Prof. Bhagirathi Panda

Economics Department

Designation: Professor

Joined NEHU on

17-10-2003

Qualifications:

M.A (Utkal), Ph. D (Utkal)

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Current Status: Professor
Currently Teaching: Economics of Development/Contemporary Issues in Economics/ Economics of North Eastern Region of India
Teaching/Research Experience:
  • Professor, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong India(Since 2012)
  • Associate Professor, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India( 2006-2011)
  • Faculty, Indian Institute of Management(IIM) Shillong, India (2008-09)
  • Reader, NEHU, Shillong, India (2003-2006)
  • Visiting Scholar, AIT, Bangkok(2003)
  • Lecturer, Govt. of Arunachal , India(1992-03)
Experience in Policy : 
  • Member, Expert Committee on effective initiatives under MNREGA administration, Govt. of India.
  • Member, Working Committee on Capacity Building in MGNREGA Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India.
  • Member, Expert Committee to Formulate Research Methodology for Studies on Various Aspects of MGNREGA, MORD, Govt. of India.
  • Member Selection Committee for Ombudsman MoRD Govt. of India
Administrative Experience:
  • Head, Dept. of Economics & Chairman, BOS(Econ.), NEHU ( from July 2017)
  • Member, School Board of SEMIS,  NEHU(Since 2013)
  • Member, School Board of Education,  NEHU(Since 2017)
  • Member, School Board of Social Sciences,  NEHU(Since 2017)
  • Member, Academic Council, NEHU (Since 2013)
  • In-charge, Sustainable Management Initiative, IIM Shillong.
  • Head, Dept. of Economics, I.G. Govt. College, Arunachal Pradesh.
Ph. D Title: Informal Manufacturing Sector in an Urban Economy.
Broad Area of Interest: Economics of Development/ Rural Development/Act East Policy and Regional Development.
Current Area of Work: Rural Non-Farm Economy/Regional Development and Act East Policy/ Public Welfare Programmes
Ph.D. Students Guided:
  • Deka, T. : Imapct Assessment of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: A Case Study of Assam(2017).
  • Khongjoh, Ibalari. (2015): Liberalisation and Small Scale Sector in India: An Analysis of its Growth and Performance
  • Changkery, I. (2013): Economics of Urban Informal Sector in Nagaland: A Case Study of Dimapur. 
  • Wanswett, I. (2013): Rural Non-Farm Employment in North-East India: A Case Study of Meghalaya .
  • Bhuyan, Z. (2012): Women in Urban Informal Sector: A Study in Women's Participation in Earning Opportunities and Empowerment (submitted, joint supervisor)
  • Saikia, J. (2009): Economics of Informal Milk Producing Units in Guwahati City
  • Umdor, S. (2007): An Assessment of the Self Help Groups Credit Programme in Meghalaya.(joint Suvervisor)
M. Phil. Students Guided:
  • Deka, T. (2009): India's Look East Policy & the North East-Problems and Prospects of Regional Integration.
  • Bhuiyan, S. (2008): Microfinance and Self Help Groups: A Case Study of Assam.
Scholarships/Fellowships/Awards/ Recognitions
  • Asia Fellows Fellowship, 2003, awarded by Asian Scholarship   Foundation, Bangkok 
  • National Merit Scholarship of Govt. of India from 1978-1982.
  • Chinese Govt. Senior Advanced Scholarship in Economics.1998-1999 (Awarded, could not avail because of personal reasons).
  • Empanelled as India Study Chair Professor abroad by ICCR, Govt. of India, 2017.
  • Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad , a premier business school in the in the field of management has officially used my research paper titled ‘National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: Development Practice at the Crossroads’ published in EPW as case/study material in their management programme in Public Policy in 2015.
Professional Affiliation:
  • Association of Asian Scholars
  • Indian Economic Association
  • Indian Association for Canadian Studies
  • American Studies Research Centre
  • Indian Society of Labour Economics
  • Indian Society of Agricultural Economics
  • North East India Council for Social Science Research
  • North Eastern Economic Association
  • Meghalaya Economic Association
Academic/ Professional Collaboration:
  • With (i) UNDP and (ii) Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India  in terms of workshops, projects, conferences, brainstorming sessions and members of working committees and expert groups.
  • With VVGNLI, NOIDA in the form of undertaking research projects for the North East.
  • With Thammasat University, Thailand and AIT, Bangkok as a Visiting Scholar and undertaking of research.
  • With Indian Institute of Management(IIM) Shillong in enriching their teaching curriculum  as a visiting faculty(2009-10)
  • With Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai in rendering constancy services for their external projects on MGNREGA.
Commissioned Papers:
  • Umdor, S. and B. Panda (2007):  “Participation of People in Development”, a background paper prepared in connection with the Meghalaya Human Development Report.
  • Umdor, S. and B. Panda (2006):  “State of Infrastructure in Meghalaya”, a background paper prepared in connection with the Meghalaya Human Development Report.
Visiting Assignments:
  • Visiting Fellow in the Programme for Regional and Rural Development Planning in the School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, 2003.
  • Visiting Scholar, Ph.D. Program in Integrated Sciences, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. 2003.

