Ph.D. (Economics of Education), National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), 2013;
M.A. (Economics), University of Hyderabad, 2006
Broad Areas of Interest: Economics of education, education and health, education and labour market, applied development economics
Specific Research Interests: Private provisioning of education and market policies, educational inequalities, school choice, family investment in education, student loan market, rural education
Assistant Professor, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU since August 2015;
Assistant Professor, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), ICSSR, New Delhi from February 2013 to August 2015;
Research Fellow, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi from October 2012 to February 2013.
Recipient of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) grant for the project titled “Effectiveness of Selected Scholarship Schemes for the Improvement in Access and Retention of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Students in Odisha” (completed).
Recipient of the University with Potential for Excellence (UPE II) grant for the project titled “Students Loan as the Alternative to Costly Higher Education: Evidence from Odisha” (completed).
Received Academic Bursaries to present research papers in international conferences/seminars/workshops held in - University of Oxford, UK; Paris School of Economics, France; National University of Singapore, Singapore; International Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands; University of Ottawa, Canada; PEGNet Conference, Bonn, Germany; African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics, Johannesburg, South Africa; International Economy of Longevity, Paris; Central European University, Hungary; Izmir University of Economics, Turkey; University of York, UK; UNESCAP and Leonard Cheshire Disability Conference, Bangkok, Thailand; GLOBELICS International Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; IZA/DFID Course on Program Evaluation, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Qualified UGC-NET in Economics;
National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) Fellowship for Ph.D., 2007-12;
Merit-Cum-Means scholarship for M.A. Economics, 2004-06;
Merit-Cum-Means scholarship for B.A. Economics, 2001-04;
“An Empirical Analysis of Household Expenditure on Engineering Education in Odisha”, Millennial Asia, January 2021 (coauthored). https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0976399620969892
"Computer science skills across China, India, Russia, and the United States”, PNAS, National Academy of Sciences, USA, 116 (14): 6732-6736, March 2019 (coauthored). https://www.pnas.org/content/116/14/6732
“Student assessment of quality of engineering education in India: evidence from a field survey", Quality Assurance in Education, 27 (1): 103-126, February 2019. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-02-2015-0004
“NEET for Medical Education Finding a Balance”, Economic and Political Weekly, 51 (35): 16-19, August 2016. http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/35/commentary/neet-medical-education-finding-balance.html?0=ip_login_no_cache%3D924b7680937467eefe133c84e0ddf24f
"Role of Private Sector in Medical Education and Human Resource Development for Health in India", Economic and Political Weekly, 51 (3): 71-79, January 2016. http://www.epw.in/journal/2016/3/special-articles/role-private-sector-medical-education-and-human-resource-development
"Growth of Engineering Education in India: Status, Issues and Challenges", Higher Education for the Future, 3 (1): 93-107, Sage Publications, January 2016. http://hef.sagepub.com/content/3/1/93.abstract
“Expanding Education Market and Parental Choice for Secondary Schools in India: Evidence from IHDS Data”, in Universal Secondary Education in India: Issues, Challenges and Prospects, Springer (Ed. Jandhyala B G Tilak), 2020.
“Pattern and Determinants of Household Expenditure on Higher Education: Evidence from Rural Odisha”, in The Future of Higher Education in India, Springer (Ed. Sudhanshu Bhushan), 2019.
“Parental Choice for Schools in the Changing Context of the State and Market in India”, in Education and Public Sphere: Exploring the Structures of Mediation in Post-Colonial India, Routledge (Ed. Suresh Babu G. S.), 2020.
"Inequality in Access to Higher Education in India between the Poor and the Rich", Social Development Report 2018, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, for Council for Social Development, New Delhi, 2019 (Coauthored).
"Explaining the Role of Parental Education in the Regional Variation of Infant Mortality in India", Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 2(3): 544-572, Wiley Publications, September 2015. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/app5.97/abstract
“Explaining Gender Discrimination in Employment and Earnings of Engineering Graduates in India”, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, 29:3, 225-246 (2015)