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 2, 2016

‘Goods and Services Tax – Concept and Concerns’ talk by Mr Aneish Rajan IRS

CPPR – Centre for Comparative Studies had organised a talk on ‘Goods and Services Tax – Concept and Concerns’ by Mr Aneish P Rajan, Indian Revenue Service Officer. He is currently the Deputy Director heading the Kerala Directorate General of […]
February 1, 2016

Kerala should discard its redundant laws, says CS, The Times of India, January 23,2016

Kerala should discard its redundant laws, says CS KOCHI: Kerala should discard redundant laws to become a business-friendly state while people should change their negative mindset on making profits, said said Kerala Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson. He was speaking at […]
January 25, 2016

CPPR scholars share research-backed insights in DIC, KSIDC conference on Ease of Doing Business

Even as the Kerala Government goes out of its way to court investors and attract businesses, according to the recent World Bank report on doing business, the State assumed the 18th spot in ease of doing business among Indian states. Despite […]
January 22, 2016

Conference on “Ease of doing Business in Kerala”

The Directorate of Industries and Commerce is organising a Conference on Ease of doing Business – Measures to Improve Kerala’s Ranking in association with Centre for Public Policy Research. The event is organized in partnership with Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) and […]
January 22, 2016

‘Governance and Accountability’ – 11th CPPR Quarterly Lecture by Dr Jacob Thomas IPS

CPPR’s 11th Quarterly Lecture on ‘Governance and Accountability’ was delivered by Dr Jacob Thomas IPS, Chairman and Managing Director of the Kerala Police Housing Construction and Corporation Ltd. The lecture was conducted by Centre for Public Policy Research on January […]
January 20, 2016

‘Governance and Accountability’ – 11th CPPR Quarterly Lecture by Dr Jacob Thomas IPS

    We need less public servants and less policies, but more entrepreneurs says Dr Jacob Thomas IPS, at the 11th CPPR Quarterly Lecture The 11th Quarterly Lecture organized by Centre for Public Policy Research explored the issues of Governance […]
January 12, 2016

How does number matter to the schools?

Of late, the educational sector in Kerala is becoming infamous for wrong reasons. From controversies in the SSLC results to the textbook crisis, the 100 percent literate state is slowly losing its glory. Recently, the Kerala high court has struck […]
January 11, 2016

Is There a Government in State, Asks DGP Jacob Thomas, The New Indian Express, 8th January 2016

KOCHI: In an apparent dig at the UDF Government, DGP Jacob Thomas on Thursday asked  whether there was a government in Kerala. Delivering the 11th quarterly lecture on ‘Governance and Accountability’ organised by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) […]
January 9, 2016

Seminar on ‘Ease of Doing Business In Uttar Pradesh’

  The Ease of Doing Business is a very current and recurring theme these days. The latest report by the World Bank positions India at 130th Rank. The current government wants to support the activities of the state governments in […]