The CESS has been recognized as a centre for advanced research by the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University and the Osmania University. It has also been recognized by the University of Hyderabad as centre for external registration for Ph.D. programmes in economics and anthropology. The centre has evolved a unique teaching –cum- research training programme leading to M.Phil. and Ph.D. in development studies. Both the part-time programmes undertaken in collaboration with the Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Open University.
The Centre has been organizing M.Phil and Ph.D Programmes in collaboration with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad since 1986 and 1990 respectively. Till now, the Centre has admitted 29 batches of M.Phil students and 23 batches of Ph.D students and so far 100 Scholars have been awarded M.Phil degree and 78 scholars the Ph.D degree.