Population Research Centre (PRC) was established in 1985 and is sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The Centre is provided 100 percent financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid by the Ministry. The Centre caters to the demographic research needs of Jammu and Kashmir and undertakes continuous research on demographic situations and population and health related programmes of the State. It also conducts research based on the requirements under the National Population Programmes. The main focus of the research conducted in the Centre is on applied aspect although theoretical research is also encouraged. Emphasis is also given on utilisation of research findings for policy formulation and implementation in population and development programmes. The Centre also acts as a data bank on health and population and other socio-economic characteristics for the faculty members, research scholars, students of the university and community at large. The faculty members of the Centre are actively involved in the teaching in the P.G. Department of Economics to both PG students and Research Scholars. The Centre collaborates with UNICEF, USAID, NCEAR, IIPS, NACO, and Planning Commission for the conduct of socio-economic, demographic and health surveys in Jammu and Kashmir.


The Centre right from its establishment is involved in monitoring and evaluation of various centrally sponsored health and family welfare programmes in the state. The centre also evaluates various other programmes and developmental schemes being run in the state both by the central and the state government.


The centre has expertise in planning and conduct of research in the fields of: (1) Health and Family Welfare, (2) Gender Inequality, (3) Social problems, and (4) Developmental issues etc. The Centre designs and organizes training programme for: (1) Medical Officer, (2) District and Block Programme Management Units of the NRHM, (3) various NGOs and other private agencies who are working for health related issues in the state, (4) ANMs/MPWs and other field staff of the Health and Family Welfare Department, (5) Integrated Child Development Schemes (ICDS)  workers, (6) Staff development of various organisations, (7) Sensitisation/Orientation of various organisations regarding implementation of various developmental programmes especially related to health.