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.


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

December 11, 2020

Decoding The Polls: ‘Analysis of Kerala Local Body Elections 2020’

Date & Time: 7th December, 2020 at 08:00 PM IST Venue: Zoom Online Meeting Platform Host : Goutham K. A. Moderator: Prof: K.C. Abraham  Panellists: Prof. Dr. G. Gopa Kumar, Dr. D. Dhanuraj Proceedings Report About the Event: The Centre […]
December 7, 2020

#DecodingThePolls: Analysing Kerala Local Body Elections 2020

Centre for Public Policy Research hosted a live discussion analysing the Kerala Local Body Election 2020. The Panelists for the session was Prof. Dr G Gopakumar, leading Political Scientist and Psephologist, former Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Kerala […]
November 28, 2020

Dissecting Madhya Pradesh’s Political Climate Part II – The Election Narrative

With the Congress being completely dominated by the BJP in most of the 28 constituencies that went to by-polls in Madhya Pradesh, hopes of the party returning to power in the next Assembly elections have certainly diminished by a large […]
November 27, 2020

Dissecting Madhya Pradesh’s Political Climate Part I – The Defection Narrative

Madhya Pradesh’s political crisis has been at its peak since early 2020 with the dramatic political defection by Jyotiraditya Scindia and 25 MLAs from the Indian National Congress (INC) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that led to the fall […]
November 25, 2020

ആശങ്കയുണർത്തി കേരളത്തിന്‍റെ പൊതുകടം

ആശങ്കയുണർത്തി കേരളത്തിന്‍റെ പൊതുകടം (Kerala’s Public Debt a Serious Concern) വർധിപ്പിക്കേണ്ടത് പൊതുവിഭവ സമാഹരണം (State should increase public resource mobilisation) This two part article published in Deepika Malayalam Newspaper, written by Dr Jose Sebastian Senior Fellow (Finance), CPPR; highlights the issue of […]
November 23, 2020

Kochi turning into retirement destination for elderly citizens

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article published in The Times of India, on the many elderly citizens returning to the city for a retirement life. He comments “government and business community should work together to address the […]
November 23, 2020

An out of work state

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj and Senior Fellow (Finance) comments in a article published in The New Indian Express The Periodic Labour Force Survey recently released by the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (excluding North Eastern states barring […]
November 18, 2020

Amendment to Kerala Police Act and its Implications on Free Speech

This article comments on the proposed amendment to the Kerala Police Act, 2011 which seeks to penalise threatening or defamatory speech. The broad and vague wording of the provision  makes it susceptible to be used for muzzling dissent and free […]
November 17, 2020

Production Linked Scheme | The objectives and objections

Nissy Solomon and Dr D Dhanuraj Ahead of the festival season, the Union Finance Minister announced the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme worth Rs 1.45 lakh-crore to 10 key sectors with the objective to attract investments, drive domestic manufacturing, create […]

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