The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, was founded in February 1973.
Financed primarily by matching grants from the ICSSR and the Government of West Bengal,
the Centre has full academic autonomy, is designed to function democratically and is
proud of its impeccable record of public accountability.
Academic and administrative matters at the Centre are under the control of a
Board of Governors
consisting of representatives of the Central and State governments, the ICSSR, the
UGC, the universities of West Bengal and the Centre’s faculty. A distinguished
academic heads the Board as
of the Centre.
A key administrative position is that of the
who participates in the
drawing up of all academic programmes and looks after all administrative matters in
consultation with the Director
The Centre’s Professors and Fellows
are academics of high merit from the fields of economics, history, political science,
sociology, social anthropology, geography and cultural studies. Our unique
interdisciplinary culture allows for collaboration between people from different fields
that might not find
support in traditional department-based institutions. We explore contemporary problems
with a focus on eastern India.
In addition, the Centre :
M. Phil. in Social Sciences
students who are supervised by the
Centre's faculty and are affiliated to a university.
Organises a variety of recurring and one–off academic events
in the year, including seminars,
workshops, and two
annual lecture series,
S.G. Deuskar lectures and
R.C. Dutt lectures. Most
events are open to the public; some are by invitation only.
projects with various national and
Gender Sensitization and Sexual Harassment
In keeping with the Vishaka guidelines, CSSSC adoped a policy on gender
sensitization against sexual harassment in September 2010. A Committee on Gender
Sensitization against Sexual Harassment (COGSASH) was constituted in October 2010
with the mandate of gender sensitization and awareness generation as well as
dealing with complaints about sexual harassment.
In March 2000, the Centre moved to its
at Baishnabghata Patuli
Township on the southern end of the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. The new campus is
45 minutes from the city airport, and an hour from Howrah, the main rail station. It
accommodates the library, the archive and rooms for seminars and lectures, as well
as the administrative and faculty offices.
The Centre retains its old premises at 10 Lake Terrace, Calcutta 700 029, where it
was housed for 25 years. The top two floors have been renovated to accommodate the
Jadunath Sarkar Resource Centre for Historical Research
, a depository of
vernacular language materials relating to the social and colonial history of Bengal
and Eastern India. An
seminars, workshops, etc., is located in its ground floor and is available to
educational / academic institutions at a nominal charge.