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

February 23, 2016

Roundtables on Ease of Doing Business in India: an initiative of the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPRR), Kochi

  The ability to conduct business seamlessly is a subject that is assuming greater importance and dominating the economic, financial and business discourse in India at a time when it is looking to position itself as an attractive investment destination. […]
February 20, 2016

The burgeoning number of NPAs: A cause of worry for the Indian banking system

Bankers agree that Non-performing (NPAs) [1] and restructured assets are the bane of their existence. And in the current context of NPAs ballooning and outpacing credit growth the situation looks rather grim going forward. The latest Reserve bank of India […]
February 16, 2016

Presentation on “Liberalizing liquor trade in India”

  Dr Lekshmi R Nair, Senior Researcher at CPPR will be making a presentation on “Liberalizing liquor trade in India” as part of a  session on Building Evidence for change at the Asia Liberty Forum 2016 in Kuala Lumpur. Date/Day : 20/02/2016 (Saturday) […]
February 16, 2016

Presentation on “Emerging Markets, Foreign Exchange Crisis and Currency War: A Reference to India”

Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist at CPPR will be making a presentation on “Emerging Markets, Foreign Exchange Crisis and Currency War: A Reference to India” as part of a UGC-sponsored national seminar series on “Indian Economy in the 21st Century: Emerging […]
February 12, 2016

Call for Paid Internships

CENTRE FOR COMPARATIVE STUDIES (CCS) The Centre for Comparative Studies is launching an academic study into electoral politics of India. The study will be conducted at the local, the state and at the national levels. The objective of the study is […]
February 11, 2016

Budget Alert

Chairman of CPPR, Dr D Dhanuraj, will be part of Mathurbhumi News channel’s post-Budget panel discussion. Given that this is the final budget of the incumbent Government, it promises to be a riveting discussion. Telecast starts at 13:30 pm, Friday, […]
February 11, 2016

CPPR gleans insights from Amit Lahiri’s talk on what India can learn from Canada’s experience of CSR

    The Companies Act of 2013, enacted by the Government of India, mandates every company, private or public enterprise, which has a net profit of Rs. 5 crore, to route at least 2 per cent of these funds to […]
February 11, 2016

Presentation on ​”Migrant laborers and changing labor relations in Kerala”

Dr Lekshmi R Nair , Senior Researcher will be presenting on “Migrant laborers and changing  labor relations in Kerala”. This is part of UGC sponsored national seminar on: “Migrant laborers  in Kerala: Implications for Kerala Economy” Date/ Day : 11/02/2016 Time: […]
February 9, 2016

Times Interactive on ‘Gold VAT Conundrum and its impact on Kerala’

Dr. Martin Patrik, Chief Economist, Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), expresses his concerns at the ‘Times Initiative’ organised by The Times of India on the ‘Gold VAT Conundrum and its impact on Kerala’ : “Rationalise the rate of tax … the […]