Research Projects

  • Act East Policy, Entrepreneurial Efficiency and Transactions Costs, ICSSR-NERC and Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India.
  • Technical Quality And Economic Assessment of the Category B Assets Under MGNREGA in  Sikkim,  Government of Sikkim.
  • Brahmaputra and the Socio-Economic Life of People of Assam, Tetra Tech India Ltd.
  • Appraisal and Impact Assessment of MGNREGA in the State of Assam, UNDP, India, Delhi.
  • Growth, Composition and Determinants of Rural Non-Farm Employment in North East India, VGNLI, NOIDA.
  • Evaluation of NREGA in the states of Sikkim and Meghalaya, UNDP, India .
  • Comparative Study of Rural Non-Farm Employment in India and Thailand, Asian Scholarship Foundation, Thailand.
  • Dynamics of Rural Non-Farm Employment in Arunachal Pradesh- A Case Study of Lohit District, University Grants Commission(UGC), India.
  • Urban Informal Manufacturing Sector in a Tribal Economy-A Case Study of Arunachal Pradesh,University Grants Commission(UGC), India.

Publications

Books and Research Study Series Published:

  • Rural Non-Farm Employment in India and Thailand, VDM Verlag, Germany, 2011.
  • Growth, Composition and Determinants of Rural Non-Farm Employment in North East India, VGNLI, NOIDA, 2012.

Research Paper(s) Published:

