Research Units

Planning Commission Endowment in Development Economics


The Endowment Unit was established in 1998. On evaluation of the activities of the Unit, the Planning Commission recognised the Unit as the one working on issues relating to technology and innovation in the Indian context. Dr Sunil Mani, Professor & Director, is the Chair Professor. The unit completed a study on ‘Dimensions of India’s Intellectual Property Right System, How Many Patents are commercially Exploited in India?’ Some of the ongoing studies include a study on ‘The State and the Maintenance of Agro Biodiversity in Kerala’ in addition to the ongoing projects started last year, which include studies on, i. ‘Diffusion of Industrial Robots and Manufacturing Employment, an International Comparative Analysis,’ ii. ‘The Diffusion of a Cashless Economy in India, its Trends and Challenges’ and iii. ‘Emerging Technology, State and National Innovation Capability: An International Comparative Analysis Based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics and Autonomous Systems,’ The new initiatives for the coming year are on ‘The Growth and Emergence of Trade and Investment in Intangibles in India’ and ‘History Does Matter, India’s Efforts at Developing a Domestic Mobile Phone Manufacturing Industry.’

Reserve Bank of India Endowment Unit on Economic Development

The Reserve Bank of India instituted the endowment scheme in 1976 with annual grants for research in Economics and allied subjects. In March 2002, the Bank replaced the scheme with a one-time Corpus Fund of Rs.150.00 lakh for the purpose of research and for higher levels of learning in finance, banking, economics and related areas. On account of the changes in interest rates, inflation and implementation of sixth UGC pay revision, the Bank enhanced the Corpus to Rs.400.00 lakh.

The unit has also been involved in teaching courses for the MA students on macro open economy and trade and development. Also participated in the teaching of the courses on the Indian economy and Economic Development at the M.Phil level and extending guidance to two Ph.D students.

Research Unit on Local Self Governments

The Government of Kerala had set up a Research Unit on Local Self Governments at the Centre in March 2005 with an initial corpus of Rs.8 crore for a five year period beginning of the financial year 2004-05. The objectives of the Unit are (a) promotion of research; (b) research capacity building; and (c) Promotion of usage (dissemination of research findings) particularly in linking up research with training programmes of institutions such as the Kerala Institute of Local Administration.

National Research Programme on Plantation Development

NRPPD at CDS undertakes policy-oriented research on all aspects of India’s plantation sector. The programme is supported by a generous endowment of Rs 5 crores, provided by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. The programme works under the overall guidance of a Steering Committee chaired by the Chairman, CDS and a Research Advisory Committee (RAC), Chaired by the Director, CDS. Prof. K J Joseph is Chair Professor of the Unit. Much of the research under programme used to be undertaken by scholars outside CDS as commissioned studies and capacity building training programmes were also being undertaken.

Research Unit on Kerala and the World Economy

A Research Unit on ‘Kerala and the World Economy’ was set up at the CDS during 2016-17. This was made possible by the onetime endowment grant of Rs 300.00 lakh sanctioned by the Government of Kerala. Dr M. Parameswaran is the Convenor of the unit for a period of two years.

In the meantime, the Government of Kerala has accepted a proposal from CDS for establishing an International Migration Centre at CDS. It is planned to merge this unit which carries a grant of 2 crore with the 3 crore granted earlier for the Research Unit on Kerala and World Economy. This merger will help start the new endowment unit with a corpus of 5 crores, under the title ‘Research Programme on International Migration from Kerala (R-PIMK)

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