Kingshuk Sarkar
Ph.D., (Economics);;
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Research Interests
Dr. Kingshuk Sarkar is presently working as Fellow in the V V Giri National Labour Institute, Noida on deputation. He primarily works for Govt. of West Bengal as Deputy Labour Commissioner. He has done PhD in Economics from Centre for Economic Studies & Planning in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Earlier he completed Masters in Economics from Kolkata University and M.Phil in Economics from Jadavpur University. His areas of interests are plantation economics, labour economics, law and economics, labour administration, informal sector labour, labour law etc.
Did post-graduation in Economics from Calcutta University in 1994 with specialization in International & Urban Economics. Completed M.Phil in Economics from Jadavpur University in 1998. Topic of dissertation is ‘Gender & Development: The Saarc Experience’. Awarded PhD in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  The title of the thesis is ‘Production restructuring & profitability in tea plantations in West Bengal. Qualified both JRF/NET (UGC) and SLET (West Bengal)
Did Post-graduate Diploma in Personnel Management (equivalent to MBA) from National Institute of Personnel Management in 1998. Selected for Doctoral fellowship in Open category by the Indian Council of Social Science research (ICSSR), New Delhi in 2006 and availed the fellowship for two years during the course of doing PhD in Economics from JNU, New Delhi. 
Served as a guest faculty in Economics, Statistics, Personnel Managements, Labour laws at State Labour Institute, Kolkata & Siliguri, Prof. Nurul Hasan Centre for Management Studies (North Bengal University), Central Board of Workers’ Education, Siliguri and various other Institutes for twelve years.
Worked as Deputy Labour Commissioner, Govt. of West Bengal since April 2011 to April 2015 and deputed at Kolkata and also in charge of South 24 Parganas district. Worked as Assistant Labour Commissioner in Government of West Bengal for eleven years. Job responsibilities include implementation & enforcement of labour laws, implementation of various welfare schemes, supervision of price collection and last but not the least conciliation. Served as a Deputy Director, State Labour Institute, Siliguri for three years between October 2001 to July 2004 while posted at Siliguri as Assistant Labour Commissioner during that period.
Worked as Assistant Professor in the National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad on deputation. Govt. of India, in connection with works related to BPL Census 2011. Worked as guest faculty at the department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, for two years from August 2007 to July 2009. Took courses at the post-graduate level.   
He has in his credit number of publications in reputed journals. Attended and conducted numerous conferences, workshops, seminars in India and outside.

Other Publications

A bird’s Eye View of the Indian Tea Industry, West Bengal, May 2003, I & C, Govt of W.B., 2004
Present situation in the Indian Tea Industry And Labour, in Emerging Issues on Development (Conference Volume) Edited by Debnarayan Sarkar, Centre for Economic Studies, Presidency College, Kolkata
Collective Bargaining in the Indian Tea Industry: A Case Study of West Bengal Tea Plantations: Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Conference Volume, December 2004
Productivity & Labour Welfare: A Study in Tea Gardens: SLI, WB, Research Series Paper, 01/05
State and Tea Plantation Labour in India, Published in Abstracts of the Conference Papers, 47th Annual Conference, 15-17 Dec, 2005, The Indian Society of Labour Economics, JNU, New Delhi
Labour and HRD in Indian Tea industry: Will they come together? CMRD Journal of Management Research, Vol 6, No 1, January-June 2007, Pune
Diversification of economic activities in rural areas: The case of Makaibari Tea Estate in West Bengal, published in Abstracts of the Conference Papers, 49th Annual Conference, 15-17 Dec, 2007, The Indian Society of Labour Economics, CESS, Hyderabad
Globalisation, Restructuring and Labour Flexibility in Tea Plantations in West Bengal Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Conference Volume, December 2008, New Delhi
Discussion Paper No. 23: TRENDS AND PRICE FORMATION MECHANISM IN INDIAN TEA AUCTIONS, NRPPD Discussion Paper, CDS, Trivandrum, 2013
NRPPD Discussion Paper No. 46 Wages, Mobility and Labour Market Institutions in Tea Plantations: The Case of West Bengal and Assam, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, July 2015
Export Competitiveness and Internal Consumption: The Case of Indian Tea' was published in the Winter Special Issue 2015 of IMI Konnect, Volume 4, Issue 10 (ISSN 2321-9378)

Completed a project titled “Enhancing labour Administartion’s Efficiency in India” commissioned by International Labour Organization during the period May-September 2015. Following the completion of the project, the outcome of the project was disseminated in two subsequent seminars/workshops. The details are as follows. 

  1. National Tripartite Seminar on the theme “Enhancing Labour Administration’s Performance and Strengthening Tripartite Social Dialogue” was organized jointly by VVGNLI-ILO on 13th October 2015 at the Claridges Hotel, New Delhi. The day long seminar saw participation of distinguished representatives from employers’ organization, trade unions  and labour administrators.
  2. VVGNLI was represented at the International Workshop titled “Reforms and innovations in labour administration” organized by ILO, Geneva and held at Prague, Czech Republic during 8-10 December 2015. The workshop was organized to disseminate outcomes emerging out of worldwide study on “enhancing labour adminisstarion’s efficiency” carried out in 20 countries simultaneously.  Dr. Kingshuk Sarkar, Fellow, VVGNLI represented India and presented findings from Indian experience on three themes namely i) Lessons from recent reforms in India: Challenges of coordination between the central and state governments, ii) academic research in the field of labour in India and iii) recent measures to extend labour administration to cover informal economy workers in India.  
  • Carried out three projects with the National Research Programme on Plantation Development, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala.
    • Wages, Mobility and Labour Market Institutions in Tea Plantations: The Case of West Bengal and Assam