A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies was established as an autonomous institution by an Act of the Government of Bihar. This institute started operation on October 8, 1964.
Its main Objectives are as follows:
to undertake teaching and research in social sciences
to undertake study of specific problems, if and when required by the State Government or the Central Government or any other agency
to provide for journals, books, pamphlets and such other materials as may be deemed necessary
to organise other allied activities
The activities of the Institute relate, in conformity to the objectives prescribed by the Act, to teaching as well as research. The teaching that the Institute provides relate mainly to Courses in Research and Methodology and Advance Courses on specific subjects.
From time to time eminent scholars are invited to deliver a series of specialised lectures which are in course of time published by the Institute. The Institute awards doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships in each discipline under the programme of ICSSR institutional fellowships.
The Institute has a well stocked specialised library with about 25000 volumes. The Institute subscribes to large number of research journals. The library has a rich collection of Government Reports and publications of U.N. and other agencies.