Institute for Social and Economic Change


The Institute


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Board of Governors

Life Members

Past Chairmen

Past Directors

Memorandum of Association & Rules & Regulations

Bye-Laws, and Service Rules

Functions and Objectives

Location and Infrastructure



The Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) is an All India Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Training in the Social Sciences, established in 1972 by the late Professor V K R V Rao. It is registered as a Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960, to create a blend of field-oriented empirical research and advances in social science theories leading to better public policy formulation.



The Governor of Karnataka is the President of the ISEC Society. ISEC is governed by the Board of Governors consisting of eminent academicians and social scientists elected from among founder / life members and representatives of Government of India, Government of Karnataka and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). The Director of ISEC is a member of the Board of Governors as well as the chief executive of the Institute.


His Excellency Shri Vajubhai Rudabhai vala
Governor of Karnataka,
President, ISEC Society



Board of Governors  

Dr. Ravindra A, IAS (Retd.)
Former Chief Secretary, Gok
No. 470, 9th Main, 2nd Cross
HAL II Stage, Indiranagar 
Bengaluru – 560 038
Phone: 080-25297852 (Res.)
Director, Member Secretary
Professor M G Chandrakanth
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Dr. V K R V Rao Raod
Bengaluru 560072

Professor R S Deshpande
National Fellow, ICSSR
#405, 5th Main,
Kendra Upadhyayara Sangha Layout,
Nagarbhavi Bengaluru - 560 072


Professor K P Kannan
Sariga K1,
Priyadharshini Nagar
Pongumood, Trivandrum – 695 011
Email :
Professor  Narasimha Reddy D.
# 3-33-33,
L. Venkata Reddy Colony,
Lingampalli, Hyderabad - 500 019
Professor V K Natraj
No.102, “Sri Lakshmi Apartments”
6thMain Road, Jayalakshmipuram
Mysore - 570 010
Email :
Professor Shashanka Bhide
Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS)
79, 2nd Main Cross, (P.O. Box-948),
Gandhinagar, Adyar
Chennai-600 020 Tamil Nadu
Professor K. Sudha Rao
S-2, Stanbury Court, 60 Feet Road,
Sanjay Nagar, Bengaluru-560094


Professor Sujata Patel
National Fellow
Indian Institute of Advanced Studies
Rashtrapati Nivas Shimla 171005
Professor Surinder S. Jodhka
Centre for the Study of Social Systems
School of Social Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Room No:11, SSS-II
New Delhi – 110 067

Professor Valerian Rodrigues
Gratia Plena, Ullas Nagar,
2nd Cross Kavoor,
Mangalore – 575 015



Academic Staff Representatives
Professor D. Rajasekhar
Professor, Centre for Decentralisation and Development (CDD),
Institute for Social and Economic Change,
Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Road
Nagarabhavi, Bengaluru – 560 072
Email :
Professor C.M. Lakshmana
Professor and Head,
Population Research Centre (PRC),
Institute for Social and Economic Change,
Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Road
Nagarabhavi, Bengaluru – 560 072
Email :
Co-Opted Members
Professor Ashwini Deshpande
Department of Economics
Delhi School of Economics
University of Delhi
Delhi - 110 007
Email :
Shri Nagarajan L.V., IAS (Retd.)
No.52, 5th ‘A’ Cross 16th Main,
B.T.M. Layout 2nd Stage,
IAS Officers Colony
Bengaluru-560 076
Email :
Professor Padmini Swaminathan
Flat no. 8, Moogambikai Apts New No. 52,
P S Sivasamy Salai Mylapore,
Chennai 600004
Dr. Siddalingaiah, Ex-MLC
# 398, 4th Cross,
43rd Main Ideal Home Town Ship,
Rajarajeshwari Nagar
Bengaluru – 560 098
Nominee of the ICSSR
Prof. V.K.Malhotra
Member Secretary
Indian Council of Social Science Research 
(Ministry of Human Resource Development) 
JNU Institutional Area,
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg 
New Delhi-110067 
Ex-Officio Members
The Secretary/Addl. Secretary
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Finance
Dept. of Economic Affairs
Government of India
New Delhi
The Secretary/Addl. Secretary
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Human
Resource  Development
Dept. of Education,
Shastry Bhavan
Government of India
New Delhi
Shri. I S N Prasad, IAS
Additional Chief Secretary to Government,
Finance Department,
Government of Karnataka
Room No. 255, II Floor
Vidhana Soudha
Bengaluru 560001
Dr. Nagambika Devi N, IAS
Principal Secretary to Government
Department of Higher Education
Room No:645, 6th Floor
M S Building, Dr Ambedkar Veedhi
Bengaluru 560 001
Shri. Chakravarthi Mohan, IAS
Principal Secretary to Government (I/c)
Department of Planning, Programme Monitoring & Statistics
Government of Karnataka
IV Stage, III Floor, M S Building
Dr Ambedkar Veedhi
Bengaluru 560 001
Vice Chancellor
Bangalore University
Bengaluru 560056



Life Members


List of Life Members


Functions and Objectives

  • To conduct interdisciplinary research in analytical and applied areas of social sciences, encompassing diverse aspects of development.

  • To assist both central and state governments by undertaking systematic studies of resource potential, identifying factors influencing growth and examining measures for reducing poverty.

  • To establish fruitful contacts with other institutions and scholars engaged in social science research through collaborative research programmes and seminars, and to conduct training courses and refresher programmes for university and college teachers and public functionaries.



ISEC receives annual grant-in-aid from Government of India (Ministry of Human Resources Development through ICSSR and Ministries of Agriculture and Health and Family Welfare), Government of Karnataka (Departments of Education and Finance) and Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Institute also receives grants for specific research assignments from various India, international and bilateral agencies.


Location and Infrastructure

ISEC is located in a sylvan 16-hectare campus at Nagarbhavi, abutting the Bangalore University's 'Jnanabharati' premises on the south-western outskirts of the city. Besides the academic and administrative complex, the hostels for the students and guesthouse for the visiting scholars, the campus has a residential facility for 77 faculty and staff of the Institute. It also has well-equipped seminar halls and a 300-seater auditorium. The Institute's campus is well maintained with sprawling gardens and lawns and a variety of flora and fauna. The Bangalore Urban Arts Commission has judged the Institute's campus as one of the best maintained campuses in the city of Bangalore consistently for three years

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