Prof. S. Umdor


Photo of Dr. S. Umdor Dr. S. Umdor did his M.A. and Ph.D. from NEHU, Shillong. He joined the Department on 21st May 2003. Presently, he is Professor in the Department.

He teaches Indian Economic Policy, Industrial Economics and Economy of North East India.

Contact No(s): +91-364-2723184 (O), 9436117388 (M), 0364-2550076 (Fax)
Email Address: (1) sumdor@rediffmail.com
(2) sumdor@nehu.ac.in
Employment History:
  • 2015 to till date: Professor, NEHU
  • 2012 to 2015: Associate Professor, NEHU
  • 2009 to 2012: Reader, NEHU
  • 2003-2009: Lecturer, NEHU
  • 1998-2003: Lecturer, St. Anthony's College, Shillong.
Broad Area of Interest: Local Economic Development, Socio-economic Studies, Local Governments and Development Issues of Northeast India
Current Areas of Work:
  • Rural Credit in Northeast India
  • Industrial Development in Northeast India
  • Local Self Governments in Northeast India
  • Rural Livelihood in Upland Area of Northeast India
Administrative Responsibilities (NEHU and other Organisations):
  • Chairman, NEHU Covid-19 Committee for Students (2020-21)
  • Deans of Students' Welfare, NEHU (2018-2021)
  • Teacher-In-Charge of Sports Department, NEHU (2016-2021)
  • Public Relations Officer, NEHU (2008-2010)
  • NEHU Coordinator of UGC Coaching Programme for Entry in Service for Students Belonging to SC/ST/OBC and Minority Communities (2008-2012)
  • Project Adviser, Social Economic Life Development Association-NGO (1999-2003)
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Board of Management of the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Society, North Eastern Council, GoI & International Fund of Agriculture Development (2000-2002)
Academic and Official Affiliations/Membership:
  • Executive Member, Indian Economic Association
  • Member, Indian Association of Social Science Institutions
  • Member, North East Economic Association
  • Member, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics
  • Member, District Planning Committee of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Councils (2015-2019)
  • Member, State Mission Authority, Social Welfare Department, Govt. Of Meghalaya (2012)
  • Member, Social Audit Bill Drafting Committee, Govt. of Meghalaya (2010- 11)
  • Member, Meghalaya Economic Development Council (MEDC), Govt. of Meghalaya (2006-07)
  • Member, Committee on Financial Sector Plan, Govt. of Meghalaya (2006).
Ph.D. Supervised:
  • A Study of the Characteristics and Determinants of Rural Credit in Meghalaya- C. R. Swer (2018).
  • A Study of the State of Finance of Autonomous District Councils in Meghalaya - B. R. Syiem (2016).
Consultancy Services:
  • Lafarge Umiam Mining Pvt. Ltd (LUMPL) for 'Needs Assessment Survey for Nogtrai and Shella Village, Meghalaya' (2017-19)
  • World Bank for 'NLTA: Addressing Key Governance Challenges to Improve Service Delivery and Development Outcomes in Meghalaya' (November and December of 2014).
  • Fourteenth Finance Commission, Govt. of India for 'Evaluation of State of Finances of Meghalaya' (2013-14).
  • North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd for 'Baseline Survey for cluster development and future intervention at Mawlynnong area, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya' (2008-09).
  • State Resource Centre, Meghalaya for 'Evaluation of Cooked Mid Day Meals Programme in Meghalaya' (2008-09).
  • Indian Institute of Banking Management, Khanapara, Assam for 'Project on Microfinance' (2007).
Projects Undertaken:
  • Principal Investigator for study on 'Local Government Finance in Sixth Schedule Areas of Northeast India' sponsored by the Indian Council For Social Science Research, New Delhi (2011-14).
  • Co-PI for study on 'Flow of Central Development Funds to the Northeast Region and its Utilization (Meghalaya chapter)' for Planning Commission, GoI (2012-13).
  • Co PI for 'Appraisal of Impact Assessment of MGNREGA in Assam' for UNDP (2011-12).
  • Co-PI for 'Problems of Border Areas in North-East India- Meghalaya: Implications for Thirteenth Finance Commission' for Thirteenth Finance Commission, GoI (2009).

