Ongoing Projects

Four-year Undergraduate Programme as per NEP 2020: A Post Implementation Study of select stakeholders’ Responses in the selected Higher Educational Institutions of Karnataka

The dream of aspirational India has come true through the unveiling of National Education Policy 2020 as first education policy of 21st century. It has been three years now since the policy is accepted by the central cabinet. Many initiatives have been taken by the central government for the implementation of the policy. The Karnataka is the first state in the country to issue a government order for implementation of NEP in the state. Though the education policy has impacted school and college education equally, the proposed study mainly focuses on NEP 2020 with respect to HEIs.

The proposed study outlines the Karnataka’s approach, process followed and initiatives taken by the Government through its agencies. The study aims to analyse and understand the responses of key stakeholders namely students, faculty members and heads of higher education institutions with regard to the implementation of Four-Year Undergraduate Programme in Karnataka. The outcome of the study will provide comprehensive feedback not only to policy makers and HEIs in Karnataka but will also provide inputs to prepare an action plan by the central agencies, state agencies and HEIs in other states where FYUGP are being introduced from academic year 2023-2024 onwards including a scheme for faculty capacity building. The project is funded by ICSSR, New Delhi.


Unleashing the Potential - A Sectoral Study of Kalyana Karnataka Region

The study focuses on Education and Skill Development Sectors of Kalyana Karnataka to Unleash its Potential. The study covers Sectoral Analysis of HE & Skill Development Initiatives and tries to capture the Aspiration of Young People. The findings of the study will enable concerned stakeholders and policy makers to devise specific and focused, development-oriented interventions that are relevant to Kalyana Karnataka region. The Project is undertaken in collaboration with CMDR, Dharwad.


Case Study Development on Indian Knowledge System

Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) provide solutions to many emerging challenges and issues concerning humanity. There is a need to integrate IKS with curricula in universities at all levels across humanities, sciences, arts, crafts, and sports. Universities need to promote interdisciplinary research on IKS and disseminate it for further research and societal applications. Case studies can act as an important tool in disseminating the rich heritage and traditional knowledge in multiple fields, including Business Management and Public Policy. In this regard ICFAI and CESS collaborated to develop case studies on Indian Knowledge Systems.


Indian Knowledge Systems for Commerce and Management Curriculum

The Project titled “Indian Knowledge Systems for Commerce and Management Curriculum” aims to integrate Indian knowledge system with the contemporary management curriculum. The IKS Division (Ministry of Education, GOI) has awarded this project as part of their Internship Project (2023-2024).


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. The project is funded by Mythic Society, Bengaluru.


Recently completed Projects

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


Indian Financial and Human Resource Management - From Ancient Scriptures and Indigenous Practices

Completed a Project titled Indian Financial and Human Resource Management - From Ancient Scriptures and Indigenous Practices. The project provided an understanding of what the Indian Knowledge System can offers to Management Education. The outcome of the project is useful for inclusion in curriculum content for Commerce and Management courses for Pre-University and Undergraduate level. The IKS Division (Ministry of Education, GOI) has sanctioned this project as part of their Internship Project (2022-2023).


Survey on Virtual Teaching – Learning: Challenges and Opportunities

Conducted a study to understand how faculty and students, of higher education institutions, adopted to virtual teaching-learning during the lockdown period. The survey was conducted from June through September 2020. Besides, faculty and students, colleges and universities were also approached. The primary objective of the survey was to capture the experiences and challenges of the faculty, students and higher education institutions in shifting from physical teaching-learning process to virtual teaching-learning platforms. 

The survey was designed to objectively look at the issues and concerns of the key respondents of this survey-faculty, students and heads of the institution/department in conducting virtual-online and offline classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students during the lock-down period. The survey was geographically limited to higher education institutions within the state of Karnataka. The primary intent of this survey is to help the stakeholders, including the government; make evidence-based interventions to strengthen and build a resilient higher education system in the state. The survey also provided an opportunity for the institutions, faculty and students to self-evaluate their preparedness to take a leap towards virtual teaching-learning.