Annadaana in India:  A Historical and Functional Perspective

In  Indian culture, the most common form of giving is Annadaana  which is considered  as  the  most  superior  form of  daanas.  The literal meaning of Annadaana is giving food, supporting, maintaining. Despite  of  Annadaana  being  a  deep rooted  tradition   since  ages,  there  are  limited studies  that  capture  the  concept  and  its  magnitude,  which  is seemingly instilled in Indian culture and tradition.  To comprehend Annadaana as a practice, CESS has undertaken this exploratory study.

A Study on Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Education Philosophy and its Application

A Study on Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Education Philosophy and its Application was funded by Azim Permji Foundation. The study examined the practice of Sri. Aurobindo’s Integral Education Philosophy in Institutions established based on this philosophy and to explore the impact of Integral Education on Students and Alumni.The samples for the study were drawn from experimental schools practicing Sri Aurobindo’s Integral education Philosophy based schools across India. The study highlighted  importance to the development of the physical and vital body especially at the primary and secondary level and importance of bringing to mainstream education. Further, the practice of svadharma and swadhyaya i.e. self-discovery and self-reflection of facilitators is crucial for the teachers of integral education.

Major Findings of the Research Study are presented here: Executive_Summary_Integral_Education_Project.pdf


National Education Policy 2020: Accreditation as an Enabler of Regulation in Higher Education

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 envisages structural changes in the regulatory system of higher education and of achieving regulation of higher education through accreditation. In this regard, a research study was conducted in collaboration with IFHE, Hyderabad to explore the existing accreditation and assessment system, and frameworks for HEIs in relation to the recommendations of the NEP 2020. Different Stakeholders who are both participants and end users of accreditation were approached to understand their perspectives of accreditation through a survey. Based on the outcome of the survey, various recommendations and also a structure to enable accreditation as an enabler for regulation was proposed through the study. 

Project Report: CESS-ICFAI_Final_Report_2020.pdf

Policy Framework for Post Pandemic Developmental Needs of India - Underpinning the Need for Self- Reliance

Conducted a research study, under special Special Call for Research Studies on Social Science Dimensions of Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic funded by ICSSR. Study titled, “Policy Framework for Post-Pandemic Developmental Needs of India - Underpinning the Need for Self-Reliance.” The study aimed at recommending a policy framework for post-pandemic developmental needs of the country in sectors such as Economy, Education, Agriculture, MSME, and Health Care. The study was predominantly based on field surveys and consultations. Two
important groups of respondents - domain experts and stakeholders - were consulted for the study through Key Informant Survey (KIS) and Stakeholder Survey.

Major Findings of the Research Study are presented here: Executive_Summary_ICSSR.pdf