Regional and National Research Institutions in South Asia






Sri Lanka

Think tanks devoted to South Asia

Major Universities in South Asia

World South Asian Studies Institutions

Regional institutions

Climate Action Network (CAN) South Asia, part of a global network of non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) in 85 countries working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. The South Asian refional network was established in 1991. Based at Dhaka, Bangladesh.

International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo, Sri Lanka.
ices.jpgEstablished in 1982. Engaged in research projects, workshops and publications, embracing ethnic and related questions that are global in character. Its work has a predominant South Asian emphasis, even though being sited in Sri Lanka, ICES concerns itself also with Sri Lankan subjects and issues.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, Nepal. ICIMOD, established in 1981, is the first international organisation to make a commitment to improve the living conditions of mountain inhabitants in a sustainable way, helping them to live and not merely exist upon the highest wonders on earth. The Centre is multidisciplinary, area-focussed and mountain-based; it concentrates mainly on the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region. ICIMOD has much to offer, to the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region as well as to other mountain regions facing similar problems.

International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

South Asia Centre for Policy Studies, SACEPS, is a regional network of research organisations involved in studying regional issues in South Asia.
Its secretariat is located at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The other six partner organisations in the network are:
Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, India;
Institute of Integrated Development Studies (IIDS), Kathmandu, Nepal;
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan;
Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Colombo, Sri Lanka;
Marga Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka; and
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII-India).

South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERs), based at Hyderabad, India. Consortium comprising of senior scholars based in academic institutions and NGOs in the different South Asian countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka). The consortium will govern a 'virtual water resources academy' for capacity building in order to make water management contribute to food and livelihood security of the disadvantaged communities of South Asia.

South Asian Coordination Committee for the Political Empowerment of Women (SACPEW), headquartered in Kathmandu, Nepal. Sub-regional unit of the Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP). Established in 2002 as a forum to work for the political empowerment of women in South Asia.


South Asian Policy Analysis (SAPANA) Network, a non-partisan, South Asia-wide research and policy analysis network, intended to be the first independent South Asian think-thank in the region. Created in 2006 as a joint project by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) and the South Asian Journal, SAPANA comprises 14 Research Groups focusin on a certain issue or area of policy analysis. The aim is to utilise the research and analysis being undertaken in the region and to put together these efforts in a holistic frame and evolve a South Asian Policy Analysis platform. Members of each Research Group are carefully chosen from a long list of experts in the area of specialisation and amongst those who work on the South Asian region.

South Asian Research Centre for Advertisement, Journalism & Cartoons (SARCAJC), Gurgaon, Haryana, India. The first initiative of its kind in South Asia, run on non profit basis. Projects related to Indian cartoons, advertisements and journalism during British Raj are being conducted. The SARCAJC website has been recently upgraded and has added on new features like regular Newspaper watch, and archival images of South Asia that includes cartoons, advertisments, information about first women journalist in Hindi during British Raj. The website will be regulary updated including archival contents from the era of British Raj.

WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), New Delhi, India. South Asian research and training initiative, which facilitates the leadership of women in the areas of peace, security and international affairs. Initiated in 1999 by Meenakshi Gopinath who currently serves as the Honorary Director, WISCOMP positions its work at the confluence of peacebuilding, conflict transformation and security studies. WISCOMP runs a Peace Fellowship program, encouraging innovative, multi-disciplinary, theoretical engagement and research on issues that emerge at the intersection of the discourses on gender, security and conflict transformation. The fellowships are awarded under three categories: Academic Research, Media Projects and Special Projects. More information on the fellowship programme.


Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, BIDS, (Bangladesh Unnayan Gabeshona Protishthan), multi-disciplinary organization which conducts policy oriented research on development issues mainly in the context of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, BIISS. Statutory institution under the administrative control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, doing research in international studies, strategic studies, democracy and governance studies as well as economic and Environmental Studies.

Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM). Since 1982 BIRDEM has been designated as the WHO Collaborating Center for research on prevention and control. It is the first of its kind outside Europe.

Bangladesh Institute of law and International Affairs. Established in 1972, one of the leading Institutes in Bangladesh for the analysis of issues relating to law and International Affairs, run independent of Government. Its activities bring together people of all nationalities from Government, politics, business, the academic world and the media.

Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), Research and Evaluation Division (RED). Established in 1975 to provide research support to BRAC programmes. RED conducts multidisciplinary studies on various development issues and subjects of national and global importance. These include poverty alleviation, socioeconomic development, agriculture, nutrition, health, population, education, environment, gender, and related fields. It maintains strong linkages with the government organizations, UN bodies, and a number of academic and research institutions at home and abroad.

Centre for Policy Dialogue, CPD, Dhaka. Established in 1993, concerned with addressing the growing demands for a more participatory and accountable development process in Bangladesh. CPD's major research activities is the preparation of the annual Independent Review of Bangladesh's Development (IRBD). Programmes at the CPD include: Trade Policy Analysis (TPA), Governance and Policy Reforms, Population and Sustainable Development, and Agriculture, Ecosystems, Environment and Rural Development.


Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). Non-profit leading organisation in the country working on resource management, environment and development (RMED) issues, serving as a focal point and think tank of the existing intellectual, technology and manpower to develop national capabilities in addressing resource management, environment and development issues.

Centre for Development Research (CDBR), Dhaka. Independent, not-for-profit think tank striving to find ways of helping the process of total development in developing nations. Incorporated in 1982, CDRB undertakes and promotes basic applied research; national, joint regional and international research; education and training of young researchers; serves as a forum for scholars, decision makers, students, and members of professional groups; and information dissemination activities.
CDBR acts as counterpart organization to AIBS (the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, AIBS, an consortium of 14 Institutes of higher learning including reputed Universities in the USA, aiming at promoting scholarly level understanding between Bangladesh and USA).

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). What popularly used to be known as the Cholera Hospital in Bangladesh has grown into an international health research institution. ICDDR,B has expanded its activities to address some of the most critical global health needs,a nd is therefore now becoming well-known as ICDDR,B: Centre for Health and Population Research (the Centre). In collaboration with partners from academic and research institutions throughout the world, the Centre conducts research, training and extension activities as well as programme-based activities outlined in separate leaflets in the folder.


Agharkar Research Institute, Pune. Autonomous, grant-in-aid research institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Goverment of India.

All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI), Ahemedbad. Community based action research, action planning and action advocacy non-governmental organisation, founded after the repeated 1987-89 droughts in Gujarat. AIDMI works towards bridging the gap between policy, practice, and research related to disaster mitigation, in an effort to link the community to the (inter)national level humanitarian scenario.

Alternative Law Forum. Based in Bangalore, started in March 2000 by a collective of lawyers with the belief that there was a need for an alternative practice of law, which recognized that a practice of law was inherently political. Over the years ALF has grown from being a legal service provider to becoming a space that integrates alternative lawyering with critical research, organising conferences and lectures.

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai. A premier multi-disciplinary Nuclear Research Centre of India having excellent infrastructure for advanced Research and Development with expertise covering the entire spectrum of Nuclear Science and Engineering and related areas.

Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Vadodara, Gujarat. Works specifically with and on behalf of the Adivasi or tribal people of India. Bhasha has undertaken to document the linguistic, literary and artistic heritge of these communities. It has set up the Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh (Gujarat) as an institute of formal education for the promotion of tribal languages, literature, arts and culture. In recent years, Bhasha has initiated setting up of another institution for Himalayan Studies under the name ‘Himlok: Institute of Himalayan Studies’. 

Central Food Technology Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore. Established in 1950, CFTRI today stands out among the largest and most diversified technology laboratories in the world.

Centre For Development Alternatives (CFDA), Ahmedabad. Academic research institution focusing on poverty and human development issues. 

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi. Founded in 1964, one of India's best-known independent research institutes. Bringing together some of South Asia's best known thinkers and writers, the CSDS has played an important part in shaping the intellectual and creative map of this part of the world. The CSDS' research has focused on democratic politics, cultures and the politics of knowledge, critical discourses on science and technology, and violence, ethnicity and diversity. CSDS runs SARAI, an Internet Gateway with newsletters, a space for research, practice and conversation about contemporary media and urban constellations.

Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS), Bangalore. Etablished in 1996 as an interdisciplinary teaching and research institute spanning the humanities and social sciences. CBCS is engaged in developing new approaches to the study of culture in India. Ongoing research projects include the CSCS Media Project, which has three components (The Media Archive; Television and the National Culture; Gender, Media and Modernity), a project on ”Reconceptualizing the Human Sciences”, and a comparative study by the researcher Tejaswini Niranjana, of the ideological construction of "Indianness" in contemporary Trinidad and South Africa.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED). Formed in the year 2001 to address the issues of environmental degradation and widespread poverty in India. The mission is to promote environmentally sound and socially just development by contributing critically and constructively to public and academic debate. CISED promotes collaborations between disciplinary experts and the integration of insights from multiple disciplines into individual research. CISED is also committed to participating in political and transformatory action within civil society.

