Prof. Kalyan Das

Prof. Kalyan Das

Professor

Ph.D. : Jawaharlal Nehru University

Research Interests:

Industry, Environment, Labour market and Livelihood
Date of Joining : Aug 25, 2020

Phone: 9435309889; 9101172949 (WA)
Email: kalyan.das@cottonuniversity.ac.in

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About

Kalyan Das is a Professor in the Department of Geography, Cotton University. Currently, he is the Dean, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Cotton University. He was associated with OKD Institute of Social Change and Development - an Institute of Government of Assam and Indian Council of Social Science Research for more than two decades. His research interests are on Labour and Livelihood, Environment.

 

Teaching

Agriculture and Food Security, (UG) Liberal Studies Programme, Cotton University  

Paper shared at Department of Geography, Cotton University 

GPH 301 C: Geography of India (UG)

GPH 403 C: Reserach Methologolgy and Field Techniques (UG)

GPH 503 DSE: Social and Cultural Geography (UG)

GPH 601 C: Evolution of Geographic Though (UG)

GPH SEC 2: Understanding and Measuring the Dimensions of Human Development (UG)

GPH 702 C: Population and Social Geography (PG)

GPH 703 C: Geographic Thought  (PG)

GPH 803 C: Cultural and Political Geography 

GPH 804 C: Quantitaive Methods in Geography 

 

 

Papers shared at Ph.D. programme at OKD Institute

Research Methodology: 2 credits

Theoretical Perspectives and the Areas of Contemporary Concern: 4 credits

Changing Economic Scenario and Labour and Employment (Optional), 4 credits 

Paper taught at TISS, Guwahati as visiting fellow

Labour in Northeast India (2 credits; PG, 2018)

Population, Migration and Environment (4 credits: PG, 2019 and 2020)

Experience

  • Professor, Cotton University, Guwahati since August 25, 2020
  • Professor, OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, 5.12.2014 to 24.8.2020
  • Director In-Charge, OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, 5.9.2018 to 24.8.2020
  • Associate Professor, OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, 5.5.2011 to 4.12.2014
  • Reader, OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, 24.1.2006 to 4.5.2011
  • Lecturer, OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, 6.9.1999 to 23.1.2006
  • Faculty, State Institute of Rural Development, 17.4.1999 to 4.9.1999

Research Projects

Research Projects

Completed 

  • Floods and Impacts on Livelihood in Rural Assam: To what extent floods have expanded the Poverty trap? Sponsored by State Innovation and Transformation Aayog, Government of Assam

Research Projects completed at OKD Institute as Principal Investigator

  • “Socio-Economic Status of the Villages Surrounding Deepar Beel (A Wetland area of Assam)” – Project sponsored by Assam Science Technology and Environment Council, 2000
  • “Women Weavers of Sualkuchi- The Silk Town of Assam” - Project sponsored by V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida, India, 2000
  • "The Tea Plantation Labour Market of Assam with Emphasis on Small Scale Tea Plantations " - Project sponsored by V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida, 2001-02
  • "State-Society Synergy: The Case of Sanitation and Solid Waste Disposal in selected urban areas of Assam" - An in-house project of OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, 2001-02. 
  • “Evaluation of Integrated Dairy Development Programme in Nagaland” on behalf of Planning Commission, Government of India, 2002
  • “Construction Workers of Guwahati City: Employment, Employability and Social Security” - Project sponsored by V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida, 2003-04
  • “Employment, Rights and Security: Street Vendors at Guwahati City” - An in-house project of OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, 2003-04. 
  • Securing Livelihood: Global Policies and Regional Response” A project under the CENISEAS programme of OKDISCD
  • Evaluation of Scheme of Assistance to VOs for welfare of OBCs in Assam and Manipur, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, 2007
  • The techno-economic feasibility study on establishing horticultural plants in state of northeastern region, NERAMAC, Ministry of DONER, Government of India, 2008
  • General Survey of Human Security in Northeast India, Asia Dialogue Society, Singapore, 2007
  • Valuing Flood Induced Sand Deposition: Case of a Rice Bowl in Assam” –SANDEE, 2009
  • A Study on Assessing the Situation of Children in Darrang, Udalguri and Baska Districts, Assam, SOS Children’s Village of India, New Delhi, 2009
  • “Valuing Life in a Regulated Labour Market: Case of Tea Plantations Workers in Assam”, a competitive research grant offered by V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, 2010
  • “Evaluation of Educational Scholarship Scheme in Minority Concentrated Districts-Dhubri in Assam and Thoubal in Manipur”, funded by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, 2011 
  • “Non-Structural Measures for Flood Disaster Mitigation in Assam”, sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, 2012
  • “Development of Mountain Areas: Reassessing the Space and Contemporary Contexts”, sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, 2013
  • Economic Analysis of the ADB funded “Assam Integrated Flood and Riverbank Erosion Management Project”, Tranche II; Flood and Riverbank Management Agency, Government of Assam, 2015
  • MSDP Baseline Survey in the Minority concentrated Blocks/Town of Assam, Government of Assam, 2017

 

Projects Associated with

  • Mapping of Injecting Drug Ushers in Assam, 2004
  • Evaluation of Schemes of Assistance to VOs for welfare of OBC, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, 2007
  • Baseline Survey of Minority Concentrated Districts in Northeast India, 2007-2008
  • Differences of Prices at Different Levels of Essential Food Items in Assam, 2011
  • Baseline Survey for Imphal East District for PM’s Packages, 2012
  • Immunisation Coverage of Children in Assam- UNICEF 2006 and 2008
  • Effectiveness and Outcomes on Skill Acquisition and Sustainable Livelihood Initiatives under Assam Project on Forest and Biodiversity Conservation, Department of Forest, Government of Assam, 2018

Research Projects

slno Name of the Project Name of the Principal Investigator Name of the Copi Name of the Funding agency Type (Government/Non-Government) Year Funds sanctioned (INR in lakhs) Duration of the project
1 Floods and impacts on livelihood in rural Assam: To what extent floods have expanded the poverty trap
Status: Completed
Kalyan Das State Innovation and Transformation Aayog, Assam Government 2021 30.954 Two Years

Research paper publications

2022

1. Das K, What Additionally the Ecologically Fragile North-East Region of India Could do to Alleviate Poverty and Ensure Decent Work, North Eastern Geographer, vol. 41, 113-136, 1 and 2, 2022

Research paper publications till 2021

Selected Publications since 2011

  • Constructing a Human Security Development Index for Northeast India, in Amitav Acharya et al ed. Human Security: From Concept to Practice, World Scientific, Singapore, 2011
  • Tea Smallholdings in Assam: Is there a way out? Economic and Political Weekly, March 17, 2012, Vol. XLVII, No. 11
  • Valuing Life in a Regulated Labour Market: A Study on Tea Plantations in Assam, NLI Research Studies Series, No. 95, V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, 2012
  • Farm Productivity Loss due to Flood Induced Sand Deposition: A Study in Dhemaji, India, Working Paper No 73-12, South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, 2012
  • Economic Manifestations of Changed Landscapes: Flood, Sand and Livelihood in a Upper Brahmaputra Valley (with Dadul Chutia), Social Change and Development, Vol. X. No.1, 2013
  • How much compensations would be enough? Case of pesticide application workers in Assam’s tea plantations” Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 55, No. 4, October-December 2012
  • Plantation infrastructure and performance of Assam’s tea sector: An analysis of smallholding tea plantation sector, NRPPD discussion paper no 29, 2013, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum
  • Environment and Sustainability, A chapter in Assam Human Development Report, 2014, UNDP, NITI AAYOG and Government of Assam.
  • Tea Smallholdings of Assam: Search for Competitiveness and Inclusiveness, DVS Publishers, Guwahati
  • Production Conditions of Spices in Northeast India, NRPPD discussion paper no 51, 2016, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum
  • Understanding Sluggish Industrial Process in NE India, pp. 273-314 in Deepak K Mishra and Vandana Upadhyay (Eds.) Rethinking Economic Development in Northeast India, Routledge, 2017
  • Conflicts leave a trail of Poverty and Malnutrition: Evidence from Assam, in U K De et al (Eds.) Inequality, Poverty and Development in NE India, Springer, 2017
  • Global Change, Eco-Systems and Sustainability: Theory, Methods and Practice, Sage, 2017 (Co- edited Book)
  • Report on Economy of Assam in the backdrop of Covid 19 Pandemic (one of the lead authors), State Innvoation and Transformation Aayog, Assam and OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, 2020
  • Decent Wage for Assam’s Tea Plantations Workers: Is there a Way Out, Thought Process, Vol. II. A Journal of State Innovation and Transformation Aayog, Government of Assam, 2020
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Chapters/Articles publications in Books (Research Oriented)

Unemployment and Outmigration for Work from North-East India: How Does it Ensure Wellbeing?’ in “Social Sector Development in North-East India” edited by Ashok Pankaj et al, Sage, 2021

Research Scholars

Sl.No Name Research Topic Roll No
1 Vivek Priyadarshi Production Conditions of Oilseeds in India: A case Study on Soybean Production in Kota District, Rajasthan
2 Puja Das Urbanisation Process of small towns of Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal: An exploration on the determinants of governance and developments in rural hinterland
3 FRANCIS BASUMATARY State’s Approach for development in agriculture sector and the outcomes: A study in Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).
4 Kalyani Gogoi Homesteads and Smallholding Farmlands of Assam: An explorative study towards raising farmers’ income and employment intensity

Other Informations

Institutional Association 

  • Chairperson, Advisory Committee, Support for Statistical Strengthening Scheme in Assam, Government of Assam, since July 2019
  • Member, State Social Security Board, Government of Assam, since 2011
  • Life Member, Indian Society for Labour Economics and Executive member, Indian Society of Labour Economics, 2000-2004
  • Life Member, Indian Society for Ecological Economics and Joint Secretary (2014-16) and Treasurer (2016-18)
  • Executive Member and Associate Director (Honorary) Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, Guwahati

Fellowships and Awards 

  • National Eligibility Test in Human Geography, December 1991; University Grants Commission
  • Junior Research Fellowship in Urban and Regional Planning, June 1992; University Grants Commission
  • Thavraj Award for best M.Phil. Student, 1993, at Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • President of India, Dr Sankar Dayal Sharma Gold Medal- for overall best student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1995
  • Oxfam GB Fellowship on Trade and Livelihood, 2003
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship – International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka, 2005
  • Grantee - South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) 2009