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About GIFT

Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India formerly Centre for Taxation Studies (CTS), is an autonomous institute of the Government of Kerala recognized by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). It is conceived as a premier national institute to promote theoretically grounded empirical research with an interdisciplinary perspective to aid policy-making at the national and sub-national levels. The uniqueness of the Institute is its faculty having a background in Commerce, Economics, and Law. GIFT offers a Ph.D. program in Social Sciences focussing on Public Economics, affiliated with Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). GIFT conducts two other programs; Post Graduate Diploma in Goods and Service Tax (PGDGST) and the Research Capacity Building Program (RCBP) besides offering training for capacity building of different stakeholders including Government officials. GIFT brings out three publications; Kerala Economy (Quarterly) Kerala Tax Reporter (Monthly) and Weekly Updates on Finance, Taxation and the Indian Economy.

The Governing Body and Executive Committee of GIFT consist of Scholars of Eminence and Senior Administrators representing both the Central and State Governments. Shri K N Balagopal, Minister for Finance, Government of Kerala, is the Chairperson of the Institute.


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