The Department has six faculty members with multidisciplinary backgrounds, including demography, sociology, anthropology, statistics, economics, geography, public health and medical sciences. Faculty members have been teaching various subjects such as Population Policies and Programmes, Evaluation and Management of Health and Family Planning Programmes, Social Welfare and Development Policies, Healthcare Systems, Population Ageing, Gender issues, Social Sciences, and Research Methodology for various courses at IIPS. Presently two major ageing surveys in India - Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) and Study of global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) – are under the principal coordination of the faculty of this Department. We are also coordinating various other surveys/studies sponsored by MoHFW, UNICEF, UNFPA, and other international organizations. These studies often have direct policy implications, and their findings provide evidence-based indicators, which are used by governments in policymaking and programme evaluation. Many project studies undertaken by us critically examined welfare policies and measures across the states, particularly for children, women, elderly, and vulnerable social groups. Faculty members have authored and edited many books and have regularly published research articles in national and international journals as well as policy briefs. Furthermore, they serve as consultants to various ministries and organizations. Currently, 25 PhD scholars are working on inter-disciplinary aspects related to family, life course, adolescents and youth, gender, ageing, health and allied themes under the supervision of the departmental faculty.