The Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur was established in 1981 on the initiative of a group of academics,
scholars and administrators of Rajasthan and is being supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)
and the Government of Rajasthan (GoR). Apart from the ICSSR and Government of Rajasthan, the Institute receives support
from various national and international organisations interested in research and development. The Institute is an autonomous
organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
The Institute is a multi-disciplinary research organisation.The researchers at the Institute are concerned with issues critical to livelihood. ...
The apex body of the Institute is a Governing Board which consists of 21 members including a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Member-Secretary. While the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected by the Board amongst its members, the Director of the Institute is designated as ex-officio Member-Secretary of the Board. The members of the Board include two representatives of the Indian Council of Social Science Research; three senior administrators nominated by the Government of Rajasthan; two Vice Chancellors; eminent academics, social scientists; eminent persons specialising in various fields related to development; and two members of the faculty of the Institute. Prof. Abhijit Sen is the Chairperson of the Governing Board. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He is presently, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India.
The Institute is a multi-disciplinary research organisation. It takes cognizance of the macro environment, planning processes and strategies including their socio-economic dimensions and attempts to make timely interventions through research and dialogues. Particular attention is given to the study of processes, the impact of trickle down effects of growth, direct public interventions such as poverty reduction and employment generation programmes,and the participatory efforts of voluntary organisations with respect to the marginalised sections of the society. The Institute is specifically concerned with regional issues relating to Rajasthan.