Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies – ICSSR research institute in collaboration with Government of Odisha

Its web page is Following are excerpts from that page.

Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies was established in 1987 vide the Govt. of Orissa Resolution dated the 16th April 1987 in consultation with Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, as an autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. Thus, the Centre has been jointly sponsored by the ICSSR and Govt. of Orissa and receives matching maintenance and development grants from them on 50:50 basis.

Following are excerpts from the page about the location of this institute.

The Centre is situated in a prime institutional area, 6 Kms from the Bhubaneswar railway station, 10 Kms away from the Biju Patnaik International airport and 1.5 Kms away from the Jaydev Vihar Square on a very quiet and serene campus on 5 acres of land. It forms part of an institutional area covering Survey of India, IGNOU Regional Centre and Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) on the one side and the Fortune Tower and Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar on the other side of the main road leading towards Nandan Kanan, the famous Zoological Park at the outskirt of the city.

It has a small faculty of 3 readers, 2 lecturers and one research associate. The director position is open after the recent passing away of Prof. Sakti prasad Padhi. The faculty are involved in research and guide students for their Ph.D. Following are excerpts from the page

At present, although the Centre does not have a formal M.Phil/Ph.D. programme unlike other ICSSR institutes, the faculty have been given recognition by the Utkal University to guide doctoral research on different topics. … the faculty members of the Centre are preoccupied with guiding many doctoral dissertations. Many such researchers registered with the Centre’s faculty either as regular UGC/ICSSR JRFs (Junior Research Fellows) or as private Ph.D scholars, have been awarded with doctoral degrees in economics, sociology and social anthropology in the past and quite a few others are on the verge of getting their degrees from Utkal University. …

The Indian Council of Social Science Research allocates three institutional doctoral fellowships (two ordinary and one salary protected) to the Institute every year. The NCDS offers these fellowships in economics, sociology and social anthropology. The selected candidates are given fellowship @ Rs.6000/- p.m. and a contingency grant of Rs.12000/- p.a. for a period of two years, which may be extended by one more year.

Following is the advertisement for its director’s position.

May 21st, 2011

NISWASS’s admission ad in Samaja

May 2nd, 2010

NISWASS Bhubaneswar gets 20 crores from UGC for infrastructure development

Following is from the UGC report (page 8, item 3.1). Thanks to Prof. Pujari for the pointer.

The Commission considered and approved the recommendations of the Expert Committee to the proposal of National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences (NISWASS), Bhubaneswar (Orissa) for financial assistance for Infrastructural Development and approved one time financial grant of Rs.20.00 crores to the Institute.

The web page of NISWASS is at It has the following departments:

Some of the programs it offers are:

  • BA and MA in Social Work
  • MA in Social Communication
  • MA in Rural Management
  • Master in Women Studies
  • Master in Buddhist Studies

Admission forms are available every year around 15th May.

Some of the features and achievements of NISWASS are:

  • It is affiliated to the University of Utkal, Sambalpur and Berhampur in the State of Odisha. The Vice Chancellors of all these Universities happen to be in the Board of Governors of NISWASS.
  • It has also been recognized by each of them as an Advanced Research Centre.
    The Institute has already been recognized by the University Grants Commission under Sections 2 (f) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act, 1956. Utkal University and the Government of Odisha separately have recommended the application of NISWASS filed with the University Grants Commission for conferring on NISWASS of a Deemed University.
  • As an Institution catering to teaching and training in professional social work courses, NISWASS has been recognized and taken as a member of the Association of Schools of Social Work in India (ASSWI), New Delhi.
  • NISWASS has been recognized as a Nodal Centre for the purpose of evaluation and inspections, Family Counseling Centres, etc. by the Central Social Welfare Advisory Board, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  • NISWASS publishes its research reports in the form of books, monographs and handbooks. It also publishes a journal, The Fourth World (bi-annually in English). Its Journal has been registered under the Press and Registration Act and has also obtained the ISSN number.
  • Also, its development workers are active in more that ten thousand villages in Orissa and are engaged in carrying out various development works in addition to implementing education, health, skill improvement training, etc. focusing on women, children, disabled and other rural people and urban slums.
  • NISWASS has been accepted by CAPART for training of trainers from various NGOs to conduct training of the Social Animators.
  • NISWASS has been able to establish two prestigious Chairs for advanced research and training viz. 
    Dr. Ambedkar Chair on Social Work and
    Shri K.R. Narayanan (Late President of Indian) Chair on Social Communication.
  • NISWASS had entered into international collaboration arrangements with the University of Missouri, Columbia (USA), the South Asian Institute (SAI, University of Heidleberg (Germany) and the Free University of Berlin (Germany) in matters of research, publications, faculty visits, and students’ exchange programmes. “Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)” have already been signed with the concerned University authorities. But relationship is active in the case of the Free University of Berlin.

There seems to be a lot of jobs available at NISWASS. See

NISWASS is located in Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar.

The only things that I could not find in their web pages are the names of the faculty and researchers working there. The only name I could find was the name of Dr. R. K. Nayak, mentioned as the Founder of NISWASS. 

April 19th, 2010


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