To improve delivery of services through technology, enhancing trade, and reaping demographic dividend India needs to invest in better understanding of challenges and opportunities in trade, technology, and skilling.


  • Impact on Revenue Enhancement of ULBs/ SPV through implementation of various Smart Cities Project (Competitive and cooperative federalism)

    Under the aegis of “Smart Cities and Academia towards Action & Research (SAAR)” program, the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) directorate has started a joint initiative of MoHUA, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and leading Indian academic institutions of the country for impact assessment for the experiments done in the Smart Cities. One of these...   Read More

  • Impact of Aadhaar Enrolment and Updation Ecosystem on Individuals

    The scope of the study is focused on studying the demand and supply-sides implications of the policies / guidelines issued in Aadhaar enrolment and updation eco-system. NCAER will study the impact of new policies/guidelines of the Aadhaar Enrolment and Update Ecosystem, upon individuals seeking to enrol Aadhaar number or have enroled in the last two...   Read More

  • Whether Skilling Centers in Smart Cities could enhance skills and thus employability

    Under the aegis of “Smart Cities and Academia towards Action & Research (SAAR)” program, the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) directorate has started a joint initiative of MoHUA, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and leading Indian academic institutions of the country for impact assessment for the experiments done in the Smart Cities. One of these experiments...   Read More

  • Telecom Sector External Profile

    The twin objectives of the study entitled “Telecom Sector External Profile” are: To map the external profile of the telecom manufacturing sector and; To understand the opportunities and challenges that this sector faces in becoming a global hub. The study will be implemented in two phases: Phase I What is the telecom sector? Telecom sector...   Read More

  • Impact of Aadhaar on GDP

    The UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 states that by 2030, all countries must provide legal identity for all their citizens, including birth registration. India launched its own digital identity in 2009. Since then, approximately, 95 per cent of India’s population has been enrolled with Aadhaar. The Aadhaar is universal in nature, i.e. there are no...   Read More

  • NCAER Gig Economy Initiative

    The programme seeks to research and highlight the socio-economic impact of platform work and platform companies in India. Depending on the sector, the platform economy model works differently. The current work program will focus on holistically studying the food delivery platform sector. The programme is split into 3 parts. In Part 1 : We will...   Read More

  • White Paper on Farm Mechanisation in India

    NCAER will prepare a white paper that will focus on recommendations for creating an industrial and trade Policy to make India a powerhouse in the farm machinery sector. The overall objective of this paper is to recommend policymakers, key strategic actions to be taken to foster the growth of the Farm Machinery Industry (other than...   Read More

  • Evaluation of India’s Faceless E-Assessment Tax Scheme

    The Central Board of Direct Tax’s ‘Faceless E-assessment of Tax Returns’ (now referred to as the Faceless Assessment Scheme (FAS) was notified on 12th September 2019 to facilitate a simple, transparent, efficient and accountable way of carrying out and concluding income tax assessment proceedings. The scheme is implemented by CBDT in the Department of Revenue,...   Read More

  • Integration of NCAER Land Records and Services Index & Prindex : Combining land records and property rights perception

    NCAER has launched two editions of supply side NCAER Land Records Services Index in 2020 and 2021. While expanding and improving quality of land records reflects the efforts on the supply side of these services, how are they perceived and used by the users? To address this question, it was felt that a demand side...   Read More

  • Implement Digital Direct Benefit Transfers: A DBT Readiness Index for the States of India

    Both the central and state governments in India operate a vast array of cash and in-kind transfers to protect its poor. But these social protection schemes often suffer from substantial leakages and poor targeting, distort market functioning by subsidising prices and thereby impose significant fiscal stress without commensurate social benefits. India is seeking to port...   Read More


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    Bornali Bhandari is a Professor at NCAER with a background in international economics and macroeconomics, specifically focusing on the impact of globalisation on development. Currently, she is engaged in a number of industry studies including automobiles, farm mechanisation, and digitisation. Her wider research interests include analysis of skilling from a 3-E perspective (education, employability and...   Read More

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    Sanjib Pohit is a Professor at NCAER. He is an experienced modeler in the area of trade and environment with 20 years of modelling experience. His domain of research experience includes science and technology policies, institutional economics, transport economics, input-output models, FDI, informal trade, automobile industry, and South Asian integration. Previously, he held position at...   Read More

