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Themes and Partner Institutions

A Hub and Spoke model is envisaged with lead Knowledge and Research Institutions, recognized as Centres of Excellence with respect to the respective themes/thrust areas.   

The initial list below would focus on the critical and newer areas of work, for which NITI Aayog would need new and/or extended partnerships with leading knowledge and research institutions. Using this hub and spoke model, these lead institutions would reach out to and mentor 10 or more similar institutions and also help create capacity in the state in which it is located, by linking with other institutions located in the states. This may be the first step towards creating a policy think tank -a NITI in each state, giving effect to the commitment to cooperative federalism and with the capacity to support effective devolution of resources. The Institutions below would be a working list, to initiate work- but would not be exhaustive and can be supplemented once the partnership model takes root.


Cluster Groups/Themes Convener/ Vertical Partner Institutions

Economic Transformation

Adviser, DMA

1. Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi
2. National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi
3. National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi
4. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai
5. Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi
6. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi
7. Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), New Delhi
8. Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), New Delhi

Area Transformation

Adviser, SP & DP

9. National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderabad
10. Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bangalore
11. North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong
12. Institute of Human Development (IHD), New Delhi

Natural Resources & Environment

Adviser, NRE

13. M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai
14. The Energy and Research Institute (TERI), New Delhi
15. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
16. Centre of Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi
17. Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi
18. National Institute of Agriculture Economics and Policy Research (NIAP), New Delhi

Social Sector

Adviser, SJ & E

19. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi
20. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai
21. Tribal Research and Development Institute (TRDI), Bhopal
22. Mumbai University (MU), Mumbai
23. Jamia, Milia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi
24. BML Munjal University (BMLMU), Gurugram

Science & Tech

Adviser, S & T

25. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
26. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur

Governance Reform

Adviser, Governance & Research

27. Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
28. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussourie
29. Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur
30. Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi
31. National Institute for Smart Government (NISG), New Delhi

Defence Studies & Security

Adviser, Security issues

32. Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi