Population Research Centre

CRRID has a Population Research Centre (PRC) sanctioned by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi in July 1986. Main objectives of this PRC are to carry out research in the field of Population Studies and to accept the assignments relating to state level Demographic and Health Programme Evaluation entrusted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, from time to time. At present there are 18 PRCs functioning in the Country located in Universities and Institutions of national repute. Though the PRC covers in its research domain the demographic and related issues in neighbouring states namely, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Jammu and Kashmir, yet, for operational purposes the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has defined the State of Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh to be the jurisdiction of this PRC. Since its inception, the PRC is engaged in referral, analytical, evaluation and interventionist demographic studies with special focus on the States of North India in general, and Punjab in particular. The research programme of the PRC is largely determined by the priorities of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of India, and the lead provided by the CRRID. Regular submission of quarterly progress reports, annual reports, and other documents required by the Ministry, in addition to periodic reviews by the Ministry, and the expert committee appointed for the purpose, not only give broad directions to the activities of the Centre, but also oversee its overall functioning. Moreover, the constant networking with the Government of Punjab and regional representative of the Union Health Ministry, as suggested by the MOHFW, on researchable and policy making issues at the State level also enhances the contribution of the PRC in the policymaking, and utility to the State Government.


Dr. Aswini Kumar Nanda
M.A.(Economics), Utkal University, Bhubaneswar; M.Phil, JNU, New Delhi; Ph.D., International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai; M.Sc. (Demography), University of London, London.
Areas of Specialization: Fertility, Family Planning, Ageing and Migration.

Associate Professor

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Aggarwal
M.A.(Economics), M.Phil, Ph.D., LL.B., Post Graduate Diploma in Health, Family Welfare and Population Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Areas of Specialization: Health Economics, Service Dynamics and Programme Evaluation.

Research Assistants

Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma
M.A.(Geography), M. Phil., Ph.D., Panjab University, Chandigarh, Post Graduate Diploma in Health, Family Welfare and Population Education.
Areas of Specialization: Population Development and Family Planning Programme Assessment.

Poonam Sandhir
M.Sc.(Statistics), B.Ed. Panjab University, Chandigarh; Post Network Computing (NIIT). Diploma in Human Rights, Diploma in HIV and Family Education, IGNOU, New Delhi.
Areas of Specialization: Impact Assessment and Multivariate Analysis.

Dr. Shaik Iftikhar Ahmed
M.Sc., P.hd. (Geography), Punjabi University, Patiala
Diploma in Russian Language, Punjab University, Chandigarh
Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management, IGNOU
Area of Specialization: Social Geography (Minority Studies), Disaster Management and Water & Sanitation.


Ravish Kumar


Mr. Bachittar Singh