1. Division of Economics and Agriculture Economics

Faculty Members

i. D M Diwakar: Professor & Head
ii. Awadhesh Kumar: Assistant Professor
iii. Neetu Chaudhary: Assistant Professor
iv. Abhijit Ghosh: Assistant Professor
v. Biplab Dhak: Assistant Professor
vi. Vidyarthi Vikas: Assistant Professor
vii. Aviral Pandey: Assistant Professor
viii. Dr. Sandhya Mahapatra: Assistant Professor

Research Priorities
This Division largely relate to the agricultural problems of Bihar. Of late, a growing interest of the faculty members is discernible in the political economy of the state, institutional and infrastructural deficiencies in the economy. Some other areas of their preoccupations are evaluation and monitoring of various development and welfare programmes of the rural sector. The dynamics of rural economy are being probed in all its diversities with special reference to the state of Bihar. A number of research projects have been taken up on this theme.

2. Division of Sociology and Social Anthropology

Faculty Members

i. B N Prasad: Professor & Head
ii. Anuja: Assistant Professor
iii. Rajeev Kamal Kishor: Assistant Professor
iv. Kaushal Kishor: Assistant Professor
v. Renu Choudhary: Assistant Professor

Research Priorities
The research interest of this Division lies in the exploration of culture of poverty with special reference to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and in ascertaining the role of women and their status in society. Similarly, the impact of changing technology, industrialisation, rural development and developmental planning on social structures receive attention of the faculty members of Sociology. From some time past, the faculty has developed experience and expertise in formulating, enacting, monitoring and evaluating various welfare and development programmes of government in the area of health, nutrition, children, women and other target groups. Problems of distributive justice, education and social stratifications constitute other important strand of research priority.

3. Division of Political Science and Public Administration

Faculty Members

i. Ajay Kumar Jha: Professor & Head
ii. Nil Ratan: Professor
iii. Ajit Kumar Hanshada: Assistant Professor

Research Priorities
This Division is devoted to the explanation of political progress and political dynamics especially in the state of Bihar. The research themes include political parties, pressure groups, movement, leadership, state politics, politics at the grassroots, electoral processes, politics and stratification, politics among the weaker sections and violence. Administrative process and the management of development programmes in different spheres are the other priority. It also intends to provide for objective analysis of the planning and implementation of government programmes in respect of agriculture, health, education and welfare. Special emphasis is placed on administration at the district, block and panchayat levels with a view to suggest improvement in planning, coordination, supervision and execution of various programmes. Voluntary organizations constitute an important area of enquiry, receiving attention of the faculty members. The faculty also specializes in the study of the institution of panchayati Raj in the state, human rights, particularly child rights protection, child labour, bonded labour etc.

4. Division of Social Psychology

Faculty Members

i. Habibullah Ansari: Associate Professor and Head

Research Priorities:
This Division intends to do social psychological research regarding social issues and problems relevant for the maintaining social harmony, peace, mental and physical health, and over all development of the society and nation. Some studies are on group behaviour, leadership, social power, student activism, child rearing practices, socio-psychological problems in school education, quality of working life, socio-technical system in hospital organisations, physically challenged people, minorities' participation in Bihar Assembly election, gender issues, and attitude towards dowry. Faculty members have conducted research on education, impact of teachers training on classroom transactions, and monitoring and quality control of text books and its distribution in Bihar schools. Some recent themes of research have been intended by new faculty members on old age, family dynamics, youth among the marginal sections, public health issues, climate change and human behaviours, food crisis and malnutrition, conflict resolution and peace psychology, and attitude towards female foeticides. Some recent studies have been started by research scholars on secularism and communalism, role of government and civil society for the care physically challenged children, and parental pressure, academic achievement and mental health of adolescents.

5. Division of Statistics

Faculty Members

i. Sudhir Kumar: Associate Professor and Head

Research Priorities
This Division has a multifarious role in social science research. It intends to provide the technical support to the other faculty members and to the institute as whole for data management also provides training in Research Methods. It is involved in various socially relevant studies such as Operations Research, Decentralized Planning, Disaster Management, Nonconventional Energy Uses, Adult Education/Literacy, Primary Education, Vulnerable Section of Society, transmission of HIV/AIDS, Agro-Forestry, Perspective Planning, Poverty Measurement, Panchayti Raj Institutions, Voter Behaviour etc.
Research Centres
The need for setting up some specialized centres has been felt desirable since long where in it could be possible to conduct inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary studies in a comprehensive, longitudinal and cross-sectional frame. The idea of having specialized centres emerged out of the concern for the fact that the economy and social problems of the country are profoundly intertwined and complex in nature. As such, there is need for making a multipronged, collaborative attempt by drawing faculty from different disciplines. Setting up such centres, therefore, is a prerequisite of accomplishing the task in view.

