The Indian Sociological Society was set up in Bombay with the initiative of Prof. G. S. Ghurye, Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Bombay. The Society was registered in December 1951 under the Societies Registration Act. G. S. Ghurye was the Founder-President. Prof. J. V. Fereira followed by Prof. K. M. Kapadia were the Secretaries. Prof. Ghurye served as President from 1951 to 1966. The Society started a biannual journal Sociological Bulletin from March 1952. It occasionally held seminars/workshops on selected themes but did not organize big conferences.

TThat task was undertaken in north India with the initiative of Prof. R. N. Saxena. Beginning with 1955 he organized six conferences in various parts of the country called All India Sociological Conference (AISC). Except holding periodical conferences the AISC did not have any other activities.

In mid-60s the leaders of the profession came together to discuss the issues concerning the profession. They decided to merge AISC with the Indian Sociological Society and held a conference of the merged body in Bombay in October 1967. The conference was inaugurated by Prof. Ghurye and Prof. M. N. Srinivas was elected the new President. Following this change the Society’s office was shifted from University of Bombay to University of Delhi where Prof. Srinivas was based. The Society organised All-India Sociological Conference on a regular basis in addition to publishing the journal Sociological Bulletin.

With the expansion of higher education, several new departments of sociology came up all over the country resulting in increase in the membership of Society. It was a measure of the strength of the Society that it successfully hosted the XI World Congress of Sociology in Delhi in 1986.

Realising the inconvenience of operating Society’s activities from different locations where office bearers worked, the Managing Committee has taken a decision to establish its national office in New Delhi. Subsequently, it approached the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, to provide a relatively stable shelter and essential services under its premises. Thanks to the Institute’s helpful attitude the Society’s office is now functioning with great efficiency in its premises since 1989.

Since then the Indian Sociological Society has progressed a great deal. Its membership has increased manifold. Its journal is now published annually with three issues since 2004 instead of two. Its conferences are held every year and are well attended. In addition to the journal the Society now publishes two issues of ISS Newsletter annually. The Society now organizes its major academic work through 22 Research Committees, which provides a better opportunity for members to participate in meaningful dialogues and exchange of views. The annual lecture series in memory of Professor M. N. Srinivas and Prof. Radha Kamal Mukerjee, and the annual prize for young sociologists in honour of Prof. M. N. Srinivas have contributed to the academic profile of the Society’s activities.

The Society instituted the Life Time Achievement Award in 2005 with the following objectives: (a) To honour outstanding Indian Sociologists who have made profound and exceptional contributions in the field of sociology and thereby enriched the discipline of sociology and enhanced the capability and respectability of its professionals, and (b) To inspire and encourage other members of the profession to emulate these Awardees and consider them as role models and to work for their own and the profession’s betterment and exaltation through creditable work and significant contribution. The award was given to: Dr. Y B Damle (Pune), Prof M. S. Gore (Hubli), Prof. Victor S. D'Souza (Bangalore), and Prof. Ramkrishna Mukherjee (Kolkata) in 2005; Prof. Yogendra Singh (Delhi) and Prof. Leela Dube (Delhi) in 2007; Prof. B. R. Chuhan (Udaipur), Prof. P. C. Joshi (Delhi) and Prof. T. N. Madan (Delhi) in 2008; Prof. Andre Bettele, Prof. A. M. Shah and Prof. Bela Duttgupta in 2009; Prof. Suma Chitnis (Mumbai), Prof. D N Dhanagare (Pune), Prof. T. K. Oommen (Delhi) in 2010; and Prof. S. K.Srivastava (Lucknow), Prof. J. P.S.Uberoi (Delhi) and Prof. P.K.B. Nayar (Thiruvananthapuram) in 2011.

The Indian Sociological Society is functioning from the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi.


Institute of Social Sciences
8 Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110 070
Phone: (91-11-) 43158800, 43158801 Telefax: (91-11) 43158823
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Office Bearers
President : Ishwar Prasad Modi (Jaipur)
Secretary : Rajesh Mishra (Lucknow)
Treasurer : Bipul Kumar Bhadra (Kolkata)


Smita Suresh Awachar (Aurangabad)
Sukant K Chaudhury (Lucknow)
Paramjit Singh Jude (Amritsar)
Kamala Ganesh, (Mumbai)
S. L. Hiremath (Gulbarga)
J. Krishnamurthy (Annamalainagar)
M. H. Makwana, (Ahmedabad)

B. B. Mohanty, (Puducherry)
Dipti Ranjan Sahu (Cuttack)
Ranvinder Singh Sandhu (Amritsar)
S. A. Salunkhe (Kolhapur)
Aneesa Shafi (Srinagarr)
Virendra Pal Singh (Allahabad)
C. A. Somasekharappa (Dharwad)


Secretary (Office)
Krishnan Namboodiri


Registered in Bombay in 1951 Under Act XX1 1860