The Catholic Mission under the Diocese of Kohima has been at the forefront of promoting education, health, and development in the remote corners of the Nagaland state. Hitherto, the mission focused on primary and secondary education with over 100 schools catering to over 70000 students across the state every year.

The burgeoning number of educated unemployed youth in each district and village compounded by the saturation of job opportunities in government and private service sector with general educational background has left many to venture outside the state and the North East for further education and employment. With hundreds of Naga youth migrating to mainland India and abroad for quality professional education, a huge sum of resources from the state gets diverted outside. More importantly, this scenario also adds to the deprivation of the poor as they cannot afford to opt for studies outside the state due to financial constraints. In this context, the North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR) was established in 2014  (Regd.No. HOME/SRC-6723, Dt. 22-05-2014) under registration of Societies Act 1860 as amended vide Societies Registered (Nagaland First Amendment) Act, 1969. It is affiliated to Nagaland Central University.

The Institute came into being based on a felt need of professional social workers to address myriad forms of conflicts and development issues in the society. For these reasons, NEISSR set two clear missions which are complimentary to one another functioning as two wings of the Institute to take the right direction for social change and development path – Social Mission and Academic Mission. In order to fulfill these mission the institute employs (E2+P2) = S- Engaging and Enhancing People for Peace. Additionally, the academic wing prepares students in academics and praxis of social work, peace and conflict transformation to produce new generations of professionals in the region and beyond, and the Research wing initiates research programs on identified issues that affect the lives of the people in the community and the region.


To achieve transcendental life through holistic development


Contributing to build a new social order based on human dignity and social justice; Work with a preferential option for the vulnerable and exploited, both locally and globally; Building a cadre of young and competent professionals having a global perspective and a strong value base of compassion, personal integrity, tolerance and self-respect.

Motto: Excel in Knowledge and Service


  • To establish, maintain, take over management, administer, educational institutions, such as Graduate and Master Degree in a professional and non-professional certificate and diploma programs relevant to the context, education, private universities engaged in the imparting of education to the students up to any level that may be found necessary and desirable without a profit motive for the benefit of the general public irrespective of race, caste, or creed.
  • To critically analyze and understand the social system, ideologies, methodologies, and Social Work practices in various settings, along with Social Work values, ethical principles, and evidence-based practices while working with individuals, groups, and communities (Amended 2017).
  • To strengthen the theoretical understanding, expand the knowledge base, inculcate relevant values, attitudes, and skills required for professional social workers through theory and practicum.
  • To develop interdisciplinary and specialized professional outlook, uphold the dignity and esteem of the Social Work profession, and achieve individual self-actualization.
  • To employ participatory, action, and evidence-based practices in the fieldwork settings.
  • To engage the system through collective actions and a demand-driven approach to ensure social justice and equity to the marginalized, vulnerable, and weaker sections of the society.
  • To understand and design effective strategies to evaluate and monitor progress overtime in development and change action that is appropriate for specific interventions and various target groups.
  • To acquire professional skills to work in industries, hospital settings, AIDS prevention Centres, family counseling Centres, De-addiction Centres, Rural, Urban and Tribal Communities, Correctional institutions, State and Central Government Departments, academic institutions, sponsored research, action-oriented projects undertaken by National and International Agencies.

The Crust (Logo)

Cross: Cross in the middle of the NEISSR logo indicates that Christian values and principles of love and forgiveness are the crust and center of the institute. The cross also signifies the endurance, suffering, sacrifice, and humility which enhance the individual and professional life of the members.

Blue Crescent: Blue Crescent on the left signifies peace and stability. It symbolizes the knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, trust, and sincerity of the members.

Maroon Crescent: Maroon Crescent on the right signifies strength, determination, and passion. It symbolizes service, sacrifice, leadership, and courage.

Light Blue Rectangular Block: Metaphorically, rectangular shapes are strong foundational building blocks that support overall structures. The Light Blue rectangular block below represents stability, reliability, and longevity.


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