Dr. Sugata Bag
He has been serving at the Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi as an Assistant Professor, since February 2010.
As regards his educational qualification, he got his first degree, BSc (H) in Economics, from the University of Calcutta in 1999. He obtained his higher degrees, a Masters and a phD in Economics, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi respectively in 2001 and 2011. professor (now Retired) Satish K. Jain at the Centre for Economics Studies & Planning at JNU supervised my phD thesis on economic analysis of contract laws.
As to his past employment details, he had taught at the Department of Economics in Atma Ram College [DU), as an Assistant Professor for four and half years (2005-10). Prior to that, he also worked briefly in the corporate sector: he was a Business Analyst at American Express Bank and served at their India and US offices [2002-03).
0f late he made conscious choice and started to focus on development economics with a special attention on India’s developmental issues. Urban poverty is one of the most burning issues and less researched area in this country. Presently, he is working on a European Union funded project on Indian Urban Poverty (2072-77).This project gave him an opportunity to collaborate with the leading economists of the world who are engaged in policy making for poverty alleviation in different countries, They have produced several research and policy papers related to living standard in urban slums of India. They have proposed a Multidimensional index approach to identifying the incidence and intensity of urban poverty in various lndian cities. This leads them to undertake advocacy with the appropriate government agencies towards better policy framing that can improve the lives of hapless urban poor.
As to my agenda for the ICCR Chair [Contemporary lndian Studies) at the university of Colombo, Sri Lanka: I intend to contribute two ways – through teaching activities in the university for masters and PhD students, and through research activities. A multi-pronged research agenda can be devised that can look into – (a) developmental aspects/issues in Sri Lanka, e.g. devising multidimensional poverty index, identification of targeted beneficiaries, devising policies for integrated development etc., (b) identifying areas and ways of better economic co-operation and trade between India and Sri Lanka that can contribute to economic growth of either countries.