About PAC

Public Affairs Centre (PAC) engages in action research focussing on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of India. PAC is a not for profit Think Tank established in 1994 with a mandate to improve the quality of governance in India. The Centre is also a pioneer in deploying innovative Social Accountability Tools (SAT) to measure the quality and adequacy of public services. Over the years, its scope of work has expanded to include the whole gamut of research-advocacy-action to lead evidence-based research on governance across sectors, geographies and populations in India. PAC ensures that gender is an over-arching theme in all its focus research areas.

PAC was one of the first civil society-led institutional initiatives to mobilise demand for good governance in India. Dr. Samuel Paul (Founder Chairman) was instrumental in establishing PAC with a select group of friends. PAC is registered under Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960 as a Society.


Legal Status


Green Audit


Enhance the quality of public governance, through active civil society engagement, to make it equitable, inclusive, and accountable; to ensure that we advance the rights of the vulnerable population; and secure fair development opportunities for all.
Undertake action research to generate evidence and new knowledge for sustainable development; foster awareness, informed advocacy, and well-designed action to enhance community agency; and partner with governments to improve the quality of development praxis.