Population Research Centre (P.R.C.) established in the year 1999 is located in the Department of General and Applied Geography, Dr. Hari Singh Gour Central University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. PRC Sagar is multidisciplinary in nature having experts from the field of demography, statistics, social and applied sciences. PRC Sagar is involved in monitoring and evaluation of programmes of two states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The research activities of PRC are sponsored by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
At present, there is a network of 18 PRCs in 12 Universities and 6 institutions of national repute scattered over 17 states of India. PRCs are an active forum for exchange of ideas and findings between programme administrators and researchers for the optimum utilisation of resources and also identification of areas where further research may be needed.
The major functions of PRC Sagar include research studies in the field of public health and family welfare, socio-economic and demographic aspects, as well as reproductive health. Presently, the centre is carrying out evaluation studies in areas of adolescent health, male participation in health and family welfare activities, evaluation of ANC schemes, evaluation of schemes under NRHM and secondary data analysis based on RCH-RHS, DHS, NFHS, NSS, SRS and census data. Most of the studies conducted by the PRCs are on varying topics such as population growth, socioeconomic characteristics of rural/ urban population, evaluation of Family Welfare Programme for non-acceptance of family planning methods, evaluation of special school health check up scheme, and fertility and socioeconomic indicators.
The centre has completed 28 research evaluation studies on different aspects of population and health. Presently, the centre is carrying out evaluation studies in areas of Programme Implementation Plans under National Health Mission a flagship programme of Government of India, the ultimate goal being population stabilization.