Dr Jugal Saikia has a master’s degree in economics and a doctorate from North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Shillong, Meghalaya. In spite of being born in a down-trodden family from a very remote village of Khalihamari, Dhemaji District, Assam, he completed his education successfully. He has twenty-one years of service as a lecturer, selection grade professor and associate professor of economics in Goreswar College, undivided Kamrup District. In 2010, he joined the North Bank College, Ghilamara, Lakhimpur District as principal. During twenty-four years of his academic career, he specialized in the field of rural and informal economics. He has guided two students with their M Phil degrees and is currently guiding two students pursuing their doctorates. He has a good number of articles as well as research papers published in different journals and magazines. He has attended two international seminars and a large number of national seminars. He has published his first book A Profile of Rural Self-Employment – A case study in 2015.