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Eastern Regional Centre

In order to give a thrust to its activities in the backward eastern States, particularly Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha, IHD had set up its Eastern Regional Centre at Ranchi (IHD- ERC) in 2007. The mandate of IHD-ERC is to undertake studies and research focused on the backwardness of the eastern region and, in particular, deprivations of vulnerable groups such as tribals, dalits, minorities and other such sections of the society of the region. There is a project office at Patna to coordinate the activities in Bihar.


IHD and the Eastern Regional Centre have been engaged in several analytical and policy- related studies, based on both primary and secondary sources of data. Around 40 research and evaluation studies have been conducted and 10 publications have been brought in the form of books/monographs on the eastern region. Further, many high-level debates and discussions, including the seminars, workshops, consultations and conferences have been organized, which have been attended by a cross-section of scholars, experts, social activists, development practitioners and policy-makers.
Research Themes
Completed Research Projects
Ongoing Research Projects


Several books, monographs, reports and research working papers on eastern region have been published. In addition, the Centre faculty regularly publishes articles in newspapers and journals.
Books/Monographs Published
Forthcoming Publication



    • IHD-ERC Distinguished Lecture by Professor Jean Dreze, Delhi School of Economics
    • Workshop on Migration and Trafficking of Children
    • National Seminar on Growth and Human Development in Jharkhand: Perspectives and Policies
    • Workshop on Development and Deprivation Indices for the Scheduled Tribes
    • Workshop on a Development Vision for Jharkhand

    • International Seminar on Youth Unemployment in India: Dimensions, Challenges and Strategies
    • Global Summit on Changing Bihar: Forging Partnership for Development
    • International Seminar on Women, Employment and Poverty in Bihar
    • Global Meet on a Resurgent Bihar


The Centre also engages in training and capacity building activities. The institute had partnered with UNICEF and hosted several interns from India and abroad, and provided them guidance and support in conducting research on various policy initiatives in Jharkhand. The Centre also provides guidance and support to scholars from various Institutions including universities in the country.


New Publication out: Allís Well that Ends in a Well: An Economic Evaluation of MGNREGA Wells in Jharkhand + Read More

IHD-ERC Distinguished Lecture by Professor Jean Dreze, Delhi School of Economics on 5 November 2013, Ranchi, Jharkhand + Read More

Training Course for Young Scholars on Project Proposal Writing, Drafting of Research Reports/Papers and Presentation Skills, 21-23 December 2014, Ranchi + Read More


Faculty and Staff
Advisory Committee



Eastern Regional Centre
C-1, Patel Park, Harmu Housing colony
Ranchi Ė 834012
Phone/Fax: +91-651-2242874
Email: ihd.ranchi@ihdindia.org


IHD Bihar Programme Office
202, Shakuntala Apartment
Kavi Raman Path
Nageshwar Colony
Boring Road, Patna-800024
Phone/Fax: +91-612-2522343

Email: bihar@ihdindia.org