Institute for Social and Economic Change

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

Centre for Human Resource Development – isec

Centre for Human Resource Development

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Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD)

Concerns of Human Resources Development have been one of the priority areas of research in this Institute right from its inception. Health and education are the two major concerns of human resource development. The centre recognizes the instrumental role played by human resources, in particular, education and health in fostering economic growth and social development and also in promoting global competitiveness. The centre which was earlier known as the Education Unit has now an enlarged mandate to support the state and national developmental efforts. Hence the major focus of the centre is to engage in studies relating to policy analysis as well as contemporary macro and micro level problems and issues relating to all aspects of human resource development such as health, education, skill formation, quality of workforce, gender concerns and nutritional status, early childhood care and education, alternate paradigms in planning and management of education and health care delivery services, lifelong learning with particular focus on marginalized and youth population; education and its impact on migration in promoting income mobility and quality of life; human capital and human development; child rights and issues.

The CHRD has also been providing resource support to MHRD/GoI for monitoring its flagship programme of Sarva Shkisha Abhiyan in Karnataka; The state government has recognized CHRD as one of the key Resource Centres for capacity building activities for education functionaries. National agencies such as the National Planning Commission, NCERT, NUEPA and UGC have been collaborating with CHRD on a wide range of activities. Some of the recently completed research studies by the centre include: (i)Migration from North Eastern Region: A Study of Educated Youth from NER in Bangalore & Delhi; (ii) A Study of Management Development Programme (MDP) for Block and Cluster Level Educational Functionaries; (iii)A Study of Delivery and Outcomes of Akshaya Patra Foundation School Meal Programme in Primary Schools. In addition, the centre has also successfully monitored SSA programme in Bellary, Bangalore Rural, Chitradurga, Ramanagar and Tumkur districts under its outreach activity for the MHRD/GoI. The current on-going research studies in the Centre include: (i) Demography of Schooling in Karnataka: A Study of Spatial and Temporal Dimensions; (ii) Preparation of Human Development Report for Davanagere; (iii) Baseline Study on Demographic Pattern and Health Profile around the Proposed Uranium Mining area at Gogi, Karnataka. The centre is also engaged in two smaller studies on ‘Subsidy on Education’ and ‘Review of Education Sector Performance’ for the larger study undertaken by the CESP, ISEC.


Centre for Human Resource Development
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Dr. V K R V Rao Road, Nagarabhavi
Bangalore 560072, India.
Ph: 23215468, Fax : 23217008

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