Tribal Research Institute has been set up by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India with the need for continued research on cultural, anthropological, socio economic and related issues concerning the tribals. While such researches are currently undertaken by many organizations, such as the Anthropological Survey of India, Universities and other specialized institutions, it is important on the part of Tribal Research Institute to undertake research studies in terms of knowledge advocacy.
Tribal Research Institute J&K is engaged in the work of providing planning inputs to the Government, conducting research and evaluation studies, collection of data, identifying challenges in the field of socio-economic development of tribals and understanding promoting and preserving their culture. Training and capacity building of stakeholders, and knowledge advocacy that would help formulate evidence based policy and planning are also the thrust area of the TRI. As part of the research activities the TRI J&K is also taking concrete steps for establishment of Tribal museum to preserve the tribal art, craft and culture.