Asrar Alam

Asrar Alam is a Research Analyst at NCAER. Since January 2011 he has been working on NCAER’s landmark study, the “National Survey of Household Income and Expenditure (NSHIE)”. Involved since its inception, Asrar has actively contributed to the sampling process, data collection and cleaning techniques. Other than this, he has also worked on two other projects titled “Mobile India Revisited” and “Assessing the Effectiveness of Small Borrowing in India”. His expertise lies in questionnaire design, handling large and complex data bases and data analytics. He has sound knowledge of statistical software such as STATA and SPSS. 

 
Arokiasamy Perianayagam

Arokiasamy Perianayagam is a  Professor at NCAER leading research programmes in the area of health and health economics. 


He has been a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and before that, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Studies at the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai where he served as faculty for over three decades. His subject areas of teaching and research expertise cover demography, public health and health economics, ageing, and global health, development studies and large-scale health survey research. He has supervised 23 PhD research students, published over 100 research papers in top-rated international peer-reviewed journals in the subject areas of demography, public health, epidemiology, and social sciences. As the lead Principal Investigator, he directed several nationwide surveys and pioneering research studies. 


He has served as a member of different ministries (MoHFW, MoSJE, ICMR, NITI Aayog), INSA, US-NAS, SNSF, UK-NSO and many national and international collaborative consortium. He was also advisor/international consultant in institutions such as WHO, UNFPA, HSPH, University of Southern California etc. He was educated at the University of Madras, Annamalai University and received postdoctoral research training at the London School of Economics (LSE).

 
 
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. 

 
 
Manjistha Banerji

Dr Manjistha Banerji is a Fellow at National Council of Applied Economic Research. Her primary areas of research are family demography, social change and gender, migration, education and development and survey methods. At the National Data Innovation Centre at the Council, she is involved with experimentations on different data collection techniques in the Delhi Metropolitan Area, telephonic surveys to assess the impact of the COVID pandemic in Delhi NCR and in questionnaire design for the upcoming round of India Human Development Survey. She completed her PhD in 2012 from the Department of Sociology, University of Maryland at College Park.

 
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. 

 
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.

 
Pallavi Choudhuri

Pallavi Choudhuri is a Senior Fellow at the NCAER-National Data Innovation Center (NDIC), with primary research interests in development, informality, employment, inequality, and gender. At NDIC, her recent work has focused on leading experiments related to measurement gaps in income and consumption data and women’s time use data. Prior to joining NCAER, Choudhuri taught courses in Economics and Finance at the Grand Valley State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor and as an Instructor at the University of Wyoming. She has a PhD. in Economics from the University of Wyoming.

 
Bijay Chouhan

Bijay Chouhan is working as Data Manager with NCAER’s new National Data Innovation Centre. His interest area includes advanced data and IT technologies. Bijay has an experience of  around 15 years in applying information technology to processes and systems. An IT professional with considerable experience in managing and analysis of high volume of primary/ secondary dataset,  he has been associated with many national/international think-tanks and institutes as IT and Data consultant.

 
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. 

 
Anil Deolalikar

Anil Deolalikar has been Founding Dean of the School of Public Policy since February 2013 and a Professor of Economics at UC Riverside since 2003. Prior to this he taught at the University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. He is a development economist who has published extensively on the economics of child nutrition, health, education, poverty, and social protection in developing countries.  In addition to his research, Deolalikar has extensive public policy experience and has served as an adviser to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UNDP, USAID, and a number of developing country-governments and international organizations.   

 

Deolalikar received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University, a Diploma in Economics from Cambridge University and a BA in Economics from Harvard University.  

 
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