The Centre’s main objective is to promote and disseminate knowledge in the field of population studies by engaging in interdisciplinary research on contemporary issues in demography and health. Capacity building, through the development of scholars with sound research skills grounded in population theory and knowledge, as well as by providing training to various stake holders, forms the second objective of the centre. In addition to conducting fundamental research and building upon the existing body of scientific knowledge, the PRC aims to contribute to the policy making process by participating in government sponsored research programs The Centre also acts as a data bank on population, health and other socio-economic characteristics for the faculty members, research scholars, students of the university and community at large. Further, the Sr. faculty of the Centre also help scholars from different faculties in the preparation of the questionnaires, data analysis and interpretation of results. The Centre collaborated with IIPS Mumbai in the conduct of National Family Health Survey-1 and also monitored the conduct of NFHS-2 and NFHS-3. Currently we are undertaking NFHS-4 in J&K. We also assisted the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the conduct of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey and Rapid Survey on Children in Jammu and Kashmir. Department of Community Medicine, SKIMS Soura has chosen this PRC as an internship facility centre for the candidates pursuing M.D in the Department of Community Medicine. Each year 2 students are posted with the PRC for a period of four weeks to get themselves acquainted with the development of questionnaires, data collection, analysis, and presentation of results.
The PRC also maintains a close link with the health department at both the national and state level, and contributes to policy-making through participating in government sponsored research programs, as well as through its workshops and seminars. The findings of research conducted at the PRC are disseminated through Reports. Members of the PRC regularly attend and present their research at national and international conferences including annual meetings of the Indian Association for the Study of Population (IASP), the Population Association of America (PAA) and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), among others. In addition individual faculty members, also uses different methods to disseminate research findings to the policy makers and other researchers primarily through workshops and seminars publications in local dailies.