Dr. Jyotsna Jha

Jyotsna has been director of CBPS since January 2011. She has a PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Her research primarily focuses on education and gender. Before her association with CBPS, she worked as an advisor of Education at the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, for five years. She has actively worked with educational policy planners, administrators, teachers and professionals at various levels both nationally and internationally.


Senior Research Advisors

Srinivas Kumar Alamuru

Srinivas joined CBPS in December 2011. He served in the Indian Audit Accounts Service (1982 batch) and in various other capacities in the government. He has also worked with the Centre for Good Governance (CGG), Hyderabad and Fiscal Policy Institute (Govt. of Karnataka). In CBPS, his research areas include decentralisation, governance and budget analysis.



Dr. Niveditha Menon

Niveditha has been working with us since April 2015. She has a PhD in Sociology and Demography, with a minor in Women’s Studies  from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to CBPS, she was working  with International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bangalore. At CBPS, her work includes gender related projects.



Dr. Archana Purohit

Archana joined CBPS in October 2018. She has recently completed her doctoral work at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) in the area of Public Policy. She also has a PG Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) and has worked with various organisations including ICICI Bank Ltd. and IWMI -TATA Water Policy Program. Her research interests lie in the areas of Inclusive Growth, Poverty and Inequality and Financial Inclusion.


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

Dr. Maithreyi R

Maithreyi has recently completed her doctoral work at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, in the interdisciplinary area of childhood studies. She has a Masters in Psychology from Bangalore University, and is a practicing child psychologist. She joined CBPS in July 2015 and her work focuses on childhood-related studies and education.




Sridhar Prasad

Sridhar 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. He joined CBPS in April 2017 and is currently working on Crop Insurance & Skills Development related projects.



Neha Ghatak

Neha has a Masters in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics. She is a Research Advisor at the Centre for Budget and Policy Studies where her engagement has primarily been with gender studies and the education sector. She has worked on several projects related to women’s empowerment, agency and related issues. She has also worked extensively on the Right to Education, 2009. A Sociologist by training, she has been involved in studies that examine the relationship between gender, empowerment and education, elected women representatives, community engagement in schools.


Achala Yareseeme

Achala joined CBPS in October 2019 after working as an Expert Economic Analyst (Consultant) for one year at CBPS. She has Masters in Economics from Madras School of Economics. She has previously worked in Citi Analytics and AXA Business Services before making a switch to the development sector. Her research interests include public finance and economic policy.


Research Associates

Sowmya J

Sowmya J joined CBPS in May 2017. She has Masters in Economics from Bangalore University. She previously worked as a Research Associate in Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore before joining CBPS.




Mithila A. Sarah

Mithila joined CBPS in October 2018. She has graduated with a Master of Social Sciences in Applied Economics from National University of Singapore (NUS) and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University. Prior to her Masters, she has worked with CRISIL- an S&P Global Company assisting the U.S. and Europe Economists in their macro-economic research and publications. She has also worked as a Research Assistant to a professor in NUS during her post-graduation.


Apurva K H

Apurva joined CBPS in October 2018 after working as a Research Assistant for two years at Institute for Social and Economic Change. She has Masters in Applied Economics from Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum and Masters in Economics from Hyderabad Central University. At her previous organisation (ISEC), she has worked on Political Economy of the Research and Development in Pharmaceutical Industry.


Ketaki Prabha

Ketaki joined CBPS in June 2017. She completed her Masters in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore and has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She has previously interned with Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS) in Rajasthan and the organic farming wing of Tribal Health Initiative in Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu.


Summaiya Khan

Summaiya joined CBPS in October 2019 as a Research Associate (Communications). Prior to working with CBPS, Summaiya worked as a researcher at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee’s (KPCC) research wing. She also worked as a research associate with Synergia Foundation and taught at the department of Political Science and Public Policy of Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She has a Masters in Political Science from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore.


Research Assistants

Madhuwanti Mitro

Madhuwanti joined CBPS in June 2017. She has completed her M.A. in Development Studies from TISS, prior to which she completed her B.A. from Miranda House in Geography Honours. She worked with Mahila Abhivruddhi Society, in Hyderabad, for a year as a Project Officer for Model Villages and Livelihood.



Arun Viknesh M

Arun joined CBPS in April 2018. He has a Masters degree in Sociology and Bachelors degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Chennai. His Masters thesis was on the topic “Women labour migrants in construction labour camps in Chennai, Tamil Nadu”.




Lekshmi P T 

Lekshmi joined CBPS in July, 2018 after graduating with a master’s in Public policy and governance from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She has an Undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Kerala. She has previously interned with a management consultancy, Quantum Consulting and Wipro Cares, Bangalore.



Susmitha M V 

Susmitha joined CBPS in September 2018. She has graduated with a Masters in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University and has a Bachelor’s degree in History, Economics and Political Science from Christ University. She has earlier interned with Transforming Rural India Foundation, Tata Trusts in Madhya Pradesh and Urban Management Centre in Ahmedabad. She also worked as Research Assistant for the offices of legislators; Prof. M.V. Rajeev Gowda(MP) and G. Kishan Reddy(MLA).


Deepa Kumari Sahu

Deepa joined CBPS in October 2018 after working as subject matter expert (Economics) at Spi Global technology. She has masters in economics from Madras School of Economics, Chennai and graduated in economics from University Of Delhi.  Her master’s dissertation was focused on inter-generational mobility in education and occupation.


Titas Dutta

Titas joined CBPS in February 2019.  Prior to this, she worked with Foundation for Agrarian Studies, Bangalore on the socio-economic aspects of rural Bihar and also assisted in the preparatory work of the research paper on “Literacy and Schooling in the Bihar Study Villages” with Prof. Fumiko Oshikawa. Kyoto University, Japan. She completed her Master’s in Economics from School of Economics, Hyderabad Central University and graduation from University of Calcutta.


Vivek P Nair

Vivek joined CBPS in July 2019. Prior to that he was an intern in CBPS. He has a masters degree in Social Work from St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore and a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from the University of Calicut. His master’s thesis topic was “a study on the impact of government schemes on the life of tribal families in South Western Ghats region of India.


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.



Rashmi Jain

Rashmi joined CBPS in September 2019. She has completed her Masters in Economics from Christ University in 2017. She has previously worked in EY for one year as tax analyst. After that, she switched to IIMB (Centre for Public Policy) as a Research Associate, where she worked mainly upon political economy papers and projects related to UNICEF.


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 has Masters in Commerce from the University of Bangalore with her 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.