Santanu Pramanik

Santanu Pramanik

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

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 research interests lie in survey methods, data quality, remote monitoring of data collection activities, randomized controlled trials, small area estimation and these methods being applied across different substantive domains including vaccination, health insurance & healthcare expenditure, family planning. Before joining NCAER he worked as a Research Scientist at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). Prior to joining PHFI, Santanu was based in Washington DC as a Survey Statistician at NORC, an independent affiliate of the University of Chicago.

Journal | Feminist Economics
Precarity in a Time of Uncertainty: Gendered Employment Patterns during the Covid-19 Lockdown in India.
Sonalde Desai | Neerad Deshmukh | Santanu Pramanik

Journal | Austrian Journal of Statistics, 48(4), 43-57
Evaluation of Synthetic Small-area Estimators Using Design-based Methods.
Partha Lahiri | Santanu Pramanik

Policy Brief | Ideas for India Policy Brief, IGC
Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy: Trends across states, over time.
Soumi Roy Chowdhury | Abhinav Motheram | Santanu Pramanik

Measurement Brief | NCAER National Data Innovation Centre
Urban Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings from the Delhi NCR Coronavirus Telephone Survey, Rounds 1 and 2.
Pallavi Choudhuri | Santanu Pramanik | Sonalde Desai

Measurement Brief | NCAER National Data Innovation Centre
Insured but Not Covered: Rising Insurance Coverage Should be Accompanied by Awareness of Entitlements
Debasis Barik | Santanu Pramanik | Sonalde Desai

Measurement Brief | NCAER National Data Innovation Centre
Improving Measurement of Women’s Work Participation: Sensitivity of Work Participation Rates to Questionnaire Design
Neerad Deshmukh | Sonalde Desai | Santanu Pramanik | Dinesh Tiwari

Report | 3ie Grantee Final Report
Impacts of the Stimulate, Appreciate, Learn, and Transfer community engagement approach to increase immunisation coverage in Assam, India.
Santanu Pramanik | Arpita Ghosh | Anirban Goswami | Tiken Das | Rituu Nanda | Philip Forth | Sandra Albert

JOURNAL | BMC Public Health, 18(1):534.
Impact evaluation of a community engagement intervention in improving childhood immunization coverage: a cluster randomized controlled trial in Assam, India.
Pramanik S., Ghosh, A., Nanda, R.B., de Rouw M, Forth P. & Albert S.

JOURNAL | Epidemiology and Infection, Volume 146, Issue 1
Rubella vaccination in India: Identifying broad consequences of vaccine introduction and key knowledge gaps.
Winter, A., Pramanik, S., Lessler, J., Ferrari, M., Grenfell, B. & Metcalf, C. J.

JOURNAL | Health & Place, Vol. 47
Neighborhood heterogeneity in health and well-being among the elderly in India- evidence from Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health
Ghosh, A., Millett, C., Subramanian, S. V. & Pramanik, S.

JOURNAL | Vaccine, Vol. 33, No. 14
Vaccination coverage in India: A small area estimation approach
Pramanik S., Muthusamy N., Gera, R., Laxminarayan R.

JOURNAL | Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics, Vol. 30, No. 2
An evaluation of three disclosure limitation models
Yang, M., Buso, M., Butani, S., Hiles, D., Mushtaq, A., Pramanik, S. & Scheuren, F.

JOURNAL | Mathematical Population Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1
Selection of Prior for the Variance Component and Approximations for Posterior Moments in the Fay-Herriot Model
Pramanik, Santanu

JOURNAL | Statistical Science, Vol. 26, No. 2
Discussion of “Estimating Random Effects via Adjustment for Density Maximization”
Pramanik, Santanu & Lahiri, P.

Report | Government of India
Integrated Child Health and Immunization Survey, Rounds 1 & 2 Report. Immunization Technical
Support Unit, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Pramanik, S., Agrahari, K, Srivastava, A., Varanasi, V., Setia, M. & Laxminarayan, R.

BOOK | Effectiveness of malaria control in a growing metropolis in western India
Pramanik, S., Patil, A., Basak, P., Balasubramaniam, P.

Opinion | The Indian Express
Reluctance to take Covid-19 vaccines could hinder achieving herd immunity sooner
Santanu Pramanik | Sonalde Desai
January 28, 2021

Opinion | The Indian Express
PM-KISAN is not reaching all farmer households as intended
Bornali Bhandari | Santanu Pramanik | Sonalde Desai
August 3, 2020

Opinion | Mint
Virus fear and logistical challenges curtailing economic activity in Delhi-NCR, new survey shows
Sonalde Desai | Santanu Pramanik
July 4, 2020

Opinion | The Hindu BusinessLine
Urban poor need better relief measures
Sumit Mazumdar | Santanu Pramanik | Sonalde Desai
May 24, 2020

Opinion | The Economic Times
View: Beyond the lockdown bend
Sonalde Desai | Santanu Pramanik
April 29, 2020

Opinion | The Indian Express
Telephone survey shows high understanding of social distancing, support for lockdown
Sonalde Desai | Santanu Pramanik
April 20, 2020

Moderator: Dialogue session: Vaccination in the context of COVID-19. CORE Net Conference, April 30, 2021.

Presenter: Challenges and Learnings from conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Roundtable discussion, virtually organized by Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST), April 9, 2021.

Presenter: Quality of Survey Data and Survey Estimates, workshop in Research Methodology for Social Science scholars, virtually organised by Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), February 24, 2021.

Panellist: Doctoral Colloquium on Management and Development (DOCMAD-2020), panel discussion on ‘Covid Conundrum’ virtually organized by Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), November 4, 2020.

Presenter: Survey Research, 3rd Refresher Course in Research Methodology virtually organised by HRDC-JNU, October 21, 2020.

Panellist: Ethics in Research on Vulnerability, webinar on Ethics in research in mobile surveys for Covid-19: Balancing timely response, relevance and ethics organised by CORE Net, COVID-19 Research Network and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, June 25, 2020.

Panellist: Collecting high quality data in phone surveys during a pandemic, panel discussion virtually organised by National Data Quality Forum (NDQF), May 21, 2020.

Presenter: Experience of NCAER in conducting national and area surveys: way forward, Stakeholder Consultation on Skill Sets for Survey Specialist/Enumerators organised by MoSPI, November 2019, New Delhi.

Paper presenter: The Paradox of Declining Fertility and Declining Contraceptive Use in India, International Seminar on 25 Year of NFHS in India organized by IIPS-Mumbai, October 2019, New Delhi.

Poster Presenter: The Paradox of Declining Fertility and Declining Contraceptive Use in India, Population Association of America (PAA) annual meeting April 2019, Austin.

Paper Presentation | Urban Health Conference, IIHMR Delhi, Feb 24-25
Community Engagement & Behaviour Change Communication
Pramanik, Santanu

Paper Presentation | IISA International Conference on Statistics, Dec 27-30
Impact evaluation of a community engagement intervention in improving immunization coverage: a cluster randomized controlled trial
Pramanik, Santanu

Paper Presentation | Evaluation Conclave June 6-9
Evaluating the impact of a community engagement approach to increase immunization coverage in Assam
Pramanik, Santanu

Paper Presentation | 3ie-Delhi Evidence Week, November 15-16
Evaluating the impact of SALT intervention to increase immunization coverage in Assam: challenges
Pramanik, Santanu

Paper Presentation | World Statistics Congress (WSC), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Selection of Prior for the Variance Component and Approximations for Posterior Moments in the Fay-Herriot Model
Pramanik, Santanu


  • 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

Work Experience

  • 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