|City||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Phone||+91 (0)33 2462 7252 / 5794 / 5795, 91 (0)33 2436 8313 / 7794 / 95 / 97|
|Fax||+91 (0)33 2462 6183|
The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences was established in the year 1973,
The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, was founded in February 1973. Financed primarily by matching grants from the ICSSR and the Government of West Bengal, the Centre has full academic autonomy, is designed to function democratically and is proud of its impeccable record of public accountability. Academic and administrative matters at the Centre are under the control of a Board of Governors consisting of representatives of the Central and State governments, the ICSSR, the UGC, the universities of West Bengal and the Centre's faculty. A distinguished academic heads the Board as Chairman of the Centre. A key administrative position is that of the Registrar who participates in the drawing up of all academic programmes and looks after all administrative matters in consultation with the Director. The Centre's Professors and Fellows are academics of high merit from the fields of economics, history, political science, sociology, social anthropology, geography and cultural studies. Our unique interdisciplinary culture allows for collaboration between people from different fields for research that might not find support in traditional department-based institutions. We explore contemporary problems with a focus on eastern India.
In addition, the Centre:
1. Runs a M. Phil. in Social Sciences & Research Training Programme 2009-2010 for International students
2. Accepts doctoral students who are supervised by the Centre's faculty and are affiliated to a university.
3. Organises a variety of recurring and one-off academic events in the year, including seminars, workshops, and two annual lecture series, S.G. Deuskar lectures and R.C. Dutt lectures. Most events are open to the public; some are by invitation only.
4. Runs projects with various national and international bodies.
In March 2000, the Centre moved to its new campus at Baishnabghata Patuli Township on the southern end of the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. The new campus is 45 minutes from the city airport, and an hour from Howrah, the main rail station. It accommodates the library, the archive and rooms for seminars and lectures, as well as the administrative and faculty offices.
The Centre retains its old premises at 10 Lake Terrace, Calcutta 700 029, where it was housed for 25 years. The top two floors have been renovated to accommodate the Jadunath Sarkar Resource Centre for Historical Research, a depository of vernacular language materials relating to the social and colonial history of Bengal and Eastern India. An auditorium for academic seminars, workshops, etc., is located in its ground floor and is available to educational / academic institutions at a nominal charge.
The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences was founded in Calcutta by the Government of India in February 1973 to conduct and coordinate research on the problems of eastern India. It is financed primarily through grants from the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi and the Government of West Bengal on a matching basis. The Centre enjoys full academic autonomy.Distinguished academics and scholars of high merit were drawn to it from relevant disciplines: economics, history, political science, sociology and geography. Later, a new field of study was included: the social bases of culture, which has more recently veered towards media and cultural studies. Though the interests of scholars at the Centre have been shifting through the years, in some cases quite radically, what has remained constant is the value placed on academic excellence. Review committees appointed by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) have borne testimony to this fact. National and international institutions have expressed confidence in its consistent standards and sought links with it in various ways.
In March 2000, the Centre moved to its new campus on the southern end of the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. It still retains a city office at its old premises at 10 Lake Terrace, Calcutta 700 029, where it was housed for the last 25 years. The new campus is located on a spacious plot at Baishnabghata Patuli Township, a quiet site on the outskirts of the city. There is ample working space for the Centre’s academic and administrative staff in the new premises, alongside a major expansion in space for the library, the archive, the computer equipment and for seminars and lectures. In the second stage of construction, there are also plans to build a guesthouse and accommodation for visiting faculty. At the same time, the Centre has plans to use its old premises for conferences and lectures, perhaps also converting a portion of it into a guesthouse.
Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
R-1, Baishnabghata Patuli Township,
India - 700 094
Phone: +91 (0)33 2462 7252 / 5794 / 5795
91 (0)33 2436 8313 / 7794 / 95 / 97
Fax : +91 (0)33 2462 6183
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The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences