Puneet Khanduja

Senior Manager

Puneet Khanduja is Senior Manager and Lead – Health and Nutrition in MicroSave’s Government and Social Impact (GSI) domain. He is a public health expert having an experience of over 10 years, most of which is gained through direct involvement in   projects implemented by multiple state governments, Government of India, pioneer academic institution, international funding agencies, and community based organisations across India.

His areas of expertise include strategy, project management, programme design and evaluation, M&E, research development and capacity building. He specialises in health management, public health nutrition, health economics, epidemiology and health promotion. Before joining Microsave, Puneet was engaged as National Professional Officer at the School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, where he was a national team lead for quality assurance and monitoring of Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey with responsibilities ranging from partner management to donor reporting. Puneet holds a Master’s Degree with specialisation in Public Health from the School of Public Health in PGIMER, Chandigarh. He is fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi.

Posts by Puneet Khanduja

MFI client awareness comic on Coronavirus

MSC has developed a series of conversational comic books for microfinance institutions to create awareness, influence precautionary behavior, and drive safety of the weak and the vulnerable during COVID-19. These comics have been customized for different geographies. You can access the country specific versions below.

MFI employee training comic on Coronavirus

MSC developed a series of conversational comic books for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to inform their frontline staff members on safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. These comics have been customized for different geographies. You can access the country specific versions below.

Nutrition literacy: Charting a new path forward

This blog examines the factors that influence people’s food choices and thus their nutritional intake. It also highlights the need for nutrition literacy among the PDS beneficiaries.

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away—the importance of dietary diversity

Based on a study conducted by MSC in August, 2019 to assess the nutritional gaps in PDS households, this blog highlights the importance of incorporating local and diverse food items into the beneficiaries’ diet

Full, yet undernourished? How India can move from food security to nutrition security

This blog presents the challenges faced by India to shift the focus of its public distribution system from food security to nutrition security.

A study to assess the nutritional gaps in Public Distribution System (PDS) beneficiary households

MSC’s report examines the PDS food basket and the dietary intake of beneficiary households. We also suggest ways to increase the nutritional efficiency of various government programs to improve the overall nutritional outcome.

The Public Distribution System and Food Fortification: A missed opportunity?

The blog examines the role of food fortification as a measure against the prevalence of malnutrition in India. Further, it highlights the potential of providing fortified food grains through the Public Distribution System to provide micro nutrients to over 800 million beneficiaries.

Direct Benefit Transfer in Fertilizer: Fourth round of concurrent evaluation—A nationally representative study

NITI Aayog engaged MSC in a nationally representative study on DBT in fertilizer. This report provides details of the on-the-ground realities of DBT-F implementation and makes actionable recommendations to improve the DBT-F system further.