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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 -

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

Unqualified Medical Practitioners: Their Illegal but Indispensable Role in Primary Health Care

Journal Article

Some of the critical facets of medical practice by unqualified medical practitioners in India are explored: their role in treating acute medical conditions, and the responses of poor households eager to recover quickly with minimal spending. The study reveals how a wide range of associated actors are connected to the UMPs, including lawmakers, regulators, health managers, and those who benefit from the UMPs, that is, mainly qualified doctors.

A State In Periphery: Social Memory And Sikkim

The research for this project shall establish a formal archive of ‘great many human-interest stories’ of Sikkim in near contemporary times. Sikkim is an important frontline state of the Indian Union, and local perceptions of its political fortunes allow an understanding of the contemporary dynamics that are internal to the state and those in relation to its external frontiers. The project strives to collect different voices from among the different representative segments of the population, and shall lead to the documentation of oral histories.

Unqualified Medical Practitioners In India

The project is is based upon first hand observations from field surveys in the district of Panipat in Haryana and research of published work relating to the medical treatment provided by Unqualified Medical Practitioners. The combination of these two inputs present the status of health care in informal settings and the dependence of poor people on unqualified medical practitioners, despite such practice being completely illegal.

Cost of Inaction in Family Planning

The Report shows how much expense could have been avoided in the four states of study if they achieved the same levels of unwanted fertility as Kerala3 . The costs are separated into private and public costs, with private costs being the costs borne entirely by the family and the public costs by the state. Private costs are further divided into costs of childbirth and costs of child rearing. Our calculations suggest that the economic costs of inaction are very significant. 

Documentation of algal community from various water resources of Bill Aakbarpur and in Chithera village, Tehsil Dadri, Gautam Buddha Nagar Distt., Uttar Pradesh

This project is under the biodiversity documentation which is funded by SNU. Until now, two field trips have been conducted, samples were collected and preserved for further investigation.

Investigators: Dr Moumita Karmakar, Dr Jyoti K Sharma, Dr Amit K Tripathi, Dr Prem Chandra Pandey and Dr Ahmad Masood Khan