People of ASER

General manager

Ranajit Bhattacharyya

General Manager & Communications Head

Ranajit Bhattacharyya

General Manager & Communications Head
Communications Unit
Ranajit Bhattacharyya has been with Pratham since 2003. He has been associated with ASER since its beginning in 2005. He was part of the team that launched ASER in West Bengal and the North-East. Subsequently, Ranajit was instrumental in starting the Pratham chapter of West Bengal in 2007, with the launch of Read India, Pratham’s flagship programme, with the district administration in Sandeshkhali Block of North 24 Parganas, which was subsequently adopted by the district administration to cover the whole district. He currently works as the General Manager and Head of Communications Unit of ASER Centre and has been involved with several research projects of ASER Centre as well. Post C19 he spends more time in West Bengal supporting the Pratham team, in a mentor’s role. Till recently he was the Hub Manager of PAL Network South Asia. PAL Network is an association of organisations that conduct Citizen Led Assessment (CLA) across 3 continents, and is head quartered in Nairobi, Kenya. He has special interest in Sports and Water & Sanitation and contributes intermittently about these issues, in the digital media.

Survey unit

Akansha Bandooni

Research Associate

Akansha Bandooni

Research Associate
Survey Unit
Akansha is a psychology post-graduate. Prior to ASER, she worked with the premier think tank NITI Aayog for almost 2 years in the Communication and Social Media Cell. Her keen interest in the research and developmental sector encouraged her to join ASER. Apart from that, she loves gardening and feeding stray cats and dogs.

Jahanvi Choudhary

Research Associate

Jahanvi Choudhary

Research Associate
Survey Unit
Jahanvi is a Statistics graduate from University of Delhi. Prior to the ASER centre, she has worked as a Teach For India fellow in Delhi where she taught English and Mathematics to Grade 3 students for two years. She truly believes in bringing excellence in the system, where the needs of its individuals are met. Exploring places, cooking meals and reading books are some of the things that keep her rejuvenated.

Mohit Mishra

Unit Head

Mohit Mishra

Unit Head
Survey Unit
Mohit has been handling multiple projects at ASER Centre since its inception and now leads the ASER survey. He has completed his Bachelor of Commerce. He is a foodie, and has answers to all things travel!

Shweta Bhutada

Unit Head

Shweta Bhutada

Unit Head
Survey Unit
Shweta graduated with a degree in journalism from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and then studied International Development at Sciences Po. After a brief stint in journalism, her enthusiasm to understand the world first-hand brought her to ASER Centre, where she is now working with the Survey Unit. In her free time she loves binging on music and exploring cities.

Shwetraj Kaushik

Research Associate

Shwetraj Kaushik

Research Associate
Survey Unit
Shwetraj graduated with a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and has worked on topics such as Digital Governance, AI in Mental Health, and Social and Emotional Learning. His interest in interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and zeal for exploring rural India brought him to ASER’s Survey Unit. In his free time, he loves going on runs and long walks and often explores the world through cinema, books, and maps.

Urvija Rishi

Senior Research Associate

Urvija Rishi

Senior Research Associate
Survey Unit
Urvija recently completed her Master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has previously worked with Pratham Skilling and is particularly interested in research and policy at the intersection of gender, education and labor force development. In her free time, Urvija loves to find opportunities to travel, try new cuisines, read, as well as explore art and music. 

Vishal Prasad

Research Associate

Vishal Prasad

Research Associate
Survey Unit
Vishal is a post graduate in Economics. He did his Bachelors from Jamia Millia Islamia and Masters from IGNOU. He has previously worked as Project Assistant and Research Associate. His desire to understand development sector and gain first hand experience of field has brought him to ASER.

Research and statistics unit

Deepak Kumar

Senior Research Associate

Deepak Kumar

Senior Research Associate
Research and Statistics Unit
Dr Deepak Kumar is a Senior Research Associate at the Research and Statistics unit. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics with a specialization in education from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is an applied micro-economist, focusing on policy questions related to education and health. Dr Kumar was previously associated with the REAL Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK. His research interest in children’s education and learning led him to join ASER Centre with a strong desire to actively engage in grassroots research. Dr Kumar is also an avid mountain lover and enjoys cycling and trekking in his free time.

Devleena Chatterji

Senior Research Associate

Devleena Chatterji

Senior Research Associate
Research and Statistics Unit
Devleena is a Senior Research Associate at the Research and Statistics Unit at ASER Centre. She holds a PhD from University of Minnesota in Comparative and International Development and Education, with a background rooted in Sociology. She takes keen interest in qualitative research methods at the intersection of gender and education. While field and local travel consume a large part of her time, Devleena is a home-body who loves to spend time surrounded by her family, dogs, books, music and kitchen experiments.

