The National Institute of Social Defence was set up originally as Central Bureau of Correctional Services in 1961, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, in pursuance of the recommendations emerging at various National Forums. In 1964, the Bureau was transferred to the then Department of Social Security.
Since 1975 the Institute was a subordinate office under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. The National Institute of Social Defence has become an Autonomous Body vide Government of India Notification No. 10-3/2000-SD.Vol.II dated 15th July, 2002 and is registered under Societies Act XXI of 1860 with the Government of NCT, Delhi.
The National Institute of Social Defence is the nodal training and research institute in the field of social defence. Though social defence covers the entire gamut of activities and programmes for the protection of society, this Institute is currently focusing on human resource development in the areas of drug abuse prevention,welfare of senior citizens, beggary prevention, transgender and other social defence issues.
National Institute of Social Defence is:
- A Central Advisory Body for Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.
- A Centre of Excellence on research and training in the field of social defence
- Coordinates and liaises between the Government and the Non-Government. organizations at State, National and International level.
- Develops preventive, curative and rehabilitative tools, programmes and policies in the field of social defence,Undertakes research, training, consultancy, documentation and publication in the field of social defence.
The mandate of the Institute is to provide inputs for the Social Defence programmes of the Government of India through training, research & documentation.