Project-based Research in the Department


The department, through an active participation of its faculty members, has attracted numerous research projects, especially from the governmental and semi-governmental organisations and research-funding agencies. The North-Eastern Region thrives on the service sector, ultimately drawing its inspiration and financial resources from the administrative and developmental expenditure of the central government for supporting those services. The contribution of the primary sector is much smaller, and that of the manufacturing sector too meagre. There are not many industries and, if there are any, they use the well-tested technologies rather than conducting research and development to invent and use new technologies. The same is true of their need to conduct or sponsor the market research activities to involve economists for the purpose of investigation and policy formulation. Thus there is a modest base to formulate projects and obtain their financial sponsorship from the manufacturing or industrial sector.

The research projects (either completed or ongoing) undertaken by the faculty members are listed below:

Prof. U.K. De

  • REDD+ project in Garo Hills funded by Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi.
  • Valuation of Some Tourist Sites in Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, (Principal Investigator, Completed in 2012).
  • Empowerment of Women in Rural Areas: A Comparative Analysis of Tripura, Meghalaya and Jharkhand (Co-Investigator, completed in 2010).
  • Process of Empowerment of Women in Rural Areas: Case Studies in Jharkhand State (Co-Investigator, completed in 2009).
  • Process of Empowerment of Women in Rural Areas: Case Studies in two North-Eastern States (Co-Investigator, completed in 2006).
  • Adoption of Modern Technology in Agriculture - A Study of West Bengal (PrincipaI Investigator, completed in 2001).
  • District-wise Variation in Agricultural Production, Productivity and Cropping Pattern in West Bengal since 1970-71 (PrincipaI Investigator, completed in 1999).

Prof. B. Mishra

  • Problems of Border Areas in North-East India: Implications for Thirteenth Finance Commission (Meghalaya Chapter).
  • Problem of Tax Efforts and Variations in Tax Responsiveness in India: Pilot Study in respect of North-Eastern States.
  • Public Resource and its Utilization: Implications for Development of North-Eastern Region as a part of the study on "The structural Change and Strategy of development: Resource Industry linkages in North-Eastern Region".

Prof. S.K. Mishra

  • Studies on Environmental Impact of Coal Mining in Jaintia Hills District" (Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board), 1993.
  • Status of Social Forestry in Mizoram" (National Wasteland Development Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India), 1991. [under SFSO]
  • Status of Social Forestry in Arunachal Pradesh" (National Wasteland Development Board, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India), 1991.[under SFSO]
  • A Survey of Physically Handicapped Persons in 100 Selected Villages of Meghalaya" (Govt. of Meghalaya), 1990.
  • Socio-economic Profile of Population in Mylliem Block, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya" (UGC-UNFPA), 1989.

Prof. P. Nayak

  • Brahmaputra and the Socio-Economic Life of People of Assam, Assam Integrated Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Program of Asian Development Bank, 2016 (Principal Investigator).
  • Functioning of Autonomous District Councils in the Sixth Schedule States of Northeast India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, 2008 (Co Investigator).
  • Human Development in Meghalaya, UGC, New Delhi, 2006 (Principal Investigator).
  • Structural Changes in the Rural Economy of South Assam, UGC, New Delhi, 1995 (Principal Investigator).

Dr. D. Nongkynrih

  • Rural Tourism: A Case Study of Mawlynnong Village, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya. Funding agency: ICSSR-NERC (Minor project)

Dr. V. Pala

  • Labour Profile of the Northeastern States of India. (with Amaresh Dubey), Sponsors: V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, NOIDA, July 2003.
  • Consultant to the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi in a series of studies relating to social group disparities during the period 01-10-2011 to 30-09-2012.
  • Principal Investigator in the project "Social Structure and Educational and Employment Achievements: A Study Of Disparities Across Different Social Groups In India during 1983 to 2004-05" (with Amaresh Dubey as Co-investigator ); sponsored by the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi; reported submitted in July 2011.
  • Consultant to the Asian Development Bank in a project titled "Procurement and Analysis of Survey Data: Identifying Districts in NSS and ASI Micro Data Over Time" during the period 26 - 01 - 2011 to 31 - 03- 2011.
  • Co-ordinator for the preparation of the Meghalaya Human Development Report, 2008, Planning Department, Government of Meghalaya, Shillong; a report prepared in collaboration with the Planning Commission, Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), during the period 01-01-2005 to 27-10-2009.
  • Co-investigator in the project "Determinants of Post-Higher Secondary Enrolment in India" (with Amaresh Dubey as Principal Investigator), sponsored by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, reported submitted in November 2007.
  • Co-ordinated the data collection process in the entire North Eastern Region including Sikkim for the India Programme of Research on Human Development, 2003-2007 conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi.
  • Co-ordinated the data collection process in the state of Meghalaya for the National Survey on Household Income And Expenditure (2005) conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi.
  • Disparities in Consumption and Poverty among different Social Groups in India. (with Amaresh Dubey), Sponsors: The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi, March 2004.

