Activities at IIPA

IIPA is an autonomous academic institution of national eminence for training, research and information dissemination in streams related to the ethos of Public Administration. Conceived by well-known US expert Paul H. Apple by and Founded and promoted by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, it is now known internationally as a premier centre for Training and Research in Public Administration and Management.

Through six decades of experience in research, training and rendering policy advice, conferences and seminars, case studies and publications, the IIPA has made significant contribution to public administration at the Union, State and Local levels. The Institute has a distinguished faculty in the areas of public administration, political science, economics, finance, law and justice, management, behavioural science, rural studies, urban studies, sociology, policy science, environment, e-governance and information and communication technology.


The Institute undertakes research in a large number of diverse areas that include economic and social policies, legal framework for administration at various levels, procedural and organizational change in government, citizen-centric administration, effective development of urban and rural areas, disaster management, consumer protection and welfare, poverty alleviation and gender studies. It specializes in policy evaluations, service delivery and impact analysis studies. At any point of time around 30 research studies are on-going.

Training and Educational Programmes

The Institute conducts around 90-100 short and long-term learning programmes aimed at capacity enhancement of civil servants, defence officers, technocrats and executives of public sector undertakings (PSUs) currently. These programmes are either fee-based or sponsored by the Government. It designs customised programmes for other organisations. Its flagship training initiatives include a ten-month Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration (APPPA) that is sponsored by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). This multi-faceted programme for senior officers of the Central Government was started in 1975 and is now in its 39th year. The Institute nurtures close academic association with universities, research centres, training institutions and government departments. Another important sponsorship is the series of managerial skill-development engagements for senior scientists supported by the Department of Science and Technology. Customised programmes for private sector industry especially in areas of their interface with Government at all levels and activating knowledge centres in Ministries and State Governments are new initiatives. The Institute also organises a number of international training programmes for participants from developing and developed.

Policy Advice

IIPA undertakes a large number of assignments for Government, Public Sector Undertakings and multilateral, bilateral and other international agencies on a wide range of policy related areas. The Institute’s faculty serve on a large number of Committees constituted by Union, State and Local Governments, Planning Commission, Cabinet Secretariat, as well as expert groups constituted by international agencies and thereby contribute to the task of nation building.

Conferences/ Workshops/ Seminars

The Institute organises conferences/seminars/ workshops on contemporary themes and public policy issues with a view to bring together practising administrators and academia to evolve policy inputs for good governance.

Dissemination of Information

The Institute has enriched the literature on Public Administration through a large number of serials and monographs besides research studies, proceedings of seminars /conferences and lectures, etc.

The Institute publishes five periodicals regularly:

✅ Indian Journal of Public Administration (IJPA, Quarterly, published since 1955).
✅ Lok Prashasan (Hindi, six-monthly, published since 2009)
✅ Nagarlok (Quarterly, published since 1969)
✅ Documentation in Public Administration (DPA, Quarterly, published since 1973).
✅ IIPA Newsletter (Monthly, published since 1955)

So far IIPA has published about 400 books, monographs, reports, working papers, and compendiums in spheres of governance and public administration.