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

April 17, 2018

Skill Development and Job Creation

India is a young nation with nearly 65 percent of its population under 35 years old. However, this demographic dividend might prove to be dangerous, rather than a boon, as India lacks severely in employment, skills and opportunities. ‘Skill Development […]
April 9, 2018

NH widening set for a rocky ride; The Times of India, April 9, 2018

KOCHI: Widening of national highways (NH) has once again hit a roadblock with state and central government agencies passing the buck on who will foot the bill. The latest twist in the tale is Centre’s letter which states that the land value […]
April 5, 2018

India’s Improving Energy Transition

  India has the largest government mandated renewable energy programme, with a target of 175 GW renewable energy capacities by 2022. But how does the country fare in terms of transitioning from traditional methods of energy conversion? ‘India’s Improving Energy […]
April 4, 2018

Changing Business Climate in Kerala: Women and Entrepreneurs Embracing Night Economy

The video analyses the need for amending the Kerala Shops and Establishments Act of 1960 to suit the constantly changing lifestyle and shopping trends of Keralites. It presents representatives from the business community with a chance to voice their concerns […]
March 28, 2018

Hard Road Ahead – Reforming Telecom

The Indian telecom sector has witnessed immense growth since market liberalisation in the late 1990s. It is the second largest in the world by number of telephone and internet subscribers. However, the industry is grappling with rising NPAs, sky-high debt […]
March 23, 2018

Draft of the Proposed Amendments to the Kerala Shops & Commercial Establishments Act,1960

In the background of the Model Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 2016, approved by the Government of India, Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) initiated a project in October 2016 to contextualise the reforms proposed in the Act in Kerala. […]
March 22, 2018

Gorakhpur: When the Elephant and Cycle Trampled the Lotus

A year after its spectacular success in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has been dealt a double blow in the by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur. The loss of Gorakhpur is of great significance for the BJP, as […]
March 2, 2018

Assembly Elections in Meghalaya and Nagaland- The Changing Political Contours in the North-East

Anupama Ghosh (Research Intern, CPPR) gives her analysis about the Assembly Elections in Meghalaya and Nagaland in her blog piece, ‘Assembly Elections in Meghalaya and Nagaland- The Changing Political Contours in the North-East’ Click here to read: Assembly Elections in Meghalaya […]
February 27, 2018

What Happened to Attappadi?

The gruesome lynching of Madhu, a 27-year-old Adivasi youth of Chindakki in the Attappadi area of Palakkad district once again demonstrated how political parties and successive governments have neglected this area for decades. In fact, Attappadi had garnered national attention […]