The primary objective of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) is to promote research in Social Sciences and to facilitate the utilization of its vast resources. To assist the Council in the organization of its programmes within the Southern Region and to develop documentation and bibliographical services in some of the South Indian languages the Southern Regional Centre was established on 1st February, 1973 at the Osmania University Library in collaboration with the Osmania University and the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The major role of the Regional Centre is to act as an agent of the ICSSR within the southern region; to act as the representative of the social scientists of the region and to bring their ideas and problems to the ICSSR, New Delhi; to provide a platform for the social scientists of the southern region; to come together for the promotion of social science research and to serve as the link between the social scientists of the southern region, national and international community of social scientists. The jurisdiction of the Southern Regional Centre extends to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep and Pondicherry.
Aims and objectives
To collect and stock social science research material in Telugu and Urdu in addition to English and maintain the necessary equipment for its use.
To represent the ICSSR within the Region and to work for extension of its programme to social scientists in the region.
To bring the social scientists of the region closer for promotion of social science research.
To bring the ideas and problems of the social scientists of the region to the notice of the ICSSR, New Delhi.
To serve as a link between the social scientists of the region and national and international communities of the social scientists.
To promote documentation and bibliographical work in the regional languages and special documentation work.
To supplement social science journals/periodicals of the Southern Universities.
To organize or assist the seminars/workshops/conferences/lectures in the region.
To provide financial assistance to regional/professional associations and social science journals in the regional languages.
To provide Study Grants for visiting library/institution for research work.
To collect material/information in regional languages to promote research.
To provide translations of research materials into regional languages.
To supervise and coordinate the research projects/fellowships sanctioned by the ICSSR in the region.
To evaluate and support the proposals received in regional languages for financial support.
To guide social science scholars about the various activities and facilities available at ICSSR.
To organize meetings of the Project Directors, Senior Fellows, General Fellows and PhD students for streamlining the progress of their projects and fellowships and to bring to the notice of the ICSSR, the problems and difficulties faced by the scholars.
In addition, the Regional Centres may provide financial assistance for organizing training programme in research methodology/application of computers in social science research.
Any other activity which the ICSSR may entrust to the Regional Centres.
To arrange visits of eminent social scientists to the Centre where they deliver lectures and hold discussions and seminars.
The expression ‘Social Sciences’ has been defined by ICSSR to cover the disciplines of Economics (including Business Administration), Political Science (including International Relations), Psychology, Public Administration and Sociology (including Criminology and Social work) as well as social science aspects of the disciplines of Anthropology, Demography, Geography, History, Law and Linguistics.
The Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University is the Chairman of the Southern Regional Centre. He broadly supervises the Centre’s administration and programmes.
For advising the Chairman of the Centre in the Planning and Development of its programmes, the ICSSR-SRC constitutes, in consultation with the Chairman, an Advisory Committee consisting of representatives of the Social Science Departments of the Universities and Research institutions in the four Southern States. The tenure of the advisory committee is two years. It meets at least once a year to review the work of the Centre during the preceding year and recommends programmes to be developed during the ensuing year.
The activities carried out by Southern Regional Centre, ICSSR, Hyderabad during the period 2013-14 may be classified under the following four categories:
Programmes at Telangana Region
Book (Festschrift volume) Release functionon 22nd April, 2013 Organized by Osmania University Main Library in collaboration with ICSSR – SRC and SSR Festschrift Committee
The Osmania University Library, the Indian Council for Social Science Research - Southern Regional Centre (ICSSR-SRC) and SSR Festschrift committee has organized a Book (Festschrift volume) releasing function on Monday the 24th April 2013 at ICSSR-SRC, Osmania University Library Building, O.U., Hyderabad. About 200 participants were attended the function.