Dr.D.Swaminadhan Research Foundation (DSRF) is a non-profit and non-governmental forum established in 1995 by three former Members of Planning Commission, Government of India – Prof. Dr. D. Swaminadhan, Dr. Jayant Patil and Dr. S.Z. Qasim – with the laudable objective of contributing towards development based on eco-friendly, pro-poor and gender equity parameters. It is registered as a Society and as a Trust under Indian Societies and Trusts acts. Social Action, sustainable development, social empowerment, application of advancements in science & technology for development and promotion of human values are the focus. The Foundation has been recognised by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) and by the Ministry of Finance for the purpose of Income Tax Exemption. DSRF is also registered with Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India under the Foreign Contributions (Regulations) Act of 1976.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies (JNIAS) has been established at Hyderabad by the Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation (DSRF) in furtherance of its objectives. In consonance with the objectives of DSRF, JNIAS is a secular and non-profit organisation. JNIAS would be an Institute of excellence and undertake advanced studies and research and offer Ph.D. programmes in certain areas in sciences, engineering & technology and humanities and social sciences. JNIAS has its own Scheme, Rules & Regulations and Bye-laws approved by its parent organisation, DSRF. The institute is planned to become a Deemed-to- be-University in course of time.
India to become a developed nation, advanced technologies play an important role. In the context of globalisation and ‘technology denial’ regimes, it is imperative that India becomes self-reliant in achieving technological superiority through indigenous R&D effort. Sustainable development also need appropriate technologies. The advancements in high-tech areas should be applied for sustainable rural development in a country like India through ‘Technology Transfer’. Information technology, Biotechnology, New Materials and Nano Science & Technology are dominating the twenty first Century. The country should not only be in the forefront in these technologies but also achieve ‘core competence’ in certain areas depending on our strengths.
In the above context, India needs dedicated Institutes of advanced studies and research. To join this effort Dr. D. Swaminadhan Research Foundation (DSRF) has established the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies (JNIAS) at Hyderabad.
JNIAS has the broad objective of evolving itself into an Institute of excellence in sciences, engineering and technology, humanities and social sciences for contributing to the progress of humanity and the development of India.