  • Panda, B.(2017). Act East Policy and North East India: The Role of Transactions Costs In.Mainstreaming the Northeast in India’s Look and Act East Policy. Atul Sarma and S. Choudhury(Eds.),  Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, Chapter 7, p. 154-175.
  • Panda, B.(2017). Act East Policy, Transactions Costs and Development of the North East. In Act East and India’s North East. C.J Thomas and K. Sarada(Eds.),  Pentagon, New Delhi, Chapter 3,p. 37-56.
  • Basumatary, N. and Bhagirathi Panda.(2017). “Inquiry into Nexus between Economic Development and Governance in North East India”, Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol. 7, No. 5, May 2017, pp. 305-324.
  • Panda, B.(2017): “Rural Employment Diversification in North East India: An Analysis”. Journal of Rural Development, 36(2), June,p.166-179.
  • Panda, B.(2016). Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. In Social Entrepreneurship as the Best Solution to the Problems of Mass Poverty and Climate Change. Nilima, Bora(Eds.). ISBN 9789383308-50-10, Jorhat College. Jorhat, Assam, Chapter 1, p. 1-7.
  • Nayak , P. and  Bhagirathi Panda.(2016),  Brahmaputra and the Socio-Economic Life of People of Assam, SSRN. 4th June.
  • Panda, B. (2015): "National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme: Development Practice at the Crossroads", Economic & Political Weekly, 50(23): 126-131, June 6.
  • Deka, T. and B.Panda. (2015). Employment Generation and Social Capital Formation: A Study of the Impact of MGNREGA in Assam. International Journal of Recent Scientific Research, 6(11): 7619-7626.
  • Panda, B.(2015) ,  Report of National Committee for MGNREGS Administrative Awards 2010-11: Kenojhar District Odisha. in Contemporary Practices of MGNREGS: Insights from Districts. K.B. Saxena (Eds.). Sage Impact, Sage Publications, New Delhi: Chapter 3,  P.55-56.
  • Panda, B., Rao, H., Ranjan, N., Kehra, Reetika. (2015), Report of National Committee for MGNREGS Administrative Awards 2010-11: Alappuzha District(kerala). in Contemporary Practices of MGNREGS: Insights from Districts. K.B. Saxena (Eds.). Sage Impact, Sage Publications, New Delhi: Chapter 3, P.39-42.
  • Panda, B. (2015): “Economic Transparency and Development: Some Reflections”, in proceedings of the National Seminar on Swachh Bharat, organized by the Assam Rifles Headquarters, Shillong.
  • Panda, B. (2014): "Research in Economics in North East India: Progress, Deficits and Limitations", in Proceedings of the UGC-SAP National Symposium on Social Science Research on Northeast India: Practices, Problems and Prospects, organised by the Department of Political Science, NEHU held at ICSSR-NERC, Shillong.
  • Panda, B. (2014): "Impact of Budget on North East: A Critical Analysis", Eastern Panorama, 22(5), Shillong.
  • Panda, B. (2010): “Economic Growth, Exclusion and Human Development in North Eastern Region of India” in P. Nayak (edt.) Growth and Human Development in North East India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi.
  • Umdor, S. and B. Panda (2009): “An Assessment of SHGs under SGSY Programme: Evidence from Meghalaya”, Asian Economic Review, Vol. 51, No.2, IIE, Hyderabad.
  • Umdor,S. and B. Panda (2009) People’s Participation in the Development Process in Meghalaya, Meghalaya State Human Development Report 2008, Chapter 10, Government of Meghalaya, Shillong.
  • Umdor, S. and B. Panda (2009) State of Infrastructure in Meghalaya, Meghalaya State Human Development Report 2008, Chapter 7, Government of Meghalaya, Shillong.
  • Panda, B. (2008): “Rural Non-Farm Employment in Thailand” Journal of Rural Development, Vol. 27, No-3, April-June , NIRD,  Hyderabad
  • Umdor, S. and B. Panda (2007): “Economic Infrastructure in North East India- An Analysis”, Man & Development, Vol. 29, No.1, pp.113-130.
  • Panda, B. (2006):  “Rural Non-Farm Employment in India and Thailand”, Asian Profile, Vol. 34, No. 6, Canada.
  • Panda, B. (2006): “Concept and Context of New Employment Opportunities for Women in Agriculture”, conference proceedings, NIPCCD, NewDelhi.
  • Panda, B. (2004): “Urban Informal Producers and Nature of Their Credit Structure”, Bangladesh Journal of Resources and Development, Vol.2, No.1,Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  • Panda, B.(2003): “Rural Industrial Employment in Arunachal Pradesh”, in B. Dutta Ray and G. Das (eds.) Dimensions of Rural Development in North-East India, Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi.
  • Panda, B. (2002): “Forests and Forests Resources Management in India’s North-East-Facts, Theory and Policy”, in Management of Forests Resources in India’s North-East, Omsons, New Delhi.
  • Panda, B. (2000): “Rural-Non Farm Employment in India's North-East- Facts, Significance and Policy Implications”, Journal of NEICSSR, Vol.24, No.1, Shillong, India.
  • Panda, B. (1999): “Growth, Composition and Determinants of Rural Non-Farm Employment in Arunachal Pradesh”, Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol.42, No.2, New Delhi.
  • Panda, B. (1999): “Issues in Energy Supply and Demand Management- The Case of Arunachal Pradesh”, in Mahajan, Agnihotri and Athparia (eds.) Energy and Energy Resource Management, Deep and Deep, New Delhi.
  • Panda, B. (1998): “Status of and Sociological Constraints to Industrial Development in Arunachal Pradesh” in B. Dutta Ray (ed.) Sociological Constraints to Industrial Development in North-East, Concept, New Delhi.
  • Panda, B. (1997): “Changing Facets of Agriculture in Arunachal Pradesh” in Behera and Roy (eds.) Trends in Agrarian Structure in the Hills of North-East India, Commonwealth Publishers, New Delhi.
  • Panda, B. (1996): “Growth of Farm and Non-Farm Employment in Arunachal Pradesh-A Case Study”, Southern Economist, Vol.35, June, Bangalore.
  • Panda, B. (1990): “The Growth, Nature and Dimensions of Over dues in Cooperative Credit to Agriculture in Ganjam”, Rainbow, Quarterly Cooperative Journal, Orissa State Cooperative Union, June, Bhubaneswar.

Working Committee and Project Reports :

Articles Published in News Papers and Magazines:

  • Panda, B. (2016) ‘Act East Policy and Development of the North-East: Some Reflections” in The Shillong Times, dated 28th May 2016.
  • Panda, B. (2015) ‘Employment Diversification and Women in North East: Time for Serious Reflections’ in The Shillong Times, dated 15th September 2015.
  • Panda, B. (2015): "Budget 2015 and The North East", The Shillong Times, http://www.theshillongtimes.com/2015/04/01/budget-2015-and-the-north-east/
  • Panda, B. (2014): "Budget, Development and The North East", The Shillong Times, www.theshillongtimes.com/.../budget-development-and-the-north-east/
  • Panda, B. (2013): "Sliding rupee and its impact on the north eastern economy", The North East Today, 6: 26-27.
  • Panda, B. (2011): "Look East Policy and the North East", The Shillong Times.
  • Panda, B. (2011): "Look East and Meghalaya", The Shillong Times.
  • Panda, B. (2009): "Governance and Development", The Shillong Times.