Research Papers Published: (Link to download)

  • Umdor, S. (2020): "Role of tribal autonomous councils in economic development in Sixth Schedule Areas. In: India's Scheduled Areas: Untangling Governance, Law and Politics", Varsha Bharat and Sujit Kumar (Eds.), Routledge Publications- South Asia Edition, Chapter 4, pp.63-77.
  • Hrahsel, A. and Umdor, S. (2019): "A temporal analysis of the growth of manufacturing industries in Northeast India during 1981-82 to 2014-15", Social Change and Development, 16(2), pp.57-77.
  • Swer, C. and Umdor, S. (2018): "Landholdings among tribal rural households of Meghalaya and its impact on credit markets", Journal of Land and Rural Studies, 6(2), pp.91-107.
  • Umdor, S. and B. Syiem (2017): "State of finances of Autonomous District Councils In Meghalaya, Social Change and Development", Social Change and Development, 14(1), pp.12-26.
  • Umdor, S. and C. Swer (2017): "Access and Participation of Rural Households In Credit Markets in Meghalaya", Economic Affairs, 62(1), pp.11-21.
  • Umdor, S. (2016): "Energy Demand and Supply Outlook for Meghalaya, India: Some Issues for Consideration", Indian Journal of Power & River Valley Development (accepted).
  • Umdor, S. (2015): "State of Finances of Autonomous Councils of Northeast India, Review of Development and Change, 19(2), pp. 77-96.
  • Umdor, S. (2014): "Social Audits of MGNREGA in Meghalaya, India International Research Journal of Social Sciences, 3(4), pp. 12-16.
  • Umdor, S. (2014). "It's the Economy Stupid", in H. Srikanth, C.J. Thomas and R. E. Kharbani (Eds.), In Vision for Meghalaya - On and Beyond the Inner Line Permit, ICSSR-NEC, Shillong, pp. 82-88.
  • Umdor, S. (2014): "State of primary education in Meghalaya: with special reference to Mid-Day Meal Scheme", In Sustaining Development in North-East India- Emerging Issues, Challanges and Policy Measures, Anupam Hazra (Ed.), Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp. 70-88.
  • Umdor, S. (2013): "Meghalaya", In Status of Panchayati Raj in the States and Union Territories of India, Institute of Social Science, New Delhi (ed.), Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp. 414-419.
  • Umdor, S. (2013): "Mizoram", In Status of Panchayati Raj in the States and Union Territories of India, Institute of Social Science, New Delhi (ed.), Concept Publishing Company,, New Delhi, pp. 425-431.
  • Umdor, S. (2013): "An exploratory study of rural livelihoods in eastern Himalaya, Meghalaya, India", ENVIS Bulletin.
  • Umdor, S (2009): "Decentralized Planning in Sixth Scheduled Area of India: A Study of Meghalaya", Journal of Man and Development, Centre for Research in Industrial and Rural Development, Chandigarh, 31(1): 83-92.
  • Umdor, S. and B. Panda (2009): "An Assessment of SHGs under SGSY Programme: Evidence from Meghalaya", Asian Economic Review, IIE, Hyderabad, 51(2): 311-325.
  • Umdor, S. and B. Panda (2009): "People's Participation in the Development Process in Meghalaya", Meghalaya State Human Development Report 2008, Government of Meghalaya, pp.247-265.
  • Umdor, S. and B. Panda (2009): "State of Infrastructure in Meghalaya", in Meghalaya State Human Development Report 2008, Government of Meghalaya, pp.161-186.
  • Umdor, S (2008): "Behaviour of Rural Households in the Borrowing and Usage of Credit in North-East Uplands of India", Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Mumbai, 63(2): 211-223.
  • Umdor, S (2007): "Banking Sector Development and Rural Household Accessibility to Institutional Credit in Northeastern India", in Economy of India's Northeast: Problems & Prospects (Eds), ICFAI Publication, pp.169-185.
  • Umdor, S (2007): "Microfinance Programme in Northeast India (2007)", Eastern Quarterly, 4(2):134-144.
  • Umdor, S. and B. Panda (2007): "Economic Infrastructure in the Northeast India: An Analysis", Journal of Man and Development, Centre for Research in Industrial and Rural Development, Chandigarh, 29(1): 113-130.
  • Umdor, S (2006): "Changes in the Occupational Structure in Meghalaya, with special reference to the Manufacturing Sector", Proceedings of the Seminar on Industrial Scenario in the North Eastern States, Shillong Commerce College, pp.71-79.
  • Umdor, S (2006): "Impact of Microfinance Programme on Clients: A Review of Evidence from Impact Studies in India", in V.B. Jugale and Y.V. Jugale (eds.) The State of Indian Economy, Vol.3, Serials Publications, New Delhi, pp.179-191.
  • Umdor, S (2006): "Overview of Rural Credit Markets in the Northeastern Region of India", Journal of Rural Development, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad, 25(3): 425-444.

