The Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS)
was founded by
Dr.Malcolm S Adiseshiah and Mrs.
Elizabeth Adiseshiah, in January 1971, shortly
after Dr.Adiseshiah's retirement as Deputy
Director-General of UNESCO.
In 1976 the Government of India through the
Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR),
New Delhi, sent a mission to study the
possibility of developing MIDS into a national
institute of social science research. On the
recommendations of the mission the Institute was
reconstituted as a National Institute in March
1977 under the joint sponsorship of the
Government of India through the ICSSR and the
Government of Tamil Nadu. The trustees gifted to
the reconstituted National Institute its land
and buildings, its library, furniture and
equipment and a cash endowment. The Reserve Bank
of India established a Chair in applied research
in regional economics in the Institute in 1985.
The Reserve Bank of India established a Chair in
applied research in regional economics in the
Institute in 1985 initially for five years. In
1991 the RBI extended support to this unit on a
continuing basis subject to periodic review.
Since 1993 RBI has been granting fellowships to
Ph D scholars. In 2002 the RBI converted its
annual commitment to an endowment giving the
Institute full autonomy to the unit.
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.
To promote inter-disciplinary
research, and disseminate information
relating to the above activities.
The research concerns of the
faculty are wide ranging. MIDS has become a
centre for critical thinking on development
issues. The service of faculty members are
sought by State and Central Government
departments, autonomous agencies,
universities and colleges, non-government
and international organisations.
of the Institute
Governing Council as its apex body, and
an Academic Council, the reconstituted Institute
is structured in such a way as to ensure maximum
autonomy to its functioning.
Governing Council consists of the
Chairperson, the Institute's Director as
member-secretary, representatives of MIDS
faculty, ICSSR, Tamil Nadu Government, and from
the Universitites of the four Southern states,
Trustees of the Institute, and co-opted social
scientists, as members. It ordinarily meets once
a year, while its
Finance Committee and
Executive Council meet twice a year.
The Academic Council
Academic Council consists of the Director as
chairperson, and both external and internal
members. All the professors of the Institute are
its members; other faculty members and the Ph.D.
scholars serve on it in rotation. Five reputed
social scientists from other universities and
institutes are members of the Academic Council.
Each of them serve for three years. The Council
meets twice a year to review, and provide
guidelines on, the academic activities of the