Centre for Development Studies

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The Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Trivandrum, Kerala, India is a premier social science research institution. Over the years it has established a tradition of interdisciplinary research on development problems in India. Its main objective is to promote research, teaching and training in disciplines relevant to development. Today, it is considered to be one of the foremost development economics research centers in the country.


The institute was established in 1971 by the noted economist Professor K. N. Raj.

Academic Programmes

Centre for Development Studies offers M.Phil Programme in Applied Economics and Ph.D. in Economics. The Centre used to conduct a one year course on Population and Sustainable Development in 1990s, which used to be sponsored by UNFPA. Presently the centre offers various other short courses related to development.

Research at CDS is organized into six distinct themes:
  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Gender, migration, population
  • Health and education
  • Poverty, vulnerability and social security
  • Industry
  • Trade and technology

There is a seventh cross cutting theme, analysing the impact of globalisation on each of the six themes.

The institute has a faculty of about 28. The core activities of the CDS are research, teaching and training.

CDS is affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for its M Phil Programme in Applied Economics. The Ph D Programme in Economics is affiliated to both Jawaharlal Nehru University and Kerala......
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