About

I am an Assistant Professor of Population Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

I hail from a small village in Assam, where I did my schooling and college. I did Master in Statistics from Gauhati University, Assam in 2005. Thereafter I joined International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai to fulfill my long cherished dream to study in a reputed institute of India. I did my M Phil and Ph.D. on the topic related to adult mortality in India. The training and exposure at IIPS shaped my career as researcher & academician. During my Ph.D., I spent substantial time at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Germany, one of the finest places for research in technical demography in Europe and in the world. Duing 2017-2019, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.

After my Ph.D. completion in 2011, I served as an Assistant Professor at Population Research Centre, Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) for more than two years. I enjoyed working at IEG as the atmosphere at IEG was very conducive to research. However, my passion for teaching has taken me to JNU, India’s best-rated University. Since then, I am actively involved in teaching and guiding students in population and health research. The last couple of years, I am teaching courses on advanced demographic methods, Demographic change: Health and Mortality analysis & Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research.

My research interest lies on formal demography or mathematical & statistical relations between demographic measures; mortality and cause of death studies using life tables; socio-economic and regional inequalities in health; disability analysis; quality of demographic data and undocumented immigration;  demography of Tribal Population.

My passion includes traveling through the globe and exploring and experiencing new cultures; inspire students particularly girl students to be able and independent and serve someway to the downtrodden people of my homeland! I have a lot of dreams in this direction and I hope that some of them will be fulfilled in near future!

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