ICSSR to start new national fellowship

Eminent social scientist and Chairman of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Dr BB Kumar has said that research works done in the field of social science were “politicised” in the past and it was time to focus on addressing the challenges being faced by the country at present.

Talking to UNI, Mr Kumar while referring to Indian tradition, said that he would start a new national fellowship on Sant Ravidas and Ananda Coomaraswamy.

Dr Kumar, who had also written several books on issues related to religion, language and culture said that at present, more than 50 percent posts in this institute were lying vacant and they were working to fill these posts for the betterment of the institute.

Dr Kumar, who took over as the Chairman after the tenure of the famous economist and Dalit thinker Sukhadeo Thorat’s term ended, said that the there was very little done on the basic research work in the field of social science in the country.

He said most of the people go in for research only for their career. The research work done so far had been against the society. Today the need of the hour is such type of research work which connects the society.

He said research work should be done on such topics which would help the society and the country to solve the problems.

Dr Kumar, who has studied on the tribal life for years of the Northeast states, said that ICSSR was funding 24 institutions in the country and it had got a grant of Rs 250-crore from the government while the Nayyar Committee had recommended Rs 2,000-crores grant.

He said that there was no laxity on the art of the government, but it was our laxity that we could not take up the issue in a rigorous manner.

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