The Institute for Development and Communication (IDC) is a premier autonomous research, training and evaluation organisation of North-West of India. It is a non-profit making professionally managed organisation registered under the Societies Act in 1992. It concerns itself particularly with the following areas:

This unit proposes to carry out research on the current challenges and prospects to economic development in India. It would also include examination of the policies that directly facilitate growth and competitiveness of economic activities.<p></p>
<p>It is expected that the studies in this field will suggest measures that can ensure productivity, equity and sustainability. These will include suggesting policy initiatives, defining role of the Governments, stakeholders i.e. labour and industrialists and strategies to integrate science and technology innovations to make economic activity globally competitive.

In the field of Development Studies, its focus has been on issues like WTO and its impact on agriculture, rural employment, rural indebtedness and agribusiness. It has also been engaged in the study of issues relating to liberalization and its impact on health and education.

In Governance, Peace and Human Development, the main focus has been on resolution of conflicts, globalisation of the economy and the emerging conflicts in South Asia, victims of militancy with special reference to social, psycho-somatic and economic effects, alcoholism, state policy and socio-cultural milieu, drug abuse and its impact on the youth, formulating policy prescription packages, community policing for victim relief and crime prevention.

n Gender Studies, it has formulated policies and strategies for combating violence against women, including female foeticide, impact of liberalisation on women’s employment, rights of the girl child, gender and AIDS interface. It has also developed printed and video resource material on gender justice and women’s development.

The main focus of Evaluation Studies is on measuring the extent and reach of social security and safety nets. A number of studies have been undertaken on issues like measurement of rural poverty in Punjab, evaluation of primary healthcare system, primary education system, community health evaluation including infant and child mortality, sanitation, AIDS, immunization and family planning.

Both macro and micro level evaluations have been conducted using innovative methodological tools, including village level Integrated Participatory Seasonal Observatory System (IPSOS), participatory qualitative methods, neighbourhood analysis, walkthroughs, multi-cluster indicatory surveys etc.

These projects have been undertaken on behalf of the Government of India and various State Governments.

IDC has also been recognised by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, as an educational institution for imparting non-formal adult and continuing education through Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS).

It will offer vocational education to neo-literates and unemployed youth. The Institute for Development and Communication is also recognised by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, as a centre for providing training to National Service Scheme Programme Officers of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, and the States of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana.

During the last three years, the Institute has conducted 24 orientation and refresher courses. Seven hundred eighty (780) lecturers of the region obtained certificates after successfully completing orientation and refresher courses. In addition to this, 227 teachers have been trained under University Talk AIDS programme, 880 students were trained as Peer Educators and 43 programmes were conducted on AIDS awareness in different educational institutions in Chandigarh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Professionals, academicians and training co-ordinators associated with IDC to implement and supervise its activities include such distinguished persons as Professor(s) Y.K. Alagh, J.N. Joshi, Partho Mukherji, H.S. Shergill and Pramod Kumar. All of them have had a life-long association with democratic and nationalist thinking as also progressive movements. It has a vast pool of experts, resource persons, researchers and investigators in Chandigarh and several other places.

IDC’s struggle has been characterised by a critical appraisal of the existing social processes for the transformation of the society. It also involved tremendous effort to find direction between opposing claims of market i.e. efficiency, growth and social equity and justice. In the initial years of IDC’s existence, competing pulls of policy oriented research constraint to establishment priorities, problem centred research restricted by civil society felt needs and donors’ activism and fundamental research involving theory construction, model building and methodological innovations tamed by absence of systemic preference to speculate about other possibilities.

The trappings of glamour with instant recognition have thrown a new vocation of popcorn research, which challenged the established tedious collation of historical facts for social struggle. This drift swept away some of the research talent and resources. IDC could overcome some of these challenges by building its identity, autonomy and networks with independent minds. The foundation for intellectual adventurism to explore and build ‘other alternatives’ has been laid.

The core areas for research explorations have been sculpted for synergy to be infused by research leadership. The first concern continues to be re-examination of the theoretical underpinning of varied empirical explanations for knowledge synthesis and the second relates to its transfer for interventions. Our efforts have borne out that the research-based knowledge can be placed at the other end of the spectrum to make a difference at the margins. For transfer of knowledge, research outreach networks and interactive cultural sensitive methodological considerations to build connectivity with multicultural social sites shall continue to be our endeavour.

Dr. Pramod Kumar

Societies have their own dynamism and are always in struggle to find answers to pertinent questions to make living more human.

There is an increasing trend to reinforce the assumption that efforts to realise ‘other utopias’ are counterproductive. And any departure from status quo is considered as rank deviation and monism is being presented as the only source of growth. It is in this atmosphere, that an institution was born and we named it Institute for Development and Communication (IDC).

IDC was set up by a group of persons who aspired to produce and disseminate pro-people knowledge. It started with abundance of ideas and an almost non-existent material resource base. Those were difficult times, but pregnated with ample opportunities to realise one’s dreams. These opportunities were shaped by globalisation of ideas, technological revolution and pressing need for holistic knowledge.

In its 16 years of completion, IDC availed many opportunities, but at the same time continued its endeavour to maintain research autonomy and build the institutional resource base to pursue research as per its own priorities and mandate. It took a conscious decision of not to build research capacities dependent on maintenance grants. Rather we competed for research projects and to build up institutional resource base by nurturing research capital.

IDC is engaged in social research with implications for change in the field of social development, governance to improve public safety and justice, economic development for distributive justice and gender studies. The main thrust is to undertake research in association with the stakeholders to bring about practical reforms and develop new ways of delivering justice, develop empirically tested models to make the development processes more accessible to the marginalised sections of the society. It also networks with civil society organisations for advancing knowledge and interventions that fit local needs.

IDC emphasises the need for cross-cultural research methods and tools.It is also committed to connecting local needs and knowledge with global standards. IDC’s association with Altus Global Alliance for the promotion of justice provides a global platform for academic debate for practical exchange on methods of research and innovation.

To undertake research on socially relevant issues such as social conflict and peace studies; literacy and quality education; emerging trends in rural development and industrialisation; technology up-gradation; environment; women and gender sensitisation.

To build up co-operative interaction between different social and natural sciences for promoting holistic knowledge through inter-disciplinary research.

To promote communication between people of various ethnic groups, communities, classes, regions and professions.

To promote the vision of a just and equitable society, the hallmark of which should be balanced and sustainable development.