About Us


About Us Presentation

Public Administration has always implied Government when ‘public’ actually means community or people. In the post-colonial, post-independence paradigm of the early 1950s, Public Administration really meant providing service to the people by the State apparatus using the ground rules of justice, ethics and fair-play. This was the intention of the visionary Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru when he established the Indian Institute of Public Administration on March 29, 1954 based on the recommendations of a survey carried out in 1953 by Prof. Paul H. Appleby, Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University and a Consultant with the Ford Foundation invited to advice on the subject, by the Government of India.

As the Institute’s first President for a decade, Prime Minister Nehru placed great emphasis on ‘de-colonialising’ the mind-set of administration, making it more people-oriented. He  placed a great responsibility on the IIPA to enhance the frontiers of knowledge in public policy and governance through applied research and education as well as training of administrators to serve the people of India. Enhancing leadership and managerial qualities on the one hand and developing a service-orientation on the other are the thrust areas of the Institute’s education and training activities. Its faculty is involved with research work mainly to simplify procedures and suggest policy changes to ensure improved delivery of public services.

Indian Institute of Public Administration was created under the Societies Act of 1860.The Institute was formally inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India, as the first President of the Society, on March 29,1954 in New Delhi. The Institute has been set up to equip the public servants with domain knowledge, functional skills, and behavioural competencies  required for managing the task of governance. The institute provides technical skills of management, human skills for coordination roles and conceptual skills for taking up leadership roles in public policy planning and execution . In its effort to enhance the leadership, managerial, and administrative capabilities of the executives in government and public sector enterprises, the Institute works in close collaboration with national and international organisations.

Good public governance is about a system where there is accountability, transparency, impartiality, fairness and integrity. The institutions of governance have to perform their designated roles. It is important that quality public services are delivered to the citizens, which is the ultimate goal of good governance. There is no denying the fact that there is a need for greater result and outcome orientation in the government system. Bureaucratic reforms are an essential component of governance reforms.

The major activities of the Institute are: Training, Research, Advisory and Consultancy services, and Information dissemination and exchange. The rising bottom up expectations of the citizenry, complexities of management and the current issues relating to economic restructuring and ensuring the measure of stability and progress at all levels have created pressure for improvements in the training methodology for enhancing professional capability through training programmes. The Institute, needless to emphasis, is alive to the developments taking place in the area of training technology at the global level and the policy changes at the national level. This perspective plan for training of the Institute is a manifest evidence of the Institute’s concern for efficient and effective training in Public Administration.

Vision:  Inspiring Excellence in Governance

Building upon the vision of its founding fathers, Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) aims to be one of the world’s leading academic centres of thought and influence on public governance, policies and implementation so that public governance systems are more responsive to human needs and aspirations and aligned with human values.

To create an enabling environment for the development and management of human resources of the government for efficient ,effective accountable responsive transparent & ethical governance


Indian Institute of Public Administration will: Constantly enhance its relationships with governments and advance its research on public governance; organise training and education courses/programmes, seminars/conferences/workshops, and public lectures/discussions for the sharing of knowledge between practitioners and academicians; engage in consultancy for the generation and application of knowledge: publish a newsletter and journal, research papers and books in print and electronic media for the wider dissemination of knowledge, activation of public interest and participation in the study and improvement of public governance, policies and implementation.

Expand the membership of the Institute and stimulate the creation and functioning of Local and Regional Branches, nationally and internationally; facilitate the interactivity and networking of people who share the Institutes interests and catalyze their productive contribution; increase cooperation, collaboration, partnerships and strategic alliances with other leading national and international organisations and institutions for the purpose of study and improvement of public governance, policies and implementation.

Set an example of excellence in public governance by encouraging the development of a humanistic, democratic and collegial environment in the Institute and all its organs and the creation of a learning culture that values freedom of thought, inquiry, expression, sharing, innovation, teamwork and dissent and respects the unique professional genius of each individual and by developing and utilising distinctive strengths, foster a quality of individuality, teamwork and organisation with exemplary standards of competence, integrity, transparency and trust wherein each person experiences a sense of personal worth, importance and self-esteem; uphold the Rule of Law and be equitable, ethical and just in its functioning and relationships with all stakeholders; and, do such other lawful things as are conducive to the fulfilment of the above aims, values and vision.

In working to fulfil this mission, the IIPA is guided by the following ideas :-

  1. Trainee driven.
  2. Aim for quality growth in existing and future training programmes.
  3. Establish strategic alliances and partnerships with other Institutions both nationally and internationally.
  4. Systematically move towards resource based training.
  5. Offer a wide range of high quality facilities to the trainees.
  6. Endeavor to enhance the number of sponsored programmes for specific organisations in specialised areas.
  7. Increase the proportion of the budget spent directly on training.
  8. Move gradually in a phased manner in the direction of minimising supply based training courses to demand based training programmes.
  9. Become a national centre of international repute by way of assimilating modern training technology in its training thrust.

