The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), a Section 25 not-for-profit company has been brought into existence, nurtured and led by a group of eminent personalities from all walks of life, most of whom are providing their services pro bono publico.
The Indian Institute for Human Settlements, the promoter of the IIHS University, is a Section 25 not-for-profit company under the Indian Companies Act. It has been brought into existence, nurtured and led by a group of eminent Indians from all walks of life, who are providing their services pro bono publico. In addition, these individuals have made generous contributions to the initial corpus.
IIHS was incorporated to address the multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary challenge of urbanisation so that the country’s administration can respond with wise and timely solutions. Currently, discussions are at an advanced stage with the Government of India on the regulatory framework under which the IIHS University will be incorporated.
The IIHS functions out of two city campus facilities in New Delhi and Bengaluru. Both sites are in the heart of these cities to enable easy access and the IIHS engagement with their development and renewal.
The main campus will be established on a 22 hectare site at Kengeri, Bengaluru – at an estimated cost of around Rupees 227 crores ($50 million). It will have an initial built-up area of 50,000 sq.m., inclusive of student and faculty housing and related social infrastructure. Work on the planning of the campus has begun. The building of the Bengaluru campus will be achieved in a phased manner over a period of several years. IIHS is expected to evolve into a network of institutions in various locations, across South Asia, leveraging local knowledge and competence and linking them to global best practices.
Being an autonomous and independently funded organisation, IIHS will seek financial support from the donor community in India and abroad. Commitments of Rupees 15 crores ($3 million) have already been received from the promoter group and Rupees 5 crores ($1 million) of external international support. In fact, the 18 month process of developing an advanced interdisciplinary curriculum was partially supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.Donations can be made towards capital expenditure on the Bengaluru campus, towards meeting faculty and student expenses such as professorships, fellowships, and scholarships, or towards specific programmes and studies undertaken at the University. IIHS will duly recognise all donations and provide tax benefits.