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Dr. Barna Ganguli

Assistant Professor



Barna Ganguli is presently a faculty member in the Centre for Economic Policy and Public Finance (CEPPF) at the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Patna. She has done her PhD on Urbanisation and Environmental Degradation: A case study of Patna.  She has been engaged in social science research for nearly a decade and her areas of interest are- human development, environment, public finance, rural economics and regional economics. She has the experience of working in various evaluation and research projects in Bihar. She has been actively associated with preparation of reports of Economic Survey of Bihar, State Finance Commission and other projects of the departments.  She has also contributed articles on various issues like MGNREGA, climate change, food security, rural tourism, education and health, fertility trends and gender disparity etc.

Research Area 

Gender and Women Empowerment, Social Sector Issues (Health and Sanitation, Education, Rural and Urban Development and Social Welfare Issues), Environment and Climate Change, Public Finance, Enterprises and Agriculture. 

Recent Publications 

1.      An article Strengthening Agricultural System: New Approaches' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 20 - 23, Vol.-65, No.-7, May 2017, ISSN - 0021-5660. 

2.      A study on ‘Food Processing Sector in Bihar', International Growth Centre (IGC), India - Bihar, 2017. 

3.      A study on ‘Diversity and Discrimination in Higher Education Institutions: A study of the State of Bihar',  in a book on ‘Student Diversity and Discrimination in India', Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE), National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi, 2017. 

4.      A research paper ‘What Bihar Gained from Fourteenth Finance Commission: An Analysis' published in Aarthika Charche, Journal of Fiscal Policy Institute, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore, (ISSN No.: 2455-6483), Vol - 2, No. - 1, July - December 2016. 

5.      An article ‘Climate Change & Mitigation: with reference to India and Bihar' published in a book ‘Climate is changing, Food and agriculture must too' on World Food Day-2016, by Bihar State Productivity Council, October 2016. 

6.      A research paper ‘Bihar Budget: Strides towards Inclusive Development' in the first Journal of Patna University, Patna, 2016. 

7.      A research paper ‘Determinants of Fertility in Bihar' in the Indian Journal of Adult Education, Vol. 76, No. 4, October-December 2015. 

8.      An article ‘Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty' published in a book ‘Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty' on World Food Day-2015, by Bihar State Productivity Council, October 2015. 

9.      An Article entitled, ‘Empowering Women' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 34-37, Vol.63, No.05, March, 2015. ISSN - 0021-5660. 

10.  Paper published ‘Small and Marginal Farmers in Bihar: a vital issue for inclusive development' published in a book ‘Family Farming Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth' on World Food Day 2014, by Bihar State Productivity Council, October, 2014.

11.  An Article entitled, ‘Rural Employment-A challenging task' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 32-35, Vol.62, No.12, October, 2014. ISSN - 0021-5660. 

12.  An Article entitled, ‘The Quest for Development Alternatives: The Indian Perspective' in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Invention, ISSN (Online): 2319 - 7722, ISSN (Print): 2319 - 7714; www.ijhssi.org Volume 3Issue 1 ǁ January. 2014ǁ PP.31-42. 

13.  An Article entitled, ‘Cleaning River Ganga- A new approach' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 34-37, Vol.63, No.02, December, 2014. ISSN - 0021-5660. 

14.  An article ‘Drinking Water and Sanitation- Strengthening the life line of Rural India' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 24-27, Vol.61, No.12, October - 2013. ISSN - 0021-5660. 

15.  An article ‘Education for Rural People- A crucial factor for sustainable development' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 11-14, Vol.61, No.11, September - 2013. ISSN - 0021-5660. 

16.  An article ‘Empowering Rural Women- A step towards inclusive growth' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 9-12, Vol.61, No.10, August - 2013. ISSN - 0021-5660. 

17.  An article ‘Empowering Gram Sabha' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 21-25, Vol.61, No.7, May-2013. ISSN - 0021-5660. 

18.  An article ‘Rural Education- a social infrastructure of India' in the Indian Journal - The Indian Journal of Socio-Economic Development, p. 66-72, Vol.-3, No.-5 & 6, March 2013. ISSN - 2249-958X. 

19.  A paper ‘Rural Infrastructure of India -a key to development' in the Indian Journal - The Indian Journal of Eco-Finance, p. 66-72, Vol.-2, No.-2, March 2013. ISSN - 2249 - 3484. 

