To develop socially inclusive character in the society, economy, politics, governance and development.
- To undertake research on the problems of marginalised groups, namely, Dalits, tribals, religious minorities, women from excluded groups, denotified nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes, physically challenged and other vulnerable groups in social, economic, and political spheres.
- To undertake research on the nature and forms of discrimination and social exclusion faced by the marginalised groups.
- To undertake research to develop an understanding of the consequences of social exclusion and discrimination; economic growth and poverty, education, health, political participation; and well-being of the marginalised social groups.
- To undertake research on policies to overcome discrimination and social exclusion, particularly ‘exclusion and discrimination-induced deprivation’ and its consequences.
- To provide research-based knowledge support to policy-making bodies to develop inclusive policies; and to international development and funding agencies to enable them shape their approach and funding policies towards problems of excluded groups.
- To provide knowledge-support to civil society organisations at the grassroots, state and national levels to strengthen their policy advocacy.
- To enhance the capacity of research institutions/centres, as well as individual researchers in institutes and universities.
- To act as a resource centre for students and to extend knowledge through setting up of branches/outreach centre.