Since its inception in 1962, the CSD has functioned as an informal group of social workers and social scientists. An intellectual and social sciences academic hub, this non-partisan study group, worked under the leadership of the legendary freedom fighter, social activist, academician and planner, Dr Durgabai Deshmukh.
In 1964, the CSD became formally affiliated to the India International Centre and in April 1970 it was registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 with C.D Deshmukh as President and Dr (Smt.) Durgabhai Deshmukh as Executive Chairperson and Honorary Director.
One of CSD’s annual signature events is the Durgabai Deshmukh Memorial Lecture. The lecture is held every year on 15 July, the birthday of Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh and is delivered by an eminent expert or renowned personality on any subject of his/her choice relating to social development. A collection of these lectures from 1992 to 2010 was published in the form of a book under the title: “Towards Just and Equitable Development”.
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