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Gurucharan Manna

Senior Adviser

Gurucharan Manna recently joined NCAER as a Senior Adviser at NCAER. He was the Director General of CSO and NSSO in the Government of India.  Dr Manna has nearly 40 years of specialized experience in sample design, estimation procedures for household and establishment surveys, and the design of survey questionnaires and related documents for fieldwork and data validation.  Over the years, his responsibilities at NSSO/CSO have included the compilation of GDP estimates; conduct of the 6th Economic Census; technical coordination and supervision of the Annual Survey of Industries, Energy Statistics, and Infrastructure Statistics; compilation of the Index of Industrial Production and the Index of Service Production; finalization of survey methodologies and reports for NSSO socio-economic surveys; and compilation of foreign trade statistics. Dr Manna is currently a member of the Ministry of Statistics Standing Committee on Labour Force Statistics, the Working Groups of the NSS 75th and 76th Rounds, the NSSO’s Standing Committee on Labour Force Statistics, and the Labour Bureau’s Expert Group on the Quarterly Employment Survey.  


  • May 2018–Present: Senior Adviser, NCAER and Data Innovation Centre, New Delhi

  • November 2016–March 2017: Director-General, Central Statistics Office

  • November 2013–November 2016: Additional Director-General, Central Statistics Office

  • March 2010–November 2013: Deputy Director-General, Central Statistics Office

  • August 2009–March 2010: Deputy Director-General, National Sample Survey Office

  • March 2009–August 2009: Consultant, Asian Development Bank

  • July 2006–March 2009: Deputy Director-General, National Sample Survey Office

  • 2001–July 2006: Director, National Sample Survey Office

  • 2000–2001: Director, National Statistical Commission

  • 1999–2000: Director, Central Statistical Office

  • 1984–1999: Director, Joint/ Deputy Director

  • 1982–1984: Assistant Director, Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics

  • 1980–1982:  ISS Probationer, Central Statistical Office



  • PhD, University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India, August 2013
  • Master of Statistics, Indian Statistical Institute
  • Bachelor of Science, Statistics Honours


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