Welcome to Indian Social Institute
New Delhi



NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


Our Vision - Mission

The Indian Social Institute, New Delhi was established in 1951 in response to the challenges of nation- building and a new emerging social order of independent India. It has evolved its vision, mission, goals and objectives in responding to the changing situation in the country in the spirit of a learning organisation over the last fifty years.



To build a just, humane, secular, democratic and inclusive Indian society wherein the poor and marginalized communities cherish equality, dignity, freedom, justice, peace and harmony.



To engage in social transformation through socially relevant research, training, publication and advocacy works aimed at integral development of the marginalized communities, particularly the Dalits, Adivasis/tribals, women, minorities, unorganized and landless labourers in partnership with academicians, people’s movements, human rights organizations and ecological movements nationally and internationally.



The approach is both pedagogic and programmatic. It is pedagogic in the sense that our actions are aimed at creating critical consciousness, through action-reflection process, and eventually structural change in the system. It is programmatic in the sense that it is through different and concrete programmes that we try to achieve this structural change, knowing that, “For a successful revolution (transformation) it is not enough that there is discontent. What is required is a profound and thorough conviction of the justice, necessity and importance of political and social rights” (B. R. Ambedkar), and having the conviction that, “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history” (Mahatma Gandhi).



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