The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) was set up by the Government of India in 1969 as an autonomous organization in order to review, promote, encourage, assist and coordinate social science research in the country. From its inception ICSSR was considered as one of the biggest achievements of Indian Democracy and it was conceived as premier national agency expanding social science research, improving its quality and attempting to increase its utilization in policy formulation. In pursuance of the above targets and as part of its programme of decentralizing administration and broad basing social science research, ICSSR took, in the past, a considered decision to set up regional centres all over the country. The North Eastern Regional Centre of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR-NERC) was established on March 2, 1977 in collaboration with North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) at Shillong. The Centre has its office complex at the NEHU Campus and an Advisory Committee headed by the Vice-Chancellor, NEHU, Shilling.