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

October 10, 2015

Private universities: A healing agent to the forever sickest kid of the Government, ‘the Higher Education Sector’

By Dhanuraj & Deepthi Mary Mathew* Even with its claim of 100% of literacy, the quality of higher education in the state is always under scrutiny. The Universities in the state are often characterised by their out modelled courses, outdated syllabus […]
October 2, 2015

Should Common Man worry of India’s low inflation!

India has been passing through a low inflationary regime for the past nine months. Still the RBI Governor mentions about the inflationary concern and hence an eligible rate cut was denied to the society. Common people agree with the Governor […]
October 1, 2015

Capitalization of Public Sector Banks based on their Efficiency-An Evaluation

As a part of the Indhradhanush plan for revamping the Public Sector Banks (PSBs), the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in August this year, announced the decision to infuse capital selectively into PSBs. The scheme is based on two efficiency […]
September 25, 2015

Is your money well spent? The Hindu, September 23rd, 2015

Is your money well-spent? Urban general household expenditure has dropped by 2.08 per cent to Rs. 15,789 per month in 2015 against National Sample Survey (2011-12) putting State-level general household expenditure at Rs. 16,125, says a survey of consumption and […]
September 21, 2015

Study on Consumption and Saving Patterns

CPPR undertook a study to look into the consumption behaviour and saving patterns of households in an urban local context with specific reference to fisherman community. The Study was conducted as a part of the field research of CPPR-ATLAS Policy School […]
September 21, 2015

The over hyped Fed interest hike!!

The much hyped Fed interest rate hike didn’t materialise. It all began in 2008, when Fed (Federal Reserve System) slashed the interest rate to zero and it even switched to quantitative easing programme to make credit availability cheaper for reviving […]
September 18, 2015

Goods and Service Tax: Push for Growth or Inflation?

Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist revisits the GST debate which has been further pushed thanks to the political logjam. He explains how there is lack of clarity which had led to a lack of consensus among states for supporting GST reforms. […]
September 11, 2015

Segregating Politics from Education sector: The need of the hour

Most of the times educational institutions in India are in news not for their academic achievements but for the controversies surrounding them.  In the recent times, three news stories related to the academic institutions that received more attention from the […]
September 1, 2015

Payment Banks: A Case of ‘Banks For The Unbanked’

On August 19, 2015 Reserve Bank of India granted licenses for payment banks to 11 firms including Department of Posts. Aditya Birla Nuvo, Vodafone, Reliance industries, Airtel, Fino Paytech, Cholamandalam Distribution Services Ltd, NSDL, Vijaya Shekar Sharma (Paytm), Dilip Shanghvi […]