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A national think tank undertaking cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research, knowledge exchange and capacity development; Policy planning and advocacy.
We explore issues and challenges and generate awareness, build capacity through evidence based research, data analytics and policy advice.
Through extensive research and expertise in the urban sector, NIUA continues to build a rich knowledgebase for evidence based decision making.
We work with a number of partners, nationally and globally to enable peer learning through proliferation of ideas to strengthen our urban initiatives. Their expertise and support is instrumental in delivering the outcome of our work to the stakeholders
We offer distinctive network and exciting career opportunities to build an inclusive and sustainable urban ecosystem. We welcome your comments and feedback.
NIUA conducts state-of-the-art research on urban development that can be utilized towards transformative improvement in cities.
Capacity Building of officials in cities, states, institutions and industries, in addition to citizens’ is one of our key mandates. NIUA create, document and adopt standards, tools and best practices so that various policies can be implemented with best possible outcomes.
We extend our outreach through alliances with government organisations, academia, industry and citizen bodies for the welfare of one and all with the benefits accruing from urban development.
Author: Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary and Mission Director (Smart Cities), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Author: Hephzibah Lakhanpal, Research Associate, Inclusive Cities Centre (ICC), NIUA
Regional Lead - Implementation
For more than 40 years since its inception, NIUA has been the vanguard for contributing to, and at times, building the urban narrative for a fast-evolving Urban India. The institution has been actively bringing forth key areas of concern to build the discourse at various urban scales.
NIUA focuses on research, knowledge management, policy, advocacy, and capacity building on urban development and management to address and develop sustainable,inclusive, and productive urban ecosystems in the country.
It has emerged as a thought leader and knowledge hub on urbanism in India through collaborations and partnerships with Indian and International organizations.
NIUA is committed to aligning its effort and programs towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
NIUA works on a wide array of projects. It delves into various aspects of urban development through these projects that support and augment the Institute’s vision of transforming the urban landscape of India.
These projects emcompass areas such as spatial growth, demographic trends, development of toolkits and frameworks, municipal finance, climate change, water, sanitation and hygiene.
It develops toolkits and frameworks, prepare city master plans and conservation plans.
Hitesh Vaidya (Director)
Nilesh Prakash Rajadhyaksha
Victor Rana Shinde
Krishna Kant Pandey
Our human resource are the key to our sustainability and productivity. They belong to diverse range of backgrounds and are focused on the Urban issues of the society. The strength of their ideas, planning, research and building capacity are the foundation of our success.
We produce a variety of publications reflecting our commitment to quality and informative products. NIUA is dedicated to communicating the ground level information to the society through its publications.
NIUA is working nationwide with various city and state officials on the urban issues through our projects.
The institute continues to support MoHUA on implementing the national urban missions across 4000+ cities and towns, 3000+ municipal bodies, 100 Smart Cities and 500 AMRUT Cities