Prof. B. Panda

  • 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, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, NOIDA.
  • Evaluation of NREGA in the states of Sikkim and Meghalaya, UNDP.
  • Comparative Study of Rural Non-Farm Employment in India and Thailand, ASF, Thailand.
  • Dynamics of Rural Non-Farm Employment in Arunachal Pradesh- A Case Study of Lohit District, UGC, India.
  • Urban Informal Manufacturing Sector in a Tribal Economy-A Case Study of Arunachal Pradesh, UGC, India.

Prof. N. Srivastav

  • Concurrent Evaluation of Integrated Rural Development program in the states Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland. (Sponsors: The ministry of Rural and Agricultural Development), GOI, New-Delhi.
  • Evaluation of Jawahar Rojgar Yojana in Meghalaya. (Sponsors: The ministry of Rural and Agricultural Development), GOI, New-Delhi.
  • Review of Research in Economics in Northeast India. (Sponsor: ICSSR_NERC) Shillong
  • Incidence of Unemployment and Child labour in NE states. (Sponsors:VV Giri National Labour Institute), NOIDA

Prof. E.D. Thomas

  • Functioning of Autonomous Councils in the Sixth Schedule States of the North East of India. (Sponsor: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs), Govt. of India, 2007-08.
  • Human Development in Meghalaya. (Sponsors: UGC), New Delhi (As Joint Director).
  • Informal Border Trade with Neighbouring Countries for Meghalaya. Conducted by Research and Information System for Non-aligned and Developing Countries, New Delhi, March-April 1996.
  • Concurrent Evaluation of Jawahar Rozgar Yojana (2nd Round) for Meghalaya, (Sponsors: The Ministry of Rural Development), Govt. of India (Oct. 1993- Apr. 1994).
  • Concurrent Evaluation of Integrated Rural Development Programme and CDS (4th Round) for Meghalaya. (Sponsors: The Ministry of Rural Development), Govt. of India (Jan. 1993 - Dec. 1993).
  • Economic Survey of Iewduh, Shillong. ISponsor: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council), Meghalaya (1992-93: 1 year project).
  • Concurrent Evaluation of Jawahar Rozgar Yojana (1st round) for Meghalaya. (Sponsors: The Ministry of Rural Development) Govt. of India (Mar. 1992 - Jul. 1992).
  • Research Study on Promotion of Tree Plantation vis-a-vis Forest Laws and Land Tenure System in Meghalaya. (Sponsors; Regional Centre, National Afforestation and Eco-Development Board), Shillong (Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India) (December 1991 - June 1993).
  • Perspective Land Use Policy for North-Eastern India - 2000 AD. (Sponsors: The Ministry of Agriculture), Govt. of India (5 year project) (As Joint Director).
  • Concurrent Evaluation of Integrated Rural Development Programme (3rd Round) for Meghalaya. (Sponsors: The Ministry of Rural Development), Govt. of India (Apr. 1989 - Apr. 1990).
  • Concurrent Evaluation of National Rural Employment Programme for Meghalaya. (Sponsors: the then Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture), Government of India (Nov. 1987 - Jun. 1988).
  • Concurrent Evaluation of Integrated Rural Development Programme (2nd Round) for Meghalaya. (Sponsors: the then Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture), Govt. of India (Jan. 1987 - Nov. 1987).
  • Concurrent Evaluation of Integrated Rural Development Programme (1st Round)for Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland. (Sponsors: the then Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture), Govt. of India (Apr. 1986 - Dec. 1986).

Dr. S. Umdor

  • Local Government Finance in Sixth Schedule Areas of Northeast India, ICSSR, New Delhi, 2012.
  • Intergovernmental fiscal transfers to North- Eastern States India: A study of Meghalaya, Guwahati University, 2012.
  • Functioning of Autonomous District Councils in Northeast India (As Co Investigator with Prof. E. D. Thomas, Principal Investigator and Prof. P. Nayak), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI, 2009.
  • Problems of Border Areas in North-East India: Implications for Thirteenth Finance Commission (Meghalaya Chapter)(As Co Investigator with Prof. B. Mishra), 13th Finance Commission through Dibrugarh University, 2009.
  • Feasibility Study for Gravity Rope Way Project in Meghalaya, Practical Action Group (Nepal), 2009.
  • Baseline Survey for Cluster Development and Future Intervention at Mawlynnong area, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya, North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd., 2009.
  • Evaluation of Cooked Mid Day Meals Programme in Meghalaya, State Resource Centre, NEHU, 2009.
  • Project on Microfinance, Indian Institute of Banking Management, Guwahati, 2008 .

 

 

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