Centre for Comparative Studies

The CPPR Centre for Comparative Studies (CCS) aims to conduct in-depth comparative analysis in the fields of Demographics, Education, Health, Poverty, Urbanisation, Governance, Politics, Budgeting, Social and Economic Indicators.

The centre aims to identify current gaps in policies using comparative analysis. Comparative studies involve the analysis and synthesis of the similarities, differences and patterns across two or more cases that share a common focus. It helps in exposing the success or failure of a policy initiative. CCS also seeks to advocate state of the art practice and recommend innovative policy changes to help improve the country’s development process.

This is done using quantitative and qualitative methodologies for primary and secondary data analysis, by drafting data-centric and relevant policy briefs between states within India and between India and other countries (regional, national and international). CCS aims to conduct independent research whilst also partnering with potential stakeholders at both public and private levels to ensure sustainability and the ability to influence policy at various levels.

Advisors

P R Devi Prasad IES

P R Devi Prasad is an Indian Economics Service (IES) officer of the 1982 batch and former Advisor to the Government of India. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of three organisations during his tenure with the Centre. He has also functioned as Advisor to the Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF). Presently, he is a Research Fellow at the Civil Service Officers Training Centre at Mussourie (LBSNAA), Uttarakhand.

Dr Martin Patrick

Dr Martin Patrick secured his PhD in Applied Economics from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi. He has worked as faculty of Economics in various government colleges. He received post-doctoral training at Tilburg University, Netherlands. He has won the award of Excellence in Education instituted by the Global Society for Health and Educational Growth, New Delhi in 2006. He has completed various projects for ICSSR, CDS, Planning Board (Kerala for UNDP), KILA and GIFT (for World Bank). He has served as the member of graduate and postgraduate board of studies of Calicut University, CUSAT, Kalady University and Kerala University. Presently, he is a Visiting Fellow at Indian Maritime Institute, Ernakulam and Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Ernakulam.


See the Posts

March 19, 2020

SARS-Cov-2: Impact on Kerala Economy

The outbreak of SARS-Cov-2 Virus in China and across the world have already affected the global economy adversely. Corona is a Latin word which means ‘crown’. The novel virus has a crown (long club-shaped projections that collectively resemble a crown) […]
March 17, 2020

Globalising Indian Education

The Finance Minister on 1st February 2020 announced a budgetary allocation of Indian Rupees (INR) 99,311 crores for the education sector and INR 3000 crores for skill development under the theme of ‘Aspirational India’, out of which INR 39,466 crores […]
March 10, 2020

India Needs more Women in Public Policy-Making

The article discusses the existing gender imbalance in the Indian public policy sphere with women having a trivial role and the strings of public decision making mostly controlled by men. It also talks about how gender balance can help in […]
March 6, 2020

Social Media Shaping Political Opinion and Impacting Poll Campaigns

Diminishing readership of the print media and the entry of smartphones have strengthened social media’s role in shaping political narratives. In a way, it has become a linkage between the governing body and those who are governed, with people feeling […]
March 4, 2020

Why scores of unrecognised and unaffiliated schools flourish in Kerala

Twenty eight students studying in Class 10 of Arooja Little Star School at Moolamkuzhi in Kochi, were in the news recently as they could not write their board exams. The school, which was unaffiliated to the Central Board of Secondary […]
March 4, 2020

Event Report: Data security for a digital century: Conversations on Personal Data Protection Bill 2019

In the Data Protection Bill, the word ‘privacy’ is used once whereas the words ‘security’ and ‘technology’ are mentioned close to 50 times. This is a subtle indicator of where the priorities of the government lie”, said Dr D Dhanuraj, […]
February 18, 2020

AAP’s victory makes a case for a strong city-state in India

The resounding victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi polls has engendered various debates among political circles as well as the citizenry. While the opposition parties have to learn a lot from the way the Arvind Kejriwal-led […]
February 15, 2020

India needs a relook at the restrictive regulatory environment for education

Last week, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced an allocation of Rs 99,300 crore for the education sector in her presentation of the Union Budget for the upcoming financial year 2020-2021 – a 5% increase from the last financial year. Of […]
February 12, 2020

A balanced budget that spins on KIIFB axis

Preparing a budget that caters to the interests of all sections of people at the time of economic slowdown is difficult, especially when there is fiscal stress on the state’s economy. As one can find neither cooperative federalism nor federalism […]

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