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

January 27, 2020

School Vouchers for RTE Access to Poor Students

The issues relating to the RTE Act implementation are becoming predominant year after year and parents are forced to think alternative ways to get quality school education for their children, what is the way forward? Some suggestions are put forward […]
January 24, 2020

Event Report: The Vikasarth Conversations

The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in collaboration with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), New York, and the Menon & Pai Foundation, Kochi, organised “The Vikasarth Conversations”, on January 16, 2020, at Grand Hyatt, Kochi. In this […]
January 24, 2020

We need a consumption wave. Budget 2020 must give it a try

As the Budget session approaches, it is expected that prompt measures will be taken to mitigate various challenges faced by the economy that have strangulated its growth in recent times. However, laying out a clear and singular path to recovery […]
January 21, 2020

“The Vikasarth Conversations” with Professor Oliver Hart and Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar

Centre for Public Policy Research, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), New York and Menon & Pai Foundation, Kochi organised the second edition of “The Vikasarth Conversations”. In this edition of “Vikasarth”, we hosted conversation between Professor Oliver Hart and […]
January 20, 2020

Inside India’s first corporate panchayat

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in the Live Mint on Inside India’s first corporate panchayat. He comments “You cannot replace democracy as a principle with anything else. Even the pretence of democracy will not be […]
January 14, 2020

RTE Access to Poor Students: Cases of Four States

This article, second part of the series, written by B Chandrasekaran, Research Fellow-CPPR, gives details about the school admissions under the 25 per cent reservation of the RTE Act in four major states during the academic year 2019–2020 and looks […]
January 13, 2020

How Does Critical Thinking Promote Creativity?

When one hears the word ‘critical thinking’, the first thing that comes to the mind may be the negative connotations attached to it. This is because the focus is on the word and one assumes that thinking critically must be […]
January 8, 2020

RTE Access to Poor Students: Challenges Faced by the States

This article, first part of a series, written by B Chandrasekaran, Research Fellow, CPPR, discusses the challenges faced by some of the state governments in implementing the RTE Act and analyses how they have failed to prioritise the needs of primary education […]
January 2, 2020

Child safety in schools: Whose responsibility is it?

Education is one of the most important building blocks of one’s life. A child spends nearly 13-15 years of his/her life in school. Along with providing quality education, ensuring a safe environment should be one of the top priorities for […]