Public Administration has always implied Government when ‘public’ actually means community or people. In the post-colonial, post-independence chart of the early 1950s, Public Administration really meant providing service to the people by the State apparatus using the ground rules of justice, ethics and fair-play. The Indian Institute of Public Administration established by the intention of the visionary of Pt Jawaharlal on March 29, 1954, based on the recommendations of a survey carried out in 1953 by Prof. Paul H. Appleby, Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University and a Consultant with the Ford Foundation invited to advice on the subject, by the Government of India.
- As the Institute’s first President in ten years, Prime Minister Nehru placed great attention on ‘de-colonialising’ the mindset of administration, making it more people-oriented.
- Providing leadership and managerial qualities on the one hand and developing a service-orientation on the other are the thrust areas of the Institute’s education and training activities.
- Its faculty is involved with research work focused to simplify procedures and suggest policy changes to ensure improved delivery of public services.
- As India globalizes under growing media attention, her administration and governance have to change with the times and respond to the high expectations of a society where the demographic preponderance of young India.
The Institute’s objectives are:
- To advertise and provide for the study of Public Administration and economic and political science with special reference to public administration and the machinery of government and educational purposes.
- To be responsible, organized and facilitate study courses, conferences and lectures and research in matters relating to public administration and the machinery of government.
- To establish and provide for the publication of journals and of research papers and books to impart training in and promote the study of public administration.
- To set up and maintain libraries and information services to facilitate the study of public administration and spreading information in regard thereto.
- To combine or cause to be constituted Regional Branches at convenient centres in India to promote the objects of the society.
- To help with approved institutions and bodies for the purposes of helping the cause of public administration
- The activities of the Institute are organized in four related areas of Research, Training, Advisory Services and Dissemination of Information.
- It also conducts research in response to the specific organizational need to find solutions in difficult decision-making areas while the Institute undertakes research studies on current issues of public concern on its own initiative,
- It conducts a large number of long and short-duration training programmes. Indian Institute of Public Administration offers advisory services in operational areas and provides the necessary hand-holding in the implementation of schemes, programmes and project in both Government and private sectors.
- Other than above-mentioned services the Indian Journal of Public Administration, Nagarlok and Lok Prashashan journals, the Institute also periodically publishes a bibliographic journal Documentation in Public Administration and a monthly Newsletter.
- The Institute has a differentiated permanent faculty that has experience and expertise in all areas of administrative studies, political science, economics, administrative law, management, behavioural science, habitat and urban development, rural development, sociology, policy science, environment and information technology.
- Faculty people of the Institute are great authors, researchers and trainers who keep themselves updated on the changing requirements of administrative challenges.
IIPA takes the reality of Governance in transition into consideration in all its skill-development, research and knowledge management activities.