Centre for Comparative Studies

December 19, 2014

A Study on Liberalizing Liquor Trade in India

Authors: Dr. D Dhanuraj and Mr. Rahul V Kumar * India is one of the world’s most restrictive places for trade and doing business. In 2014, it is ranked 110 out of 152 countries, in terms of economic freedom, by […]
December 12, 2014

Seminar on Communalisation of politics with Reference to Voting behaviour in India

CPPR is partnering Panampilly Memorial Government College to host Seminar on Communalisation of politics with Reference to Voting behaviour in India @ Panampilly Memorial Government College, Chalakudy from December 15th- 16th, 2014. The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri M.A Baby, […]
December 8, 2014

Symbiosis of Universities and the Society: An American Experience

 I was on an official trip to the United States as part of the ‘International Visitor Leadership Programme’ (IVLP), last month. This gave me an opportunity to interact with the leading ‘Think tanks’ and ‘Universities and Academia’ in the US […]
November 5, 2014

Can I grow a forest- No says the state!!

By Rahul.V.Kumar*   Owning Forest Covers, Engaging Individuals and Communities Evidence of the State’s Handling of Forest All innovative measures introduced by the state to tame the rapid degradation of forests in India has not been able to generate positive […]
October 25, 2014

Entry of foreign players will encourage best practices in liquor sector: CPPR Study, The Hindu BusinessLine

Entry of foreign players will encourage best practices in liquor sector: Study V SAJEEV KUMAR Think tank urges States to give up predatory pricing policies KOCHI, OCTOBER 19: Research by a Kochi-based think tank has suggested liberalisation of India’s liquor […]
October 14, 2014

CPPR Lecture and Conference on Agriculture Markets- Setting New Development Agenda

  Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) organized a conference on Agriculture Market – Setting New Development Agenda on 10 October 2014 in Kochi. NABARD was the main […]
October 6, 2014

Independence of higher educational institutions in designing and offer courses

By Dr D Dhanuraj & Mr Rahul V Kumar Two events in the recent past has brought the issue of the independence of higher educational institutions to design and offer courses. The first involved a stand-off between University Grants Commission (UGC) […]
September 11, 2014

Higher Secondary/Higher Education: Is the government too confused?

** Allotment of new batches to the high schools to upgrade them to higher secondary schools is the latest controversy surrounding the education sector in Kerala. Since its beginning since early 90s, higher secondary sector courted controversy in regular intervals. […]
August 26, 2014

“It is not your fault consumers!”- Understanding Kerala state’s historical mismanagement of the liquor market.

* Rahul V. Kumar The liquor policy of the government of Kerala announced last week, takes into account the dramatic rise in consumption in the state. However, it smacks trouble for the years to come. Although much time has passed […]
August 22, 2014

The Mysterious Private University Regulatory system in India

By Dr D. Dhanuraj & Rahul V Kumar* In the previous article we started with understanding of the inherent policy vacuums in some of the federal states in India. Our observation was that in some of these states at least […]
July 26, 2014

A Reasonably Good Budget, Says Economists , The New Indian Express

“The Budget could not create any greater impact but it could give a direction as to how the economic policies of the country are being adopted to stimulate growth in key sectors and to stimulate growth in FDI in various sectors” […]
July 21, 2014

Critical understanding of the Indian budget 2014-15: The Case of Excise on Cigarettes

Does a tax on cigarettes serve any purpose? For a layman seeing the budget figures of a very high excise rate on cigarettes would mean that it indeed makes the stick costlier and would lead to a reduction in its […]
July 18, 2014

A Note on the Budget Discussion Organized by Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on 14-07-2014 in Kochi

  CPPR in association with FICCI organized a discussion on the Union Budget 2014-15 titled “Union Budget 2014-15, Critical Analysis and Way Ahead for the Indian Economy” on 14th July 2014 in Kochi. Two eminent speakers, Dr. Charan Singh (IIM-Bangalore) […]
July 18, 2014

The Mysterious Indian Higher Education System

Introduction India’s education system has undergone several reforms since independence. Literacy rates which roughly reflect these changes have increased from below 20 per cent in 1951 to approximately 74 per cent in 2011. However, the implementation of these reforms have […]
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