Team

Director

Dr. Jyotsna Jha

Trained as an economist, Jyotsna currently heads Centre for Budget and Policy Studies, located in Bangalore, India. She has led a number of research initiatives and has written a few co-authored books and contributed chapters on issues related with equity in education, gender, women’s empowerment and public finance. In recent years, she has worked on wide range of public policies and finance issues, including gender budgeting, health finance and public spending on children. She also writes on development related issues in newspapers and news portals. Prior to joining CBPS, she worked as an adviser at Commonwealth
Secretariat in London, where she undertook research and policy advocacy in a
large number of countries in Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia. Before that
she has worked with the union and state governments as well as with civil society
organisations in different parts of India on issues of equity in education.

 

Deputy Director

Dr. Niveditha Menon

Dr. Niveditha Menon is the Deputy Director at CBPS. She has over 19 years of work experience in the area of gender, specifically focusing on violence, empowerment, sexuality, and urban poverty. At CBPS, her work includes examining various gender-related themes such as the experience of women in the IT industry, boys’ underperformance in education in Commonwealth countries, gender violence in public spaces, and collectivisation of women. She has also worked extensively in the intersection of gender and education, including projects on secondary school education as well as developing mentoring models for adolescent girls and boys. She has a PhD in Sociology and Demography, with a
minor in Women’s Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She has also taught
at the Pennsylvania State University (USA) and the International Institute of
Information Technology (India).

 

Senior Research Advisors

Dr. Archana Purohit

Dr. Archana Purohit is a Senior Research Advisor at CBPS. She has a PhD in Public Policy from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and prior to that, a PG Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). She has over 15 years of experience across social science research and financial services sectors and has worked with organisations such as ICICI Bank Ltd. and IWMI – TATA Water Policy Program prior to joining CBPS. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of poverty, inequality and inclusive growth. At CBPS, she has worked on various projects predominantly in the areas of public
service delivery, education, public finance and governance and internal migration.


Madhusudhan B V Rao

An agricultural economist by education, Madhusudhan’s interests lie in the field of decentralization, public finance and policy. He has developed expertise in the analysis of budgets of local governments (rural and urban) as well as in the field of training elected representatives and government officers on budgets. He has trained over 1,000 elected representatives on budgets during his work with various projects. He is currently involved in studies related to decentralisation. He was at CBPS for 7 years and for a brief period of 8 months he worked as a Senior Research Fellow, Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement, Mysuru.
He joined CBPS back in March 2017.

 

Research Advisors

Sridhar R Prasad

Sridhar joined CBPS in April 2017. He has a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining CBPS, he worked as an Engineering Manager at General Electric, Bangalore focusing on energy systems, renewables, organisational development and technology innovation.

 

Neha Ghatak

Neha has a Masters in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. She is a Research Advisor at the Centre for Budget and Policy Studies where her engagement has primarily been with the education sector and gender studies. She has worked on several projects related to school education, community participation in education, Early childhood Education, Open and Distance Education, women’s empowerment and agency. She has also worked extensively on the Right to Education, 2009. With over 10 years of experience in the development sector, she has been involved in studies that examine inclusion in education and the relationship between gender, empowerment and education.
A Sociologist by training, she has always had a keen interest in the education
sector and has several publications to her credit.

 

Andrea Vincent

Andrea joined CBPS in September 2022. She has recently completed her doctoral research work at Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) in the discipline of Development Studies and submitted her thesis to Mysore university for evaluation. She worked with various colleges across Bangalore and was into teaching and training students of Social Work and Counselling. Her research interest les in the areas of education, skill development and health related projects.

 

Dr. John Kujur

John joined CBPS in September 2022. He has a PhD from the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi). Before joining CBPS he was working with the University of Leicester, UK. His research interest lies in the field of development economics, labour economics, and indigenous studies.

 

 

Consultant

Dr. Gayathri Raghuraman

Gayathri joined CBPS as a Public Health Consultant in August 2018. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate with CBPS in the year 2014-2015. A General Physician by education, her interests in community medicine led her to specialize in Public Health. She has completed her Master’s in Public Health degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her MBBS from MGM Medical College in Mumbai. Her main area of work has been health insurance and health budget analysis. Her areas of interest include health equity, universal health coverage, urban health and non-communicable diseases.

 

 

Senior Research Associate

Sowmya J

Sowmya is a Senior Research Associate at CBPS. She has a Masters in Economics from Bangalore University. She has over 7 years of experience across different research domains. When she joined CBPS in 2017, she was deputed for one and a half years in the crop insurance section of the Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka. She has worked on various research projects namely public finance for children, analysis of budgets of local governments and child nutrition at CBPS.

 

 

Research Associate

Shiboni Sundar

Shiboni joined CBPS in August 2019. She has completed her Masters in Economics from Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune . Her Masters thesis focused on “Estimation of Farmland Prices” in the Purandar Taluka of Pune, Maharashtra. She has previously interned with HDFC Bank House, Mumbai.

