The primary objective of MIAS is to promote research work and empirical studies so as to inculcate interest in the young minds a scholarly pursued of scientific and social studies. Its main role is envisioned in the form of capacity building by setting up necessary administrative, legal and technical framework. It would thus be attempted to pool the available resources of the state to ensure an orderly working mechanism of policy implementation.
What is crucially important in our view is to address the deficiency in the society’s intellectual and spiritual endowment rather than to its deficiency in the external assets of modern industrial society. Where man have the attributes that such a society requires – readiness to look for new and better ways of doing things, responsiveness to opportunity and adaptability to change – they usually find a way to create the assets they need. In the backward tribal community like Mizoram, the process of development takes a different shape and involves for more than a struggle to overtake technological arrears; it requires a transformation in the outlook, institutions and physical apparatus of the entire society.
In this respect, our observation is that the cause of backwardness in Mizoram is only superficially an economic one; in a deeper sense, it is an educational one. The experience of developed nations strongly suggests that a good educational system is closely linked with rapid development. What is starkly lacking in poor communities is good leadership and good education is the most direct means by which good and efficient leadership can be created. In the light of the above observations, the institute will try to focus on the following objectives:
I) To facilitate research studies and project works by:
a) providing research labs, equipments and instruction for writing project proposals;
b) strengthening a culture of professionalism among the various classes of employees and researchers through seminars, lectures, workshops, conferences and symposiums;
c) establishing a unique regional institution that will extend service to foreign scholars and provide a channel through which to collaborate with other research institutes;
d) setting up an avenue for multi-disciplinary study of Mizo culture, ethnic identity, its flora and fauna and natural resources;
II) To provide a study forum and form social watch group to take care of the guardianship of society in respect of:
a) providing a secured and reliable public information system and media services;
b) securing and promoting the services of professional experts and eminent scholars, scientists and consultants for uplifting entrepreneurial activity among the young people;
c) taking initiative in-depth study of the functional efficiency of various government departments, boards, commissions, corporations and institutions;
d) transforming traditional agriculture into modern farming technology with a goal to fulfilling self-sufficiency in agriculture.