The Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities of New Delhi, a CNRS (France) joint institute branch, carries out research projects in the field of social sciences that contribute towards a better understanding of the contemporary dynamics of development in India, in the regional and international context.
The institution traces its origins to 1980 when the French Archaeological Delegation in Afghanistan moved, from Kabul to Delhi, following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The CSH was officially created in 1990 and initially conducted research on history and Indo-Persian culture. In 1995, the CSH became a centre specialising in the study of contemporary dynamics of development in India and South Asia.
As a research centre, the overall objective of the CSH is to examine the various transition processes that affect India and the South Asian region along with the impacts of globalization. The research fields cover the entire spectrum of Social Sciences and Humanities (economics, political science, international relations, international law, geography, demography, sociology, anthropology and other areas).