Guiding Principles

  1. To promote and provide for the study of Public Administration and economic and political science with special reference to public administration and the machinery of government and educational purposes incidental thereto.
  2. To undertake, organise and facilitate study courses, conferences and lectures and research in matters relating to public administration and the machinery of government.
  3. To undertake and provide for the publication of journals and of research papers and books to impart training in and promote the study of public administration.
  4. To establish and maintain libraries and information services to facilitate the study of public administration and spreading information in regard thereto.
  5. To constitute or cause to be constituted Regional Branches at convenient centres in India to promote the objects of the society.
  6. To cooperate with approved institutions and bodies for the purposes of helping the cause of public administration.
  7. To create an enabling environment for the development and management of human resources of the government for social justice and economic development  

FRACing (Framework of Roles, Activities and Competencies)

  1. Faculty
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The activities of the Institute are organized in four inter-related areas of Research, Training, Advisory Services and Dissemination of Information. While the Institute undertakes research studies on current issues of public concern on its own initiative, it also conducts research in response to specific organizational need to find solutions in difficult decision-making areas. These are normally sponsored projects of Government and national / international organizations. IIPA offers advisory services in operational areas and provides the necessary hand-holding in implementation of schemes, programmes and project in both Government and private sectors. It conducts a large number of long and short-duration training programmes. Besides the Indian Journal of Public Administration, Nagarlok and Lok Prashashan journals, the Institute also periodically publishes a bibliographic journal Documentation in Public Administration and a monthly Newsletter. More…


The Institute has a distinguished permanent faculty, that has experience and expertise in all areas of administrative studies, political science, economics, administrative law, management, behavioural science, habitat and urban development, rural development, sociology, policy science, environment and information technology. Faculty members of the Institute are avid authors, researchers and trainers who keep themselves abreast of the changing requirements of administrative challenges. More…



Institutional Requirements

The nominations for the courses sponsored by Department of Personnel and Training (DoP&T) and conducted by the Institute are invited by the Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. Nominations for the fee-based courses of the Institute and courses organized by its twelve centres are invited by the Institute in respect of each programme. The participant/s should report for training only after getting confirmation by the Institute that their nomination has been accepted. Institute rules require that course fees are sent through Cheques/Demand Drafts, drawn in favour of the Director, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, which should invariably be sent in advance along with the nomination/s for the concerned programme/s. Most training programmes are meant for in-service personnel only, viz., Officers from Central Ministries/Departments including Armed Forces; State Governments; Public Sector/State Enterprises and Departments of Local Self Governments and faculty of universities, colleges and institutes. IIPA also conducts workshops, skill-development interaction and seminars for Civil Society and the public on topical Governance related issues. Certificates of participation are invariably given at the end of all programmes. For further information about training activities/course, write to the respective Programme Coordinator(s), the Coordinator (Training) or the Deputy Registrar (Academic Services), IIPA, Indraprastha Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi – 110002.


Network & Collaboration

With a membership over 11,000 including about 100 overseas, the IIPA has a nation-wide network of 24 regional branches and 43 local branches, which provide exchange of ideas on current trends and practice in public administration to public servants, academics and students. The Institute is one of the founder members of the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA). It works in association with the universities, industry associations advanced research institutes, training centers and government departments in India. The Institute also collaborates with the Ecole National d’ Administration, France, Korea Institute of Public Administration, Government of Mauritius, Government of Argentina, the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC), Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, People’s Republic of China. Of late there are new windows of cooperation opening with Vietnam, the GIZ and the Potsdam University of Germany.

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The IIPA is located at Indraprastha Estate, Ring Road, New Delhi, opposite Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium at a distance of about 30 kms. from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, 5 km. from New Delhi Railway Station, 6 km. from Old Delhi Railway Station, 6 km. from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and 4 km, from the Inter State Bus Terminal.


The Institute is located in the heart of Delhi in a sprawling seven acres of greenery. It has a conference hall and several lecture halls, all equipped with updated teaching aids and communication facilities, a computer centre with the latest hardware and relevant softwares, a library rich in collection and subscription and an auditorium with a seating capacity of 500.


The Institute has residential facilities on the campus with 90 rooms with supporting food arrangements.
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Indian Institute of Public Administration
I P Estate, Ring Road, ITO
New Delhi-110002
Tel. +91-11-23468501; 23468502; 23468503
E-mail: hostel.iipa@iipa.org.in