 

Research Assistants

Amukta Sistla

Amukta joined CBPS in October 2020 and currently engages with projects on gender and education. During 2019-2020, she worked in the roles of research assistant and trainer respectively. In 2019, she received her Master’s Degree in Development from Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore. During master’s, she engaged in two major research undertakings – firstly, on the theme of intoxication and domestic violence in rehabilitation slum at Bawana, North Delhi; and secondly, regarding dry waste management in urban Bangalore. She worked on the topic of prohibition of liquor in India and its links to welfare, through a
law-based research paper.

Shruthi Gurumoorthy

Shruthi joined CBPS in October 2020. She has completed her Masters in Social Work with specialisation in Dalit and Tribal Studies and Action from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and Bachelors in Social Work from University of Delhi. She has previously worked with National Association of Street Vendors of India as a Program Coordinator for a year in Delhi. Her research interests include caste, gender and urban planning.

 

Rajat Chaudhary

Rajat joined CBPS in April 2022. He has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from IIT, Mandi and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Delhi. He was also an Urban Fellow at Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bengaluru. Before joining CBPS, he was working as a Research Assistant on a project titled ‘Covid-19 and Punjabi Migration to Canada’ which was carried out by York University, Canada and O.P Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India.

 

Abida U C

Abida U C joined CBPS in September 2022. Abida has completed her Masters in Development Studies from TATA Institute of Social Science Mumbai and Bachelors in Economics (Hon) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. She has previously interned with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her research interest includes Social exclusion, Social institutions, employment and livelihood and labour.

 

Project Field Officers

Raghavi Purimetla

Raghavi joined CBPS in October 2020 as a Research Assistant. She is working in a project titled, ‘Gender violence in public spaces: Studying the approaches and theorising the pathways of change‘ and is based out of Hyderabad. She completed her Master’s in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University and BA in Public Administration, History and Geography from Osmania University. Prior to the internship with CBPS, she interned at the Public Affairs Centre in Bangalore and at the District Collectorate of West Godhavari, AP.  Her areas of interest include policy analysis and evaluation in the domain of public
health, human rights and women empowerment.

 

Tanushka Sharma

Tanushka joined CBPS in February 2022 as a Research Assistant. She is working in a project titled, ‘Gender violence in public spaces: Studying the approaches and theorising the pathways of change‘ and is based out of Jaipur. She has completed her graduation in Political Science Honours from Delhi University and Masters in Public Administration from Panjab University. During her course of education, she has interned with the Ministry of Women and Child where she has worked on RTIs and Grievances and reports under the Domestic Violence Act. She has also interned in ‘Becoming-I’ foundation where she has taught economically weaker
section students of a private school in New Delhi. Before joining CBPS, she worked
as a Research Officer on Dr. Ambedkar Chair in Social Justice, Indian Institute of
Public Administration.

 

Administration Team

Thyagarajan R.
Administrative and Liaison Officer

Thyagarajan has been associated with CBPS since 1998. Since 2008, he has been working as a Administrative and Liaison Officer. He now coordinates administrative issues of the organization in different projects and also involves himself in documentation and other activities.

 

 

Usha P.V.
Finance and Accounts Officer

Usha has been a Finance and Accounts Officer at CBPS since 2006. Her major responsibilities are overall maintenance of Accounts, facilitating the research team in their field travel and other administrative issues. Prior to CBPS, she worked as an accountant at MYRADA/PLAN.

 

 

Mrinalika R. Pandit
Communication and Information Manager

Mrinalika joined CBPS in 2013. She has a Masters in Commerce from the University of Bangalore with a specialisation in Marketing and Finance. Earlier, she worked as Junior Project Manager with Swissnex, scientific wing of Swiss Embassy, Bangalore. She was also a consultant at IDPMS. She is a Certified Human Resource Management Professional (C.H.R.M.P). At CBPS, she handles communications, data archives and event logistics.

 

Vanaja S
Administrative cum Accounts Assistant

Vanaja S joined CBPS from 1 August 2017 as Administrative cum Accounts Assistant.  She had worked Tide Technocrats Private Limited, Bangalore for 3 years as Administrative cum Accounts Assistant and Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), Bangalore for 11 years as Administrative Assistant (Front Office Maintenance).  Overall, she has nearly 22 years of work experience.

 

Ramesh K. A.
Office Assistant

Ramesh has been working at CBPS as an office assistant since May 2010. Prior to CBPS, he worked as a Supervisor to House-Keeping staff at India Satcom Ltd.

 

 

 

 

Some of our past employees

 

Shreekanth Mahendiran 

Shreekanth Mahendiran worked with CBPS from November 2011 to July 2019. His work at CBPS mainly focused on education related projects. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Department of Strategy, Globalization, and Society, University of Lausanne. He has a Masters in Economics from Madras School of Economics, Anna University.

While talking about his time in CBPS, Shreekanth makes a statement, “It is the people that make the place” and says that this fits very appropriately for CBPS. He also mentions that during his time, there was a team of researchers who patiently taught him how to write academically, develop research questions, and manage projects. He has personally not come across
another office environment where colleagues invested time 
and energy to develop another colleague’s skills. He shares that his time at CBPS has also helped him with his approach towards his PhD and he continues to draw from the experiences he had at CBPS.