Background Papers/Conference Proceedings:

  • Overview of the Rural Credit Markets in Northeast India (2018). Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of North East Economic Association and National Seminar on the theme 'Structural Transformation and Economic Development in North East India & Entrepreneurship and Campaigns of Skill India, Make in India', 23-24, March 2018, Shillong, 24-47.
  • A temporal analysis of the growth of manufacturing industries in Northeast India during in last three decades (2018): Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of North East Economic Association and National Seminar on the theme 'Structural Transformation and Economic Development in North East India & Entrepreneurship and Campaigns of Skill India, Make in India', 23-24, March 2018, Shillong, 24-47.
  • An Assessment of the Performance of state power sector utility in Meghalaya (2014): Proceedings of the National Seminar on Power Sector- Its Impact on Economic Growth and Industrial Development organised by Shillong Commerce College on 30-31, October, 2014, 51-59.
  • Participation of people in development (2007): background paper for State Human Development Report of Meghalaya for Govt. of Meghalaya in collaboration with Planning Commission and UNDP.
  • Changes in the occupational structure in Meghalaya, with special reference to the manufacturing sector (2006), Proceedings of the National Seminar on Industrial Scenario in the North Eastern States, organised by Shillong Commerce College,71-79.
  • State of Infrastructure in Meghalaya (2005): a background paper for State Human Development Report of Meghalaya. Govt. of Meghalaya in collaboration with Planning Commission and UNDP (with B. Panda).
  • Status of Rural Infrastructure in Meghalaya (2001): a background report for study commissioned by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi, for the 'Rural Infrastructure Report' 2006 (with Amaresh Dubey and Smita Das).
Seminars, Conferences, Training participated/organised:
  • Presented a paper titled 'Delivering Good Governance in Autonomous Councils in Northeast India: Exploring the Missing Link' in UGC- SAP National Seminar on Public policy, Governance and Development in north-eastern states, organized by Political Science Department, NEHU during March 13-14, 2019 at NEHU Shillong.
  • Presented the resource person's paper entitled 'Entrepreneurial Finance' in a workshop on Skill Development for Employability and Entrepreneurship organized by Department of Economics, NEHU and VVGNLI New Delhi on 27 of March 2019.
  • Attended a workshop on 'Leadership Development in Higher Education for University Administrators' organised by the department of Educational Finance, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), January 07-09, 2018 at New Delhi.
  • Presented a paper titled Institutions and Economic Development of Northeast India in a national seminar on External Orientation of Northeast India: Possibilities and Roadblocks, organized by Gauhati University Institute of Northeast India Studies, on 9-10 of February, 2018 at Gauhati.
  • Organised the 19th Annual Conference of the North East Economic Association and National Seminar 'Structural Transformation and Economic Development in North East India & Entrepreneurship and Campaigns of Skill India, Make in India' 23-24, March 2018 (Co-Convener).
  • Presented a paper titled 'Rural credit markets in North East India' in National Seminar on Agrarian Crisis, Rural Credit and Employment in the Northeast organized by OKD Institute of Social Change and Development and Department of Economics, NEHU on 23-24 February, 2018 at Shillong.
  • Presented a paper titled' Impact of industrial promotional policies on growth of manufacturing industries in Northeast India', in a national seminar on Structural Transformation and Economic Development in North East India & Entrepreneurship and Campaigns of Skill India, Make in India organized by Department of Economics, NEHU on 23-24 of February, 2018.
  • Participated as resource person in a Training programme for administrative officers of Government of Meghalaya on Gender Budgeting organized by Meghalaya Administrative Training Institute, Government of Meghalaya during 1st - 3rd Feb, 2017.
  • Presented a Paper titled '14th Finance Commission and its implication for Meghalaya' in OKD Institute of Social change and Development in a National Seminal on Towards a New Regime of Fiscal Federalism in India: Implications of the Fourteenth Finance Commission, during March 28th -29th, 2017.