Seminars/Symposia/Conferences etc. attended and papers presented:

  • Presented the resource person’s paper entitled “Demonetisation, Economic Development and Informal Economy” in the national seminar on ‘“Demonetisation and Digitisation of Indian Economy” organised by Department of Commerce, NEHU, Shillong on  28th of November 2017
  • Presented the resource person’s paper entitled “Rural Non-Farm Employment and  Economic Development in North East” in the UGC sponsored national seminar on ‘Rural Non-Farm Employment in North East India’ organised by Nazira College, Shivsagar,  Assam on 27th October 2017.
  • Presented the panelist paper entitled “Act East Policy, India’s North East and Thailand: Issues in Economic Integration” in the 13th International Conference in Thai Studies, held in Chiangmai, Thailand from 15th-18th July 2017.
  • Presented the resource person’s paper entitled “ Act East Policy and Economic Development of the North East” in the International Seminar on Border Trade in North East  India: A Politico-Economic Perspective, organised by  Women’s College, Shillong on 21-22 October 2016.
  • Chaired a session “Impact of border trade: Economic and Socio-Cultural” in the International Seminar on Border Trade in North East India: A Politico-Economic Perspective, organised by Women’s College, Shillong on 21-22 October 2016.
  • Chaired a session “Social Entrepreneurship and Poverty” in the national seminar on Social Entrepreneurship as the Best Solution to the Problems of Mass Poverty and Climate Change organised by organised by Jorhat College, Jorhat, Assam on 30 the Sept-1st October 2016.
  • Presented the resource person’s paper entitled “Act East Policy, Transactions Costs and Development of the North East” in the national brainstorming session on Act East to India’s North East: How to Reap the Dividend, organised by ASEAN Study Centre, ICSSR, Shillong on 8-9th August 2016.
  • Presented an invited paper “sustainable development and  establishment space in north east: some reflections” in the UGC-SAP national seminar on interrogating democracy and development in north east India, organised by the department of political science, NEHU on  17th March 2016
  • Presented an invited paper “economic transparency and development: some reflections” in the national seminar on physical, economic and mental transparency organised by the Assam Rifles, held in the premises of Assam Rifles, Shillong on 15th March 2016.
  • Presented an invited paper  “ the economy of bamboo and sustainable development in NER: an analysis” in the national symposium-cum-workshop on significance of bamboo in socio-cultural and economic development of north east India,  organised jointly by  IGNCA, New Delhi and  the department of creative and cultural studies, NEHU on 12th March 2016.
  • Presented the resource person’s paper entitled “financial inclusion and inclusive development” in the UGC sponsored national seminar on financial inclusion in India with special reference to its north eastern region: issues and policies, organised by Tihu college, Tihu, Assam on 6th November 2015.
  • Chaired a session “financial inclusion and inclusive growth” in the national seminar on financial inclusion in India with special reference to its north eastern region: issues and policies’ organised by Tihu college, Tihu, Assam on 6th November 2015.
  • Attended and participated as the lead discussant in the silver jubilee international seminar on India’s act east policy and north east India, organised by OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati on 25-26th September 2015.
  • Chaired the session on ‘growth and development’ in the national seminar on poverty, inequality and health in India: with special reference to north east, organised by the department of economics, NEHU from 8-10th October 2015.
  • Presented a paper entitled 'rural non-farm employment in north east: a spatial and developmental analysis' in the national seminar on underdevelopment of the north east region and the Indian state, organised by the Indian Regional Science Congress and held at department of Geography, NEHU Shillong from 6-8 November, 2014.
  • Participated as a resource person, chaired two technical sessions and presented an invited paper 'financial inclusion for inclusive growth' in the national seminar on 'financial inclusion and financial literacy for inclusive growth with special focus on NE region' organised by MNC Balika Mahavidyalaya, Nalbari, Assam during 17-18th October 2014.
  • Participated as a resource person, chaired one technical session and discussed two research papers in the national seminar on 'reviewing public provisioning in basic services and infrastructure : country experiences and outcomes' organised by OKD Institute of Social Change & Development and held at Guwahati during 25-26th September 2014.
  • Participated and presented the key note paper 'the importance of research project proposal : why to research, what to research and how to research' in the UGC sponsored national workshop on 'research project writing' organised by S.B. Deorah College and held at Ulubari, Guwahati on 9.5.2014.
  • Participated and presented a paper entitled 'research in economics in north east India: progress, deficits and limitations' in the UGC-SAP national symposium on social science research on northeast India: practices, problems and prospects, organised by the department of political science, NEHU held at Conference Hall, ICSSR-NERC, Shillong on 21-22nd March 2014.
  • Attended as a resource person and made a presentation entitled 'protecting farmers as a special class of consumer-producer' in the national symposium on ' protecting the rural consumers in a globalised market place' organised by Administrative Staff College of India(ASCI), Hyderabad, on 26-27th July 2013.
  • Attended as a resource person and presented a research paper entitled 'role of research and teaching in ensuring excellence in higher education' in the UGC sponsored national seminar on 'promotion of research culture in enhancing quality higher education in India' at B.P. Chalia College, Nagarbera, Assam on 26th June 2013.
