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

June 8, 2017

Project on Model Shops and Establishment Act

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is conducting a study on the Model Shops and Establishments Act, approved by the Union Government in 2016. The Act aims to improve the working conditions of workers, create more job opportunities for women […]
June 7, 2017

Friendly service, modern facilities draw people to private healthcare centres, The Hindu, June 7, 2017

Study conducted in 85 households at Panangad and Kaloor Kochi | Staff Reporter | The Hindu | June 7, 2017 Modern medical services offered in a friendly manner attracts people to private healthcare centres, says a study conducted in the city. […]
June 6, 2017

Discussion Forum with Malabar Chamber of Commerce, Calicut

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with the Malabar Chamber of Commerce conducted a discussion forum on the Model Shops and Establishments Act on May 30, 2017 in Calicut. Various provisions of the Model Act were discussed. The […]
June 6, 2017

Public and Private Healthcare Institutions: Preference and Expenditure Pattern

Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi, undertook a study titled ‘Public and Private Healthcare Institutions: Preference and Expenditure Pattern’ in an attempt to identify the extent of and reasons for the user preference for the type of healthcare service and its […]
May 25, 2017

Declogging Courts: Divert All That Can Be Diverted For Arbitration And Mediation

With around 30 million cases clogged across courts in India and delays accounting for an economic loss of 0.5 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (State of Judiciary, Daksh India), the timely delivery of justice has become a […]
April 29, 2017

Not a rank the state wants: Kerala high on unemployment, we need more entrepreneurs govt says; The News Minute, April 29, 2017

Kerala has the third highest unemployment rate in India. TNM Staff | Saturday, April 29, 2017 Kerala has in many ways been a model state for the rest of India. The southern state has consistently topped literacy levels, and human development […]
April 28, 2017

Kerala launches Rs900 crore education loan repayment scheme; Live mint, April 28, 2017

Kerala launches Rs900 crore loan repayment scheme to help students from families with annual income below Rs 6 lakh by Nidheesh M.K. | Live mint | April 28,2017 Bengaluru: Kerala has launched a Rs900 crore scheme to help students from families […]
April 18, 2017

Will Electricity Tariff Hike Encourage Citizens to Consume Less?; Kochi Post, April 18, 2017

by Sumitra Nair | Kochi Post | April 18, 2017 Effective today, the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission announced a price hike of 10- 30 paise per unit for those consuming less than 250 units per month and 40- 50 paise […]
April 13, 2017

Pensioners, Daily Wage Labourers Suffer as ATMs Run Dry of Cash; Kochi Post, April 12, 2017

by Sumitra Nair | April, 12, 2017 | Kochi Post This Vishu, don’t be surprised if your grandparents ask you to share your Paytm or Rupay account details for kaineetam as ATMs run dry. But, it isn’t just the festivities […]