Development Studies

This wing conducts various evaluation studies of the programs implemented for the development of Scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes. The Tribal Sub plan, Special component plans and other development schemes are studied critically for analyzing the feasibility of such programmes and reports are submitted to government for making necessary changes in the plan programmes. Current issues related to the development of SC/ST population is given due care and immediate spot study is made by this wing to call the attention of the government for an urgent action. Studies proposed by the Central Government are also conducted. All these have great significance to the  policy makers as it explores the possibility of the given situation in a scientific and systematic manner. An experienced team of Economists , Sociologists, Anthropologists and Statisticians work together in  this wing for a comprehensive analysis of the policies and its implementation pertaining to SC/ST development.


  • Undertakes applied and action-oriented research studies pertaining to the development of the scheduled communities in Kerala.
  • Evaluation of development programmes coming  under TSP and other Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are conducted. Identification and rectification of policy fatigue, if any, is one of the major focus of such studies.
  • Evaluation Study of the Samrudhi Kendras of Kerala
Studies Completed during 2006-07
  • Role of NGOs in the Tribal Areas of Kerala: A Case Study from the Wayanad District
  • Socio-cultural changes among Scheduled Tribe Mavilan Community
  • Non Wood Forest Products and the Scheduled Tribe Cooperative Societies in Kerala: Crisis and Opportunities.
On-going Research Projects
  • Non Wood Forest Products, Biodiversity Conservation, Participatory Model Development, and the Livelihood Strategies of  Forest Dwelling Scheduled Tribes in Kerala
  • Ethno-Biology of the Kurumbas of Attappady.
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