The Madras Institute of
Development Studies (MIDS) was founded by
Malcolm S Adiseshiah and Mrs. Elizabeth Adiseshiah, in January 1971. MIDS was
reconstituted as a National Institute of Social
Science Research in March 1977 under the joint
sponsorship of the Government of India through
the Indian Council of Social Science Research
and the Government of Tamil Nadu.
- To undertake studies and research pertaining
to development problems, with special reference
to the agro-rural aspects of Tamil Nadu and the
socially and economically backward sections of
the population throughout the country.
- To conduct seminars and conferences on
development issues concerning Tamil Nadu and the
country at large.
- To foster inter-university
co-operation among social scientists of the
universities of the four southern states.