National Social Science Information System

The Association under its programme, National Social Science Information System (NSSIS), has been collecting and publishing information on the research projects undertaken by any of its member institutions in social science. Under its charter, the Association is required to develop a spirit of cooperation among the social science institutions in the matter of research. IASSI feels that researchers could benefit enormously if they were provided knowledge of projects and researches, being carried out in other institutions, in their respective fields of interest.

NSSIS enables the researchers to communicate with various institutions to gain insight on previous and current research in their field of interest. This initiative can make sure that unnecessary overlaps are avoided while giving researchers the knowledge of the scope, coverage, concepts and methodology of projects.

Information is collected through a mailed questionnaire and sent to all three hundred and four member institutions. The information is also collated from annual reports of organizations/institutions received by the IASSI. The information system and data bank has the capacity for answering queries with respect to:

The information system and data bank will have capacity for answering queries with respect to-

  1. The projects which are going on anywhere in the country on given issues
  2. The projects which have been completed anywhere in the country on given issues
  3. The places and institutions where these projects are going on and the names of the principal investigators of the projects
  4. The places and institutions where projects have been completed on given issues and the names of associated principal investigators

The system is expected to help researchers in networking with other researchers and institutions working on similar issues. It is also expected to help policy makers to obtain appropriate information. Under this programme, IASSI published information on research projects undertaken between the years 2011-2014. Research work for the years 2014-15 has been published and distributed to member institutions this year. IASSI has sent out letters to the member institutions for the year 2015-2016 in order to collect information for the completed and on-going projects. The information from member institutions is being received and the work is in progress

The work has been supported by Malcolm & Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust, Chennai.

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