociology and demography journals. At present, she is leading a large national representative panel survey, India Human Development Survey, at NCAER.