Madras Institute of Development Studies was established in 1971 at Adyar, Chennai
. The prime objective of the institute is to conduct studies, research, seminars and conferences on development issues. Special emphasis is given to the agro-rural aspects of Tamil Nadu
and the socially and economically backward sections of the population all over the country. The institute offers a full-time Ph.D program and fellowships. Publication cell in the institute provides logistic support to the academic programs.
Nearest air-terminal is Chennai International Airport, about 7 km from the city.