The Population Research
Centre, formerly known as Demographic Research Centre, was
established in July 1966 in the Department of Economics, University
of Lucknow, Lucknow with the financial support of the Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi. This is
the only Institution of its kind in the most populous state of the
country. Its primary aim is to carry out researches and studies on
demographic features, patterns and trends in Uttar Pradesh, their
underlying factors and their impact on economic and human resource
development. It also undertakes studies to extend research support
to the changing strategies of the country's Family Welfare
The Centre, as an integral part of the Department
of Economics, started with a core staff of twelve persons-nine
research workers and three supporting staff. The Head of the
Department is the ex -officio Director of the Centre. Within a short
span, the Centre, because of its important research contributions in
the field of population, was accorded the status of a fully
developed centre in 1972. At present the staff strength of the
Centre comprises 23 persons-15 research workers and 8 supporting
staff. The research staff includes one Additional Director, one
Joint Director, two Assistant Directors, four Research
Investigators, four Field Investigators and three
The research thrust of the Centre has been on
different aspects of V.P.'s population, particularly fertility,
infant and child mortality, mutuality, population education,
migration and evaluation of national programmes on women and child
development and family planning. The research studies of the centre
are normally based on the data collected through large scale field
surveys conducted in different districts of the state. In addition,
the analysis of secondary data collected in different surveys and
Government Reports are carried out in the Centre over the years.
Over a passage of 37 years, the Centre has completed about
140 research studies on the above mentioned areas. During the year
2003 the Centre has organized
1. Three days Training
Workshop on POPLINE BIBLIOGRAPHIC REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH DATABASE
(sponsored by International Instib1te for Population Sciences,
Mumbai) March 11-13, 2003. The workshop was attended by 20
participants belonging to various institutions located at Lucknow. .
2. Two days Regional Conference of the Indian Association
for the Study of Population on "Emerging issues on Population,
Health and Environment in Northern States of India" (November
13-14,2003). In this conference key note address was given by Dr.
Francois M Farah UNFPA Representative for India and 35 research
papers were presented by outstation and local members of the
Major studies completed during April 2002-
1. Process evaluation ofRCH camps, Training of
traditional birth attendants (Dais), and out reach sessions schemes
in Uttar Pradesh.
2. An evaluation of training centre under
family welfare programme in Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal.
An assessment of rural health infrastructure and manpower in Uttar
Studies in progress at the end of April 2002- March
1. Assessment of regional variation in family planning
and maternal child health care in Uttar Pradesh.
variations in awareness of HIV (AIDs) in Uttar Pradesh.
Verification of utilization of building constructed under IPP- VI
project in Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal.
4. Verification of last
doses of immunization, third ANC and PNC check up in Varanasi
district of Uttar Pradesh.,
5. Unmet need for family planning in