20.  An article entitled, ‘Disaster Management & IT  (Full Article)' in the Indian Journal - Journal of Social Welfare & Management, p. 33 - 38, Vol.-5, No.-1, Jan to Mar 2012. ISSN - 0975-0231 

21.  An article entitled, ‘Disaster Management and Information Technology' in the Indian Journal - Jigyasa, p. 34-41, Vol-1, August-2012. ISSN- 2279- 0551 

22.  An article entitled, ‘Environment and Economic development- A correlation' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 6-11, Vol.60, No.8, Jun-2012. ISSN - 0021-5660 

23.  An article entitled, ‘Enlarging the Potential of Rural Tourism in India' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 12-16, Vol.-60, No.-7, May-2012. ISSN - 0021-5660 

24.  An article entitled, ‘Financial Inclusion in Bihar - A Step Towards Development' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 35 - 40, Vol.-60, No.-5, Mar-2012. ISSN - 0021-5660 

25.  An  Article entitled, ‘Woman & Child Health Trends : A Comparative Study' in the Indian Journal - Journal of Social Welfare & Management, p. 33 - 38, Vol.-4, No.-1, Jan to Mar 2012. ISSN - 0975-0231 

26.  An article entitled, ‘Financial Inclusion in Bihar - A Step Towards Development' in the Indian Journal - Shodh Prerak, p. 113-123, Vol.-2, Jan-2012. ISSN - 2231-413X 

27.  An  article entitled, ‘Food Inflation in India : A Challenge to India's Development' in the Indian Journal - The Indian Journal of Eco-Finance, p. 66-72, Vol.-2, No.-1, October to December-2011. ISSN - 2249 - 3484 

28.  An article entitled, ‘Literacy Trends in the Country' in the Indian Journal - Yojana, p. 34 - 37, Vol.-55, Jul-2011. ISSN - 0971-8400 

29.  An article entitled, ‘Climate Change and Mitigation - A Shared Responsibility' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 39 - 44, Vol.-59, No.-8, Jun-2011. ISSN - 0021-5660 

30.  An article entitled, ‘Heavy Investments Needed for Better Roads (In Hindi)' in the Hindustan (Hindi)    Patna Edition, p. 11, Daily (News Paper), 24th Mar-2011 

31.  An article entitled, ‘Global Warming and Its Consequences on our Economy' in the Indian Journal - KEGEES Journal of Social Sciences, p. 106-112, Vol.-3, No.-3, Jan-2011. ISSN - 0975-3621 

32.  An article entitled, ‘The Crucial Role of Banks in India's Economic Development' in the Indian Journal - Yojana, p. 54 - 58, Vol.-54, Mar-2010. ISSN - 0971-8400 

33.  An article entitled, ‘Implications of NREGA - District Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh : A Critical Review' in the Indian Journal of Rural Development - Kurukshetra, p. 35 - 37, Vol.58, No. 2, December-2009. ISSN - 0021-5660 

34.  An article entitled, ‘Women Empowerment & Micro-Financing' in the Indian Journal -Ideal Research Review] p. 109 - 114, Vol. 23, No. 1, September 2009. ISSN - 0973-0583 

35.  An Article entitled, ‘Urbanization : Boon or Bane' in the Indian Journal - The Social Profile, p. 06 - 15, Vol. 12, No.-2, December 2008. ISSN - 0975-2668 

36.  An article ‘The NREGA 2005 & Its Economic Benefits : A Critical Review' in the Book ‘National Rural Employment Program' Edited by Dr. Shiva Murugan, Research Center in Economics, Aditanar College of Arts & Science, Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu; published by Anmol Publications Private Limited, New Delhi. (Details - Chapter-11, pp-112-119, ISBN-978-81-261-4933-9).

  News Paper Articles 

1.      Article Published in ‘The Telegraph' in guest column on ‘Bihar Budget 2015-16' on March 14, 2015. 

2.      An article on Budget 2015-16 of Government of Bihar, ‘Commitment to Better Quality of Life' was published in a reputed newspaper, The Telegraph on March 14, 2015. 

Lecture/ Panel Discussion/ Seminar/ Conference 

1.      Detailed discussion and presented a paper on ‘Budget Formulation with Narrow Focus on Health Financing' at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on April 12, 2017. 

 2.      International Conference on ‘Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision' organised by Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) as part of its Silver Jubilee Celebrations organised at Hotel Maurya during March 24-28, 2017. 

3.      Represented the State of Bihar in the panel discussion on ‘India's Investment in Nutrition: States' Role and Response' organised by Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) in collaboration with UNICEF on February 28, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. 

4.      Represented the State of Bihar in the panel discussion on ‘India's Investment in Nutrition: States' Role and Response' organised by Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) in collaboration with UNICEF on February 28, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. 

5.      Presented a research paper on ‘Diversity and Discrimination in Higher Education Institutions: A study of the State of Bihar' published by the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE), National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi, on February 28, 2017. 

6.      Represented State of Bihar in the Consultancy Meeting on ‘Financing of School Education in India' organised by Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) with Child Right and You (CRY) at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, December 22, 2016. 

