The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) is an institute for research, training and information dissemination in urban development and management located in New Delhi, India. It was set up in 1976 as an autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act. The Institute is assisted by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, State Governments, urban and regional development authorities, and other agencies concerned with urban issues
The Institute’s policies and directions are recognized by the Governing Council consisting of a President, who is appointed by the Government of India, two Vice-Presidents, three members of the Government of India in their ex officio capacity, twelve other members, and the Director, the Chief Executive of the Institute, as the member-secretary.
The Institute’s Memorandum of Association defines the following main goals:
- To act as an autonomous, scientific and research organization to be responsible, promote and coordinate studies on urbanization
- To work as a center for advanced study of urban problems and to provide and promote the necessary training and research facilities
- To analysis the social, administrative, financial and other aspects of the implementation of urban development plans and programmes
- To mobilize available expertise in the field of urban issues and to offer and coordinate technical and consultancy services
- To constitute or cause to be constituted or give affiliation to regional, state or local centers to encourage the purpose of the Institute
- To conduct and sponsor training courses, workshops, and seminars in various fields
- To work as a clearinghouse of information, and to operate a documentation center and disseminate information on urban affairs
- To be responsible and facilitate publication and distribution of books, research papers, monographs, a journal and other communication material pertaining to urban affairs.