Jaya Koti

Jaya Koti is a Project Analyst at NCAER.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Rural Development from IGNOU. She has worked on various projects like “Under Nutrition and Public Policy in India”, “India Human Development Survey”, “e-Readiness” and “Impact Assessment and Economic Benefits of Weather and Marine Services (MoES)”, etc. Her areas of research interests are health, education, rural development and gender inequality. Her expertise lies in data handling. She has worked with large data sets such as the NSS, NFHS and IHDS.  She primarily works with different statistical software and operating systems, including STATA & SPSS.

Karthik Muralidharan

Karthik Muralidharan is the Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Fellow and Board Member of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), a Board member and co-chair of the Education program at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), and a Research Affiliate with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). His research spans development, public, and labor economics with a focus on improving the effectiveness of public spending in the social sector (education, health, and social protection programs). His research program is characterized by large-scale randomized experiments conducted in partnership with governments to study the impact of programs and policies at scale.


He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University (summa cum laude), an M.Phil. in Economics from Cambridge University (ranked first), and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.  



Santanu Pramanik

Santanu Pramanik is a Senior Fellow at NCAER and the Deputy Director of the National Data Innovation Centre. He is a Statistician and Survey Methodologist by training. 

His methodological research interests lie in survey methods, data quality, randomized controlled trials, small area estimation being applied across different substantive domains including childhood immunization, health insurance & healthcare expenditure, family planning. Before joining NCAER he worked as a Research Scientist at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). His PHFI work led to successful evaluation studies on the impact of the Health Ministry’s flagship childhood immunization programme Mission Indradhanush, effectiveness of a community engagement approach 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.  

Ajaya Kumar Sahu

Ajaya Kumar Sahu is a Senior Research Analyst at NCAER. His expertise lies in conducting primary survey that involves sampling and weight calculations, handling large scale data like NSSO employment and consumption data as well as ASI data. Further, he works on poverty analysis, and issues related to agriculture and rural development areas.   He completed his M. Phil in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is presently pursuing his Ph. D in Economics from Jamia Milia Islamia. He cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) with the Junior Research Fellowship, conducted by the UGC.

M Abhinav Saikrishna

Deepak Sanan

Deepak Sanan recently retired from the Indian Administrative Service, where he was attached to the state of Himachal Pradesh. He held senior positions in public finance, land governance, and the water and sanitation sectors at both the state and national levels. He also had significant tenures in the health, urban development and power sectors. Currently, he is an advisor for projects on water and sanitation and land governance at a number of institutions in India. He has been a Consultant with the World Bank, IFAD, DFID, IDS Sussex and AusAid. He has also served as the India Country Team Leader in the Water and Sanitation Program (South Asia) at the World Bank. 

Mr Sanan has been writing regularly on Centre-State relations, in particular, on creating incentives for more effective use of Central funds to overcome State budget constraints and improve governance. He has published extensively and presented papers on these issues at a number of conferences across India. Mr Sanan received his MA in Politics (IR) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and BCom (Hons.) from Delhi University. 

Om Prakash Sharma

O. P. Sharma is an Associate Fellow at the NCAER, specialising in primary data collection, field management, field training, coding and editing. He is currently the project coordinator for the India Human Development Survey-II. Some of the other studies he has worked on include: Fertiliser Consumption and Quality Seeds, Human Development Profile for India 2004-05, Rural Economic and Demographic Change in India and Third Census of Handloom Weavers. Between 1988 and 2007, he headed the NCAER Field Office at Bhopal recruiting, training and supervising field staff and editing primary data. 

Anushree Sinha

Anushree Sinha, Professor, joined NCAER in 1989 and has held several positions since then. Before assuming her current position, she was NCAER’s Principal Economist during 2001-2003.  She worked in macro- economic analyses including Macro Forecasting Modelling at NCAER. In her current research she uses general equilibrium frameworks to analyse the impact of policies and external economic shocks on the social sector including the informal and female workers. She is a post- doctorate from the Department of International Development, University of Oxford and has been a Fulbright-Nehru Lecturing Professor at Rutgers during 2013-14.

Dinesh Kumar Tiwari

Dinesh Kumar Tiwari is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. He is an anthropologist with a rich experience of primary data collection for large scale social surveys, qualitative interviews and experimental data collection with a specific emphasis on field management, monitoring and supervision, ensuring data quality.  At NCAER he has worked for the India Human Development Survey (IHDS). He is currently engaged with the National Data Innovation Centre of NCAER. His areas of interest include migration studies, ethnographic research, public health and experimental economics. 

K Subbaraje Urs

K.  Subbaraje Urs is an Associate Fellow at NCAER, with more than 24 years of experience in applied economic research, socio-economic and industrial research. His core areas of research are large-scale surveys, particularly in developing the survey instrument, calculating the sample size, and identifying gaps in primary and secondary data. He has worked on both large-scale household and industrial surveys with NCAER. He has been associated with several projects including the study on Integrated Child Development Services, Rural Economic & Demographic Survey, non-conventional energy sources programme, Business Expectations Survey (BES) and Market Information Survey of Households (MISH).  

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