The Comparative Education Society of India was established in 1979 and admitted to the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) in 1980. The decision to form CESI was made in the late 1970s during a meeting in Allahabad of the Indian Association of Professors of Education. It had its inaugural meeting in 1979 with a three-day workshop held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, where Late Professor Suresh Chandra Shukla was Honorary Visiting Professor. At the inaugural meeting Professor Shukla was elected as CESI’s first President and served three times. Professor D.A. Dhabolkar was elected as the Vice-President, who later became the President (1985-89).
The Society was registered in 1982 with the following objectives: