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Department of Educational Planning

With the shift of emphasis from centralised to decentralised planning, the main effort of the Department is on integration of inputs, processes and products of planning at institutional, district, state and national levels. With the onset of liberalization of the economy, the focus has also shifted to strategic, indicative rather than comprehensive planning in conventional sense. The Department conducts training programmes, and undertakes research in these areas and also provides consultation to various bodies. More...


Prof. K. Biswal

Professor and Head

Professor K. Biswal has a PhD in Economics of Education from JNU, New Delhi. He has received training in educational planning from IIEP, Parisand . Currently, he is heading the Department. As In- charge, he has been managing the Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE) and the Student Database Management Information System (SDMIS) at NIEPA since January 2017.He specializes in Economics of Education, Educational Decentralization, Strategic Planning, Project Planning, and local level planning techniques – i.e. School Mapping, Micro Planning, & School Improvement Planning. He has been actively involved in programme planning and implementation of central sector flagship programmes like the SSA, RMSA and Samagra Shiksha. He is a co-author of the manual for formulating the DSEP under the RMSA entitle, “Secondary Education Planning and Appraisal Manual” first published in 2012. He had the opportunity to work in several working groups/sub-groups of the MHRD for formulation of five-year plans as well as development of implementation frameworks of flagship school education development programmes.

He also had the opportunity to act as the Secretary to the Committee for Evolution of the New Education Policy 2016 constituted by the MHRD, GoI under the chairmanship of former Cabinet Secretary,ShriT.S.R. Subramanian. He has authored/co-authored five books and published several research papers and articles, including the number of background papers of the EFA Global Monitoring Report. He is also the lead author of the End of Decade Notes on Education for All Goal 2 in Asia-Pacific Region published by the UNESCO in2013.

Designation Department Specialization E-Mail Id.
Professor & Head Educational Planning Decentralized Planning in Education kkbiswal[at]niepa[dot]ac[dot]in

Prof. Geetha Rani


Dr. P. Geetha Rani serves as Professor at Department of Educational Planning, NIEPA, New Delhi. She served as Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair Professor of Indian Studies Abroad at the PNG University of Technology, Papua New Guinea from 2021 to 2023. She has as well served as Professor and Head at Department of Economics, Central University of Tamil Nadu, from 2016 to 2018. Professor. Geetha Rani has delivered the online modules for Econometrics and Public Policy Management courses by securing the Handong Unitwin Fellowship offered by Handong Global University, South Korea. They are available at (for Econometrics) and (for Public Policy Management). She has contributed to the financial memorandum for Right to Education Bill under Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE), the highest advisory body to advise the Central and State Governments in the field of education, constituted by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) and the financial implications of national and state wise estimates of Right to Education (RTE) Act, submitted to the 13th Finance Commission. She has co-edited a volume on Right to Education in India, published by Routledge, UK. Her core competencies include research, teaching, training, and consultancy in Development Economics, Economics and Financing of Education. She has published more than seventy research papers in national and international journals of repute. Further details can be accessedfrom the following link:

Designation Department Specialization E-Mail Id.
Professor Educational Planning Economics and Financing of Education geetharanip[at]niepa[dot]ac[dot]in
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Santwana G. Mishra

Associate Professor

Dr. Santwana G. Mishra is Associate Professor at Department of Educational Planning, NIEPA, New Delhi. She has completed her Master degree in Physics followed by Master in Education and Ph.D. in Education. She has done courses in software engineering and information technology. Her core competencies include teaching, training and consultancy in the area of research methodology, quantitative techniques and educational psychology. She has presented her research work at various national and international forums and published her research papers in reputed journals. Dr. Mishra has visited many countries for different academic purposes. She is actively involved in designing and testing innovative teaching-learning methods.

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Associate Professor Educational Planning Educational Psychology, Quantitative Techniques, Planning in Education santwana[at]niepa[dot]ac[dot]in

Dr. N. K. Mohanty

Assistant Professor

Dr. N. K. Mohanty has a PhD in Economics from IIT Roorkee, Uttarakhand. He is Assistant Professor in the DEP. He specializes in economics of education, decentralized planning ineducation, strategic planning, manpower planning, project planning, quantitative techniques and forecasting methods. He has authored/co-authored two books and published several research papers articles in national and international journals of repute.

Designation Department Specialization E-Mail Id.
Assistant Professor Educational Planning Decentralised and Manpower Planning nkmohanty[at]niepa[dot]ac[dot]in

Dr. Suman Negi

Assistant Professor

Dr. Suman Negi has a PhD in Population Studies from the Centre for Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Planning, at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. Dr. Negi during her PhD worked on spatial and socio-economic factors affecting access to education. Having specialized in population studies, she is currently working on a project on educational out-migration and her research work mainly focuses on education and its related aspects. She is also preparing an education atlas on gender. She is mainly involved in teaching and capacity building activities for students and officials from state education departments in the area of educational planning. She has also published several research papers in reputed journals.

Designation Department Specialization E-Mail Id.
Assistant Professor Educational Planning Population Studies sumannegi[at]niepa[dot]ac[dot]in

Research Topic Researchers
Action Research on Development of District Secondary Education Plan under RMSA in Tamil Nadu
and Odisha
Prof. S.M.I.A. Zaidi
Prof. K. Biswal
Dr. N. K. Mohanty
A Spatial Perspective on the Causes and Consequences of Higher Educational Out-Migration: A
Study on Internal Migration in India
Dr. Suman Negi

(2016-21)- Depart. Educational Planning

Zaidi, S.M.I.A., Biswal, K., Mohanty, N. K., and Lal, A.A.C. (2012), Secondary Education: Planning and Appraisal Manual. New Delhi: NUEPA.

Zaidi, S.M.I.A., Biswal, K. and Mohanty, N. K. (2012), Statistics on Secondary Education. NUEPA, New Delhi

Zaidi, S.M.I.A.(2013), Access to Secondary Education in North Eastern States: What SEMIS Data Reveal? NUEPA Occasional Paper 43, New Delhi

Research Scholar-Publication (Educational Planning)

S.No. Name of Research
Course Research Topic Supervisor
1. Abhaya Deep Mishra Ph.D.
‘A Study of Equity in Access and Participation in Secondary Education
in Uttar Pradesh’
Prof. S. M. I. A. Zaidi
2. Nidhi Rawat Ph.D.

A study of GIS based school Mapping for Elementary Education in India

Prof. K. Biswal
3. Anshul Saluja M.Phil. No Detention Policy and its implications for reducing wastage and
enhancing achievement level of students at primary level: A case study
of government primary schools in Faridabad District of Haryana
Dr. N. K. Mohanty
S.No. Name of Project Staff Designation Email Id.
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HOD 202 011- 26544838
PA to HOD 207 011-26544843