 

Puja Minni

Puja Minni worked with CBPS from September 2012 to July 2019. Her work at CBPS mainly focused on education-related projects. After this she worked partially on two book chapters with her mentor and ex-boss, Dr. Jyotsna Jha. One of these book chapters was extremely special to her as it involved years of her work and ideas that she was finally able to consolidate.

She was requested by Mount Carmel College (Autonomous), Bangalore to take a course on Public Finance for their Master’s in Public Policy students. During the academic year 2021-22, she taught courses on Public Finance, Research Methodology, Decoding Public Policy, Ethics and Public Policy and Policy Formulation. She currently works as an independent Researcher and Guest Faculty for Masters in Public Policy, Mount Carmel College (Autonomous), Bangalore.

 

Varun Sharma

Varun worked as a Research Advisor at CBPS in 2012-13. It was a great experience working with the team at CBPS, and he had ample opportunities to learn and demonstrate his expertise. He left CBPS to pursue post-doctoral research at the Tata Institute of Social Science in Mumbai. Soon after completing his PDF, he worked as a senior researcher for an anti-human trafficking organization and for a brief stint as a health economist with Oxford Policy Management. Following that, he worked as a Research Manager at TISS Mumbai and then as an Associate General Manager Research at Child Rights and You (CRY). Presently, he is associated with
Jhpiego as an MLE Specialist.

 

Shobha Veigas

Shobha was a Project Coordinator with CBPS from July 2009 to May 2012. She worked as a part-time retainer consultant with CBPS from June 2012 to June 2014. After leaving CBPS, Shobha worked as a consultant. She trained around 4000 corporate employees on Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act 2013. She worked at Participatory Research in Asia, New Delhi from 2018 to 2019 as a Senior Manager. Thereafter, she continued as consultant to various organisations. In 2020 she joined UNDP -SDGCC Karnataka as an Awareness Generation and Capacity Building Lead. As a Awareness generation & capacity building lead, she is providing technical support to the Planning Department, Government Karnataka. 

 

 

Dr. Shubhashansha Bakshi

Shubhashansha worked with CBPS from 2009-2013. Being in a great company of established policy professionals and academicians, she was trained to look into policy issues with great depth and was encouraged to learn and apply the best analytical tools and techniques to understand the problem statements of my research projects. She went on to pursue a PhD in Development Studies in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The title of the thesis was ‘Indian Fiscal Federalism: A Study of Negotiations, Motivations and Optimal Allocation of Resources’. She is currently an Assistant Economist, Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom.

 

Dr. Anaka Aiyar

Dr. Aiyar is a Health Economist & serves as Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Prior to joining UNR, she worked at the Tata-Cornell Institute of Agriculture and Nutrition at Cornell University as a Post-Doctoral Associate. She studies the direct and indirect impacts of health policies on improving access to health, income, food and nutrition security. Anaka’s research has been published in premier academic journals such as Journal of Development Economics, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Economics Letters and the Journal of Business Ethics. Her book “Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India” explores the inter-linkages between health, agriculture and economic development in India. She has received several honors and awards including the Postdoc Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership at Cornell University, Taraknath Das Foundation Grant in Aid (Columbia University) and the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award at the University of California, Riverside. At CBPS, Anaka worked on impact evaluations of public health policies in Karnataka. She was affiliated with CBPS first as an intern in the summer of 2005 and then as a Research Associate between April 2009 and June 2011. Read more about her research here or follow her on twitter – @AiyarAnaka.

 

Dr. Sandeep MS

Sandeep worked with CBPS from March 2009 and August 2011 and his work largely focused on empirical work in the drinking water sector during his tenure. Sandeep is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Technology Management at UNSW Business School. He holds a PhD in Business & Management from Loughborough University, UK.

His dissertation studied impact sourcing – a social innovation in outsourcing, in which he explored processes and strategies of social entrepreneurship, community engagement and sociocultural transitions. He has published in reputed journals such as European Journal of Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, The Journal of Strategic Information Systems and Information & Management.

 

 

Some of our past interns:


Sowmya Raman

Institution: Azim Premji University
Duration: 27 December 2021 to 11 February 2022

 

Venkatraman P C
Institution: Azim Premji University
Duration: 27 December 2021 to 11 February 2022

 

Naveen Hari
Institution: Shiv Nadar University
Duration: 1 June 2021 to 1 August 2021

 

Dr. Rahna K
Institution: Central University of Kerala
Duration: 1 March 2021 to 1 June 2021

 

Ankit Raj
Institution: Xavier School of Rural Management
Duration:20 April 2020 to 20 June 2020

 

Raghavi Purimetla
Institution: Azim Premji University
Duration: 4 November 2019 to 4 January 2020

 

Swathi Krishnamurthy
Institution: National Law School of India University (NLSIU)
Duration: 21 October to 21 December 2019