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 belongs to Indian Audit Accounts Service (1982 batch) and has served in various 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.


Research Advisors

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.



Dr. Padmaja Pancharatnam

Padmaja joined CBPS in December 2014, right after her Masters and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University. She also has a Masters in Econometrics from Madras University. At CBPS, her work involves education assessment and gender related projects.



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.



Dr. Priyanka Dutta

Priyanka has joined CBPS in September 2016. She has recently finished her doctoral dissertation in Sociology from the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. She has also done a M. Phil in Development Studies with a specialisation in Sociology from the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK). Prior to CBPS, she has worked with various organizations like IDSK, CUTS-International and Bhoruka Public Welfare Trust. At CBPS, her work primarily centres around projects related to gender issues.



Shreekanth Mahendiran 

Shreekanth has a Masters in Economics from Madras School of Economics, Anna University. Before joining CBPS he worked as a business analyst at Hewlett Packard (Bangalore) and as a Research Assistant in Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He joined CBPS in November 2011 and works primarily on education related projects.



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.

Senior Research Associates

Puja Minni

Puja has a Masters in Economics from Mount Carmel College (Bangalore) and Masters in Public Policy and Administration from University of Massachusetts (Amherst) on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for Low Income Countries. Before joining CPBS in September 2012, she taught Economics at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Her work focuses on education related projects.



Neha Ghatak

Neha has Masters in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics. She joined CBPS in July 2011. Her work primarily focuses on education and gender related projects. She has also interned with the Centre of Excellence in Urban Governance, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and Central Coal Fields Limited Ranchi.



Research Associates

Sharad Pandeysharad-pandey

Sharad joined CBPS in November 2016. He has a Masters in Public Policy from O P Jindal Global University. Before joining CBPS, he worked as a MIS Coordinator and Research and Documentation officer at Aspire, Delhi. He is interested in the study of human rights, sustainable development, public finance and primary education as well. At, CBPS he is currently working on various projects.


Anusha Iyeranusha-iyer

Anusha completed her M.A. in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. She also holds a PG Diploma in Journalism from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai. Prior to joining CBPS, Anusha worked at a Gurgaon-based research organization, Outline India. Previously, she worked at a CSR consultancy firm, Samhita Social Ventures.


Research Assistants:

Bhavani Seetharamanbhavani-seetharaman

Bhavani Seetharaman joined CBPS after graduating with a Masters in Public Policy from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. For her dissertation she looked at the effect of testing policies on different social groups in Telangana and Virginia. She has previously worked with Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) as a policy analyst.


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.



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.



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.


Akash Kumar

Akash joined CBPS in December, 2017. He has completed his post-graduation in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore and undergraduate degree in Geography (Hons.) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. He has previously worked with Azim Premji Foundation, Rajasthan. He has also been associated with social movements like Narmada Bachao Andolan, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and interned with organizations like AAGAAS Foundation, Shantivan, etc.


Siddarth Sriram

Siddarth joined CBPS in January 2018. He has completed his Masters in Economics from the University of Warwick in 2017 and has a BA Economics degree from Loyola College, Chennai. His masters dissertation was focused on the caloric benefits of the State-government-announced Free Rice Scheme of PDS in Tamil Nadu.



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”.



Project Associate

Thyagarajan R.

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




Administration Team:

Usha P.V.
Head of Accounts and Administration

Usha has been an Accountant and Administrator 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.