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Purna Chandra Samanta, Indian economics professor, consultant. Certified in French French Alliance. Recipient Gold medal, Calcutta University, 1953, Certified of Merit, 1957.


Samanta, Purna Chandra was born on January 1, 1941 in Panskura, West Bengal, India. Son of Rajanikanto and Bhusan Samanta.


Bachelor with honors, Calcutta University, India, 1958. Master of Arts in Economics, Calcutta University, India, 1961. Bachelor of Laws with honors, Calcutta University, India, 1964.

Doctor of Philosophy, Calcutta University, India, 1982.


Lecturer, senior lecturer Lalbaba College, Calcutta, 1962—1974. Senior lecturer Evelyn Hone College, Lusaka, Zambia, 1975—1978. Associate professor University Zambia, 1979—1984.

Associate professor School of Economics University Nairobi, Kenya, since 1991, research director, 1992—1998. Chief economist mining section South African Development Coordination Council, 1984—1986. Visiting professor Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1982—1983.

Adjunct professor Walden University, Florida, 1983—1986. Coordinator ministerial meetings South Africa Development Coordinating Council, Lusaka, Maputo, 1984—1986. Economic advisor Commonwealth Fund Technology Cooperation Government Tanzania, Dar-es-Salam, 1986—1990.

Information Technology coordinator industrial research project International Development Research Center, Canada, 1993—1996. Lecturer in field.


  • Certified in French French Alliance.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author (with Professor Seshamani): The Growth of the Non-copper Industrial Sector in Zambia, 1985. Chief editor Realizing African Development-A Millennial Analysis, 2001, Culture and Economic Development-Study of Africa and India, 2007. Contributor monographs and refereed articles to professional journals.


Secretary-general Social Education Center, Mechogram, Indiana, 1963—1965. Founder Calcutta Cultural Association, Lusaka, 1978, chairman, 1978. Volunteer services Institute Nambia, 1980—1983.

Volunteer Somali refugees Giants Club International, Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania, since 1987. Vice president Kenya Bengali Association, Nairobi, 1993. Member of British Institute Management, Indian Economic Association (life), International Institute Development Studies (life).


  • Other Interests

    Writing, poetry, acting, tennis, badminton.


Married Kalpana Bag Samanta, June 6, 1965. Children: Smritiman, Ritirupa.

Rajanikanto Samanta

Bhusan Samanta

Kalpana Bag Samanta

Smritiman Samanta

Ritirupa Samanta