Context: The Union government has revoked the suspension order of International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) director K.S. James.
- It is a prominent institution dedicated to population studies and training. It serves as a regional Institute for Training and Research in Population Studies for the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) region. ESCAP is one of the five regional commissions under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
- Started in 1956 under the joint sponsorship of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, the Government of India and the United Nations.
- It is an autonomous organisation of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
- Situated in Mumbai.
- Earlier it was known as the Demographic Training and Research Centre (DTRC).
Objectives of the Institute
- To train persons from India and other countries in demography and related fields, including demographic aspects of family planning.
- To undertake scientific research on population problems which are of special importance to India and other countries in the ESCAP region.
- To collect, organize and disseminate demographic information about the population of India and other countries of the world.
- To provide services of research, evaluation, training, consultation and guidance related to demographic problems to government departments, public corporations or private establishments as deemed desirable in pursuance of the objective of the Society.
- To undertake, organize and facilitate study courses, conferences, lectures, seminars and the like to promote the aforesaid objectives.
- To undertake and provide for publication of journals and research papers, books and to establish, maintain libraries and information service in furtherance of the objectives of the Society.