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The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) is one of India's oldest and leading think tanks focusing on public policy. Established in 1973 and located in New Delhi, it is one of the national social science research institutes recognized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR); the apex advisory body of the Government of India for the promotion of research in the social sciences.

Centre for Policy Research
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Premier Think Tank Shaping Policy Debates Since 1973
TypePublic Policy Think Tank
HeadquartersDharam Marg
New Delhi – 110021
President and Chief Executive
Ms. Yamini Aiyar

The objectives of CPR are to develop substantive policy options on matters relevant to the Indian polity, economy and society; to provide advisory services to governments, public bodies and other institutions; and to disseminate information on policy issues through various channels. The governing board of CPR consists of various public figures from Indian government, academia, and industry.


Research AreasEdit

Based on the profiles of its faculty members, CPR focuses on the following research areas.(citation needed)

  • Urbanization and Infrastructure
  • International Relations
  • Internal and External Security
  • Law and Society
  • International Environmental Law
  • Legislative Research (through PRS Legislative Research)
  • Political Economy and Governance
  • Service Delivery
  • Economic Development


CPR, being a non-profit organisation receives its funds from:

  • Its own corpus
  • Grants obtained for research
  • From governmental bodies for assistance
  • International Agencies and Private sector sources
  • Educational Testing and Policy Research


In 2015, the Delhi Police registered a criminal complaint for breach of trust against Mehta and the Center for Policy Research in connection with a recruitment scam at the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The CPR's examination cell had been awarded a contract for conducting examinations for recruitment at the AAI. However, there were allegations that the examination results were tampered with to favour certain candidates.[1][2] The CPR's examination cell has since been shut down.

Faculty MembersEdit

CPR's core faculty is composed of prominent academicians from various fields of public policy, including

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Hindu".
  2. ^ "Indian Express".
  3. ^