  • Chaired  a session on ‘Women Empowerment’ in the National Seminar on Poverty and Human Development: Issues and Challenges, organized by the Dept. of Economics, Doomdooma College, Assam, 10-11 May, 2013.
  • Attended and participated in the international workshop “ Greening Rural Development Programmes in India” organized by UNDP and MORD, GOI on 14th May 2012 in India International Centre, New Delhi
  • Participated and presented a research paper entitled " Growth, Composition and Determinants of Rural Non-Farm Employment in North East India" in the national seminar on 'Labour & Employment Trends in North Eastern Region: Challenges and Opportunities' held at New Delhi on 30-31 March, 2012.
  • Chaired one session and participated as a resource person in the national workshop "Making MGNREGS Robust in NE Region: Strategies for Future'" held on March 5th & 6th , 2012 at NIRD-NERC, Guwahati. The Workshop was intended for - The District Programme Coordinators and Project Directors, DRDA in the eight NE States of India, Senior officials of RD Departments in these eight states, Academicians and Social Activists working for improved performance of MGNREGA.
  • Participated as a resource person in a UGC sponsored two days workshop on Positive Discrimination organized by Women's College, Shillong on November 25th 2011 and presented a paper " Positive Discrimination and Weaker Sections of the Society".
  • Participated as an invited speaker in a one day consultative national workshop for policy making on 'Empowering Lives through MGNREGA: Strengthening the Reform Agenda" and presented a paper titled "Addressing the Demand through Effective Institutional Arrangements" on 14th of November 2011 . The workshop was organized jointly by UNDP and Ministry of Rural Development, GOI and chaired by Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister for Rural Development, GOI.
  • Presented a paper entitled, 'Sustainable Development and MGNREGA' in the National Seminar on "Development and Ecology: Issues and Perspectives" held on 21st March 2011 in Shillong organized by Department of Sociology, NEHU.
  • Participated by invitation and presented a paper titled , 'Trust, Cooperation and Efficiency Deficits in Indian Universities' in the 3rd National Seminar on Maintenance of Teaching Standards in Higher Education: Issues, Problems and Reforms, held in NEHU Campus ,Shillong from 25th to 26th March 2011.
  • Attended an international seminar on 'From Land locked to Land Linked: North East India in BIMSTEC', 9th-10th April, 2010, shillong, organized jointly by Ministry of External Affairs, GOI, JIIR, CII and NEHU and presented a paper entitled "Regional Economic Integration, BIMSTEC and the North East: Role of Infrastructure and Institutions".
  • Attended by invitation as member of the Working Group on Capacity Building in MGNREGA a one day meeting and presentation session at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie on 27th April 2010.
  • Attended two days presentation sessions in the collectorate , Cochin District, Cochin and KILA in Kerala from 15th May to 17th May 2010 on the status of capacity building in MGNEGA in Kerala.
  • Attended and participated as a member of the expert committee constituted by MORD, Govt. of India to formulate research methodology in MGNREGA, its first brainstorming session on 21st June 2011 in NIRD, Hyderabad under the chairmanship of Mr. B.N. Yugandhar, Former Member, Planning Commission, Govt. of India.
  • Participated in one day brainstorming session on research methods in MGNREGA in NCAER Building , New Delhi on 23rd July 2010.
  • Participated as a subject expert in a one day presentation workshop of post doctoral initiation programme organized by ICSSR -NERC , NEHU Campus, Shillong on 18th August 2010 and evaluated two post doctoral research proposals.
  • Attended and made a presentation “Appraisal of NREGA in the state of Meghalaya", in a one day brainstorming workshop for project directors on rural development organized by the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of Meghalaya on 31st July 2009 at state secretariat bulding, Shillong.
  • Presented two papers " Growth, Composition and Determinants of Rural Non-Farm Employment in North East India" and " Impact of NREGA on Employment Generation in North East India", in the exploratory workshop on identifying region specific research issues relating to labour and employment organized by VV Giri National Labour Institute, NOIDA held at Agartala from 19th-20th November 2009.
  • Presented a paper "Lessons Learnt from NREGA-The Sikkim and Meghalaya Experimentation", in the workshop on the findings of Professional Institutional Network Partners organized by MORD, GOI on 5th March 2010 at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi.
  • Attended and participated with suggestions the first meeting of the working committee on capacity building in MGNREGA constituted by Govt. of India in the office of the planning commission, New Delhi on 12th March 2010.
  • Participated and interacted by invitation in the national workshop on "Institutional Collaboration for Accelerating Awareness about NREGA" organized by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India at New Delhi on 1st August 2008.
  • Participated and interacted by invitation in the "Orientation Programme for Broad Framework, Methodology, Sample Size and Time Frame for NREGA Evaluation" organized by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India on 6th of November, 2008 at New Delhi.
  • Attended and Participated by invitation in the national conference on Thematic Groups( NER Vision 2020) organized by NEC, Shillong from December 3-5 at Shillong.
  • Participated and interacted by invitation in the international seminar on "Rural Poverty : Key initiatives in achieving Millennium Development Goals and the Role of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act" organized by UNDP and Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India in New Delhi, 21-22 , January 2009.
