Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies was established
in 1987 vide the Govt. of Odisha Resolution dated the 16th
April 1987 in consultation with Indian Council of Social Science
Research (ICSSR) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development,
as an autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act XXI of
1860. Thus, the Centre has been jointly sponsored by the ICSSR and Govt. of
Odisha and receives matching maintenance and development grants from
them on 50:50 basis.
The Centre has
been named after Nabakrushna Choudhury, who was the Chief Minister
of Odisha from 1950-1956, known for his highly progressive ideas and
Gandhian values of selfless service to society.
The basic objective of the Centre as stated in the Memorandum of
Association is to act as an apex Centre for research in social
sciences with special reference to the problems of socio-economic
development of India and Odisha State in particular. In addition, it is
also required to provide research support and policy and consultancy
services to Govt. of India and Govt. of Odisha and their agencies.