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The Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS) is a non-governmental, non-profit institution. It was set up in 2003, by academicians and civil society activists to understand the problems of marginalisedgroups, identify the causes of their marginalisation and suggest policies for their empowerment. Since its inception, the Institute has carried out extensive research on the development concerns of the marginalised groups of the Indian society. For its contribution, the Institute has been recognised as a 'Centre for Excellence' by the Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom; and 'The Emerging Centre for Social Science Research' by the South Asia Research Hub, Department for International Development (DFID) for the Institute's academic and policy research in the social sciences in the country. The Institute has also been recognised as a policy research institute among fifty institutes selected by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.


To help develop ‘Socially Inclusive Character in the Society, Economy, Politics, Governance and Development.
  • To undertake research on the problem of marginalised groups, namely Dalits, tribals, religious minorities, women from excluded groups, denotified tribes, physically challenged and similar groups in economic, social and political spheres.
  • To undertake research on the nature and forms of discrimination and social exclusion faced by marginalised groups namely Dalits, tribals, religious minorities, women from excluded groups, denotified tribes, the physically challenged and similar groups.
  • To  undertake research to develop an understanding of the consequences of social exclusion and discrimination on economic growth and poverty, education, health, political participation and on the well-being of the marginalised social groups.
  • To undertake research on policies to overcome discrimination, particularly 'exclusion and discrimination-induced deprivation' and its consequences.
  • To provide knowledge support to policy-making bodies to develop inclusive policies.
  • To provide knowledge support to international development and funding agencies to enable them to shape their approach and funding policies towards problems of excluded groups.
  • To provide knowledge-support to civil society organisations at the grassroot, state and national levels.
  • To enhance the capacity of research institutions/centres, as well as individual researchers in institutes and universities, by developing materials on methodology and concepts of measurement.
  • To act as a resource centre for students and to extend knowledge through setting up of branches.

Recent Publications

Caste, Discrimination, and Exclusion in Modern India
Modern India
Vani Kant Borooah, Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal, Dilip G. Diwakar, Vinod Kumar Mishra and Ajaya Kumar Naik
  Sage Publications, 2015

Revisiting 1956 B. R. Ambedkar and States Reorganisation
Revisiting 1956
Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar
  Orient Black Swan, 2014

Bridging the Social Gap: Perspectives on Dalit Empowerment
Bridging the Social Gap
Edited by
Sukhadeo Thorat and Nidhi Sadana Sabharwal
  Sage Publications, 2014
Dalit Art and Visual Imagery
Edited by
Gary Michael Tartakov
  Oxford, New Delhi, 2012

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