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Research Institutes and Regional Centres Division (RI&RC) provides maintenance and development grants to Research Institutes and maintains Regional Centres in different regions of the country. The Research Institutes are of all India character- outside the scope of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The main objectives are :
Dispersal of talent from more developed to less developed regions, especially, to areas where social science research are under developed; and
Development of quality of research and interdisciplinary research in social sciences in order to improve the social science inputs into development.
The Council is at present assisting 30 Research Institutes and 6 Regional Centres in different regions in India.