Developing Countries Research Centre (dcrc) has been one of the pillars of research analysis in University of Delhi. It took a contour on 20 April 1993 under the Board of Interdisciplinary Programme through Ordinance No. XV-A by University of Delhi. The idea got a platform through the cooperation of teachers and researchers from several Departments and Colleges of University of Delhi engaged in studying problems of the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America in a comparative perspective.
The Centre was formally inaugurated by Professor G. Ram Reddy, Chairperson, UGC, on 5 August 1994. It was supported by the UGC during the initial years.
The status of the Centre transformed with an upgradation in 2004 as a constituent of the Faculty of Social Sciences vide Ordinance XX (9) of University of Delhi.
Since its inception, the Centre has organized major national and international seminars and conferences on themes of significant interest, sometimes in collaboration with prestigious institutions such as the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, AKUT Group of Uppsala University (Sweden), Max Mureller Bhavan, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Aligarh Muslim University, International History Congress, V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, Central Social Welfare Board, Women’s Studies and Development Centre, Planning Commission, Institute for Human Development, DESTIN of the London School of Economics and Political Science, DFID, Japan Foundation, Vidyajyoti and the constituent colleges of Delhi University.
Another milestone in this direction was the refurbishment of the Centre with the special efforts and initiative of its new Director, a visionary Prof. Sunil K. Choudhary, a Gold Medalist of University of Delhi and recipient of several national and international awards, including the most prestigious Global South Award, 2014. Since July 2015 the Centre has gained momentum through the vision of its Pratham Sewak as his inclusive and dynamic approach has attempted to transform the Centre to an academic Parivar where cooperation, commitment and conviction among its members is overwhelming.
With the changing times and agendas the Centre is aiming high to reach new horizons by recreating a global institution that represents academic forte of the university and engages its epistemology with the global concerns. Ushering into a new phase with the newly constituted body of fellows through a democratic and transparent process of selection, taking into the concerns of interdisciplinarity so that the Centre tends to represent all vibrant colors of our unique academic diversity.
The wisdom of the newly formed Fellow Council and Research Council with a dynamic Director is to unleash the issues and challenges coming in front of the Centre and explore new areas of research. The emphasis is on to rigorously inculcate analytical and critical approach towards plethora of issues like gender , human rights, globalization, environment, ecology and Identity. For an academia to excel needs an energetic administration to flow the functionalities and adopt a democratic and transparent mechanism. Since its transformation last year, the vigor of the Centre has been to embrace democratization, transparency and accountability in all its functionalities.
The Centre aims to create an organization of knowledge which engages with the issues that not only confront the Global South but also the whole world. Scholars in Political Science, Economics, Sociology, History, Geography, Education, Philosophy, Psychology and Literature have been involved in this effort. The objective of the Centre is to critically address socio- political and economic issues that emerge from the study of the global realities and integrate these insights into teaching at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and research levels in the vast educational network of University of Delhi.
The Centre attempts to reframe and re-contextualize the organization in the changing times with an evolving epistemology and vibrant ideas to formulate a global institution and stay vibrant in a competitive academic milieu. The Fellows at our academic Parivar are unleashing a new existence by way of contributing and transforming the Centre towards an enriched global community.