  • Attended and Participated by invitation in the national workshop on, " Management Research : Role of IIM Shillong." organized by IIM, Shillong on 27th March 2009.
  • Chaired one Session on" Strategy to Integrate Social and Environmental Sustainability with Business Sustainability" in the three day workshop held in IIM Shillong Campus from Aug.29-Sept.1, 2008.
  • Participated and Presented a paper entitled "Economic Growth and Human Development in North East India-Some Reflections" in the national seminar on Economic Growth and Human Development in North East India organized by the Department of Economics, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong and ICSSR, North Eastern Region, Shillong on 24-25th May' 2007.
  • Presented a paper entitled ‘India's Look East Policy and the North East’ in the national workshop for Journalists on "Impact of Globalisation in North East: Emerging Issues" organized by the Press Institute of India at NEHU Campus, Shillong on November 2-3, 2007.
  • Participated and interacted by invitation in the national conference on "India's Look East Policy - Challenges for Sub-Regional Cooperation" organized by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in association with Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD) and Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) during October 8-9, 2007 at Guwahati.
  • Participated and interacted by invitation in the World Bank sponsored national workshop on "Moving out of Poverty in India: Understanding Freedom, Democracy and Growth from the Bottom-Up" at Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD, Guwahati on October 22, 2007.
  • Participated and interacted in the ICARE and Govt. of Meghalaya sponsored regional workshop on "Look East Policy and Meghalaya" held at Hotel Pinewood on 23rd October 2007.
  • Attended and presented a paper entitled "Making Development Inclusive in North- East India: Lessons Learnt and Strategies Ahead" in the National Seminar on "Inclusive Development of the North- East: Problems and Prospects" organized by the Department of Economics, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar and sponsored by Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, held at Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Itanagar from March 15-17, 2007.
  • Attended as resource person and presented a paper entitled "Current Food-Based Interventions of Union Government -A gender critiquing" in the national workshop on Achieving Institutional Linkages for Sustainable Nutritional Security and Role of Women organized by NIPCCD, Govt. of India at NIPCCD Regional Centre, Jawahar Nagar, P.O. Khanapara, Guwahati - 781 022, Assam from 21-23 March, 2007
  • Attended as resource person and presented a paper entitled "Context and Concept of New Employment Opportunities for Women in Agriculture" in the national workshop on Social and Institutional Framework for Female Participation in Agriculture, organized by NIPCCD, Govt. of India at NIPCCD Regional Centre, Jawahar Nagar, P.O. Khanapara, Guwahati - 781 022, Assam from 28-29, June, 2006.
  • Presented a paper entitled "Economic Infrastructure in the NER" in the national seminar on Vision 2020 for North Eastern Region, organized by North Eastern Council, Shillong during 27-28th March, 2006.
  • Attended and presented a paper entitled "Employment Diversification in Rural Thailand-Implications for India" in the 4th International Convention of Asian Scholars held at Sanghai from 20-24th August 2005,organized by the Institute of Asian Studies, Netherlands and Sanghai Acadermy of Social Sciences, China.
  • Attended and presented a paper entitled " Uses of Census Data in Research-Some Reflections" in the data Dissemination Workshop held at NEHU campus on 28.03.05 and jointly organized by the Census Directorate, GOI, Shillong and Department of Geography, NEHU.
  • Attended as the chief resource person and presented a paper entitled " Use of Census Data to Understand the Dynamics of Rural Non-Farm Employment in N.E. India" in the Data Dissemination Workshop held at St. Anthony's College, Shillong on 9th December 2005 , organized by the Census Directorate, GOI, Shillong.
  • Participated as an invited participant in the IIM, Ahemedabad and Dept. of Economics, NEHU sponsored workshop on "WTO and Agriculture in India's North East" held at NEHU from 28-29 April 2005.
  • Participated as a Fellow of ASF and presented a paper entitled 'Comparative Study of Rural Non-Farm Employment in India and Thailand' in the 4th Asia Fellows Annual Conference on the changing Asian Landscape : Issues, Challenges and Perspectives, held on 2-3 August 2004 at Bangkok.
  • Participated and presented a paper entitled "Rural Employment Diversification and WTO in the Context of Farmers in the NE Region" in the National Workshop on Farmers Rights and Livelihood in North Eastern Himalayan Farmers organized by CUTS, Kolkata on 7-8 July 2004.
  • Presented a paper entitled 'Rural Industrial Employment in Arunachal Pradesh' in the national seminar on Rural Development, Small Industries and Peoples' Participation in North East India, held in Shillong, organized by NEICSSR, Shillong during 10-11 December 2001.
  • Presented a paper entitled 'Forests and Forests Resources Management in India's North East-Facts, Theory and Policy' in the national seminar on Forests Resources in North East India, held in Shillong, organized by NEICSSR, Shillong during 5-6 June 1999.
  • Presented a paper entitled 'Issues in Energy Supply and Demand Management-The Case of Arunachal Pradesh' in the national seminar on Energy and Energy Resources Management in North East India, held in Shillong, organized by NEICSSR, Shillong during November 1997.
  • Presented a paper entitled 'Status of and Sociological Constraints to Industrial Development in Arunachal Prwdesh' in the national seminar on Sociological Constraints to Industrial Development in North East India, held in Shillong, organized by NEICSSR, Shillong during November 1996.

