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

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 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.




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.


Dr. Rahna K

Rahna joined CBPS in June 2021 as a Consultant. She is a dental graduate with a Master’s in Public Health from Central University of Kerala. She had earlier interned with CBPS in March 2021, in research project titled, ‘A Review of Master’s in Public Health Education in India’. After practicing dentistry for 5 years in various dental clinics in Kerala and Aster DM healthcare (Doha, Qatar), her love for learning and interest in research bought her back to academics. Her research interests include health economics, women health, health systems and health policies.


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.



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).

Research Assistants

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.



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. During her Bachelors and Masters, she has been engaged with various non-governmental organisations as a part of her fieldwork curriculum, internships and volunteering..


Project Field Officers

Ranjeeta Sinha

Ranjeeta has been working as a mentor in Patna since March 2018 in a project titled, ‘Empowerment based Mentoring Model for Adolescent Girls: Action Research in Bihar’. She holds a Post Graduate degree in Sociology from Magadh University, Bodh Gaya and a Post Graduate Diploma in Women and Child Welfare from Patna University. Additionally, she also holds a Diploma in HIV/AIDS and Family Education from IGNOU and a Diploma in Computer Applications. Thereafter, she worked as a District Resource Person in Bihar Mahila Samakhya Society (BMSS) for a period of 10 years between 2006 and 2016.


Dheeraj Kumar

Dheeraj started working as a mentor since May 2019 in a project titled, ‘Empowerment based Mentoring Model for Adolescent Girls: Action Research in Bihar’. He has completed his B.Com from Patna College in 2014. He worked as a District Facilitator under the UNICEF Project School Readiness Program “CHAHAK” implemented in Bihar Bal Bhawan, Kilkari, Gaya. Before being associated with MMP, he was working with Bal Bhawan Kilkari in Gaya as a mobile librarian.


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.

Shruti Negi

Shruti 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 Jaipur. She has graduated with a Masters in Women’s Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and has an interest in areas of gender, violence and sexuality. She has previously interned with The YP Foundation, Nazariya QFRG and Bhartiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA).


Dr. Hijam Kanankumar Singh

Hijam joined CBPS in July 2021 as a Research Assistant. He is working in a project titled, ‘Do the North East States Require a dedicated Public Health Cadre?’ and is based out of Manipur. He has an M.Phil and Ph.D in Population Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Master’s degree in Economics from Manipur University, Manipur. Prior to joining CBPS, he taught Economics as a Post-Graduate Teacher. His research interests include health economics and social determinants of health. His Ph.D thesis was titled ‘Out-of-Pocket Expenditure in Public Health Care Facilities in Manipur’.


Henashree Kataki

Henashree joined CBPS in July 2021 as a Research Assistant. She is working in a project titled, ‘Do the North East States Require a dedicated Public Health Cadre?’ and is based out of Assam. She has completed her Master’s degree programme from Gauhati University, in Women’s Studies, prior to that, she did her Bachelor’s degree in political science. Currently, she is pursuing her M.Phil in North East Studies from GUINEIS, Gauhati University. Previously, she had interned with NEAID, on their pilot project in joyful learning for schoolchildren, during which she visited many rural schools in the district of Morigaon, Assam. She has attended
workshops and certificate courses on gender sensitisation, society, economy, polity
and sexual violence.


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.