About us

MSS Research is the social science research division of The Mother's Service Society, a non-profit organization established in Pondicherry, India in 1970.

MSS Research fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues. MSS Research is guided by the belief that justice, prosperity, and democracy all require better understanding of complex social, cultural, economic, and political processes. We work with practitioners, policymakers, and academic researchers in the social sciences, related professions, and the humanities and natural sciences. We build interdisciplinary and international networks, working with partners around the world to link research to practice and policy, strengthen individual and institutional capacities for learning, and enhance public access to information. Our objectives include a wide range of research activities with particular emphasis on social science research in the field of socio-economic development. 

MSS was registered in Pondicherry under the Societies Registration Act on October 17, 1970. It has been officially recognized by the Government of India as a tax-exempt charitable organization, an educational institution and social science research institute under sections 12AA(b) and 10(23c)(vi) of the Indian Income Tax Act. Donations to the Society are exempt from taxation under Sections 35(1)(iii) and 80G(5)(vi).

MSS is an official international center of the World Academy of Art & Science collaborating with the Academy on research projects and publishing activities related to economics, social development, international security and global governance.

MSS is also a Charter Member of the World University Consortium, WUC, an initiative of leading international non-governmental organizations to design a global system of higher education relevant to the emerging needs of the 21st century.

Click here for a report on the Society’s research activities from 1970 to 2012

Officers

T. Natarajan, President
Ashok Natarajan
, Secretary

Contact Information

Address No. 5, Puduvai Sivam street, Venkata Nagar, Pondicherry-605011 INDIA
E-mail : info@mssresearch.org