An autonomous research institute under the Ministry of Finance


Ongoing projects

Improving Research and Policies on Health and its Financing

  • Start date Dec., 2016
  • Completion date Dec., 2019
  • Sponsor Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Project leader Ajay Shah and Ila Patnaik
  • Consultants/Other authors Shubho Roy, Shefali Malhotra, Harleen Kaur, Rachna Sharma, Sanhita Sapatnekar, Mahima Gupta, Manpreet Singh, Sameer Pethe, Supriya Krishnan, Madhur Mehta. Siddhartha Srivastava, Moumita Das
  • Focus
    The problems characterising the Indian health sector are complex. On one hand, there are issues relating to access and quality of health services and, on the other, those relating to the state of public health expenditure, as well as the design and implementation of the programs accounting for this expenditure. Information gaps in India's health sector stem not just from inadequate or incomplete data, but also from the absence of an integrated approach when viewing the current state of health its expenditure. The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is funding NIPFP to develop the tools needed to gain a better understanding of the state of health and its financing in India. The project has been designed to bridge the aforementioned information gaps
    by creating a comprehensive dataset on public health finance. The overall objective is to provide reliable and comprehensive data so that policy decisions are better informed, through research and analysis on health expenditure as well as assisting in designing and monitoring the effectiveness of health related programs.

Organisation Design and Internal Processes for Establishing an Effective National Council for Vocational Education and Training” (“NCVET”)

  • Sponsor Omidyar Network Services
  • Project leader Ila Patnaik
  • Consultants/Other authors Pratik Datta, Sarang Moharir
  • Focus
    The study to improve the quality of skills development programs throughout India by providing assistance to NCVET (established by merging two regulatory bodies, NCVT and NSDA. The study will produce a design for NCVET; identify the priority areas, list the important functions and processes required to be performed by the NCVET. The study will also identify the important regulatory instruments, contracts and guidelines that the NCVET will be required to issue and enforce soon after its establishment. NIPFP will engage with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (“MSDE”) and other stakeholders to assist in the development of an implementation plan for the establishment of the NCVET, and shall organize consultations and meetings in this regard (Feb 2019-Aug 2019).

Implementation of TRAI-NIPFP Research Programme (June 2016 – May 2019)

  • Start date June, 2016
  • Completion date May, 2019
  • Sponsor Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
  • Project leader Ajay Shah and Ila Patnaik
  • Consultants/Other authors Smriti Parsheera, Mayank Mishra, Faiza Rahman, Sudipto Banerjee, Devendra Damle, Rishab Bailey, Sarang Moharir, Ashim Kapoor, Rachna Sharma, Sudipto Banerjee, Vishan Trehan, Srishti Sharma
  • Focus
    NIPFP has entered into a three-year MoU with TRAI to provide analytical and policy research in the areas of regulatory governance and economic analysis of the telecommunications broadcasting sectors.

Agreement to provide Expert Assistance in Performance Audit of Hospital Management System in Uttar Pradesh

  • Start date May, 2018
  • Completion date July, 2019
  • Sponsor Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)
  • Project leader Ajay Shah and Ila Patnaik
  • Other faculty Amey Sapre
  • Consultants/Other authors Shubho Roy, Harleen Kaur, Mahima Gupta, Pramod Sinha, Rachna Sharma, Sameer Pethe, Shefali Malhotra, Supriya Krishnan
  • Focus
    NIPFP is the external expert agency for providing consultation and knowledge support to CAG for conducting performance audit on hospital management, Medical Health & Family Welfare Department, and Medical Education and Training Department of Government of Uttar Pradesh. NIPFP's engagement with CAG for the purpose of consulting and support during the audit will be to provide strategic objective development, developing the audit plan, audit execution and analysis.

Study Critical Issues in Special Areas in India

  • Start date April, 2018
  • Completion date Dec., 2019
  • Sponsor The Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR)
  • Project leader Ila Patnaik
  • Consultants/Other authors Ashim Kapoor, Rachna Sharma, Sameer Pethe, Shefali Malhotra, Chirag Anand
  • Focus
    As part of this project, the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) is assisting ICSSR to assemble documents towards creating a digital library related to Critical Issues in Special Areas. The digital library would be designed and maintained by NIPFP. The library will include primary materials such as constituent assembly debates, legal instruments, policy documents, UN documents and contracts.