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Updated on 30 Aug, 2019

Vision: To develop the school as an enabling space to foster interdisciplinary academic studies and research drawing upon theoretical, empirical and methodological resources cutting across disciplinary boundaries. To promote interactive academic co-existence amongst scholars of diverse specializations facilitating convergence of disciplines and transactional mutuality of holistic wisdom.
Mission: To develop academic programmes and courses that addresses the complex dynamics of multi-faceted social issues and proceses. To strengthen the social extension aspect of research and facilitate issue based production of knowledge through incessant interaction with and participation of people.
Action Plan:
The streams that have been identified to begin with the activities of the school include: Labour Studies, Diaspora Studies, Population Studies, Environmental Studies, Diversity and Inclusivity Studies, Studies of Marginalised Communities and Communities at Risk, Sustainability Studies and Food Security. 
Due to the unique and innovative character of the School, SOITS will attempt to draw upon the existent expertise in other Schools of Study and Divisions in IGNOU and invite Adjunct Faculty to take up time bound assignments and engage in collaborative activities with SOITS for programme development. Similarly, SOITS faculty members may also collaborate with other Schools on similar terms, to strengthen research and studies of interdisciplinary and trans- disciplinary nature.
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