Centre for Postcolonial Education, Varanasi. Set up to understand the problems of education in South Asia, and also to solve them. It purposefully interweaves research and action: research through its ongoing projects and action through applying all findings at Vidyashram, the not for profit NGO Nirman’s “lab” school.

Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) in Kozhikode, one among the R&D institutes of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCTE).

Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe). A fully autonomous global advanced research institute, based at Asian Games Village Complex, Khelgaon, New Delhi, that conducts research and policy analysis, with a focus on: Research for effective action; Multi-disciplinary, multi stakeholder research for implementable solutions; and Policy research that accounts for the political economy of the society and effectiveness of governance. 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE),New Delhi, is one of India’s leading environmental NGOs with a deep interest in sustainable natural resource management. It publishes a fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth, and a children’s supplement Gobar Times (Cowdung Times), with the aim to inculcate concern for the environment in India.

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSS), Patuli, Kolkata. Founded in February 1973. Organises seminars and workshops, and is involved in collaboration projects with various national and international bodies. The CSSSC acts a partner organisation for the Indian Social Science Research Council (SSRC) so-called South Asia Regional Fellowship Program. Since 2001 CSSSC is also a resource centre for South Asia for the Dutch initiated research programme SEPHIS (The South-South Exchange Programme for History). Up till 2004 CSSSC was also involved in the ENRECA project, in collaborative project with the International Development Studies group at Roskilde University, Denmark, and the Centre for Basic Research, Kampala, Uganda. The project was funded by DANIDA, and included joint research workshops and publications on the institutional foundations of industrialization' and urban culture and democracy. PhD students from Uganda and India were also trained at Kolkata and Roskilde.

Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. Established 1996, engaged in developing new approaches to the study of culture in India. CSCS aims to function as a site for interdisciplinary teaching and research spanning the humanities and social sciences, and organises conferences.

Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai. Centre founded in 1993, aimed at spreading the spirit of secularism and communal harmony and social peace in India; study problems relating to communalism and secularism; and to organise inter-faith and ethnic dialogue and justice. Headed by Asghar Ali Engineer.

CUTS CUTS (Consumer Unity & Trust Society) Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment, CUTS CITEE, based in Jaipur, but with resource centres also located in Delhi, Kolkata, London, Nairobi, Hanoi and Lusaka. The Centre has been working on issues relating to trade and economics since 1996. The organisation's philosophy is "liberalisation yes, but with safety nets". It carries out high-level political economic analyses of multilateral trade issues, advocates at appropriate fora and strengthens capacities of the civil society in developing countries. It’s work on WTO issues are mainly confined to South Asia.

Environment Protection Training and Research Institute , Hyderabad. Independent registered society by the Government of Andhra Pradesh with assistance from the Government of India. The State has also provided bilateral assistance for technical collaboration between EPTRI and the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida).

G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Uttaranchal. Advances scientific knowledge, to evolve integrated management strategies, demonstrate their efficacy for conservation of natural resources and to ensure environmentally sound development in the entire Indian Himalayan Region (IHR).

Henry Martyn Institute – International Centre for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation (HMI), Hyderabad. Ecumenical Christian organisation, dedicated to the objective study and teaching of Islam, the promotion of interfaith dialogue and reconciliation. Since its founding in 1930, HMI has established a long record of teaching and research, with an ever-widening circle of research scholars from both within the country and abroad who use the Institute's facilities for Master's, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research.

