During the last decade or so, Institute for Human Development (IHD) has conducted over 100 research and evaluation studies and brought out several working papers and publications. IHD’s studies are in the areas of labour, employment, health, education and other aspects of human development in developing countries, particularly India. In addition, with the specific objective of building development perspectives and integrated development plans for states and governments, it has been involved with the preparation of several State Development Reports and Human Development Reports. The publications and research works of the Institute have been reviewed favourably by academicians and policy makers, both in India and abroad.
A number of important publications have been brought out based on empirical studies in order to make available to the community of scholars and interested general readers factual material, robust in analysis with a plethora of inferences and references which could be used by those who are involved in development studies and policy formulations for development. The Institute also houses the Indian Society of Labour Economics and publishes its quarterly journal, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics. Recently it has launched a bi-annual journal “Indian Journal of Human Development” and its first issue was released by Professor Amartya Sen, the Nobel Laureate on the occasion of the first Foundation Day Lecture of the IHD where he delivered a lecture as well.
The numerous books and reports on seminal and highly topical themes produced from time to time by the Institute have been widely reviewed and well received. A series of occasional papers, working papers and advocacy booklets have also been launched. The Institute had the privilege of the release of its first book by Honble’ Shri K.R. Narayanan, the then President of India. The books of the institute have been favourably reviewed in national and international journals. Eminent economist Prof. C.T Kurien, while referring to the Institute’s book on Rural Non-Farm Sector noted in Frontline that ‘The Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, deserves to be congratulated on and thanked for making available to the community of scholars and interested general readers a volume rich in factual material relating to this problem, robust in analysis and with a plethora of inferences that need to be picked up by those involved in development studies and policy formulation for development…’ Similarly, another eminent economist Indira Hirway paid glowing tribute to IHD when she reviewed the same book in Economic and Political Weekly. She said that institute has within a short span of existence, promoted informed policy debates on many relevant issues and brought out important publications on these issues…’
- Nobel Laureate Prof. Amartya Sen releases the Indian Journal of Human Development on 19th Dec. 2006. Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia also joins him with Dr. A.K. Shivkumar, Prof. Y.K. Alagh and Editors of the Journal.
- Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia releasing the book “Globalisation, Labour Markets and Inequality in India” while the authors Deepak Mazumdar and Sandip Sarkar with the publishers looking on.
- Nobel Laureate Prof. Amartya Sen launched the book “Concerns, Conflicts, and Cohesions:Universalization of Elementary Education in India” published by Oxford University Press. Preet Rustagi, Editor of the book, Alakh Sharma and Y.K. Alagh joining in on 21st December 2008.