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Welcome to ICSSR Data Service

The “ICSSR Data Service” is culmination of signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI). The MoU provides for setting-up of “ICSSR Data Service: Social Science Data Repository” and host NSS and ASI datasets generated by MoSPI. Under the initiative, social science research institutes, NGOs, individuals and others dealing with social science research are also being approached to deposit / provide their research datasets for hosting into the repository of ICSSR Data Service. The ICSSR Data Service includes social science and statistical datasets of various national-level surveys on debt & investment, domestic tourism, enterprise survey, employment and unemployment, housing condition, household consumer expenditure, health care, etc., into its repository.

ICSSR Data Service aims to facilitate data sharing, preservation, accessibility and reuse of social science research data collected from entire social science community in India & abroad. The Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre, Gandhinagar has been assigned the task of setting-up the data repository.


Debt & Investment :

The debt and investment survey conducted by the NSS for generating average value of assets, average value of outstanding debt per household and incidence of indebtedness, separately for the rural and urban sectors of the country, for States and Union Territories, and for different socio-economic groups. These indicators are amongst the most important measures of the indebtedness of the respective domains of the population and are crucial inputs for estimation of credit structure.

Domestic Tourism :

The economic and social importance of domestic tourism in a country like India, endowed with a splendid cultural and historical heritage, hardly needs to be emphasised. However, tourism, by itself, does not constitute any specific industry or sector in the economy. Rather, it is a composite of several traditional sectors like transport, accommodation, etc. Besides, tourism has linkages with distinct patterns of consumption and expenditure. Therefore, the importance of tourism in the national economy is manifold in generating employment in various industries such as hospitality, handicrafts, transport services, etc. This datasets will provide a comprehensive assessment of household characteristics, visitor characteristics, trip characteristics and expenditure characteristics in relation to domestic tourism in India.

Education :

The surveys on social consumption relating to education,is being conducted by the National Sample Survey Office(NSSO). The primary sources of data on various indicators on educations scenario of the country; like literacy rates, attendance ratios, incentives received by the students, expenditure incurred for the purpose of education, etc. These statistics are used for planning, policy formulation and decision support and as input for further analytical studies by various Government organizations, academicians, researchers and scholars.

Enterprise Survey :

Enterprise survey is conducted to fill-up the data gaps in respect of the unorganized segment of the economy such as manufacturing, trade, transport, hotels and restaurants, medical and health services, educational and personal services, etc. These are called Enterprise Surveys which cover own account enterprises which do not employ any hired labourer and establishments which employ at least one hired worker.

Employment & Unemployment :

The main objective of the employment-unemployment surveys conducted by NSSO at periodic interval is to get estimates of level parameters of various employment and unemployment characteristics at national and state level. These statistical indicators on labour market are required for planning, policy and decision making at various levels, both within the government and outside. The critical issues in the context of labour force enquiries pertain to defining the labour force and measuring participation of labour force in different economic activities.

Housing Condition :

The survey on housing condition are conducted to portray several aspects of housing condition. On the one hand, the condition of the residential dwellings with respect to its micro environment such as the area where the house was located, plinth area, plinth level, period since built, condition of the structure, type of ownership, number of rooms, etc., infrastructural facilities like electricity, drinking water, sewerage, drainage, garbage disposal, ventilation, etc. On the other hand, detailed information on the structure type of the dwelling where the household was residing, constructions and repairs carried out by the households during the last five years including cost and source of finance, and particulars of dwellings and land owned elsewhere by the households inside the country are also included in the survey.

Household Consumer Expenditure :

Household consumer expenditure is measured as the expenditure incurred by a household on domestic account during a specified period, called reference period. It includes the imputed values of goods and services, which are not purchased but procured otherwise for consumption. In other words, it is the sum total of monetary values of all the items (i.e. goods and services) consumed by the household on domestic account during the reference period. The imputed rent of owner-occupied houses is excluded from consumption expenditure. Any expenditure incurred towards the productive enterprises of the households is also excluded from household consumer expenditure.

Health Care :

The NSS conducts survey on morbidity and health care and it covers the curative aspects of the general health care system in India and also the utilization of health care services provided by the public and private sector, together with the expenditure incurred by the households for availing these services. The morbidity and health care survey presents the survey results relating to all these aspects viz., the utilization of the curative health care services, morbidity profile of the population, hospitalized and non-hospitalized treatment of ailments together with the estimates of expenditure incurred for treatment of ailments.

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