PRS Legislative Research (PRS) seeks to strengthen the legislative
process by making it better informed, more transparent and
participatory. Through its work, PRS seeks:
PRS was founded in 2005 as an independent research initiative. The initiative was incubated in the Centre for Policy Research
(CPR), New Delhi, which is a leading Indian think tank. With the
intellectual and institutional support of CPR, PRS has been able to
build and deepen its engagement with legislators, media and citizen
groups to strengthen the legislative process. Recently, the initiative
has been institutionalised as a not-for-profit Section 25 Company, the
Institute for Policy Research Studies.
- To provide independent and non-partisan, research support to
Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs)
across party lines on all legislation and policy debates in the
- Track the functioning of legislatures and legislators by releasing detailed data and analysis
- Devise means by which citizens are more aware and engaged in the policy making process.
The work of PRS was initiated with a grant from Ford Foundation, and
subsequently by Google.org. Currently, the work of PRS is supported by a
number of Indian institutions and individuals. PRS gratefully
acknowledges support from AV Venkatraman, Ajay Piramal, Amit Chandra,
Bharti and Sushil Ramola, India Value Fund Advisors, Jalaj Dani, Mahesh
Krishnamurthy, Paresh Sukthankar, Pirojsha Godrej Foundation, Praveen
Chakravarty, Puneet Dalmia, RK Damani, Rajiv Sahni, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala,
Rohini Nilekani, SK Shelgikar, Shasun Pharmaceuticals and Vikram Lal.