An autonomous research institute under the Ministry of Finance


Ongoing projects

Updating of Public Finance information and making it available online for the faculty in digital format from the Finance Accounts of 2018-19 the respective States. Ongoing project updated for each fiscal year

  • Sponsor NIPFP
  • Project leader H. K. Amar Nath
  • Other faculty Hari Nayudu
  • Consultants/Other authors Rohit Dutta
  • Focus

    Making the information available online.

Manual for State Finance Commission

  • Start date Feb., 2021
  • Sponsor Government of Kerala
  • Project leader Pinaki Chakraborty
  • Other faculty Manish Gupta, Dinesh Kumar Nayak
  • Consultants/Other authors Vasuki Nandan, Smriti Mehra
  • Focus

    The study examines the basic issues related to the functioning of State Finance Commissions. It also analyses the recommendations of Union Finance Commissions with respect to local governments and highlights some of the best practices adopted in different states as well.

Public Financial Management: Knowledge and Innovation Network

  • Sponsor World Bank
  • Project leader Pinaki Chakraborty
  • Other faculty Lekha Chakraborty, Manish Gupta, Dinesh Kumar Nayak, Amandeep Kaur
  • Focus

    The project seeks to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and experience sharing among state governments in the area of public financial management, with the ultimate objective of enhancing the effectiveness of government operations and public service delivery.

Memorandum of Agreement between Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Centre for Training and Research in Financial Administration, Government of Uttarakhand (PDU-CTRFA) and NIPFP for Research Programme

  • Start date April, 2021
  • Sponsor Government of Uttarakhand
  • Project leader Pinaki Chakraborty
  • Other faculty Pratap Ranjan Jena and Manish Gupta

Reform of the Government School system: Towards greater trust

  • Start date June, 2016
  • Completion date Jan., 2018
  • Sponsor Azim Premji University
  • Project leader Sukanya Bose
  • Consultants/Other authors Priyanta Ghosh (Research Scholar, JNU) and Arvind Sardana (Eklavya)
  • Focus
    Abstract: Bringing about equity and quality in education faces serious challenges. The enhanced demand for education especially among the most marginalised sections of the society has gone hand in hand with increasing stratification of education. The “crowding out” of public schools by private schools has led to opportunities for schooling being distributed in an unequal manner depending on income. On the other hand, the low standards of public education with the weak functionality of the government schools offers little alternative to the private sector schools, even if the latter is of largely ramshackle quality. Unless there are reforms in government schooling system, strong market advocates of low cost private schools will make deeper inroads.
    One of the main hurdles to proper reform of public schooling is the financial constraint. More and more people in policy circles seem to fall for the argument that proper government schools are simply not affordable from the point of view of the State, hence there is little sense in speaking of equity. Some authors demonstrate that even an allocation of 6% of GDP to the education budget would not be sufficient to fund universal school education if the reliance is to be wholly or even primarily on government school system. This study will attempt to examine the assumptions underlying the resource constraint model.
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