National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies, NISTADS, is one of the 39 institutes/laboratories of the Government of India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. The research acvitity can be grouped under broad programmes: * Technological assistance to rural artisans (TARA); * Focus on ecology and economic development (FEED); * Industrial and technological policy studies; * Science and technology in the globalization era with emphasis on developing a composite third world perspective; * Knowledge management and innovation studies; * Scientometrics and mathematical modelling; * History, sociology and philosophy of science; and * Public understanding of science.
The roots of NISTADS go back to August 1973 when the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) set up at its headquarters a Centre for the Study of Science, Technology and Development. CSIR is an autonomous body, constituted in 1942 by a resolution of the then Central Legislative Assembly. The functions assigned to CSIR are:

  • Promotion, Guidance and Coordination of scientific and industrial research in India

  • Establishment and development of institutions and assistance to departments of existing institutions for specific study of problems affecting particular industries and trades

  • Establishment and award of research studentships and fellowships

  • Utilization of the results of the researches conducted under the auspices of the Council for the development of industries in the country

  • Establishment, maintenance and management of laboratories, workshop, institutes and organizations to further scientific and industrial research

  • Collection and dissemination of information in regard not only to research but also to industrial matters generally

  • Publication of scientific papers and journals

Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). Established in 1969 by the Government of India to promote research in social sciences in the country. The Council reviews the progress of social science research in India, it sponsors social science research programmes and projects and administer grants to institutions and individuals for research in social sciences. ICSSR also institutes and administers scholarships and fellowships for research in social sciences, and gives financial support to institutions, associations, and journals engaged in social science research, organizes, sponsors, and finances seminars, workshops and study groups, and undertakes publication and assist publication of journals and books in social sciences.

The National Social Science Documentation Centre (NASSDOC), a Division of ICSSR established in 1969 as with the objective to provide library and information support services to researchers in social sciences; those working in academic institutions, autonomous research organisations, policy making, planning and research units of government departments, business and industry etc. NASSDOC provides guidance to libraies of ICSSR Regional Centres and ICSSR maintained Research Institutes.

Besides having six regional research centres, with the aim to decentralise administration and broad basing social science research, ICSSR also heads 27 major Research Institutes all over India. These are:

Institute for Social & Economic Change, Bangalore

Centre for Development Studies, Thiruva-nanthapuram
Gandhian Institute of Studies, Varanasi
A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna

Institute of Public Enterprise, Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad

Institute of Economic Growth, University Enclave, Delhi

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Centre for Social Studies, South Gujarat University Campus, Surat
Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow

Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research, Ahmedabad

G.B.Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad

Council for Social Development Southern Regional Office, Hyderabad

Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development, Chandigarh
NKC Centre for Development Studies, Bhubaneswar

Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad

Centre for Multi-Disciplinary Development Research, Dharwad
Dr. Baba Sahibe Ambedkar National Institute of Social Sciences, Mhow Cantonment, Madhya Pradesh

More information on some of these ICSSR research institutes:

Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi. Deals with political and economic issues, security and defence, development studies, social issues. CPR has devoted considerable research to issues of regional cooperation, focusing on South Asia.

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. Established in 1963 by a small group of  scholars to create a capacity for theoretical and empirical research in social and political processes and to understand their implications for human choices. The Centre promotes integrated studies over narrowly defined mono-disciplinary research. Its current research programme has four main focii: democratic politics and its future; politics of cultures and politics of knowledge; politics of alternatives and human futures; and violence, ethnicity and diversity. Some of the Centre’s faculty who pioneered such studies were Rajni Kothari, Bashiruddin Ahmed, D. L. Sheth, Ramashray Roy, Gopal Krishna and Ashis Nandy.

Institute for Social and Economic Change, ISEC, Bangalore. Established in 1972 by Professor V K R V Rao as an All-India Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Training in the Social Sciences.

Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID) is a national-level public funded research and educational institution affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The objectives of the ISID include promoting research in the area of industrial development, with special emphasis on the problems of India and its relationship with other countries of the world; to build and maintain research infrastructure and databases on the Indian economy in general and the industrial and corporate sectors, in particular, and providing academic and professional training and guidance to agencies, institutions and scholars engaged in advanced study and research in the area of industrial economics and related policy issues.
The ISID has taken a lead in making available its working papers on the Internet so that interested scholars can download them for free. It is a service provided by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in order to enable free access by scholars based in Indian Universities and academic institutions to the ISID On-Line Data Bases for Index to 105 Social Science Journals and Newspaper Clippings. UGC has been working through INFLIBNET, INSDOC, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai and M.S. University of Baroda in its series of efforts to improve quality through sharing of information and database.

Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS). Established in 1969 with the main objective of advancement and dissemination of remote sensing technology in the fields of mapping, planning and management of natural resources and environment by organising seminars/symposia and by publishing a quarterly journal (JISRS), bulletins, proceedings, etc. Now a premier professional body with over 2600 members. ISRS is a member of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

Indian Statistical Institute Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata. Founded in 1931, and has had an enormous importance for India’s planning after independence, through its legendary Director Mahalanobis. Today there are two additional ISI Centres located in Delhi and Bangalore. Research in Statistics and related disciplines is the primary activity of the Institute.

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai. Advanced research institute established by the Reserve Bank of India in 1986 for carrying out research on development issues from a multi-disciplinary points of views.

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. Serves as a major resource centre for the arts, especially written, oral and visual source materials; undertakes research and publication programmes of reference works, glossaries, dictionaries and encyclopaedia concerning the arts and the humanities; and provides a forum for a creative and critical dialogue through performances, exhibitions, multi-media projections, conferences, seminars and workshops between and amongst the diverse arts, traditional and contemporary. new

Institute for Conflict Management. Non-Profit Society set up in 1997 in New Delhi, committed to the continuous evaluation and resolution of problems of internal security in South Asia. The Institute was set up on the initiative of, and is presently headed by, its President, Mr. K.P.S. Gill, IPS (Retd). The core areas of research on which the Institute focuses include: Planning for Development and Security in India’s Northeast; Emerging Internal Security Challenges in South Asia; and the Reconstruction of Societies affected by widespread collective violence. The institute has developed large databases on different issues, for example The South Asia Terrorism Portal (, launched in March 2000, with over 7,000 pages. It is the largest website on terrorism and low intensity warfare in South Asia. Another project by the institute is the The North East Portal (, an independent website focusing exclusively on conflict and development in India's northeast.

Institute for Defence Studies and analysis, New Delhi. Research on problems of national security and the impact of defence measures on the economic, security and social life of the country.

Institute of Peace & Conflict Studies, IPCS, New Delhi. The institute´s site aims to inform, analyse and nurture debates on crucial strategic choices affecting South Asia. It was established in August 1996 as an independent think tank devoted to studying security issues relating to South Asia. Analyses of conflicts in the South Asian countries are given, as well as news reports and opinion material published in the leading Indian dailies.

Institute of Social Sciences

Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. Founded in 1985, aims to study contemporary social, political and economic issues, with an inter-disciplinary perspective. The Institute makes its research findings and recommendations available to government bodies, policy makers, social scientists and workers’ organizations so as to widen their options for action. Advocacy in the area of local governance is another main concern of the Institute.

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), established in 1950 as a scientific, technical and voluntary not-for-profit non-governmental international organization (NGO), has its headquarters in New Delhi, India.
ICID is part of a network called IPTRID (International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage) – which is an internationally funded programme aimed at promoting technology and research in irrigation and drainage in and by developing countries. The Programme is hosted and managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore. Multidisciplinary research institute pursuing and promoting world-class scientific research and training at the frontiers of science and engineering. Established in 1989 by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India. Small sized, with only 26 faculty members, the researchers at the Centre are divided into six units: Chemistry and Physics of Materials, Engineering Mechanics, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Theoretical Sciences, Educational Technology and Geodynamics. The Centre also has two off-campus units at the Indian Institute of Science: the Chemical Biology and Condensed Matter Theory Units.

John F. Welch Technology Centre, Bangalore. India’s first and largest industry multidisciplinary research center connected to General Electric. The Centre is a hub of technology, research and innovation for GE worldwide.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata. Centre for research and learning with focus on (a) social, cultural, economic and political/administrative developments in Asia from the middle of the 19th century onwards with special emphasis on their links with India, and on (b) the life and works of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Till date, the emphasis had been on specialising on modern and contemporary affairs in South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia, and carrying on area studies on the five Central Asian Republics of the former Soviet Union (i.e. Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan), Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The Institute now looks forward to widening its area of study into the Northeast region of India, Southeast Asia and China;

Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, CRG, is an organisation for conducting public policy oriented researches on issues of democracy, autonomy, internal and trans-border forced migration, human rights, justice, and peace. These research activities are mostly collaborative; researchers outside the CRG also take part in its research programmes, and organises conferences on critical thinking. CRG was born as a facilitating group in support of the peace movement in West Bengal, particularly during the Third Joint Conference of the Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy in Kolkata in 1996. The founders were a group of researchers, trade unionists, feminist thinkers and women’s rights campaigners, academics, journalists, and lawyers. This was to be a forum for policy discussion and analysis on issues of democracy, human rights, peace, and justice.

