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Santanu Pramanik

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, NCAER-National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC)

Santanu Pramanik is a Senior Fellow and the Deputy Director of NCAER’s new Centre for Data Innovation. He is a statistician and survey methodologist with research interests in public health and other areas of social development, including designing cross-sectional surveys, conducting RCTs, doing small area estimation and infectious disease modelling, and analysing survey data from panel and repeated cross-sectional surveys. 


Prior to joining NCAER, Santanu worked for more than five years at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) as a Research Scientist working on immunisation, vaccine-preventable diseases, and other child health-related issues. During 2014-16, he provided methodological support to the Immunization Technical Support Unit of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, particularly in designing and conducting three rounds of the Integrated Child Health and Immunisation Survey, and evaluating the impact of the Ministry’s flagship programme, Mission Indradhanush. His PHFI work has led to successful studies on the impact of community engagement in improving immunisation coverage in Assam, on temperature monitoring systems for vaccine cold chains in Haryana and Delhi, and on the Vaccine Intelligence Network in Uttar Pradesh.  Prior to joining PHFI, Santanu was based in Washington DC as a Survey Statistician at NORC, an independent affiliate of the University of Chicago.  


  • November 2018–Present: Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, NCAER-NDIC
  • May 2018–October 2018: Fellow and Deputy Director, NCAER-NDIC
  • 20122017: Research Scientist, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
  • 20082012: Survey Statistician, NORC at the University of Chicago, Bethesda, MD



  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, USA, 2008
  • M.Sc. Statistics, Calcutta University, India, 2003
  • B.Sc. Statistics (Honours) R.K. Mission Residential College, Narendrapur, Kolkata, India, 2001


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