Karishma Vats

Senior Research Associate

Karishma Vats

Senior Research Associate
Research and Statistics Unit
Karishma is a Public Health Professional and most of her work has revolved around the underplaying factors for poor development of children and women. In the past decade, she has been part of a few research studies around nutrition and health for children, adolescents and women. Her engagement with the Research Unit has broadened the horizon for to work on other relevant themes. She likes spending time alone with books and music, but being a mother of two, allows less time for that. Apart from it, she enjoys travelling, making friends, talking to people, trying out different cuisines and being around nature.

Assessment unit

Anil Kamath

Senior Research Associate

Anil Kamath

Senior Research Associate
Assessment Unit
Anil Kamath is working as Senior Research Associate with Assessment Unit of ASER Centre. He has been working in the socio-development sector from last 16 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Social Work. He is a certified professional by national and international universities/organizations in the field of “Learning and Large scale Assessment, Measurement and Survey design, Language learning and development in the early childhood, Multilingual Practices, Data literacy and Research”. Currently, he is managing the language assessments for national and international assessments, as well as heading some major internal and external evaluation projects. His hobbies and interests include studying philosophy (metaphysics and epistemology), learning different languages, traveling and photography.

Anwesha Mahapatra

Language Assessment Associate

Anwesha Mahapatra

Language Assessment Associate
Assessment Unit
Anwesha has completed her Masters in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi in 2020. Her research interests are L2 Assessment, Multilingualism and Language Policy. She has previously worked on research projects regarding Social Cognition, Experimental Pragmatics and Impact Assessment. She is currently working as a Language Assessment Associate at ASER. Beyond work, she likes to tend to her garden and read fiction.

Madhumati Manjunath

Senior Research Associate

Madhumati Manjunath

Senior Research Associate
Assessment Unit
Madhumati Manjunath is a Senior Research Associate at ASER Centre. Her main interests include educational assessment and measurement. Her day-to-day work involves developing tools and analyzing data from educational assessments. She completed her MA in Education from Azim Premji University in 2021. In her spare time, she likes reading, watching movies, and doing DIY craft projects.

Nisha Mondal

Research Associate

Nisha Mondal

Research Associate
Assessment Unit
Nisha is a postgraduate in Economics, having earned her bachelor’s degree from Delhi University and her master’s from the Madras School of Economics. She prepared for the Civil Services Exam, which ignited a special interest in the social sector, particularly in education and women’s sector. Her desire is to gain firsthand experience in the field and contribute to impactful interventions. Besides, Nisha is an animal lover who always tries to connect with animals in her free time. She also loves to sing!

Sadiya Farooq

Research Associate

Sadiya Farooq

Research Associate
Assessment Unit
Sadiya completed her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Centre Management and Entrepreneurship from Ambedkar University Delhi in 2020. Her passion for working with and for children grew stronger during her graduation period. She is currently working as a Research Associate with the Assessment Unit at the ASER Centre. She is also interested in graphic design. In her leisure time, she loves to travel and spend time in nature.

Sudipto Kar

Unit Head

Sudipto Kar

Unit Head
Assessment Unit
Sudipto Kar is a Senior Researcher and an experienced Assessment Specialist with more than 8 years of experience in the field of education measurements. He holds a degree in Computer Application from Delhi University. While his journey began with overseeing Math assessments in the Unit, he currently oversees both National and International Assessment programs with a focus on digital learning, adaptive testing designs, and impact evaluations. In his free time, Sudipto enjoys exploring new places, reconnecting with old friends, and indulging in local cuisine.

Surabhi Ghosh

Research Associate

Surabhi Ghosh

Research Associate
Assessment Unit
Surabhi is a post graduate in Biomedical Science from the University of Delhi. She has a keen interest in educational research. Prior to ASER, she worked in science education at NCERT. She is currently developing assessments for maths and science. Surabhi enjoys traveling to new places, learning about the lifestyle of locals and trying new cuisines. She loves singing and interacting with people.

Vikram Prateek Guria

Unit Head

Vikram Prateek Guria

Unit Head
Assessment Unit
Vikram leads the Assessment Unit at ASER Centre. He studied engineering and started as a software engineer. Gradually he moved into EdTech sector and later focusing on educational measurement for more than a decade. His interest areas are game based assessments and ethnomathematics. Apart from work areas, he explores world music and cinema. Currently, he is learning football tactical analysis and hopes to sometime meet José Mourinho.

