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National Surveys

National surveys collect data for the entire country: both the constituent states and union territories. Unlike the Census of India, which enumerates every household unit in the country, the national surveys pick samples of households from each state so that the final sample is representative of the entire country.  Besides the government, NCAER is the only other organization in India conducting national surveys. 

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Shashanka Bhide

Dr Shashanka Bhide is a Honorary Senior Advisor at NCAER. He was associated with NCAER from 1982 to 2014 in different capacities. After leaving NCAER in July 2014, he took up the position of Director, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai until his retirement in December 2018. His research has covered a number of areas in agriculture, macroeconomic modelling, infrastructure and poverty analysis. He has published extensively, including co-authoring and editing books and journal articles in these fields. Shashanka currently also serves as a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of RBI and Board of Governors of the Institute for Social and Economic Change in Bangalore.