1. Centre of Non-Violence and Peace (CNVP)

Faculty Members

i. Professor- 01: Vacant (Post Advertised)
ii. Associate Professor- 02: Vacant (Post Advertised)
iii. Assistant Professor- Bipul Kumar
iv. Research Associate- 02: Vacant (Post Advertised)

Research Priorities
This institute has been pursuing its research agenda in direction of the liberation of humanity, feudal exploitation, agrarian violence, social discrimination and injustices based on glorious heritage of Buddha, Mahavira and Gandhi, who contributed rare learning and knowledge. In order to take up thematically focussed task of research, teaching and training with contemporary relevance, the Institute has established this Centre for Non Violence and Peace Studies which justifies the legacy of great heritage of non-violence. Basic objectives of this centre are to comprehend structural contradictions, conflicts and violence in the society, economy and polity towards refinement of concepts and development of theories of non-violence and peace with contextual contemporary concerns, and to promote research, teaching and training, analyse the ground reality and contribute towards knowledge generation in the field of non-violence and peace for liberation of humanity

2. Centre of Social Geography (CSG)

Faculty Members

i. Professor- 01: Vacant (Post Advertised)
ii. Associate Professor- 01: Vacant (Post Advertised)
iii. Assistant Professor- Dr. Rakesh Tiwary

Research Priorities
Social Geography is primarily concerned with the ways in which social relations, identities and inequalities are created. How these social creations vary over space and the role of space in their construction is the principle distinction between sociology and social geography. Whereas the former emphasizes society, geographers emphasize the spatial: social geography is concerned with society and space. Such a concern is central to the larger body of work simply called human geography. This faculty will draw upon the political, the economic, and the cultural fields of geography, but the emphasis will remain upon the social issues affecting people's lives—class, 'race'/ethnicity, gender, poverty, the body, health and well-being—and the role of space in the creation of social inequality and oppression, with particular emphasis on the Indian context. Basic objectives of this Centre is to identity several contemporary social inequalities from geographical perspectives; to explain and critique the economic, political and cultural processes creating and sustaining social and spatial inequalities; and to promote an awareness of social inequalities affecting the everyday geographies of people.

3. Centre for Educational Studies (CES)

Research Priorities
In accordance with the objectives spelt out above, the need for exploring and investigating different dimensions of education in the state as well as in the country has been strongly felt. The scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and women, universalisation of primary education, structural inequalities in higher education, state intervention in educational development like the B.E.P. etc., factors impeding educational development and the role of non-formal education. Besides, the Centre evaluates studies of B.E.P., problem of elementary education with special reference to girl's education, etc.

4. Centre for Studies and Training in ICDS

Research Priorities
This Centre undertakes evaluative studies and impact assessment surveys of the ICDS programme in Bihar, offers suggestive measures for the elimination of bottlenecks in the implementation of ICDS and suggests planning strategies for making improvement in its implementation. The Centre also conducts training programmes and modular courses for the ICDS functionaries. Till date the Centre has conducted more than ten evaluative and impact assessment surveys sponsored by the Department of Social Welfare and other departments of the State and Central governments and the UNICEF. Some of these studies include formative study for developing media strategies; training of CDPOs & other ICDS functionaries; media support for child survival, training of anganwadi workers related to media support; strengthening of ICDS with World Bank Assistance; Exclusion study in ICDS projects in Bihar, epidemiological survey in selected areas of Bihar; Time allocation study of Anganwadi functionaries in Bihar. The Government of India has sponsored the training programme for the ICDS functionaries to this Institute.

5. The Child Study Centre (CSC)

Research Priorities
The Child Study Centre (CSC) intends to provide for an integrated programme of interdisciplinary research, testing, training, counselling and welfare with a view to promote development and adjustment of children and adolescents in family and school systems. The activities of the centre are organized under five specific areas: testing, counselling, feedback to parents and teachers, growth sessions to adolescents, inter-disciplinary research, and the child family interactions.

6. Centre for Democratic Governance and Planning

Research Priorities
The funds from UN-GoI joint programmes on convergence through the Planning Department, Government of India has been released and the appointment of a nodal institute for conducting training for urban sector professionals in Bihar to Support Programme for Urban Reforms in Bihar (SPUR) is functioning under this centre.

7. Centre for Disaster Risk Management

Proposal for financial support has been accepted from the NDMA, New Delhi, through the Department of Disaster Management, Government of Bihar. Therefore, we conduct all the training programmes, workshops, seminars, conferences under this centre.

8. Centre for Agriculture and Labour Relations

Proposal regarding Agriculture and Labour has already been submitted to the GoB.

9. Centre for Policy Research

This Centre has started organising many academic activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops, the details of which are given elsewhere.