The Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI) is a federal formation of universities and academic bodies involved in teaching and research in the social sciences. The main objective of the association is primarily to engage member organizations in meaningful dialogues and promote knowledge exchange on relevant teaching programs and social issues.
IASSI functions as a national platform to facilitate discussions on themes like education, research, training, and other priorities in social science. The main objective of IASSI is to assist, facilitate, and promote interdisciplinary research and training on different aspects of economic and social development.
The Association was registered as a Society under the Indian Societies Registration Act (1860) in 1979.
IASSI receives financial support from the Ministry of Human Resource Development via the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) for carrying out its society-related activities.
The key focus areas of the Association are:
The founding members of the Association were:
K.R. Narayanan, Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Shri Prakash Tandon, Director-General, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi
B.K. Madan, Chairman, Management Development Institute, New Delhi
J.P. Naik, Member-Secretary, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi
Uma Roy Choudhary, Vice-President, Indian Association for Research in National Income and Wealth, New Delhi
Malcolm S. Adiseshiah, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras, Madras
Professor V.M. Dandekar, Director, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune
Amrik Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala
Tarlok Singh, Member, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi