The IOS (established in 1986) has successfully completed 31 years of its existence with steady progress and widening the scope of its endeavours as a non-political and non-profitable organisation. It has gained recognition in all relevant quarters at national and international plane for promoting research, conducting surveys on relevant themes, publishing books and journals in areas of national concern and pressing challenges of civil societies, awarding scholarships to meritorious university scholars, actively participating in social welfare, educational and management fields. The focal areas may also be identified for developing development models suiting to Indian masses particularly the poor, marginalised and deprived sections; initiatives to foster world peace, and strive hard to develop mechanisms and environment for conflict resolution. It has also responded actively to national issues particularly relating to problems and placement of minorities in general and Muslims in particular. It has tried its best to uphold the ideals of secularism, democracy, rule of law and Constitutionalism.
The IOS has specifically tried to create linkages with other NGOs on practical levels by creating synergy for collaborative efforts and programmes. Another notable area of interest has been to work on regional problems and profiles of marginalised sections of society in different regions of India. It is found that the five regional chapters of the Institute could play a substantial role in these sectors. This is an area, which requires to expand particularly the spheres concerning weaker sections of society in a planned manner. However, there is a lot to be done in such and other relevant fields. The envisaged role of NGOs in national reconstruction calls for greater and wider space to be covered by the IOS.
The Institute has acquired marked credibility in few select areas namely achieving steady progress in bringing together a galaxy of social scientists, policy planners and social workers. The brain storming efforts have resulted into creating an intellectual movement all over the country among scholars, community leaders and social activists. Secondly, the IOS could create a synergy to focus on the problems of weaker sections of society, the marginalised and suffering from deprivation. It has tried to foster healthy inter-community linkages among various sections of society. Studies in areas of Dalits, OBCs etc. are conducted even through collaboration with other NGOs working in concerned areas. Thirdly, it has struggled hard to save and augment secular, democratic and constitutional values of Indian legal, civilisational and cultural base line. It has tirelessly worked in all odds at all levels in past years.
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