National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune. Research, development and consulting organization with a number of research divisions focusing on chemistry and chemical engineering. It is financed by the Central Government of India and is part of the Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR).

National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata. Originally known as the Cholera Research Centre, conducts biomedical and operational research in diarrhoeal diseases with the ultimate goal of developing appropriate strategies for their control.

Research and Information Centre for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi. Autonomous research institution established with the financial support of the Government of India. It is India’s contribution to the fulfilment of the long-felt need of the developing world for creating a ‘Think-Tank’ on global issues in the field of international economic relations and development cooperation. RIS has a consultative status with UNCTAD, NAM and WTO has conducted policy research and other activities in collaboration with other agencies, including UN-ESCAP, UNCTAD, UNU, Group of 77, SAARC Secretariat, Asian Development Bank (ADB), The World Bank, and the South Centre. RIS publication programme covers books, research monographs, discussion papers and policy briefs. It also publishes journals entitled, South Asia Economic Journal, Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, and The New Asia Monitor.

Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, is a non-governmental and non-profit Marine Research and Higher Education organization. Involved in research collaboration with the Swedish Program for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Developing Regions, SPIDER (more information)

Sir Dorabji Tata Centre for Research in Tropical Diseases (SDTC), Bangalore. It was formed as a joint inititaive by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Society for Innovation and Development (SID) for a long term collaborative R & D programme. The Centre was inaugurated in 2000. The main objective is to carry out basic and applied research in the area of Tropical Diseases and other emerging health disorders with a view to developing methods of diagnosis, newer drugs and vaccines.

Sustainwater is a web site on water resource management with focus on Policies that promotes the use of Water conservation technologies & practices. It has a online database that allows searching full text documents from various websites with various parameters – Geographical, keywords, type of document, themes etc.

M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai. Registered in 1988 as a non-profit Trust. The basic mandate of MSSRF is to impart a pro-nature, pro-poor and pro-women orientation to a job-led economic growth strategy in rural areas through harnessing science and technology for environmentally sustainable and socially equitable development.

(Tata) Energy Research Institute, TERI. Established in 1974, the focus has gradually changed from documentation and information into research activities in the fields of energy, environment, and sustainable development. Besides its main centre at New Delhi TERI has regional centres in Bangalore, Goa, and Guwahati, and a presence in Japan, Russia, and United Arab Emirates. It has also set up affiliate institutes: TERI–NA (Tata Energy and Resources Institute, North America) Washington DC, USA, and TERI–Europe, London, UK. TERI arranges annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summits, inviting decision makers and researchers from all over the World.

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, TISS, Mumbai. Established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. The first school of social work in India, the TISS was a pioneering effort, characteristic of the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT). During its seven decades of existence, the TISS has carved out a niche for itself in the field of human service professional education and applied social science research.

Vigyan Prasar is an autonomous organisation setup by the Government of India's Department of Science and Technology in 1989, to undertake large scale science popularisation tasks in the country. Vigyan Prasar´s site offers scientific news from India.


Environmental Public Health Organization (ENPHO), Kathmandu. Service-oriented national Non Governmental Organization, established in 1990, that envisages contributing in sustainable community development by combining research and actions through the integrated programs in the environment and public health areas.

Institute of Integrated Development Studies (IIDS), Kathmandu. Devoted to developing appropriate public policies and institutions for the socio-political and economic advancement of the country. On a regional level it coordinates Energy cooperation in South Asia.

Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (RONAST), Kathmandu. Independent apex body established in 1982 to promote of science and technology in the country. The Academy is entrusted with four major objectives: advancement of science and technology for all-round development of the nation; preservation and further modernization of indigenous technologies; promotion of research in science and technology; and identification and facilitation of appropriate technology transfer.


International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCS) at the University of Karachi. ICCS is regarded as one of the finest academic research establishments of chemical sciences in the developing world. Under its umbrella a number of hogh-reputed institutions are house:

Husein Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry, HEJ, established in 1967, now one of the finest centres of the natural product chemistry in the world.
Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, PCMD. The PCMD will initiate scientific programs that lead to possible treatments of often neglected prevalent diseases of Pakistan, as well as associated human resource development.
Latif Ebrahim Jamal National Science Information Center is a brand new institution in the ICCS system. It is planned to be a hub of information dissemination and propagation of knowledge in frontier sciences in Pakistan.
Biotechnology Wing

Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan. Research centre devoted to the objective study of the region Pakistan is situated in: South Asia, Southwest Asia and Central Asia. It also offers research documents on regional conflicts.

Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), independent think tank committed to providing in-depth understanding and objective analysis of regional and global issues. PIPS provides a forum to international strategic thinkers to play an active role in understanding and researching real and perceived threats to regional and global peace and security.

Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) is the country's national space agency, responsible for the execution of the space science and technology programmes in the country. SUPARCO is an autonomous R&D organization under the Federal Government.

Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. Founded in August 1992 on the recommendation of the Pakistan National Conservation Strategy (NCS), also called Pakistan’s Agenda 21. The NCS placed Pakistan’s socio-economic development within the context of a national environmental plan. This highly acclaimed document, approved by the Federal Cabinet in March 1992, outlined the need for an independent non-profit organisation to serve as a source of expertise for policy analysis and development, policy intervention, and policy and programme advisory services in support of NCS implementation.

Sri Lanka

Centre for Development Research. Established in June 2005 as an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to social and economic development research of relevance to Sri Lanka. CDR is committed to a balance between applied and theoretical research that would assist policy formulation, improve decision-making and promote policy and public debate on development issues. It is affiliated to the private higher educational institution Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC).

The Centre for Policy Alternatives, CPA, formed in 1996 in the firm belief that the vital contribution of civil society to the public policy debate is in need of strengthening. Reserchers at CPS regularly publishes interesting reports which are available through their web page. In February 2004 CPA in collaboration with the International IDEA conducts two workshops on ”Reconciliation after Violent Conflict: Challenges and Opportunities for Sri Lanka” for grassroot activists and policy makers.

Institute for Human Development & Training. Human capacity building organization founded in year 2000 committed to create innovative and people oriented approaches to develop full potential of the human capacities of Sri Lankan people to face the challenges of the 21st century.

International Centre for Ethnic Studies, ICES, established in 1982, is a non-governmental and non-profit organization aiming at evolving a model of historically sensitive, theoretical and empirical research on ethnicity, and related socio-economic, political and cultural process in Sri Lanka.

Lanka Academic Network, LacNet, is a non-profit, volunteer run organization of Sri Lankan students, teachers and professionals, founded in 1991. It evolved from Sri Lanka Network (SLNet), an electronic gathering of people from and/or interested in Sri Lanka. SLNet distributes news and information about Sri Lanka, to its list of members, via e-mail. LacNet also publishes a 24 hours News service called The Lanka Academic, giving access to news on Sri Lanka from other media round the Globe.

Lanka Educational Academic and Research Network , LEARN, interconnects Educational and Research Institutions in the country, and offers links to a great number of Educational Institutions, as well as Research and Development Institutions.

Marga Institute: Sri Lanka Center for Development Studies, Colombo. Studies and evaluates past and on-going economic, social and political development.

Point Pedro Institute of Development (PPID). Established in January 2004 in order to resurrect the knowledge and intellectual base of the North & East Provinces of Sri Lanka. PPID aims at undertaking research studies on development issues locally, nationally, and regionally, as well as disseminating research through publication of a Working Paper Series, and organising seminars/workshops/symposiums.

National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency, NARA, Muttakkuliya, Colombo, is the principal National Institute charged with the responsibility of carrying out and coordinating research, development and management activities on the subject of Aquatic Resources in Sri Lanka.

National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, NSF, has an objective to initiate, facilitate and support basic and applied scientific research by universities, science and technology institutions and scientists in Sri Lanka. Among its activities it awards scholarships and fellowships for scientific study or scientific work at science and administers a fund for overseas visits by local scientists.

Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, RCSS, based at Colombo is an independent, non-profit and non-governmental organization for collaborative research, networking and interaction on strategic and international issues pertaining to South Asia.

Sida/SAREC IT Project. The Swedish International Decelopment Cooperation Agency, Sida, and SAREC is funding the development of a Research Network Infrastructure Project, which was formally commissioned on 23 March, 2001. The project is administered under an agreement of co-operation between the Dept of Computer and System Sciences at Stockholm University, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and the Institute of Computer Technology at the University of Colombo; and it includes a split PhD Program where researchers from Sri Lanka spend a total of 2 years at a Swedish Institution and another 2 years in Sri Lanka in preparation for their Doctorate degree; and also the development of LEARN – see above.