The state of Mizoram is one of the Seven Sister states in north eastern India, sharing borders with the states of Tripura, Assam, Manipur and with the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Myanmar. It enjoys monsoon climatic condition in topography of hilly terrain with a rich variety of flora and fauna — for the most part unexplored by researchers. It is a land of rolling hills, valleys, rivers and lakes. As many as twenty one major hills ranges or peaks of different heights run through the length and breadth of the state with plains scattered here and there.
The tribes of Mizo inhabit a majority of the populated region of Mizoram and it is noteworthy that a vast area is yet to be unraveled by social scientists and researchers on the unique Mizo tribal society.
Progressive development is rapidly taking place in every sphere of activity in the state of Mizoram and the Mizo society is on its march towards an indefinite future. At the same time, due to the rapidity of development in the social order, there is premonition of fear that such a speedy societal development may bring about untoward changes in the Mizo societal norms and conditions since the present Mizo youths comprising of a majority of the Mizo society have undergone many changes without proper established foundation or direction.
Thus, it is time to undertake research activities on the Mizo culture and the society at large in all areas pertaining to the development of the individual, the Mizo society, the church, civil societies or NGO — this would comprise a range of fields including (but not limited to) socio-economic, political or religion.
A number of factors indicate that an institution like MIAS is a pressing need for the state of Mizoram for strengthening research on indigenous social issues, to develop more appropriate frameworks of policy analysis and to contribute as well as discourse related issues of ethics and equity in indigenous social communities.
It will also work as a network institution; interconnecting other universities, research institutions/hubs and research organizations and laboratories, industrial/ commercial organizations in India and abroad for advancement of social and scientific research in areas specific to the institute’s interest. In addition, it will also provide and promote scientific innovations in relation to manufacturing, commerce and industry in particular.
Setting-up of MIAS is an important initiative of the state government as the Institute is a vital instrument for teaching, practice and research to gain, impart and enhance the issues of culture, power and knowledge, social justice and their inter-relationship
in the society and related issues of peace and progress. The Institution should provide researchers an opportunity to develop high level research skills and awareness to the study of society and culture in a meaningful way.
The state government has given due approval to the establishment of the Institute and endorsed a tie-up agreement with the Planning & Programme Implementation Department which will act as the Nodal Department (Memo No. B. 12019/2/2015 – PLG).
General Administration Department, Government of Mizoram has allotted AIS Transit Accommodation Building (Ground Floor), New Secretariat Complex (Near MPSC Building) Aizawl as an office space for MIAS (Memo No. D. 11015/4/2003- GAD/Loose).
Moreover, it is considered expedient to provide the Institute with a legal entity by getting it registered under The Societies Registration Act, 1860 and its registration number is MSR 558 of 24. 09. 2013.
For the systematic and smooth functioning of the Institute from its inception, it is proposed that the growth and developmental stages of Mizoram Institute of Advanced Studies (MIAS) be categorized in FOUR PHASES according to the time required and scale of operation —
1. FIRST PHASE
a) Forming the Institute by establishing a modest office.
b) Starting with skeleton staffs and then reinforcing basic and required foundation by doing necessary groundwork.
c) Launch activities (Seminar, Workshop, Consultation, Publication, Research Project, Awarding of Small Research Grant, Study Group, etc.,) with funds received from government and other sources.
d) Searching extensively appropriate funding sources from outside Mizoram and preparing project proposals under various schemes.
e) Networking with other institutes.
f) This phase may take a period of 3 to 5 years.
2. SECOND PHASE
a) Concentrated effort will be made to upgrade MIAS as Regional Institute or Funded Institute of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) or any other suitable establishments in India which can be capable of giving regular grant to MIAS for its overall requirement.
b) Broadening and expanding its activities — move ahead and developed the institute with fund received from various sources.
c) Eminent academicians and distinguished scholars will be invited to be members of the Governing Board of MIAS.
d) This phase may take a period of another 3 to 5 years.
3. THIRD PHASE
a) Setting up its campus and developing its infrastructure at either land allotted by state government or purchased land at the outskirt of Aizawl City.
b) This phase may need a period of another 5 to 7 years.
4. FOURTH PHASE
a) The institute must have been functioning as a full-fledged Research Institute at this stage.
b) Introduction of M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes.
c) Further broadening its programmes and activities.
d) This phase may need a period of another 7 to 10 years.