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

September 17, 2019

Some Thoughts on National Education Policy Draft

The Draft National Education Policy (Committee for DNEP 2019) is a vision document which aims at a major overhaul of our present education system — school as well as higher education. The document is very detailed and gets into every […]
September 16, 2019

India and IPRs Laws

Copyrights, trademarks, patents, etc are terms which are often non-synonymous with economic significance and put away as indifferent to the facets of micro and macro trade. It suffices to attach the notion of ‘proprietorship’ and hence the meaning of ‘intellectual […]
September 16, 2019

Green Bonds for Sustainable Development

What are green bonds? How can they tackle major environmental issues faced by India and save the environment for the future generation?In the early years, institutions like banks and non-banking sectors financed environmental projects. However, a huge investment requirement for […]
September 16, 2019

CPPR Talk Series | “Hinduism & Political Behaviour in India” by Ajay Verghese

CPPR-Centre for Comparative Studies (CCS) organised an in-house talk on “Hinduism & Political Behaviour in India”, delivered by Dr Ajay Verghese, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside, on August 29, 2019
September 4, 2019

CPPR Talk Series: Hinduism & Political Behaviour in India

As part of the CPPR Talk Series, the Centre for Comparative Studies (CCS) organised an in-house talk on “Hinduism & Political Behaviour in India”, delivered by Dr Ajay Verghese, an author and assistant professor of political science at the University […]
August 28, 2019

TRIPS Agreement and Challenges

Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement is a framework which brought a unified Intellectual Property standard across the globe. It is a complementary standard to the existing WTO regime, and tries to accommodate GATT principles in its text. […]
August 27, 2019

Estimated impact of the GST on tobacco products in India

Abstract Objective To examine the potential impact of the goods and services tax (GST) on price, consumption and tax revenue from tobacco products in India and across states. Methods Data on prices, tax rates and tax revenue are used to estimate a […]
August 26, 2019

Refugee Resettlement: Humanitarian Governance vs the Politics of Refugee Protection

The term ‘Refugee’ is one that is often misrepresented in political discourse. As per the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), a refugee is a person fleeing armed conflict or persecution. The situation in this person’s country of origin […]
August 24, 2019

Anti Defection Law: Role and Relevance in India | CPPR Political Observatory

CPPR Political Observatory is a video series which focuses on recent issues in India in the context of politics and governance.This episode will discuss the relevance of anti-defection law in the light of recent Political controversy in Karnataka.