A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna was founded by the Government of Bihar in memory of Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha, one of the architects of modern Bihar. It was inaugurated on the 31st of January, 1958, by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. It was, however, made a statutory autonomous body on the 8th October, 1964, under the A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies Act, 1964.
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A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna was founded by the Government of Bihar in memory of Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha, one of the makers of modern Bihar. It was inaugurated on the 31st of January, 1958, by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. It was, however, made a statutory autonomous body on the 8th October, 1964, under the A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies Act. 1964.
The institute is located in a sprawling campus situated on the southern bank of river the Ganga at a distance of 2 kms from Patna Railway Junction and in the North West end of the Gandhi Maidan. The location is picturesque and quiet surroundings, although it lies in the heart of the city. Mahatma Gandhi stayed here for about three months during 1947 in the Annexe Building, which is now the part of the Institute.
The institute has a spacious three floor building for Academic Complex and attached to this is a separate two storey building for the library third storey of which is being erected. The administrative office is located on the first and second floor of the Research Block. There is a three storey Hostel-cum-Guest House which provides accommodation to visiting scholars. The Director, some senior members of the faculty and essential staff have been provided with residential quarters on the campus.
Broadly speaking, the objectives of the Institute, as laid down in the Act, are as follows:
ACADEMIC LINK PROGRAMME
The A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies established a Higher Education Link (HEL) Programme with the School of Education. University of Manchester, U.K. in 1997 for a period of three years. The HEL programme is sponsored and funded by the DFID/British Council. The purpose of the link was to conduct collaborative research and training by researchers in India and U. K. to accelerate the process of sustainable development with equity and social justice in the areas of health care and gender issues, participatory development and poverty alleviation, mass education and building of new generation of managerial leadership.
Under this programme, Dr. Caroline Dyer, Ian Harrison, Professor Gajendra K. Verma and Dr. George Skinner from U.K. visited our Institute. Professor Y. D. Prasad, Professor M.B. Prasad, Professor K. K. Verma, Dr. Manohar Lal, Dr. R. P. Sinha and Dr. B. B. Mandal of the A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, visited the University of Manchester, U.K. Both the link partners carried out significant link activities during their stay in the two countries. These included seminars, research projects, training and publication in the areas of basic link objectives with emphasis on gender issues in health, education and participatory development.
JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC STUDIES
The Institute has a Journal of its own, called the Journal of Social and Economic Studies which is being publishing since 1973. It is a bi-annual journal. The Journal reflects the thinking and research of prominent social scientists of this country and abroad. The Journal offers a forum for exchange of views and dissemination of ideas. Journal in its present format was released by the then prime Minster Smt. Indira Gandhi, in January 1984. Some of the important thematic issues of the Journal have been in the areas of “Rural Development” “Social Violence”. “Methods of Social Research”, “Development Administration and “Social and Economic Dimensions of Education.” The journal also welcomes articles of general academic interest and book reviews.
The Library of the institute can claim to have outstanding collection of books, reports and journals in social sciences in eastern region of the country. During 2009-2010 financial year library had added 710 books, 3 Indian and 27 foreign journals and 296 reports. The Institute presently subscribes to 219 journals and periodicals. The Library also receives 26 journals on exchange. The back issues of some important journals are also available. Library also subscribes to some important weeklies and newspapers. At present Library holds 31247 books more than 58,000 bound journals & periodicals. Besides there are 92 micro films in the stock. The British Council presented 2000 books under ODA's Books Presentation Programme. The ICSSR has gifted 195 volumes to library. Late Sri CSP Sinha donated 3400 volumes of books, reports, journals. Recently Professor Ramesh Pd. Sinha donated more than two hundred valuable books relating to social sciences to the library. The USIS, Calcutta presented 88 volumes of books and journals. Dr. Ranjan Prasad Yadav, M.P. donated 2887 reports and publications. Besides, various government agencies, public sector undertakings, State Assembly, Parliament, different commissions, committees and international bodies like the United Nations, UNESCO, ILO regularly send their reports and publications. The library also maintains Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan Collection. The Institutes' library has been designated as one of the Depository Libraries in India by international organisations like the UNCTAD and the UNESCO.
The library provides for documentation service and a quarterly classified documentation list is prepared from the journals. A new item "Bihar in Print", a quarterly bulletin has been added to the documentation list. The bibliography service covers the following issues: Social and Cultural Change in India, Family Researches in Asia, Tribal Life in North-Eastern Region of India, Social Economic Study of Bihar, Input-Output Economics, Land Holdings of India, Women in India, Non-alignment, Naxalite Movement in India, Migration, Non-economic Factors in Rural Development, Bihar in Ferment, Police and Policing in India, Muslims in Bihar, Scheduled Castes: Their status and education, Communalism in India.
The Computer Centre of the Institute is now providing complete data processing facilities to the faculty members of the Institute and other scholars in the region. There are computers to cater the need of research and administration.
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