Institute for Social and Economic Change



Doctoral Research Programme


1. The Institute

The Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) is a premier inter-disciplinary research and training institute in Social Sciences in India. Over the years, ISEC has carved a place of pride in Social Science Research map of India by the research contributions of the distinguished faculty and with the guidance of eminent members of the Board of Governors. Today, ISEC is the largest research institute established under Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). Its primary objective is to provide high quality academic training to Ph.D. Students to prepare them as distinguished researchers and teachers in the field of social sciences. Currently ISEC is recognized by University of Mysore for PhD programme in Economics, Sociology, Political Science and Development Studies.

2. Location

ISEC is located in the sylvan landscape in the northern part of Jnanabharathi campus in Nagarabhavi, Bengaluru. The campus houses a variety of flora and fauna. The ISEC campus has been adjudged as the best maintained garden by the Mysore Horticultural Society conferring the first prize on 14th Aug 2017. Situated 12 Kms from the Kranthi Veera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station and Kempegowda Bus Station, the ISEC is well connected by buses as well as the Bengaluru Namma Metro (Nayandahalli). The Kempegowda International Airport is 42 kms from ISEC. The location map is in the website.:

 3. Organisation

The Institute is organized into nine academic research centres which are inter-disciplinary in nature. These are: Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Centre (ADRTC), Centre for Decentralisation and Development (CDD), Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources (CEENR), Centre for Economic Studies and Policy (CESP), Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD), Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development (CPIGD), Centre for Study of Social Change and Development (CSSCD), Population Research Centre (PRC), and Centre for Research in Urban Affairs (CRUA) The faculty members of these centres provide guidance to the Ph D Students pursuing research in individual disciplines. The strong point of training at ISEC is its emphasis on inter-disciplinary and socially relevant research.

4. Amenities

4 (a) Hostels : The Institute has well equipped Hostel for boy and girl students and a furnished Guest House for visiting scholars. Full time Ph.D. Students are provided hostel accommodation at reasonable rate. Visiting scholars and other visitors are provided guest house accommodation, subject to availability.

4 (b) Library : Dr VKRV Rao Library is one of India's premier research libraries in social sciences with more than 1.35 lakh collections. The library subscribes to about 300 professional foreign and Indian journals, out of which 80 journals are accessible online. Library also subscribes to online databases viz., EconLit fulltext, JSTOR, Prowess-CMIE,, EPWRFITS, ISID, etc. The housekeeping operations and catalogue is computerized using Libsys integrated library software and the database can be accessed online. UNDP, World Bank, UN and a number of other international organizations have recognized it as a Depository Library. Dr VKRV Rao Social Science Digital library provides access to more than 10000 rare documents to the social science research community.

4 (c) Computer Lab: The Institute has state-of-the-art computer laboratory with web enabled network of 34 mbps leased line connection for internet browsing . Further, Wi-Fi connectivity is also available for the use of PhD Students.

5. PhD Programme

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