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.

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

August 25, 2020

Factors of production and land titling polices, the need for reform

To achieve a higher trajectory of economic growth encompassing a comprehensive economic development of a nation requires clearly defined and sound principled public policies on factors of production. The rules of framework permeate the factors of production in the interest […]
August 21, 2020

Is the right to privacy being compromised in fight against Coronavirus?

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhnauraj comments in a news report published in The Times of India Authorities are taking on the COVID-19 pandemic through stringent containment measures and contact tracing through technological solutions. Among these, is the use of apps […]
August 8, 2020

Crowded Villages Show Why Virus Cases Are Surging in Rural India

CPPR Senior Fellow Rijo M John comments in a news article published in bloomberg on COVID-19 As India passes the grim milestone of two million virus cases and new hotspots emerge in villages, experts are worried infections will now rise […]
August 6, 2020

Tackling coronavirus pandemic: Is the Kerala model in India really working?

CPPR Senior fellow Rijo M John comments in a news report published in DW. Mukund P Unny, a lawyer based in Delhi, decided to go back to his hometown in Kerala in May. Air travel in India had just resumed […]
August 5, 2020

COVID-19: Is it Time to Revisit NABH and NABL Guidelines?

As the country battles the pandemic with the death toll rising at a steady rate, there are questions being raised regarding the preparedness of the country even after measures to buy time and mount an effective response. COVID-19 has exposed […]
August 1, 2020

Marking Those on the Move: Review of Existing Paradigm and Towards a New Framework

Although the ability to collect migration figures regularly has improved, significant gaps remain in the quantity,accuracy, timeliness, disaggregation, comparability (over time and across countries) and accessibility of migration-related data. There is a lack of comprehensive data on migration within India, […]
July 31, 2020

Skill India Mission: Challenges and Opportunities

B Chandrasekaran Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and slowdown of the economy, the prospects for millions of graduating youth, labourers and migrant workers who returned to their home states seem to be gloom for the near future, although any economy […]
July 27, 2020

Is lockdown an option?

“The lockdown should only be in identified hotspots/clusters… Locking down the whole state can be disastrous for a lot of people as livelihoods are at stake,” CPPR Senior Fellow Rijo M John in The New Indian Express Cost of shutdown […]
July 27, 2020

The Hindu Explains | Why have COVID-19 cases surged in Kerala?

“The cause for concern is the current positivity rate of 4.6%, which although much better than the national average of 11.7%,” CPPR Senior Fellow Rijo M John in The Hindu explaining the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Kerala. Plaudits won […]

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