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Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership & Peoples Action

Centre's Mandate

  • Guiding the Corporates and other stakeholders viz, government departments, NGOs, cooperative societies, public and private sector enterprises on CSR initiatives to play a vital role towards Sustainable Rural Development;
  • Imparting managerial skills and building capacity on effective Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in rural development;
  • Creating a nodal centre / development hub through conjoined efforts of Corporates, Panchayati Raj Institutions, government and development organisations;
  • Providing a wide range of academic services in the form of specific CSR training programmes on consultancy basis; and
  • Undertaking action-oriented research projects, nation-wide policy research studies and evaluations on CSR spending and PPP initiatives in the country.


  • Develop a synergic partnership among private partners, corporate business houses, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj functionaries, civil society organisations and peoples’ forums for sharing database, knowledge, skills and expertise on social responsibility and its legal regulations.
  • Organise national and international level capacity building programmes, seminars and conferences, workshops and write shops on corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, public private partnership and project management with emphasis on innovative methods for social and entrepreneurship development and start-ups.
  • Undertake short and long term research projects, evaluation and case studies pertaining to policy research on all social service delivery mechanisms and other allied areas of interest so as to enable successful CSR and PPP models.
  • Coordinate action-oriented and field-based initiatives, successful micro enterprises/business models by sourcing to integrate the SHGs and Panchayati Raj Institutions across the country.
  • Document and archive best practices of CSR and Public Private Partnerships on inclusive rural development with community participation

Thrust area & scope

Major Functional Responsibilities:

  • CSR: Practices, Policies, Guidelines, Strategies & Programmes
  • CSR and Sustainability: Constitutional Provisions and Legal Mandate
  • Convergence approaches of CSR, PRls and SHGs
  • Management Practices of Corporate Houses and their Business Automation
  • Identifying the problems Identification and solutions: Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluations - Social, Economic and Political Aspects.
  • Inter-sectoral Co-ordination, Drinking Water, Education, Health and Sanitation, Energy and Environmental Issues
  • Technology Interventions: IEC Strategies and Models for CSR benefits
  • Project Management: PPP, PURA/ RURBAN Projects
  • Social Mobilisation and Community Participation: Role of various Stakeholders
  • Social Audits and Sectoral Perspectives
  • Participatory tools and skill development techniques
  • Facilitation and impact assessment

In order to provide policy support for gaining greater insights from various development projects under CSR and PPP, many research and training avenues could be tailed-up that benefit all the stakeholders and academia. Following are (not exhaustive) listed as important research/project areas to be taken up by the Centre:

  • Data base of PRIs, NGOs, PSUs and Corporate bodies for symbiotic networking,
  • Nationwide analytical / comparative / case research studies on CSR activities and livelihoods initiatives/methods
  • Socio-economic research / impact assessment / social audit on project affected areas,
  • Preparation of micro and strategic development plans and project management for CSR initiatives/activities
  • Status of social mobilisation and community participation
  • Management of micro enterprises development
  • Evaluation and documentation of best practices


Dr Ramesh Sakthivel

Associate Professor

Education : Ph.D (IIT Delhi)
Areas of Specialisation : Water Supply and Sanitation, Land and Water Management, Housing, Innovations and Appropriate Technology, Technology and Development.
Email : rameshsakthivel.nird[at]
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Dr. Ruchira Bhattacharya

Assistant Professor

Education : M.Phil, Ph. D (The Public Distribution System and Household Welfare in India), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Areas of Specialisation : Food security, nutrition, gender Issues in Rural Development, social protection for women and other vulnerable sections, impact assessment for social interventions, cost analysis of social interventions.
Email : ruchirab.nird[at]
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