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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)

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

Certificate Programme in Water Science & Policy specializing in Large Dams in India and Research Methodology

India's tryst with dams and destiny is well known. This module focuses on what we know about the experience within decision-making bodies, hydro-power and irrigation organizations, river systems, habitats and people along river basins,  and how we know these experiences. It is delivered as a comprehensive module, covering India's post-independence experience with large dams, and the larger questions about research methodologies and research methods (quantitative and qualitative) for studying water, in Indian and larger South Asian and global contexts.