A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna was founded by the Government of Bihar in memory of Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha, one of the architects of modern Bihar. It was inaugurated on the 31st of January 1958 by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. It was, however, made a statutory autonomous body on the 8th October 1964, under the Anugraha Narayan Sinha Institute of Social Studies Act 1964. The Institute is located in a sprawling campus situated on the southern bank of river the Ganga at a distance of 3 kms from Patna Railway Junction and in the North West end of the Gandhi Maidan on the Ashok Raj Path opposite to Commissionary Office. The location is picturesque and quiet surroundings, although it lies in the heart of the city.