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The Centre is, perhaps, one of the first educational institutions in the country to follow a democratically decentralised governing structure ensuring complete transparency in administrative and academic matters in letter and spirit. The Centre is managed by a Governing Body consisting of eminent academicians, planners as well as administrators. The present Chairman of the Governing Body is Sri. K.M.Chandrasekhar. The current Director is Prof.Sunil Mani. The GB has delegated several of its powers to sub-committees to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the Centre.
The Centre draws its financial support mainly from the Government of Kerala and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). The Reserve Bank of India and the Planning Commission has instituted endowment units for research in selected areas at CDS. The Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has set up a migration unit to study issues relating to international migration from India.
Like teaching and training, research is one of the key pillars on which the institutional edifice of the Centre has been built over decades. By and large, the resident faculty and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. students are the driving force behind the path breaking studies that makes the Centre stand out in the crowd in the current competitive world of academics. Although, research is conducted across seven verticals in an inter-disciplinary framework, they all stick to six cardinal principles that form the kernel of the Centre’s research ethos: They are:
Research programmes should be theoretically informed and empirically validated;
The following is the list of scholars from Centre for Development Studies who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Centre for Development Studies that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.