ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Government Review of ICSSRSubscribe to Government Review of ICSSR

A House for the Social Sciences

For the first time since the creation of the Indian Council of Social Science Research in the 1970s, the Government of India set up, in 2010, a committee to review the functioning of the council. The four articles in this special section, three of them by directors of ICSSR institutes, discuss different aspects of the report of the committee. The first article commends the quality of analysis and the recommendation to correct the current niggardly government financing of the ICSSR but asks why there has been no discussion of the quality of research and accountability in the social science institutes.

Institutional Citizenship, Research Cultures and the State

Suboptimal funding cannot but affect the quality of research, but will more funding, as recommended by the review committee, by itself make a qualitative difference to the quality of output? What is it in institutions that fosters original research? The answer requires conceptual and historical investigations into institutional citizenship, research cultures, and the role of the State in fostering them.

A New Beginning?

How may ICSSR and its network of institutes enable the growth of social sciences? It is time to move beyond assessments and towards building different possibilities into an archaic system, using texts of different kinds and bringing the diversity and dynamism of the world outside. The need is to frame research questions differently and reimagine higher education in the process.

Governance, Autonomy and Social Science Research

Other than the funding issue, the review committee has highlighted governance and autonomy as crucial issues to be addressed in the ICSSR. Any efforts by the government to tackle these areas will have to be based on policy decisions on the structural composition of the body, its internal organisation and funding.
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