Keynote Address and Selected Invited Lectures

  • Delivered a special  invited lecture Economic Development, Structural Transformation and Rural Non-Farm Employment”in the national conference on Redefining Development: Rationalization of Indigenous Resources, organised by Tangkhul Scholars’Association in Collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, at Ukhrul, Manipur, 30-31 May, 2017.
  • Delivered an invited  lecture on ‘Role of Gender in Economic Development in North East India’ at the short term course in gender sensitization for college and university teachers, organised by HRDC, NEHU , Shillong on 25.05.2017
  • Delivered an invited lecture entitled ‘Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship-The Case of North Easter Region’ to the students and faculty of the Department of Commerce, St. Mary’s College, Shillong on 20 March 2017.
  • Delivered an invited lecture entitled “Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development : Some Reflections with Reference to NER” to the students and faculty of the Department of Business Management, Tezpur University. Tezpur on 27.01.2017.
  • Delivered an invited lecture entitled “ Understanding ASEAN economies” in the national workshop on capability building for South East Asia Studies for research Scholars and Researchers organised by the ASEAN Study Centre, ICSSR, Shillong and Department of Political Science, NEHU on 22nd November 2016 at ICSSR complex, NEHU , Shillong.
  • Delivered the key note address“Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: Some Reflections” in the  UGC sponsored National Seminar on Social Entrepreneurship as the Best Solution to the Problems of Mass Poverty and Climate Change organised by Jorhat College, Jorhat, Assam on 30 the Sept-1st October 2016.
  • Delivered an invited lecture “Impact of terrorism/insurgent activities on economic development of the country’, in the workshop on ‘Homeland Security’ in North Eastern Police Academy, Shillong on 27th April 2016.
  • Delivered an invited lecture “The Evolving Political Economy of North East India and Challenges to Development” in the department of Philosophy, NEHU, Shillong on 25th May 2016.
  • Delivered an invited lecture “MGNREGS:_genesis, socio-economic impact and challenges ahead" in the annual invited lecture series event of  St. Mary's College, Shillong organised by the department of economics,  St. Mary's College on 16th November 2015.
  • Delivered an invited lecture "development theory and development practice" to the research scholars, students and faculty members of the deptt. of economics, Sambalpur university, Odisha in their invited faculty lecture series event , held at the department of economics building on 19th November 2015.
  • Delivered the Keynote address 'understanding development in the north-east: some reflections' in the 2nd edition of the achievers awards ceremony of Eastern Panorama, held on 12 April 2014 at Shillong.
  • Delivered the key note address 'the importance of research project proposal : why to research, what to research and how to research' in the UGC sponsored national workshop on 'research project writing' organised by S.B. Deorah College and held at Ulubari, Guwahati on 9.5.2014.
  • Delivered an invited lecture on " Governance and NREGA" in the roundtable with UNDP Administrator MS. Helen Clark on Leveraging NREGA for Sustainable Development and Lessons for MDG intervention, organized by UNDP India and chaired by the Honorable Minister, RD, GOI Dr. C.P. Joshi at Udaipur on 7th March 2010.
  • Delivered a talk " NREGA and Improving the Quality of its Works" in the national brainstorming workshop on NREGA chaired by Honorable RD Minister, GOI and held at Vigyan Bhawan on 16th July 2009.
  • Delivered a lecture on "Sustainable Enterprise Management" in the SERM Programme run by IIM Shillong in February 2009.
  •  Delivered an  invited talk " the Fall Out on Nations Complex Law & Order Situations, its Effect on Economy and Development", in a one day workshop for senior police officers on the complexities of Law & Order organized by North Eastern Policy Academy, Shillong on 11.09.2009 at NEPA Campus, Shillong.
  • Delivered a lecture in November 2008 on "Sustainable Project Appraisal " in the Management Development Programme for Civil Service Officers of Meghalaya, organized by IIM Shillong

