The division provides social science support to the existing activities of IRTC and also undertakes its own programmes. Research and publication in the areas of Local Level Planning, Education and Health are coordinated by the division. Another important activity of the division is planning and supporting research methodology training and orientation to researchers of various strata, through the Research Scholars' Collective (RSC). Collection and documentation of relevant research results with relevance to Kerala is a programme of the division. It is also engaged in publishing books and documents related to the social life of Kerala. Apart from this, the division also provides internship, project and field work assistance and guidance to students of various Social Science disciplines. A stint with IRTC is a rare opportunity for students to coalesce their classroom training with the real field experience of rural life.
Associate Fellow at Social Science Division of IRTC. He has a PhD in Development Studies from Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore in the topic “Institutions and Practices: A Study of the People’s Planning Campaign and the Kerala Development Programme”.
Was private secretary to the ministry of Education, government of Kerala. He has associated with curriculum development process of SCERT. With more than 30 years of experience in teaching and education based research activities, Dr C Ramakrishnan have a number of publications in his name.
An acclaimed writer and a former General Secretary of KSSP and the AIPSN, he has been the planning cell member of Kerala State Planning Board. He is also an expert in Local Development and People's Planning