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About IHD

The Institute for Human Development (IHD) was established in the year 1998 under the aegis of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE), it is a non-profit autonomous institution that aims to contribute towards building a society that fosters and values an inclusive social, economic and political system that is free from poverty and deprivations.


Primary Objectives

  • Undertake research in the areas of labour and employment, livelihood, gender, health, education and other aspects of human development;
  • Evaluate development policy and programmes;
  • Marginalised Social Groups: Dalits/Tribals/Minorities
  • Organise seminars, workshops and lectures of academic and policy interest and contemporary relevance
  • Conduct courses and training programmes on human development issues;
  • Network with similar institutions, both in India and abroad, for facilitating greater sharing of information and ideas through joint collaborations and partnerships; and
  • Publish books, journals, research reports, working papers and monographs on the above issues.

The Institute's activities are guided by the Board of Governors, which consists of well-known academicians and experts, policy-makers and development practitioners. An Academic Committee comprising of eminent academicians from diverse fields of human development advises IHD on its academic programmes.

The Institute has an experienced and active faculty that is committed to the fulfilment of its vision and objectives. Apart from regular faculty, several well-known scholars, both from India and abroad, are visiting faculty members at IHD. They spend considerable time at the Institute and are actively involved in its academic activities, including the execution of projects and other research assignments.

IHD has gained widespread recognition for its activities and has been empanelled by various organisations for undertaking research activities in collaboration with them.



Recognition and Empanelment

  • Designated as an ' ICSSR Category Institute' by the Indian Council of Social Science Research
  • A knowledge partner of NITI Aayog for collaborative activities of transformative policy research through SAMAVESH- a programme of networking and partnerships with knowledge and research institutions;
  • Recognised by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India as a ?Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation?;
  • Empanelled with the Niti Aayog for ?Outsourcing of Monitoring and Evaluation Studies?; and
  • National Level Monitor with Ministries of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water