Who We Are


The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) has been one of India’s leading public policy think tanks since 1973. CPR is a non-profit, non-partisan, independent institution dedicated to conducting research that contributes to high quality scholarship, better policies, and a more robust public discourse about the issues that impact life in India.

CPR brings together India’s best thinkers and policy practitioners who are at the forefront of both research and engagement in the policy space, drawing from various disciplines and professional backgrounds. CPR conducts advanced and in-depth research on a wide range of policy-relevant issues, with a focus on India’s 21st-century challenges. Through its research and policymaking engagements, CPR works closely with policymakers in its aim to place India firmly on the path of building a twenty-first century policy ecosystem.

The institution nurtures and supports scholarly excellence. However, the institution does not take a collective position on issues. CPR’s scholars have complete autonomy to express their individual views.

Vision and Mission

CPR is committed to:

  • Asking the relevant questions and building evidence on key policy challenges in India: CPR brings together India’s best thinkers and policy practitioners to conduct robust research that generates new ideas, bridges the gap between ideas and policy design, and leads to strong, inclusive and thorough policy implementation.
  • Shaping ideas, building public consensus and providing expert input to policy: The multi-disciplinary research expertise of the faculty at CPR, combined with the institution’s efforts at direct engagement with policymaking processes, results in initiatives that have led to the drafting of important legislations, enabling reforms, and providing key inputs to the national and well as sub-national governments.
  • Nurturing a policy ecosystem through collaborative platforms: CPR works closely with policy stakeholders at multiple levels – from universities and NGOs to grassroots organizations and government bodies. CPR’s faculty are regular participants in governmental committees and task forces, providing direct inputs and advisory support.
  • Building the next generation of scholars: CPR forms a dynamic hub of scholarly and strategic engagement and continuously attracts some of the best talent in research and academia. In addition to being the home to some of India’s brightest minds, CPR has a carefully nurtured culture of mentoring young graduates with interest in public policy.


CPR has been home to some of the brightest minds in India. Leading policymakers, scholars, bureaucrats and thought leaders have been associated with the Centre in various capacities.


  • Dr Pai Panindiker

Former Members of the CPR Governing Board

  • Dr Manmohan Singh

  • Justice Y V Chandrachud

  • B G Verghese

Former CPR Faculty

  • Dr Rajmohan Gandhi

  • Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia

  • Dr Rajiv Kumar

  • Bibek Debroy

Funders and Partners

CPR’s partners and donors include reputed international and national organisations ranging from government institutions, non-profits, educational institutions and civil society groups.

CPR’s footprint in 2021

  • 426

    Articles in Mainstream Media

  • 76

    Events and Workshops

  • 40

    Policy Briefs and Reports

  • 36

    Journal Articles

  • 10

    Working Papers

  • 8

    Book Chapters

  • 5


Policy Towards Plagiarism

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) is committed to academic excellence and integrity of research. We are committed to following global standards of ethical research conduct. The institution has a zero tolerance policy toward misconduct including plagiarism and misrepresentation of research findings. This applies to research published within CPR as well as work published in external platforms by CPR faculty and researchers.

All CPR research staff will undergo mandatory training in ethical research practices and will be made aware of our policy on plagiarism

CPR – A Safe Place

It is our endeavour at CPR to provide a work environment that ensures every employee is treated with dignity and respect and afforded equitable treatment, to promote a work environment that is conducive to the professional growth, encourages equality of opportunity, and ensures that its employees are not subjected to any form of harassment. For this purpose, CPR has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment for members of the CPR community, as well as all visitors to the CPR premises.

Sexual harassment is conduct that may be reasonably perceived by the victim as sexually unwelcome, and includes any one or more of the following acts or behaviour (whether directly or by implication):

1. unwelcome sexual advances;

2. unwelcome acts of physical intimacy;

3. requests for sexual favours;

4. making sexually coloured remarks;

5. showing pornography;

6. any other unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature, including:

a. Implied or overt promise of preferential treatment in employment; or

b. Implied or overt threat of detrimental treatment in employment; or

c. Implied or overt threat about present or future employment status; or

d. Conduct of any person which interferes with work; or

e. Creating an intimidating or offensive or hostile work environment; or

f. Humiliating conduct constituting health and safety problems.

Sexual harassment may be committed by any oral, written, or physical means, and through any physical or virtual media, including (but not limited to) the following: comments, remarks, jokes, letters, drawings, figures, doodles or cartoons, phone calls, emails, chats on any electronic medium, gestures, lurid stares, physical contact, stalking, sounds or display of a derogatory nature.

CPR recognises that sexual harassment may be experienced by any individual, irrespective of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Inebriation is not a defence for engaging in any conduct that amounts to sexual harassment.

CPR has a clear policy for dealing with any reported instances of sexual harassment, including internal disciplinary measures as well as initiating appropriate civil and criminal legal action. CPR has constituted an Internal Complaints Committee or ICC under section 4 of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition And Redressal) Act, 2013. See the list of ICC members below.

In case you feel that you are a victim of sexual harassment at CPR, please contact any member of the Internal Complaints Committee. Alternatively, you can email your complaint to icc@cprindia.org. We will help you out and guide you through the necessary procedures including counselling, and explain the informal and formal means available for resolving the matter. Remember that you are entitled to your dignity as an individual and sexual harassment is a violation of your dignity and bodily integrity. All proceedings are carried out with the strictest confidentiality and with a view to enabling you to feel safe and secure.

We hope you have a safe stay at CPR, and encourage you to respect other individuals’ space, privacy and dignity.