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

January 28, 2015

India’s trade barriers: an analysis with reference to tariffs and customs procedures

By,  Pinak Sarkar and Dr. (Prof.) Martin Patrick India is the seventh largest economy in the world. However, it is only the sixteenth largest exporter, in terms of value with its exports accounting for around USD 336.6 billion. In contrast, […]
January 28, 2015

For a Free and Fair Sporting Sector in India

By, Dhanuraj and Rahul V. Kumar This study seeks to find an answer to this question: which one can be a successful model in sports in India: Planned Approach or a Spontaneous Order?’ The study explains that planned sporting activities […]
January 27, 2015

Understanding the Status of Higher Education in India

By, D. Dhanuraj and Rahul V. Kumar ABSTRACT The paper examines the higher education scenario in India and attempts to point out why very few serious investors invest in higher educational sector. Several factors are responsible for this. Primary among these […]
January 23, 2015

A Critical Assessment of Forest Legislations in India

By, Dr. D Dhanuraj and Rahul V Kumar In India, there is a huge demand for timber that is met largely through imports. State-led forest policies have been lax in meeting this requirement. This policy paper analyses the existing forestry […]
January 19, 2015

Assessing Impact of NITI Ayog Vs Planning Commission

By Devi Prasad IES* NITI Ayog is  a Government Think Tank. As such the depth, spread, durability and the  scope of its influence on public policy differs from that of the other Think Tanks. Its mandate is much wider than that of Korean […]
January 16, 2015

“Agriculture Markets: Setting New Development Agenda”- 8th CPPR Quarterly Lecture by Dr Ramesh Chand

January 7, 2015
Trial and Error in Education Sector

The Never-Ending Process of Trial and Error in the Indian Education Sector

It will not be an exaggeration when I say, ‘the Union HRD Minister and her ministry are always caught in controversy’. The decision to end German Language learning in Kendriya Vidyalayas and impose Sanskrit in its position was imperious to […]
January 6, 2015
Land Acquisition Ordinance

Reformation Policy or Ploy: The Indian Government’s new Land Acquisition Ordinance

By Sarah Mary Stanley* Ordinance appears to be the watchword for the incumbent government as of late, with the most recent one inciting fervent debate over an extremely fragile issue. The recent ordinance passed by the government on the 29th […]
December 24, 2014

India Trade Report

By Fernando Posadas Pas* India is one of the largest economies in the World; however, much smaller economies such as South Korea, Singapore, Netherlands or Hong Kong have larger trade flows by value. The reason is that India still has […]