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 24, 2020

India should Tap GIS’ Potential to Combat Contagious Diseases

The prospect of Geographic Information System (GIS) in healthcare is remarkably broad. Its ability to link geography and data unleashes critical information which can guide health researchers, policymakers and medical practitioners to make targeted medical intervention. Although the usage of GIS […]
March 23, 2020

Water Conservation and Agricultural Policies

The agriculture sector in our nation has always enjoyed the privilege of being a vital part of our economic structure and with almost 160 million hectare of land under cultivation, the sector employs the majority of our population. Though the […]
March 23, 2020

COVID-19: How Vulnerable is ‘Kerala Model of Development’?

Malayalees have been quite complacent about the achievements of ‘Kerala Model of Development’. But the COVID-19 outbreak has exposed our vulnerabilities. While acknowledging and appreciating the massive efforts of our government to minimise the damage, it is also worthwhile to […]
March 20, 2020

Discussion on COVID 19 in Manorama News

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj was part of a discussion in the Manorama News channel on COVID 19 and it’s impact on the country. The discussion was aired on March 19, 2020.
March 20, 2020

Covid-19 pandemic | A grim forecast for the tourism sector

The tourism and hospitality sector that is in need of financial assistance is less likely to find any favour from the banking sector as the past record of the hospitality sector is riddled with loan defaults. The Covid-19 outbreak, now […]
March 19, 2020

Impact of COVID 19 on Kerala Economy | #PoliciesonCOVID

In this video CPPR Chief Economist Dr Martin Patrick talks about the impact of the COVID 19 outbreak on Kerala’s Economy.
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 […]

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