The following are the priority areas of research:
- Study and assess the social response to development programmes and its implications in terms of various policy options.
- Examine localized Nepali societies to arrive at a fuller appreciation and understanding of traditional cultures that contribute to national identity.
- Conflict studies, security of small states, politics, development and inter-state relations in South Asia.
- Area studies, particularly political, economic and strategic developments in the Asian region.
- Culture and Heritage Studies Art and archaeology, history, historical cultural forms; religion; folk studies.
- Social Change and Development Studies
Social structure, national integration, ethnic studies, population dynamics, institutional processes, development processes, applied linguistics and socio-linguistic studies.
- Himalayan Studies
Study of man, environment, development, and geopolitical setting of the Indus-Brahmaputra regions.
- Nepalese Political Studies
Regional studies, study of institutions, processes, international relations and foreign policy.