The Chairman of the Governing Body of the Institute is a distinguished social scientist of public eminence. Chairman works in an honorary capacity for a term of three years. The maximum number of terms of a Chairman is three. The Chairman is appointed by the mutual consultations between the ICSSR and Government of Assam. Many distinguished personalities decorated the position of Chairman so far. Presently Professor Atul Sarma is guiding the Institute as its Chairman. The illustrious list of Chairmen is as under:
|Shri Subhash Chandra Das
|With more than 34 years of experience in the field of Public administration and Governance Shri Subhash Chandra Das has been a distinguished member of Indian Administrative Service. He has wide experience in the fields of Human Resources, Education, Public health, Finance, Agriculture, Land Administration, Industries, Power and Energy, Internal Security, Disaster Management and Border areas departments etc
|August 2021-till date
|Professor Atul Sarma
|Eminent Economist; Former Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar; Former Director of Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi; and Member of the 13th Finance Commission of Government of India .
|March 2011-23 March 2020
|Professor Ashok Jain
|C V Raman Chair Professor of Development Studies at Dr C V Raman University, Vice President, EMPI Business School, Institute of Informatics and Communication, University of Delhi.
|March 2005-March 2011
|Professor Mrinal Miri
|Eminent Scholar, former Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla and Former Vice-Chancellor of North Eastern Hill University, Shillong
|February 2000-February 2005
|Late L C Jain
|Ex-member of the Planning commission of India and former High Commissioner of India to South Africa.
|March 1991-January 2000