Institute of Human Development, a multi-disciplinary research body under the aegis of the Indian Society of Labour Economics, periodically brings out several publications, working papers and research studies in the areas of labour, employment, health, education and other aspects of human development. These publications serve the objective of fostering development perspectives among policymakers and development practitioners. As part of constructing integrated development plans for various states and governments, the Institute has been involved with the preparation of several State Development Reports and Human Development Reports.
IHD has also brought out important publications based on empirical studies in order to make available to the community of scholars and general readers factual material, which are highly analytical with a plethora of inferences and references. It also brings out a bi-annual journal ‘Indian Journal of Human Development’, whose first issue was released by Nobel laureate Prof. Amartya Sen on the occasion of its first Foundation Day Lecture.
The numerous publications and reports on seminal and highly topical themes have been widely reviewed in national and international journals and well received. The Institute had the privilege of releasing its first publication by Late Shri K.R. Narayanan, then President of India. Eminent economist Prof. C.T Kurien, while referring to the publication on Rural Non-Farm Sector noted in Frontline: “The Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, deserves to be congratulated on and thanked for making available to the community of scholars and interested general readers a volume rich in factual material relating to this problem, robust in analysis and with a plethora of inferences that need to be picked up by those involved in development studies and policy formulation for development…” Similarly, another eminent economist Indira Hirway paid glowing tribute to IHD when she reviewed the same book in Economic and Political Weekly: “The institute has within a short span of existence, promoted informed policy debates on many relevant issues and brought out important publications on these issues…”