About the Centre
The Centre for Rural Management is an autonomous multi-faceted research organisation located at Perumpaikadu village, Kottayam, Kerala, India. The centre was established in 1990 under the charitable societies act and has been concentrating on research, project evaluation, training, consultancy and social action. The Centre has been assigned projects by Ford Foundation, Institute of Development Studies (Sussex, U.K), Department of Planning (Lakshadweep Administration), Government of Kerala, Ministry of Rural Development (Govt. of India), Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF), Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA), CEVA (Cyriac Elias Voluntary Association), India Eco-Development Project-Periyar Tiger Reserve, CapDecK ( A Swiss funded project aimed at capacity building for decentralisation in Kerala) and CHAI ( Catholic Health Association of India) among others. The Centre has published a number of research reports - a few of them are available on this site.
About the Centre's Director
Dr. Jos chathukulam is the director of the centre. He is a researcher and national level consultant in Panchayati Raj and Local Level Planning. A board of directors representing both academic and activist streams manages the centre. Dr. B.S. Bhargava, Senior Fellow, Institute of social sciences, Bangalore is the Chairman of the board.
Dr Jos Chathukulam did his Post Graduate Studies in Political Science at the University of Kerala and the University of Mysore and later obtained a Doctorate in Development Administration from the Institute for Socio Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore with ICSSR fellowship under the supervision of Dr B S Bhargava. He had worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the School of International Relation of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, later for quite sometime. He has published a number of publications in the Economic and Political Weekly and other journals of repute.
Dr Chathukulam has evaluated more than fifty two major development projects which have been implemented by different national and international agencies including Government of India. He was the team leader of the District Level Monitoring (DLM) of all the Rural Development Programmes in three districts of Kerala. He has been a consultant of Kerala State Planning Board (KSPB), Government of Kerala and Vice Chairman the District Planning Committee (DPC) of the District of Kottayam during the Ninth Five Year Plan period.
He had closely involved in the literacy movement, resource mapping and Peoples Planning Campaign (PPC) in Kerala. PPC was a well acclaimed programme aimed at decentralising governance to the grassroots level. He is now functioning as a national level consultant of projects on rural development, panchayat raj and decentralised planning. His areas of interest include decentralization, development administration, self-employment, rural development, participatory local planning and social movements. He is heavily engaged in carrying out evaluation studies on rural development programmes of Governemtn of India. The fulltext of a few of those research reports are uploaded on this site.
Studies CRM Undertakes
Please see the reports on this site to learn more about the kind of work CRM undertakes. CRM is happy to work with any organisation seriously engaged in rural development. Please see the "Contact Us" page to get in touch with us.