Center for Federal Studies

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 12 July 2006.

Contact Information

Address: Hamdard UniversityHamdard Nagar, New Delhi, 110062, IN

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The Center for Federal Studies seeks to "explain and assess federalism as a socio-cultural theory recognizing pluralism as the basis of accommodation and peaceful co-existence; as a political principle finding a pattern of constitutional diffusion of power; and exploring how interdependence can be the functioning principle of administrative arrangements, coordinating the legitimate distribution of power, authority and responsibility between governments and their various organs and institutions."


The Center for Federal Studies is an interdisciplinary institutional research center that is committed to the study of federalism, pluralism, and power distribution in Indian society. The primary activities of this center are to organize seminars and conferences, publish books and a bi-annual journal, engage in outreach and training events, and provide research guidance to scholars pursuing doctoral work in federal studies.


Originally the Indian Institute of Federal Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Center for Federal Studies was established in 1994 at Hamdard University in New Delhi as India's only research center on federalism. It is a member of the International Association of Centers for Federal Studies.


The center has published a number of books many of which address pluralism in India. It also publishes a bi-annual research journal, the Indian Journal of Federal Studies, which includes work on related subjects by scholars around the world.

Programs and Staff

The programs hosted by the center include seminars, conferences, and book launchings. Educational offerings include summer course programs, and a post graduate diploma in local government and numerous trainings. To support their programs, they have four permanent staff members as listed on their website.