Dr. B.K. Sharma is working as a Lecturer in Economics in the Department of Education of Punjab State and has been actively engaged in research on various issues relating to socio-economic aspects of child labour. His book Child Labour and Urban Informal Sector has attracted considerable notice and has come to be regarded as pioneering study insofar as child labour is concerned. The present publication has been financially supported supported by the ICSSR (New Delhi). In addition, he has contributed a number of research papers to the journals of repute.