The Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research (SPIESR) is a leading Social Science Research Institute and an autonomous organisation registered as a Trust and Society. With the valuable cooperation of the Gujarat Government, businessmen, and industrialists of Gujarat, the Institute started academic activities in 1969 with Prof. D.T. Lakdawala as its founder Director.
The Gujarat government supported SPIESR during its initial years of development through donations. By the mid-seventies, the Institute established its unique identity on a national level. The Government of India recognised it as a National Institute in 1975 and, consequently, the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi, started sharing the maintenance grant on a 50:50 basis
The Institute evolved diversified programmes of research, training and extension activities within the framework of the following main objectives:
conducting research on economic and social problems of a basic and applied natur
give due attention to the problems of the Gujarat economy and work on problems of the national economy
training of young research scholars in India through training programmes
to actively engage in the dissemination of knowledge in the social sciences particularly through cooperating with other educational institutions in the region
The focus of research conducted thus far has been monetary and fiscal policy, poverty studies, employment generation, input-output analysis, regional economics, industrial economics, agricultural economics, human development, human capital formation, society and sociology etc. Therefore, SPIESR is a key programme evaluation body of the regional government. More information on the seminars, conferences, workshops, and various other events organized by the Institute can be easily accessed online.