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
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
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.
With a Governing
its apex body, and an Academic Council, the reconstituted
Institute is structured in such a way as to ensure maximum
autonomy to its functioning.
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.
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 Institute.
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