Centre for Development Studies (CDS) is a premier social science research institution situated at Ulloor
. Established in 1971, it aims at promoting research, teaching and training in disciplines relevant to development.
Affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, CDS offers M Phil in applied economics, PhD in economics and postgraduate diploma in population and sustainable development. The college is also a recognized center for doctoral research registered under the University of Kerala.
CDS features spacious classrooms, computer lab and well-equipped library. Separate hostels, possessing moderately furnished single rooms with attached bath, are available for men and women. The cafeteria here serves simple north and south Indian cuisine. A recreation club of the college conducts extra-curricular activities such as indoor games, video shows, occasional cultural programs and outings.
The college is around 8 km from the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city. Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station helps in the accessibility.