Design unit

Aamir Khan

Graphic Designer

Aamir Khan

Graphic Designer
Material Design
Graphic Designer at ASER Centre, Aamir Khan graduated with BA. Programme from Delhi University, he also has a Diploma in fashion design from JD Institute of FT. He has been working at ASER for eight years. Aamir takes keen interest in fashion and the arts, and in his spare time he designs and sews miniature outfits for dolls.

Imtiyaz Ahmed

Graphic Designer

Imtiyaz Ahmed

Graphic Designer
Material Design
Graphic Designer of ASER Centre, Md. Imtiyaz Ahmad has been working in the Design Unit at ASER Centre for thirteen years. He holds a Bachelors in Sociology from L.N.M University Darbhanga. He is passionate about Cricket, Football and Hockey and enjoys reading novels in his spare time.

Saleem Miyan

System Administrator

Saleem Miyan

System Administrator
Data Entry Coordinator And Material Production
Saleem Miyan is a System Administrator and Graphics Designer and has been working with Pratham for over 22 years. At ASER, he has also been actively involved in survey management, developing survey tools, data entry management and report publishing. Saleem is a graduate from Delhi University. He likes playing cricket and takes a keen interest in politics.

Sanjeev Sharma

Unit Head

Sanjeev Sharma

Unit Head
Design & Material Production Unit
Sanjeev Sharma heads the Design unit at ASER Centre, and has been working here for 13 years. He has completed his BCA from Delhi University.

Communications unit

Akanksha Bisht

Content & Research Associate

Akanksha Bisht

Content & Research Associate
Content & Research
Akanksha has studied from Indraprastha College for Women and Ambedkar University Delhi. She is an aspiring development professional interested in the field of education and gender. She is also a freelance writer and editor. In her free time, she enjoys books, crafts, visual arts, and crochet.

Ranajit Bhattacharyya

General Manager & Communications Head

Ranajit Bhattacharyya

General Manager & Communications Head
Communications Unit
Ranajit Bhattacharyya has been with Pratham since 2003. He has been associated with ASER since its beginning in 2005. He was part of the team that launched ASER in West Bengal and the North-East. Subsequently, Ranajit was instrumental in starting the Pratham chapter of West Bengal in 2007, with the launch of Read India, Pratham’s flagship programme, with the district administration in Sandeshkhali Block of North 24 Parganas, which was subsequently adopted by the district administration to cover the whole district. He currently works as the General Manager and Head of Communications Unit of ASER Centre and has been involved with several research projects of ASER Centre as well. Post C19 he spends more time in West Bengal supporting the Pratham team, in a mentor’s role. Till recently he was the Hub Manager of PAL Network South Asia. PAL Network is an association of organisations that conduct Citizen Led Assessment (CLA) across 3 continents, and is head quartered in Nairobi, Kenya. He has special interest in Sports and Water & Sanitation and contributes intermittently about these issues, in the digital media.

Uttara Rana

Communications Associate

Uttara Rana

Communications Associate
Communication Unit
She is a young communication professional who aspires to become a storyteller. Before this, She was interning with UNDP where she helped in building communication plans for SDG awareness and localization in Uttarakhand. With a Master’s degree focused on Advertising and Public Relations, she is also equipped with skills like creative problem-solving, advertising, and Brand communication. In her extra time, she indulges herself in scriptwriting, filmmaking, and video editing and loves to talk about cinema, conspiracies, and the environment.

Human resources and administration unit

Busra Ali

Admin Assistant

Busra Ali

Admin Assistant
Administration Unit
Bushra is in the Administration unit and has been working with ASER for 6 years. She completed her undergraduate education at Delhi University. In her free time, Bushra loves exploring new places and learning new things.

Nandita Banerjee

HR & Capacity Building Head

Nandita Banerjee

HR & Capacity Building Head
Human Resources & Capacity Building Unit
Nandita has been working in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years and joined ASER Centre in 2011. She has been the head of HR and the Capacity Building Unit since 2013. In her current role she manages the HR and training of ASER team members, along with managing talent acquisition, performance appraisals, employee engagement and welfare practices. She also trains members on understanding and using data, including sessions on Basic Descriptive Statistics and MS Excel. She is a part-time faculty at the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP). She has an MBA, a Masters in Economics and a Diploma in Training and Development. In her free time, she likes to go trekking, read, travel, and play with her dogs. She practices sustainable living and regularly volunteers with NGOs working with children and for animal welfare.

Vandana Paul

Head of Administration & Senior HR Associate

Vandana Paul

Head of Administration & Senior HR Associate
Human Resources & Administration Unit
Vandana (Vandy) has been working at ASER for more than 13 years. She enjoys cooking and loves to travel to new places.

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