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The Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK) has been promoted by the Government of West Bengal as an autonomous centre of excellence in social sciences. It was founded in 2002 as a society with an autonomous governing body with one of the most eminent historians in India, Professor Irfan Habib as President, Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi as Director and with a Governing Council on which are represented the Vice-Chancellors of two leading Universities in West Bengal, namely Calcutta University and Jadavpur University. The Governing Council also includes such eminent academics as Professor Nirmal Chandra, Professor Suranjan Das, Professor V.K. Ramachandran and Professor Malini Bhattacharya as its members.

IDSK is devoted to advanced academic research and informed policy advice in the areas of literacy, education, health, women, employment, technology, communication, human sciences and economic development. Other programmes include training of research scholars in the social sciences working towards a Ph.D. The Institute is committed to the dissemination of its research findings through workshops, seminars, publications in the media, and other public counselling and education programmes. Among its other activities, it has carried out a field survey based research programme on literacy and primary education in West Bengal, some of the results of which have been published as Working Papers. It has also completed a research project on Public Health, Nutrition and Medicine.It has carried out a study of in-service training programmes under DPEP in five districts of West Bengal.


          The Perilous Passage: Mankind and the Global Ascendancy of Capital                                          by  Amiya Kumar Bagchi



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