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Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT)

The Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT) is affiliated to SHSS at Shiv Nadar University. The Centre has undertaken research on an initial set of deeply inter-connected core themes concerning some of India’s most important but neglected public goods, critically significant for the lives and livelihoods of millions, as also for the very future of India’s much-coveted growth process: land, water, agriculture and health.

Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C- PACT) was established under the aegis of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS), Shiv Nadar University to pursue inter-disciplinary research on social policies. The Center belives that it is important to examine social reality from diverse perspectives so that the outcomes of such exercises are accessible across academic specialties and to the members of the general public.

C-PACT’s research on social policy aims to meet the highest academic standards such that they contribute to scholarship as well as to actual policy formulations on the ground. By converting research into viable solutions C-PACT aims to address the pressing problems of the day without being partisan or biased towards any political or academic persuasion. In the ultimate analysis, scholars and fellows of C-PACT hope to advance citizenship in practice through their research activities.

To know more about the Center and its activities, please contact:

Dr. Ajay Dandekar - ajay.dandekar@snu.edu.in

Head, Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT)

VIJAYSHANKAR P.S.

P.S. Vijayshankar is a founder member of Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS), an NGO based in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh. He received his M. Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As part of SPS, he has lived and worked among the tribal communities of the Narmada valley for the last 28 years. His areas of interest are water resource management, sustainable agriculture and strengthening of community-based and self-reliant people's institutions.

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