Professor Bhagirathi Panda currently works as a Professor of Economics, North Eastern Hill University and Honorary Director of ICSSR-NERC, Shillong. Earlier, he was also the Dean of the School of Economics, Management and Information Sciences, and Head of the Department of Economics, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. During 2008-09, Prof. Panda was also on the faculty of IIM, Shillong.Prof. Panda is an Asia fellow of Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok and in this capacity worked as a Visiting Fellow in Thammasart University, Thailand and Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok during the year 2003. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience in different universities and colleges of the country and abroad and has also published a number of research articles in different national and international journals. He has guided 11 Ph.Ds and two M.Phil. research students. Prof. Panda was a member of the (i)Expert Committee on effective initiatives under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA administration, Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, 2012- 2013, (ii) Working Committee on Capacity Building in MGNREGA Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India, 2010 and (iii) Expert Committee to Formulate Research Methodology for Studies on Various Aspects of MGNREGA, MORD, Govt. of India, 2010. He has also undertaken a number of research projects on topics such as Act East Policy and Transaction Costs, MGNREGA, Urban Informal Sector, and Rural Non-Farm Employment from agencies like Ministry of External Affairs, GOI, Ford Foundation, MORD, Govt. of India, UNDP India, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute NOIDA and UGC, India.