Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna

About Us

The Centre for Development Practice and Research is a Patna-based independent centre of TISS, Mumbai. It was inaugurated on March 6, 2016. The objective of the centre is to undertake research and publications on areas that are primarily specific to Bihar with short-term courses and field action projects.


The priority areas of research of the Centre include migration and labour studies, justice, school education, and public health. The research carried at the Centre would be multi, inter and trans disciplinary in nature. The Centre also intends to promote research both in vernacular and English languages.


The mandate of the Centre includes offering short-term courses in the areas of research priority as well as for capacity building of development practitioners.


A Five-year Research Programme on Migration: The idea behind this long-term research programme is to contribute to developing new frameworks of analysis and introducing methodological innovations. Priority has been be given to study relationship between migration and the land question, impact of Green Revolution, the issues related to identity formation, urbanization and labour processes, popular movements, refugeehood and citizenship, child labour, environment, forced migration, public policy, and histories and cultural significance of migration in the modern age. Read More ]

A Digital Archive on Migration: The Centre is working towards building a digital archive on labour migration. It will be a repository of documents related to the trends of labour migration in Bihar from mid-nineteenth century to contemporary times.

Lecture Series on Migration: The lecture series will continue in the coming years. A youtube channel has been created to provide access to the lectures.

Orientation Course on Migration: The Centre offers a certificate course on migration for postgraduate students, research scholars, and young faculty from India and other SAARC countries.

Lecture Series on Justice: A new lecture series is being introduced in the year 2017 to explore the themes related to the notion of justice and injustice in the present context of India.

Field Action Project: A four-year field action project on “Deepening Democracy through Gram Panchayats” in Siwan district is being conducted in association with the Parivartan campus of the Takshila Educational Society. The project aims at strengthening representation, participation and capacities of the functionaries of the Gram Panchayat.

Orientation Course on Pedagogy and Practice: A short course on pedagogy and practice is being offered by the Centre. The course has two modules: (a) classroom observations and (b) Understanding students’ thinking and learning. The course entails visiting a school for fieldwork and working in small groups to practice classroom learnings.

Other Proposed Initiatives: The Centre aspires to offer short-term courses in research methodology, academic writing and development practice. Research and capacity-building programmes may be undertaken in collaboration with Indian and foreign institutions. Expansion of field action projects to work with migrant workers is also on the agenda.

Publications: The Centre has come forth with its own occasional paper series titled Public Arguments in English and Sarvajanik Bahas in Hindi. A Working Paper Series has also been started. Altogether twelve papers have already been published. The papers are downloadable from the website.


Research Fellowship: Researchers of the Centre worked on diverse themes like labour migration and logistics of Bihar-Nepal border; women in absence of male out-migrants; caste practices among Muslims; gender issues in residential schools for girls; and fringe lives in a slum of Patna.

Symposium: A one-day symposium on ‘Exploring New Grounds on Studying Bihar’ was held on February 27, 2017 in which the researchers of the Centre presented their papers.

Academic Writing Workshop: A two-day workshop was organised for PhD scholars belonging to the SC/ST communities on December 14-15, 2016 which aimed at training in writing dissertation and articles.

Orientation Programme on Migration: A one-week orientation course on migration was conducted for postgraduate students, research scholars and young faculty between February 20 and 26, 2017. The objectives of the course were to present a critical understanding of contemporary migration.

Lecture Series on Migration: Ten lectures have been organised in 2016-17 which have explored issues such as labour processes, making of cities, partition and displacement, ecological crisis, gender, class, tenancy, exclusionary urbanization, political and cultural assertions, histories of immigration, etc.

Preparation of Reference Material for Gram Panchayat Functionaries: The Centre undertook an ambitious project of preparing a resource pack comprising 20 booklets, both in Hindi and English, on different aspects of decentralisation at the Gram Panchayat level.

Collaborations: The centre has jointly organised programmes with the History Department, Patna University; Jagjivan Ram Institute of Parliamentary Studies and Political Research, Patna; Department of Labour and Social Welfare, A. N. College, Patna; Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur. Tamil Nadu; and Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion, Bihar.


The core funding of the Centre is provided by the Takshila Educational Society, New Delhi. Project funding have come from UNICEF (PPE Division, New Delhi and Bihar Field Office) and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.


  • Prof. Ravi Srivastava
  • Prof. Gopal Guru
  • Prof. Ranabir Samaddar
  • Prof. Md. Sajjad
  • Prof. Manish Jha
  • Prof. Daisy Narayan
  • Shri Sanjiv Kumar
  • Prof. Rajeshwar Mishra
  • Director, TISS (ex-officio)
  • Prof. Pushpendra (convener)