India has produced great thinkers and social leaders who by their revolutionary and path breaking thoughts and actions, have left a lasting impact not only on India, but on the world as a whole. They have developed indigenous ideas and have provided cultural and ethical identity to India. There is a great need to acquaint the teachers and students with their thinking and work and to involve them in studies, research and field work based extension service programmes of constructive work.
The Indian University system owes to the nation to conduct studies, research and extension programmes, which are pertinent and apply their ideas in the reconstruction of society on moral, ethical and spiritual foundations necessary for a non-violent social order.
The ideas of Indian social thinkers have an interrelated framework mutually supportive to each other. In line of this framework of ideas the University Grants Commission (UGC) started the scheme of the ‘Epoch Making Social Thinkers of India’ and sanctioned various Centres in the Universities/Colleges during the X plan period.