  • Participated as resource person in National Seminar on Emerging Trends and Challenges of Microfinance in Northeast India organized by department of Management, NEHU during November, 24-25 November 2016.
  • Participated as resource person in workshop on 'Socio-Economic Transition in NE India' for senior teachers of university and colleges organized by UGC, Human Resource Development Centre, Guwahati University during 14-20 of November,2016.
  • Delivered a talk on 'A critique on Demand for ILP in Meghalaya', Symposium on Inner Line Permits as an Instrument of Safeguarding Ethnic Identity organized by Guahati University on 12 of February 2016.
  • Presented a paper on 'Power sector In Meghalaya' in a national seminar organized by Shillong Commerce College and sponsored by NEEPO and Government of Meghalaya on 30-31 of October, 2014.
  • Presented a paper on 'State of finances of Meghalaya' in the National Seminar on Underdevelopment of the North East Region and the Indian State organized by the Department of Geography, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong on 6-8 of November, 2014.
  • Presented a paper on 'Social Audit in Meghalaya' in a Nation seminar on Inclusive development organized by St. Edmund's College , Shillong on 7-8 of June 2013
  • Resource person for the Inter-State Interactive Experience Sharing of the Leaders of Tribal Autonomous Councils from North Eastern States organized by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu during 30-31 March 2012,
  • Participated in Decentralised Community: UN Exchange Solutions. Community Update, Community Update in March 2011
  • Attended a one day Regional Consultative meeting on Issues to be addressed in the Approach Paper for the Twelfth Five Year Plan organized by the Decentralization Community of UN Solution Exchange, India, on the 26th of November, 2010 at the Institute of Local Government and Urban Studies, Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • Attended a one day National Consultative meeting on Issues to be addressed with regard to Decentralization, Empowerment and Information in the Approach Paper for the Twelfth Five Year Plan' organized by the Decentralization Community of UN Solution Exchange, India, on the 6th of December, 2010 at the UN Conference Hall, New Delhi.
  • Presented a paper on 'Decentralized planning in Sixth Schedule Area: A Case study of Meghalaya' in the International Conference on Kerela People's Plan Revisited, 14-15 December 2007, organised by Institute of Social Sciences, Kerela Institute of Local Administration and UNDP, India.
  • Participated in a National Level Advocacy Workshop on Farmers' Rights To Livelihood, organised by Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) on 21 June 2007, New Delhi
  • Presented a paper 'Decentralization and Human Development in Northeast India' in a National Seminar on Growth and Human Development In Northeast Region, 24-25 of April 2007, organized by Department of Economics, NEHU, Shillong.
  • Participated in a seminar on A'BS, PIC and the Farmers' Right to Livelihood' organised by Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) in Kolkatta on 3 -4 of June 2005.
  • Participated in a one-day workshop on Preparation of Course Curriculum on Human Development, organised by Department of Economics, NEHU, and sponsored by Planning Commission, Government of India, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New Delhi held at NEHU, Shillong on 4th October, 2004.
  • Presented a paper tilted 'Employment in manufacturing sector in Meghalaya 1981-2001', in a seminar on Industrial Scenario in the Northeast of India, organised by Commerce College, Shillong. 4 - 5 of March, 2005.
  • Organised a workshop on 'Farmers Rights and Livelihood of North-eastern Himalayan Farmers', , with the Department of Economics and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) in Shillong. 7 - 6 of July, 2004.
  • Presented a paper titled 'An Alternative Development for the Poorest of the Poor in the North Eastern Region' in a seminar on 'Development Plan for the North Eastern Region: Exploring Options and Possibilities on the 11th and 12th of December, 2003, jointly organised by NEHU and the Department for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India, held at NEHU on the 11 -12 of December 2003.
  • Participated in a workshop on Rigorous Social Mobilization, Decentralization Reforms and Participatory Development, organized by the South Asian Perspective Network Association in collaboration with Konard- Adenauer- Stiftung, Germany from the 18th of February 2002 to the 5th of March 2002 in Katmandu, Nepal.

 

 

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