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Asrar Alam

Asrar Alam is a Research Analyst at NCAER. Since January 2011 he has been working on NCAER’s landmark study, the “National Survey of Household Income and Expenditure (NSHIE)”. Involved since its inception, Asrar has actively contributed to the sampling process, data collection and cleaning techniques. Other than this, he has also worked on two other projects titled “Mobile India Revisited” and “Assessing the Effectiveness of Small Borrowing in India”. His expertise lies in questionnaire design, handling large and complex data bases and data analytics. He has sound knowledge of statistical software such as STATA and SPSS. 

 
Arokiasamy Perianayagam

Arokiasamy Perianayagam is a  Professor at NCAER leading research programmes in the area of health and health economics. 


He has been a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and before that, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Studies at the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai where he served as faculty for over three decades. His subject areas of teaching and research expertise cover demography, public health and health economics, ageing, and global health, development studies and large-scale health survey research. He has supervised 23 PhD research students, published over 100 research papers in top-rated international peer-reviewed journals in the subject areas of demography, public health, epidemiology, and social sciences. As the lead Principal Investigator, he directed several nationwide surveys and pioneering research studies. 


He has served as a member of different ministries (MoHFW, MoSJE, ICMR, NITI Aayog), INSA, US-NAS, SNSF, UK-NSO and many national and international collaborative consortium. He was also advisor/international consultant in institutions such as WHO, UNFPA, HSPH, University of Southern California etc. He was educated at the University of Madras, Annamalai University and received postdoctoral research training at the London School of Economics (LSE).

 
 
Reem Ashraf

 
Sudipto Banerjee

Sudipto Banerjee is a Consultant at NCAER, in the Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) Chair Unit on Regulation and Programme of Economic and Regulatory Research. His research interests are in regulatory governance, state capacity building, audit regulations, financial laws, corporate governance, and data privacy. 

Previously, Sudipto was associated with the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy. As a public policy researcher, he has worked in the areas like telecom policy, improving liability framework of the audit firms in India, disinvestment of centrally owned PSUs and consumer protection in the financial sector. Prior to his public policy career, Sudipto has worked at law firms in the field of corporate advisory, mergers, acquisitions and direct taxation. 

Sudipto holds a degree in law from the Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi and completed his post-graduate studies in law from the Indian Law Institute. He is also a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. 

 
 
Manjistha Banerji

Dr Manjistha Banerji is a Fellow at National Council of Applied Economic Research. Her primary areas of research are family demography, social change and gender, migration, education and development and survey methods. At the National Data Innovation Centre at the Council, she is involved with experimentations on different data collection techniques in the Delhi Metropolitan Area, telephonic surveys to assess the impact of the COVID pandemic in Delhi NCR and in questionnaire design for the upcoming round of India Human Development Survey. She completed her PhD in 2012 from the Department of Sociology, University of Maryland at College Park.