Recent TV/AIR Discussions

  • Participated as an invited panellist in an hour long live panel discussion on ‘Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development’,  in the weekly program of The Inside Story of DD, Shillong organised and telecast live by Doordarshan Kendra, Govt. of India, Shillong on  31st March 2017.
  • Participated as an invited panellist in an hour long live panel discussion on ‘Cashless Economy’,  in the weekly program of the inside story of DD, Shillong organised and telecast live by Doordarshan Kendra, Govt. of India, Shillong on  29th   November 2016.
  • Participated as an invited panellist in an hour long live panel discussion on ‘Demonetisation’,  in the weekly program of the inside story of DD, Shillong organised and telecast live by Doordarshan Kendra, Govt. of India, Shillong on  15th  November 2016.
  • Participated as an invited panelist in a live panel discussion on ‘Smart City, AMRUT and Housing for all’, in the weekly program of the inside story of DD, Shillong organised and telecast live by Doordarshan Kendra, Shillong, on June 30th 2015.
  • Participated as an invited panelist in an hour long panel discussion on “the initiatives, challenges and performance of Modi government during the last one year”,  in the one year of Modi government programme held on  14th May 2015 and organised and telecast by Doordarshan News, GOI, New Delhi on 23rd May 2015.
  • Participated as an invited panelist in a live panel discussion on “First Year of Modi Goverment”, in the in the weekly program of the inside story of DD, Shillong organised and telecast live by Doordarshan Kendra, Govt. of India, Shillong on 19th May 2015.
  • Participated as a panelist on the topic “Recent Developments in Indo-Bangladesh Relations with special reference to North East India” in the Live Radio Bridge Programme of All India Radio, organised and broadcast by AIR News Services Division on 18th September 2015.
  • Participated as an invited panelist in an hour long live panel discussion on “Gold Monetization Scheme”, in the in the weekly program of the inside story of DD, Shillong organised and telecast live by Doordarshan Kendra, Govt. of India, Shillong on  10th November 2015.
  • Participated as an invited panelist in an hour long live panel discussion on ‘Goods and Services Tax Bill ’,  in the weekly program of the inside story of DD, Shillong organised and telecast live by Doordarshan Kendra, Govt. of India, Shillong on  15th  December 2015.
  • Participated as an invited panelist on the topic “Expectations from Budget 2016-17”  in the Live Radio Bridge Programme of All India Radio, organised and broadcast by AIR news services division, GOI on 28th December 2015.
  • Participated as an invited expert panelist in a two hour long live panel discussion on “Union Budget 2016-17 : An Analysis”, in the budget 2016-17 special programme of DD Shillong, organised and telecast live by Doordarshan Kendra, GOI, Shillong on  29th February 2015.
  • Participated as a panellist on the topic “Expanding Trade with South East India Vis-a-Vis North East” in the Live Radio Bridge Programme of All India Radio, organised and broadcast by AIR News Services Division, Shillong on 2nd September 2016.