7.      A paper presented ‘Climate Change & Mitigation: with reference to India and Bihar' in a National Seminar ‘Climate is changing, Food and agriculture must too' on World Food Day-2016' on the occasion of World Food Day - 2016, organised by Bihar State Productivity Council on October 16, 2016. 

8.      Panel discussion in the International Conference ‘Development and Growth: Experience and Theories' organised by ADRI, Patna on March 28, 2016. 

9.      Presented a paper ‘Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty' in a National Seminar ‘Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty' on World Food Day-2015, organised by Bihar State Productivity Council on October 16, 2015. 

10.  Presented a paper on ‘Economic Survey of Bihar: A Journey' in the workshop on ‘Economic Policy and Development: An Appraisal of Economic Surveys of Bihar (2006-07 to 2014-15)' on September 12, 2015 at Hotel Maurya. 

11.  Presented a paper ‘State Finances of Bihar: An Overview' in the refresher course at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi on June 05, 2015. 

12.  Presented a research paper ‘Educational Status of Muslim Girls' in India and Bihar' in the National Seminar organised by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt of India on ‘Muslim Girls Education and Dropouts' at D N S Regional Institute of Cooperative Management, Patna, on March 30, 2015. 

13.  Paper presented on occasion of World Food Day, 16-10-2014 on ‘Family Farming Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth' organised by Bihar State Productivity Council sponsored by NABARD; 

14.  Participated as a panelist on 'Land Right Recognition: Governance in Bihar' of Chandragupta Institute of Management, Patna, World Bank, NABARD and Govt. of Bihar, August 2014; 

15.  Participated as a panelist on 'Land Valuation and Taxation' organised by Chandragupta Institute of Management, Patna, World Bank, NABARD and Government of Bihar, July 2014; 

16.  Participated as a panelist on 'Land Governance in Bihar' by Chandragupta Institute of Management, Patna, at Hotel Patliputra Ashok, Patna, July 2014; 

17.  A round table discussion with American Embassy on ‘Development of Bihar in recent past', 2014. 

18.  Participated in the International Conference on ‘Bihar Growth Day' by International Growth Centre, India-Bihar directed by London School of Economics and Oxford University, at Hotel Maurya in December 2009, 2010, 2011and 2012 and in July 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

19.  Attended a lecture on ‘Fiscal Deficit Crisis: New Architect Needs to Fix the Architecture and not the Plumbing' by Professor Rathin Roy, Director of NIPFP, New Delhi, August 2014. 

20.  Participated in the State Government's workshop on ‘Flood Risk Management', organised by Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, at Hotel Maurya, Patna on June 01, 2013.

21.  Participated in the ‘Workshop on Trends in Growth and Pattern of State Domestic Product, Bihar, 1948 - 49 to 2011 - 12', organised by Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) & Directorate of Economics & Statistics, Government of Bihar, at Hotel Patliputra Ashok, Patna on May 23, 2013.

22.  Given a note in the meeting of Fourteenth Finance Commission for Eastern Region on Issue Related to the Term of Reference of the Commission' organised by Fourteenth Finance Commission at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata on May 02, 2013.

23.  Participated in the ‘Second Quarter Review of Monetary Policy - 2012-13' organised by Reserve Bank of India at Regional Office, Reserve Bank of India, Patna in November, 2012.

24.  Attended workshop on ‘Housing Condition in Bihar' organised by the Census of India-Bihar at Bihar Chamber of Commerce in July, 2012.

25.  Participated in Bihar Global Summit 2012 on ‘Forging Partnership for Development', by Government of Bihar at Maurya Hotel, Patna on 17-18-19 February, 2012.

26.  Participated in seminar on ‘Towards an Agriculture - First Development Strategy in Bihar, India' at Asian Development Research Institute, Patna on 7th November, 2011.

27.  Participated in ‘International Conference on Financial   Inclusion and Economic Growth - Theory and Evidences' at Chandragupta Institute of Management, Patna on July 28 & 29, 2011.

28.  Participated in workshop on ‘Statistical System in India' organised by Department of Planning and Development, Government of Bihar at Suchna Bhavan, Patna in July, 2010.

29.  Participated in international seminar on ‘Revisiting the Poverty Issue: Measurement, Identification and Eradication Strategies'  by Institute of Human Development, New Delhi and Centre for Economic Policy and Public Finance, Patna at hotel Chanakya on April 18-19-20, 2010.

30.  Participated in international seminar on ‘Financial Sector Reforms in India: Review of Proposals of the Raghuram Rajan Committee' by Centre for Economic Policy and Public Finance, ADRI, Patna on November 29, 2009.     




Selected Publications

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