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. CSS 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

September 7, 2017

Gorakhpur: All that is wrong with the Public Healthcare System

In June 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Gorakhpur. Its foremost purpose is to provide affordable and quality tertiary-level healthcare to eastern Uttar Pradesh (UP), a region […]
September 7, 2017

Being progressive: Setting a ‘Model’ for retail trade

The Indian labour market is known for being highly regulated and compliance-oriented. The debate over labour reforms continues. There is an attempt to find a balance between a pro-labour stand and providing flexibility in the labour market. India has to […]
September 1, 2017

Retail 24X7: Here’s How India Can Get There

The Indian economy is striving to gain momentum having revived from the shock of demonetisation, and now taking on the challenges of the recently implemented goods and services tax (GST). The economy is expected to grow at 7.2 per cent […]
August 22, 2017

An Antidote to Kerala’s Medical Education

Education is a burning topic in Kerala and professional education even more so. Irrespective of the party in power, every year, the State Assembly would witness ruckus over issues such as fee hike, seat allotment, NRI quota, NoC for new […]
August 9, 2017

The Ailing Healthcare Sector of UP

On completing 100 days in office, Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP), reaffirmed his government’s commitment to a major revamp of the healthcare sector in the state. Accordingly, the state health ministry is trying to overcome the […]
August 9, 2017

A Progressive Act, Say Shop and Establishment Owners

While the discourse on the Model Shops and Establishments Act is gathering momentum among shop and commercial establishment owners in Kerala, Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is conducting discussions throughout Kerala to ensure dissemination of information and public participation. […]
August 1, 2017
Dr Ila Patnaik delivering CPPR 14th Quarterly Lecture on 'Economic Growth in India: Trends and Cycle'

India’s Growth Potential Untapped: Dr Ila Patnaik

“India is said to be the fastest growing economy in the world, next to China. However, India has seen no substantial growth in job creation, investments or bank credits. It is hard to believe that both stories coexist. Data, however, […]
July 31, 2017

India’s Growth Potential Untapped: Dr Ila Patnaik

Dr Ila Patnaik (Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi) delivering CPPR 14th Quarterly Lecture on ‘Economic Growth in India: Trends and Cycle’ on July 27, 2017. Dr Ila Patnaik is former Principal Economic Advisor to the […]
July 31, 2017

Economist warns against complacency; The Hindu, July 27, 2017

‘Indian Economy down with no signs of recovery in near future’ The Hindu | July 27, 2017 KOCHI: Noted economist Ila Patnaik has said that despite India’s potential for growth, the current status of the economy points to a slump […]