On invitation of the Government of India, Dean Paul H. Appleby, an US consultant in Public Administration, Ford Foundation conducted a survey of public administration in India. Accepting his recommendations, 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. Situated in the heart of Delhi on the Ring Road in the Indraprastha Estate on a plot of seven acres, the institute campus has ample facilities for organising conferences, seminars, and training sessions. The facilities include state of the art audio-video system, data projection systems, a modern computer center, Internet facilities, a well-equipped library, an auditorium, and a well-furnished hundred- room hostel with mess facilities in the campus. The Institute has been set up to equip the public servants with knowledge, skills, and behavior required for managing the task of governance. 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. 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.
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.
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 fulfillment of the above aims, values and vision.