ASCI is an independent, autonomous, self-supporting public-purpose institution. It is a recognized scientific and industrial research organization (SIRO) by the Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI. ASCI has been providing technical assistance and advisory services in the applied research and consulting space to national and international clients and sponsors. These assignments have been of varied scale, scope and specialization spanning across general and functional management areas, theme-specific domains as well as sectoral disciplines. The number of projects on hand at any point of time exceeds 100. The objective of ASCI has been to catalyze and facilitate solutions on issues of topical interest and current concern to the corporate sector (business and industry) as well as the government. The assistance and advisory services of ASCI foster improved managerial practices in the client/sponsor organizations leading to better financial performance, good governance and long-term effectiveness. ASCI is thus focused as much on outcomes as on outputs.

The project clientele of ASCI is a virtual “who’s who” list, comprising such prestigious agencies and sponsors as the State and Central Governments, their various ministries/departments, constituent establishments, public enterprises, statutory organizations as well as autonomous bodies. ASCI is trusted with work by the International agencies too, like the constituent organizations of the United Nations, the World Bank Institute, Department for International Development (DfID, UK), the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), etc.