The Operational Research Society of India was founded in 1957 to provide a forum for the Operational Research Scientists as well as an avenue to widen their horizon by exchange of knowledge and application of techniques from outside the country. To further that end, the Society is affiliated to the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS).
The headquarters of the Society is located in Kolkata at 39, Mahanirvan Road, Kolkata 700029, India. At present the Society has twelve operating chapters located in Agra, Ahmedabad, Ajmer, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Durgapur, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Madurai, Mumbai and Tirupati.
The objectives of the Society comprise advancement of, conducting of research in, study of, promotion and propagation of knowledge in Operational Research and allied techniques through exchange of information, as well as establishment, improvement and maintenance of professional and academic standards of work known as Operational Research.
Contribution to the Society towards attainment of these objectives is eligible for exemption of income tax under Section 80(G)(5)(vi) of the Income Tax Act 1961.
The Society publishes a quarterly journal OPSEARCH, which brings out high quality and state of the art papers in Operational Research. The journal enjoys a wide spectrum of readership both in the India and aboard covering academics, professionals as well as industrial / service sector organisations.
In order to provide opportunity to professionals and students to equip themselves with the knowledge and usage of the science of Operational Research, the Society is conducting an examination on Graduate Diploma in Operational Research since 1973.