Centre for Development Practice and Research, Patna

About Us


The Centre for Development Practice and Research is a Patna-based centre of the TISS, Mumbai. The Centre has been established with the objective to undertake research and publications on areas that are unique to the state of Bihar with limited teaching and field action programmes. The Takshila Educational Society, New Delhi is instrumental in providing the core financial and infrastructural support for the Centre.

The Centre was inaugurated on 6th March 2016. Prof. S. Parasuraman, the Director of the TISS was the chief guest. The programme was attended by over 200 persons which included academics, bureaucrats, writers, journalists, educationists, public health experts, cultural activists, UN officials, social activists, school teachers and TISS alumni. The programme was addressed by Prof. Parasuraman; Mr. Sanjiv Singh, Secretary of the Takshila Educational Society; Mr. D.S. Gangawar, Principal Secretary, Education, government of Bihar; and Prof. Pushpendra, Incharge of the Patna Centre. Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Parasuraman asked the Centre to develop a deeper understanding of the educational needs of the state through its research and wider consultations, and plan its future academic endeavours accordingly. He extended his gratitude to the Takshila Educational Society for its generous and unconditional support.

Currently the Centre is working on the following projects:

  • Occasional papers:
    1. प्रवसन की लोकसंस्कृति में स्त्री की छवि [ Download Paper ]
    2. Histories of the Late Nineteenth - Early Twentieth Century Immigration and Our Time [ Download Paper ]
    3. 'They must have to go therefore, elsewhere': Mapping the Many Displacements of Bengali Hindu Refugees from East Pakistan, 1947 to 1960s [ Download Paper ]
    4. Folksongs as an Epistemic Resource: Understanding Bhojpuri Women’s Articulations of Migration [ Download Paper ]
    5. Fluid Futures Migrant Labour and Trafficked Lives in Millenial Siliguri [ Download Paper ]
  • Research Fellowship programme
  • Preparation of Reference Material for Gram Panchayat functionaries
  • Lecture Series on Migration
  • Scoping Mission on Correlates of Early Marriage of Girls in Bihar
  • Academic Writing Workshop for PhD Scholars
    1. December 14th -15th, 2016 [ Download Report ]
  • Orientation Course on Migration
  • Symposium on 'Exploring New Grounds on Studying Bihar'

The incharge of the Centre, Prof. Pushpendra, is engaged in an ICSSR-sponsored research project on ‘new middle class’ as the co-director. Mr. Mithilesh Kumar, Research Fellow, is engaged in a research programme on popular movements which is sponsored by the Calcutta Research Group and the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung.