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Introducing the Centre for Digital Governance

The National Institute of Urban Affairs has created the Centre for Digital Governance, an initiative to convene the digital efforts of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to adopt emerging technologies to improve urban governance.

The NUDM is the umbrella mission for digital initiatives launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

About CDG

The Indian growth story is closely linked to her path to urbanisation. In 2020, the 4400+ statutory towns and cities in India accounted for a little over 30 per cent in its share of the Indian population, at its current rate of growth, this number is expected to touch 50 per cent by 2030. With such growing populations, urban management is growing more complex. Solving local problems contextually and efficiently becomes contingent on quick responses from multiple government actors and other stakeholders.

Enter the Centre for Digital Governance, instituted at the National Institute of Urban Affairs to enable digital transformation of urban governance, delivered through responsive and customised open source technology platforms and accompanying solutions.


Our goal is to foster collaborations, partnerships and innovations in the Indian ecosystem to enable e-governance solutions across 4400 cities by 2024.


Our approach is built on a foundation of Design, Architecture, Enterprise and Ecosystem Thinking

Practice Areas


Formulation of various model policies, frameworks and documents for digital governance, and providing advisory services


Provide critical digital infrastructure as a public good


Forge strategic linkages to galvanise the ecosystem




Build and nurture capacities in urban professionals, and address demand based capacity building needs of the ecosystem


Facilitate knowledge sharing and insights for spurring urban innovation


To build a shared narrative on digital technology for urban development


Our Strategy

The Centre for Digital Governance will use the principles of the National Urban Innovation Stack Strategy and Approach, first published by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in February in 2019.

The National Urban Innovation Stack is envisioned as a digital public good, in the form of a set of platforms for all government, industry, academic and civil society actors to use. The Stack Philosophy details the vision to local, distributed and decentralised capacity among urban stakeholders at speed and scale. These platforms will allow all stakeholders to collaboratively design, implement and refine innovative solutions for local problems.


Enabling Thousands Of Solutions

  • Urban
  • Smart
  • Capacity
  • Swacch
  • Research &
  • Existing

National Urban Innovation Stack (NUIS)

Urban Solutions Platform

  • 1Employee Learning
  • 2Trainer Certification
  • 3Public Grievance
  • 4Traffic Management
  • 5Trainer Certification*
  • 6Building Plan Approval
  • 7BPR Toolkit*
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Core Service Infrastructure

  • 1Entity Management(Users/Devices...)
  • 2Search
  • 3Workflows
  • 4Lser Research*
  • 5Payments/ Billing
  • 6Payments/ Billing
  • 7Training Services*
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Core Data infrastructure

Registries (Users, Spaces, Devices, Employees, Properties, Standards, certifications, Organisations)

Data infrastructure (Data Specifications, Open Data, Secure Data Enclave, Data Streaming, Telementry)

Data infrastructure (Data Specifications, Open Data, Secure Data Enclave, Data Streaming, Telementry)

Public Digital infrastructure {India Stack, JAM...} NUIS Overview

Physical infrastructure {Internet, Telephony...} *Non Software Elements - Process Documents, Policies


Technology Track

Technology plays a central role in the mission to enable digital governance in India. The Centre will achieve the goal of enabling digital governance in 4400+ Indian cities and towns through the flagship programs:

The Urban Platform for deliverY of Online Governance The National Urban Learning Platform

Ecosystem Track

The Centre for Digital Governance will facilitate inclusive and meaningful partnerships between key stakeholders in the urban ecosystem - including state and city governments, MSMEs and start-ups, industry associations, research and civil society organisations - to ensure the promotion of local innovations for contextual problem-solving.