Central Units

An Overview
Based on its vision, mission and objectives, the Institute plans, organizes and conducts two types of programs. They are: a) Central Programs and b) Outreach Programs. Centralized Programmes are often held in the Institute and they are open to a wide-range of partners from different States of south India. Centralized Programmes are organized either at a State level or South India level. The medium used in theses programmes is often English. Being based in Karnataka, Kannada is also a medium used in these programs.

From 1963 to early 90s, the Institute concentrated its energies in planning, organising and conducting centralized programmes. For example, Social Analysis Program organized for three months used to be one of those most popular Central Programs. These programs had their advantages as well as disadvantages. One of the advantages was that being held here in the Institute it had the facilities to conduct in the way and the manner the Institute plans. One of the disadvantages was that Central Programs tied the ISI team to its compound. Institute was losing the precious experience of contact with the grassroots realities. Instead of going out to people, we brought people in. Live contact with changing ground reality was a huge loss. Moreover, In the 90s, our partners began to demand trainings in regional languages.

Taking into account these facts, the Institute planned, organized and conducted programs under the following units:
1. Research Unit
2. Human Rights and Training Unit
3. Labour and Migration Unit
4. Women's Unit
5. Library & Documentation

The Labour and Migration Unit is a new addition to the units of the Institute realizing the emerging need of addressing the issue of labourers and migrants.