Saurabh Bandyopadhyay

Dr Saurabh Bandyopadhyay is a Senior Fellow at NCAER.  

He has undertaken a wide variety of studies, including; Railways Passenger and Freight, Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals, Cement, etc. in the Infrastructure Sector; Agriculture Outlook, Convergence of Agricultural Intervention in Maharashtra, National Cooperative Development Council, National Dairy Development Board, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Fishery, Animal Husbandry & Dairying in the Rural Economy Sector and, also in the area of Skill Economy, Direct Benefit Transfer, setting up of a separate office for the Central Registrar of Cooperative Society, amongst others. Dr Bandyopadhyay  started his career at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi and has more than 25 years of research experience. He has a Ph. D in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi

 
 
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. 

 
 
Debasis Barik

Debasis Barik is a Fellow at NCAER, working in the area of public health and mortality. His research interests are in public health, demography, migration, gender, labour and social security. His current research focuses on health and health systems analysis. His other research interests include analysing the issues arising out of demographic transition in India. 

 
Bornali Bhandari

Bornali Bhandari is a Senior Fellow 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 & labour studies including automobiles, farm mechanisation and the gig economy. Her wider research interests include analysis of skilling from a 3-E perspective (education, employability and employment), e-Governance, infrastructure, particularly the roads and ICT sectors, G-20 issues like climate change financing and reserve currency, FDI and trade-related issues. She also oversees the production of the NCAER Quarterly Business Expectations Survey.

 
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.

 
Nijara Deka

Nijara Deka is an Associate Fellow at NCAER. She is an applied micro-economist with interests also in macroeconomics and economic growth. Her primary areas of research include Poverty and Social Inequality, Deprivation and Human Development, Labour and Informal Sector, Economics of Education and Health, Social Protection and Sustainable Development. In her doctoral research, she analysed multidimensional deprivation of urban poor households. She received her PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. 

 
Sonalde Desai

Sonalde Desai is a Professor at NCAER with a joint appointment as Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. She directs the NCAER-National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC), a newly established Centre by NCAER with its consortium partners, University of Maryland and University of Michigan. She is an internationally known demographer whose work deals primarily with human development in developing countries with a particular focus on gender and class inequalities. While most of her research focuses on India, she has also undertaken comparative studies across South Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. At present, Sonalde Desai is leading the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), India’s only nationally representative panel study with interviews in 2004–05 and 2011–12. The next wave of IHDS is planned for 2022-23. The IHDS is used by over 11,000 users worldwide and has led to over 1000 papers and dissertations. 

 

Desai is a member of the editorial committee of Population and Development Review and has served on the editorial advisory boards of many Indian and international journals. At present, she is the President of Population Association of America.

 

She has published articles in a wide range of Indian and international sociology and demography journals and is a frequent contributor to Indian newspapers.

 
D B Gupta

D B Gupta is currently a Senior Adviser at NCAER. He was associated with the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi; National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi; the World Bank; and the Government of India as an adviser to the Planning Commission and Department of Family Welfare. He has held several honorary chairs and visiting faculty positions to institutes in India and abroad. His primary areas of interest include health economics, environmental economics, urban development, housing, Indian industry and developmental economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Birmingham, England.

 
Charu Jain

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. She received her PhD in Economics from IGNOU, New Delhi and is Gold medallist during her Master’s program from GJUST, Hisar. She has authored a book on the ‘Quality of Secondary Education’ in India published by Springer. Before NCAER, she has worked at TNS India Ltd and PHD Chamber, New Delhi.

 
Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal

Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal, Fellow at NCAER. He has been the Principal Investigator for an evaluation study of MGNREGA by the Planning Commission. His expertise is survey-based research in the social sector with strong skills in qualitative research methods.  

 
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