Established in 1963, Shri Ram Centre for Industrial Relations, Human Resources, Economic and Social Development (SRC) is a society under the Society’s Registration Act 1860. A non-profit institution devoted to scientific research and dissemination of the results for public good, SRC is recognized by the Government of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. It is also registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976.
The Centre's efforts through research, training, seminars and publications in the last five decades have generously helped bridge the gap between social scientists and practicing managers / policy makers. It has completed over 200 research projects, organized over 3900 seminars/worshops/ conferences/training programs and published more than 85 titles based on its own research studies. These projects/programs were sponsored by various ministries of the Government of India, public and private sector organizations and international bodies like the ILO, World Bank, Ford Foundation, UNDP, FES (Germany) and IDRC (Canada).
When SRC was set up in 1963, it was considered appropriate to create an institution devoted to research on human relations. Subsequently, in 1971, it was felt that there was a need to broaden the scope of research and training activities to include aspects of human resources in industry. Since then a large number of studies have been taken up on people related aspects of managing public and private sector organizations. As a continuation of diversification of the activities of the Centre, a Rural Labour Studies Unit was set up in 1981 to undertake research on this segment of the unorganized sector. Now, its activities also include the whole gamut of Economic and Social Development.
In 1964, SRC commenced its quarterly journal “The Indian Journal of Industrial Relations". The journal’s scope has been subsequently broadened to cover issues related to economic and social development. The journal enjoys considerable academic reputation and is widely subscribed by government institutions, universities, private and public sector organizations in India and elsewhere.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” - Albert Einstein