To identify and analyze the factors responsible for differential and tardy change and development, particularly in rural areas;
To design and implement micro-level social intervention programmes for capacity-building and improving the quality of life of the under-privileged or deprived people;
To evolve and implement communication strategies having the ability to influence the thinking and behavior of the people, esp. those in rural and tribal areas;
To organize need-based training and orientation workshops / programmes for opinion leaders, elected representatives and fieldworkers at the grass-roots level to bring about an accelerated pace of development;
To carry out an evaluation / assessment of on-going programmes meant to introduce or consolidate change and development in villages and towns;
To ascertain, in quantitative and qualitative terms, the impact of different programmes and schemes on the people and their lifestyle; and
To formulate and conduct action research projects which pave the way for the empowerment of marginalized or weaker sections in society, esp. in rural and tribal areas.