Institute Of Development Studies

About IDS

The University of Mysore established the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in 1971. The IDS is an Inter disciplinary center in the filed of development, which would combine teaching, training and research. 

The focus of the Institute work centered from its inception on analyzing the different dimensions of development – the physical, socio-political, economic and environmental to mention the major ones. The accent was therefore on equipping students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary for perceiving and analyzing the problems encountered in development and planning and finding the appropriate solutions for them.

The beginning of the Institute was modest, physically located in the Department of Geography. The Institute received a grant from the Government of Mysore to take up research projects concerning  development and planning. In the first 5 years the Institute functioned mainly as a clearing house for projects entrusted in teachers in different departments of the University. The Institute owes its gratitude to the founders namely Prof. D.Javare Gowda, then Vice-Chancellor, Dr. R.P.Misra founder Director and D.V.Urs, then Registrar. The institute has collaborated with a number of world institutions like the Food Research Institute at Stanford, US Department of Agriculture, IDS at Sussex, IED of World Bank, college of Wales, AIT-Bangkok, FAO, CFTRI, ICRISAT, ISEC etc., in the field of training and research. 

Ford Foundation Assistance: The Ford Foundation while appreciating the research and training activities of the Institute, made liberal grants during 1977 for acquiring the present building Leela Vihar, Books for Library and to undertake study visits by Institute faculty. We owe our gratitude Ford Foundation in strengthening the basic infrastructure of the Institute.


To aspire to be a leading multi-disciplinary global institution for research, teaching and learning for socio-economic and community development in the fields of rural and urban developments including agri-business, management and skill development


The Institute has to be well carved out a niche for itself in the field of Development for achieving the vision and goals

•To undertake teaching and research in specific fields of development with a view to provide Professional Personnel in Rural and Urban Developments and Allied fields.

•To organize Interdisciplinary research and to train students in the methods of Interdisciplinary research. 

•To  publish Reports, Books, Monographs, Periodicals etc. 

•To conduct Lectures, Seminars, Conferences for the benefits of various groups.

•To collaborate and partner with various development agencies to undertake action oriented projects.



The Office

Institute of Development Studies,

'Leela Vihar', University of Mysore,


Mysore - 570 006, Karnataka, INDIA 

Ph: +91-821-2419793