Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) New Delhi

(Last Updated On: 06/11/2013)

Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) New Delhi : 

Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) was registered in March 1977, as a society under the society’s registration Act 1860. However, the council became active in July 1981, under the chairmanship of Professor D.P. Chattopadyaya. The Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) is an autonomous body fully financed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India.

The main Objects of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR)  are:
• to review the progress of research in philosophy from time to time
• to co-ordinate research activities in philosophy and to encourage programmes of interdisciplinary research
• to promote collaboration in research between Indian philosophers and philosophical institutions and those from other countries; to promote teaching and research in philosophy
• to give financial support to institutions and organisations engaged in the conduct of research on philosophy
• to sponsor or assist projects or programmes of research in philosophy
• to provide technical assistance or guidance for the formulation of research projects and programmes in philosophy, by individuals or institutions and / or organise and support institutional or other arrangements for training in research methodology
• to organise, sponsor and assist seminars, special courses, study circles, working groups / parties and conferences for promoting research in philosophy and to establish institutes for the same purpose
• to indicate periodically areas and topics on which research in philosophy should be promoted and to adopt special measures for the development of research in neglected or developing areas in philosophy
• to give grants for publications of digests, journals, periodicals and scholarly works devoted to research in philosophy and also to undertake their publications
• to institute and administer fellowships, scholarships and awards for research in philosophy by students, teachers and others
• to take special steps to develop a group of talented young philosophers and to encourage research by young philosophers working in universities and other institutions
• to develop and support documentation services, including maintenance and supply of data, preparation of an inventory of current research in philosophy and compilation of a national register of philosophers
• to advise the Govt. of India on all such matters pertaining to teaching and research in philosophy as may be referred to it by the Govt. of India from time to time
• generally to take all such measures as may be found necessary from time to time to promote research in philosophy and
• to enter into collaboration on mutually agreed terms, with other institutions, organisations and agencies for the promotion of research in philosophy
• to create academic, technical, ministerial and other posts in the council and to make appointments thereto in accordance with the provisions of the rules and regulations.

In pursuance of these and similar considerations, the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) formulated certain initial lines of research. Some priority areas for research were also conceived, particularly the following:
• Varieties of abiding experience and their relevance to philosophy
• Basic values embodied in Indian culture and their relevance to National rebuilding
• Normative Inquiries
• Theories of Truth and Knowledge
• Philosophy, Science and Technology; Interdisciplinary Inquiries with philosophy as focal discipline
• Social and political philosophy and philosophy of law
• Philosophy of man and environment
• Logic, philosophy of mathematics and philosophy of language
• Metaphysics
• Comparative and critical studies in philosophical systems or movements and religions and
• Philosophy of Education

Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) – Fellowships and Academic Centre

The Butler Palace Lucknow is the academic center of ICPR. The center housed the most unique interdisciplinary and an up-to-date specialized library in philosophy, a guest house and a small office of the council. It also has a well-equipped seminar room and space for holding exhibitions. The total acquisition of books by the library at the Academic centre is over 19,089. The council subscribes to 105 philosophical journals and receives 15 journals on exchange basis.

Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) Fellowships

The Fellowship Scheme of the Council awards different categories of Fellowships to assist the scholars to engage in research on full time basis on themes of contemporary relevance.

The Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) offers the following mentioned fellowships-

• Theories of Truth and Knowledge.
• Basic Values Embodied in Indian Culture and their relevance to National Reconstruction.
• Philosophy, Science and Technology.
• Philosophy of Man and the Environment.
• Normative Inquiries (Ethics and Aesthetics).
• Interdisciplinary Inquiries (Ethics and Aesthetics).
• Social and Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Law.
• Comparative and Critical Study in the Philosophical Systems/Movements and Religion.’
• Philosophy of Social Sciences.
• Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics and Philosophy of Language.
• Metaphysics.
• Philosophy of Education.
The different types of fellowships offered by Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) are:

• National Fellowships
• Senior Fellowships
• Junior Research Fellowships
• Short Term Fellowships
• General Fellowships
• Residential Fellowships
• Fellowship for Preparing Learning Materials
ICPR – Contact

Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR)

             Darshan Bhawan 

36, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
Mehrauli Badarpur Road
Near Batra Hospital
New Delhi – 110 062
General Enquiry (Exchange):

General Enquiry (Exchange): 91 11 2990 1516, 2990 1527, 2990 1506
Fax: +91-11- 2996 4750

To know about Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) New Delhi Publications, Journals, Academic Programs


ICPR Academic Centre – Lucknow

Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR)

3/9, Vipul Khand,
Gomti Nagar,
Lucknow – 226010
Telfax.: +91-522-2392636


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