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    Shashanka Bhide is an Honorary Senior Adviser 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...   Read More

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    Anil K Sharma is Secretary to the Governing Body and Operations Director. He has held several positions at NCAER after joining in 1992 including the Officiating Director General in May-June 2021. He has also been the NABARD Chair Professor at NCAER; Visiting Researcher at the International Trade Division, The World Bank, Washington D.C. USA; Consultant to the...   Read More

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    K.A. Siddiqui is a Senior Adviser at NCAER with a background in Input-Output Modelling, macroeconomics and large scale primary studies. He has developed a user-friendly dashboard using data of NCAER’s National Survey of Households on Income and Expenditure. In the past, he has worked on various studies related to Tourism Satellite Account, Social Accounting Matrix,...   Read More

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    Pallavi Choudhuri is a Senior Fellow and the Deputy Director at the NCAER-National Data Innovation Center (NDIC). Her primary research interests are in the areas of social protection, informality, poverty, employment, and gender. Previously, at NDIC, she has led experiments on measurement gaps in income and consumption data and women’s paid and unpaid work. She is part...   Read More

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    Ashish Desai has over 25 years’ experience in the areas of technology, digital payments, and credit and microfinance. His leadership experience includes running P&L and building greenfield technology-driven businesses in mobile financial services, covering remittances, payments, and microlending across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.  He has served as Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at...   Read More

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    Laxmi Joshi is a Fellow at NCAER with research interests in agriculture and rural development. She has worked on issues related to the Agricultural Outlook Situation Analysis, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, economic benefits of weather and marine services, air pollution issues in agriculture, India’s cotton revolution, dairy development, convergence and agricultural intervention in Maharashtra, farm...   Read More

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    Charu Jain is a Fellow at NCAER. Her areas of research interest includes education, gender, and socio-developmental changes. She has worked in the area of land & policy related issues, agriculture, steel, handloom sector, large-scale consumer studies, industrial surveys, housing indices, and macro-economic policy issues. Dr Jain has few national and international publications to her credit....   Read More

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    A result oriented, skillful IT professional with hands-on experience in championing business process improvements; accomplished in identifying and deploying cost-effective, value-added IT solutions – all while delivering excellent services. Mr Srivastava is a creative and motivated Information and Communications Technology specialist and a team leader with more than 25 years of work experience. One of...   Read More

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    Ajaya Kumar Sahu is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. He is an Agricultural Economist by training. During his stay at the NCAER, he has worked on areas like poverty analysis, issues related to agriculture and rural development, labour and employment with special reference to quality of jobs and skills, public finance and analysis of price dynamics. ...   Read More

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    K.  Subbaraje Urs is an Associate Fellow at NCAER, with more than 34 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...   Read More

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    Piyali Majumder is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. She completed her Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She did her M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Economics from University of Calcutta. Her areas of interest are International Trade, Environmental Economics, Advanced Econometrics, and Spatial Econometrics. She has worked at various teaching and research institutions including Indian Institute...   Read More

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    Nishika Pal is working as a Research Analyst at NCAER. She qualified for the UGC NET examination in Economics in 2019. She has an MSc in Financial Economics from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. She contributed in index computation...   Read More

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    Karan Raj is working at NCAER as a Research Analyst. His primary research interest is in micro-econometrics. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Christ (Deemed to be University) and Master’s degree from University of Warwick.

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    Falak Naz is working as a Research Analyst at NCAER. She has a degree in urban planning from Amity University. Her primary area of research includes urban planning and mapping. She has undertaken a wide variety of studies, including the NCAER Land Records Services Index (N-LRSI), 2020 and 2021, Evaluation Study of the Rashtriya Gram...   Read More

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    Sharon Thomas is working as a  Research Associate.

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    Denipreet Kaur is working as a Research Associate at NCAER. She completed her Master's in Economics from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack in July 2023, and completed her Bachelor's degree with a Hons in Economics from B.J.B. Autonomous College, Bhubaneswar. She has worked as a Summer Intern with the Reserve Bank of India at their regional office in...   Read More

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    Kenneth Gomes is working as a Research Associate at NCAER in the Trade, Technology and Skills research area.

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    Poonam Dhawan is working as a Research Team Assistant at NCAER.