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

March 8, 2013

Kerala Budget 2013 – An Open Letter to FM

Dear Minister, History reckons with you for the most number of Budget presented in the world. You are an experienced craftsman presenting the budget in a mercurial way. Your experience in politics and administration are un parallel and presents a […]
February 13, 2013

WINNING OVER FAKE LOTTERY SMS AND CALLS

Madhu.S and Nichu Willington* “YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS WON 750,000 POUNDS FOR ONGOING ICC WORLD CUP T20 AWARD. TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE, (SEND YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND MOBILE#) VIA Email :crkdraw@hotmail.com”. This tempting SMS has been received by millions of […]
December 11, 2012

Judicial Activism- An Overview

Arjun.M Judicial activism can be described when the judiciary steps in to the shoes of the executive or the legislature and embarks on the works and privileges of the other two organs rather than interpretation of law. This topic has […]
October 30, 2012

Random Thoughts

The recent hullabaloo in the coalition exercise of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has awakened the interest of political scientists to discuss Dharma in coalition politics, Neethi in policy making of a coalition arrangement and Karma of the coalition leader. Though […]
October 20, 2012

Exploring alternatives to land acquisition , August 2012

By Léna Chiaravalli In India, the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 gives the right for Government authorities to acquire parcels of land for the implementation of development projects.. In the context of a rapid growth of cities, the process of urbanisation […]
October 15, 2012

A Study of PPP Models for Social Healthcare Insurance

By  Venkitasubramanian AkshayWhen it comes to healthcare, there are two Indias – a country that provides state of the art medical care to middle-class Indians and attracts medical tourists; and another where a majority of its own citizens cannot afford or even […]
October 15, 2012

Functions of the Deputy Mayor, Corporation of Cochin

By  Vishnu Sreedharan The Deputy Mayor is an official post indirectly elected from among the councillors for a term of five years. As the name suggests, the Deputy Mayor is the second in command to the Mayor and his/her main […]
October 15, 2012

A Study On The Effectiveness of Remedies Available for Banks in a Debt Recovery Tribunal

By Mukund P Unny The practice of lending and borrowing is millenniums old. The concept of banking was incepted ever since humans started engaging in economic transactions of any kind. The banking system has evolved since then. We have well-established […]
October 12, 2012

A Report on the Market for Law Firms in Kochi, August 2010

By Harshita S With rapid growth in the Indian economy, the need for lawyers and law firms is felt all the more. Kochi has been attracting quite a lot of business lately, and this it has been felt that there […]