NCAER in the News

Opinion: Palash Baruah and DL Wankhar. In communities where education is given greater importance & viewed as a gateway to success, households are more likely to allocate a larger portion of income toward educational expenses. Education is the cornerstone upon which nations build their future. It is the bedrock of social and economic growth at...   Read More


  • In Assam, police have a weighty issue on hand

    Opinion: Palash Baruah and D L Wankhar. For the first time, there would be recording of the Body Mass Index of all Assam Police personnel. When India celebrates 76 years of Independence on August 15 this year, we are going to witness a health page turning for the police personnel in Assam. For the first...   Read More

  • Ensuring a green and lean public transport system for Delhi

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta and Sanjib Pohit. In the interplay between emission management and monetary returns, cost-effectiveness is a critical issue in the metric of a transport system. On this World Environment Day, we revisit the imperative to balance the rising transportation needs of a growing population in the capital city of Delhi with the mandate...   Read More

  • The building blocks for working out green GDP

    Opinion: Deepika Chawla. This involves accounting for both environmentally beneficial and harmful products, and doing the required data-gathering. Growing environmental concerns have resulted in the demand for green national accounts that highlight the stock of environmental wealth, and its use and depletion by a society in its conventional national accounts. Incorporation of green accounts in...   Read More

  • India’s employment problem and bad statistics

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai. The country is under pressure to alter its definition of unemployment to an international benchmark. Its once-vaunted statistical system is at a low ebb. Our faith in India’s once-vaunted statistical system is at such a low ebb that it is hard to trust its judgment, even when it is based on a...   Read More

  • Renewables driven power generation isn’t a bright idea

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit. Renewable power sources have several shortcomings which include lower efficiency in generating power and shorter life-span of the plants. The success of India’s net zero pledge by 2070 rests heavily on successful energy transition. In the energy sector, power contributes most to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; roughly 50 per cent of India’s...   Read More

  • ‘Farming’ research

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Laxmi Joshi. Farm mechanisation drive hit by limited R&D. The recently released NCAER White Paper on ‘Making India a Global Power House in the Farm Machinery Industry’ reveals there is a mismatch between what the organised Indian industrial sector is producing and what the small and marginal Indian farmers want at...   Read More

  • Sample surveys’ reference periods need a revisit

    Opinion: Poonam Munjal and Palash Baruah. Data accuracy. To improve data system, NSO is now the nodal agency for all statistical activities. The National Sample Survey, under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, has been conducting large-scale sample surveys on All-India basis since the 1950s. These surveys are the most important and reliable sources...   Read More

  • Mission Life: Ifs and buts

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit and Somya Mathur. Mission LiFE (life style for environment) was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi—at COP26 in Glasgow on 1 November 2021—as a mass movement for “mindful and deliberate utilization, instead of mindless and destructive consumption” to protect and preserve the environment. Incidentally, India is the first country to include LiFE...   Read More

  • Maharashtra’s dilemma

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit and Chetana Chaudhuri. It needs to reduce its fossil fuels dependency. GHG Platform (India) estimates that public electricity generation in Maharashtra accounts for more than 53 per cent of the total emission from energy sector. This amounts to roughly about 43 per cent of the economy-wide emissions of Maharashtra. Most of the...   Read More

  • A digitally unprepared workforce

    Opinion: Asrar Alam. IT skills do not match the standards demanded by the market. Nearly 30 per cent of individuals with such training are jobless. As the pace of technological change continues to accelerate and demand for such skills outstrips supply, it is time to educate everyone on computer-based skills. The data from the National...   Read More