The Indian Social Science Academy (ISSA) was established on August 15, 1974 with registered headquarters at Allahabad. Its major objectives are:

(1)-To undertake co-operative and multidisciplinary research in areas having relevance to social science and to the Indian society; and thereby, to relate the social sciences theorization to actual reality.

(2)-To function as a centre of exchange of ideas among social scientists, physical scientists, chemical scientists, biological scientists, agricultural scientists, ecological and environmental scientists and engineering scientists, philosophers, visionaries, social activists, planners and administrators.

(3)- To act as a national forum for integrated development of science in India.

(4)- To hold the annual Indian Social Science Congress (ISSC), and also State and the Regional Social Science Congresses;

(5)- To publish multilingual social science journals; monographs and books in Indian languages.

(6)-To promote multilingual socially relevant social science teaching and research; and To undertake evaluation of social science teaching and research in India:

(a)- To collaborate and cooperate with national and international organisations in the field of social and natural sciences.

(b)-To strive to develop unity of Science of Nature-Man-Society and bring all sciences-physical, chemical, biological, agricultural., ecological and social together to form a united whole capable of developing a holistic theory and holistic methods in Indian conditions.

The ISSA has undertaken the following academic programmes in order to march towards its goals:

(i)- Appraisal and integration of researches, theories and methods.

(ii)- Publication of Journals/monographs and books in Indian Languages.

(iii)- Networking with Universities, Colleges, research institutes laboratories, associations and other social and academic organizations.

Discovery, development and dissemination of Science of Nature-Man-Society through appraisal and integration of current researches, theories and methods was sought to be achieved through the following:

(i)- Indian Social Science Congress.

(ii)-State Social Science Congresses.

(iii)-Research and training Centres

(iv)-Seminars/Symposia/Colloquia/Workshops/Group Discussions/Public Lectures

(v)- Publication of Research Journals/Newsletters/ Monographs/Books in Indian languages.

ISSA initiated organization of Indian Social Science Congress (ISSC) in 1976 and as of now 28 sessions of ISSC have been held in different parts of India. Its 29 th session is scheduled to be held on December 26-30, 2005 at Lucknow University, Lucknow, UP. It also initiated organization of State Social Science Congresses proceedings of which are held in the languages of the respective States. (e.g. A.P. Social Science Congress, Karnataka Social Science Congress, Bengal Social Science Congress etc. Third West Bangal Social Science Congress was held on September 27-29, 2004 at North Bengal University, Darjeeling.

Survey Research Centre and Rural Development Study Centre were set up simultaneously for undertaking coordinated research programmes, data building and training. A Peoples Centre for Theoretical And Policy Research has been planned during the Silver Jubilee year of ISSA.

Well-planned thematic seminars/symposia/workshops/colloquia at local, regional and national levels have been held since the inception of ISSA.

Publication of quarterly research journals and Newsletters were initiated with a view to disseminating scientific knowledge among people. ISSA is publishing two quarterly journals- Bharatiya Samajik Chintan in English and Samayik Samajik Chintan in Hindi at present. A quarterly ISSA Newsletter is also published. It has also published several books/monographs during the last 29 years.

ISSA proposes to publish research Journals, monographs and books in all Indian languages.

Ever since its inception ISSA has been engaged in building co-operation with universities, colleges, research institutes, laboratories, other academic and social institutions in India. Several universities and research institutes are its permanent members.

ISSA has set up a Young Scientists Division for development and utilization of creative potentialities of young scientists of all disciplines. It encourages young scientists to learn to practice democracy and to dissent and develop critical thinking.

It has also been engaged in building regional and state centres all over India. Andhra Centre of ISSA holds Andhra Social Science Congress. Karnataka Centre organises Karnataka Social Science Congress. Bengal Centre organises Bengal Social Science Congress. Similar Centres in other states are being developed. ISSA proposes to christen respective state centres in their names-Andhra Academy of Social Science, Karnataka Academy of Social Science, etc. Panjab Academy of Social Science And Literature is already a federal member of ISSA.

Major thrust of activities of the Indian Academy of Social Sciences involve building of a holistic theory of science of Nature- m an-Society through concerted interactive discourse, dialogue and exchange among natural scientists, agricultural scientists, biologists, social scientists, etc. ISSA places greater premium on Indian languages for communicating science.