National Institute of Educational planning & Administration (NIEPA/NUEPA)

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NIEPA Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 2022


The National Institute/University of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA/NUEPA) occupies a unique position in the network of educational institutions in India, with its functions covering a broad spectrum of academic having both domestic and international ramifications. The genesis of NIEPA’s evolutionary journey dates back to February 1962 when the Asian Regional Centre for Educational Planners, Administrators and Supervisors was established by UNESCO under an agreement signed by the UN Agency and the Government of India. The principal functions of the Centre were to conduct research on the problems related to educational planning, administration and school supervision as well as conduct short term training programmes for educational planners, administrators and school supervisors in Asia an offer technical assistance to member-states. Subsequently, with effect from April 1, 1965, the fledgling Centre was rechristened as the Asian Institute of Educational Planning and Administration. The taking over of the Asian Institute by the Government of India at the end of a 10-year agreement between it and the UNESCO paved the way for its transformation into the National Staff College for Educational Planners and Administrators in 1970. This college was restructured and re-registered as National Institute o Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) on May 31, 1979, with an expanded mandate.

In recognition of the important work being done by it in the area of educational policy, planning and administration, NIEPA was conferred in 2006 the status of a ‘deemed to be university’ under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and was renamed as National University of Educational Planning and Administration with the power to award degrees. Because of the Supreme Court of India decision, NUEPA recently again become NIEPA but is still a full-fledged deemed to be University offering PhD programmes.

Past Directors & Vice-Chancellors of NIEPA/NUEPA

In the past, NIEPA/NUEPA was headed by eminent educationists as its Director and VC, such as Prof. M. V. Mathur, Prof. Munis Raza, Prof. Satya Bhushan, Prof. Kuldeep Mathur,  Prof. B. P. Khandelwal, Prof. Pradeep Kumar Joshi, Prof. Ved Prakash, and Prof. R. Govinda. Prof. N. V. Varghese is the outgoing Vice-Chancellor of NIEPA; before becoming VC of NIEPA, Prof. Varghese was the Director of one of the Centres of NIEPA, namely the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education. Except for two times, the internal faculty members were not the Director/Vice-Chancellor of  NIEPA/NUEPA, New Delhi.

Shri Mahesh Chandra Pant, Retired Director of Education in Uttarakhand, is the Chancellor of NIEPA & Prof. Sudhanshu Bhusan, Head of the Higher Education Department, is currently the Vice-Chancellor (I/c).

Recenty the Ministry of Education invited applications for the post of the Vice-Chancellor, NIEPA. 

National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi

Apart from the Profile of each member of the NIEPA Faculty on its website, NIEPA recently brought out a brochure presenting profile of all of its faculty members.

NIEPA Faculty

The NIEPA is a premier organization for capacity building and research in educational planning and administration in India. The faculty at NIEPA is highly qualified and experienced in various fields related to education.

The faculty at NIEPA comprises experts in the areas of education policy, planning, administration, leadership, economics, sociology, statistics, and psychology; many of them have served in senior positions in various educational organizations in India and abroad.

The faculty members at NIEPA are actively engaged in research, teaching, and policy advocacy in the field of education. They regularly publish research papers, books, and reports, and participate in national and international seminars. They also provide technical assistance and consultancy services to government and non-government organizations in the area of education planning and administration.

Overall, the NIEPA faculty is a highly dedicated and accomplished group of educators who are committed to improving the quality of education in India and beyond.

NIEPA Faculty Profile


Compared to similar institutions, such as the NCERT, NIEPA is in terms of infrastructure, and Faculty & Staff is a small institute. Initially, UNESCO built up the building consisting of the Ground and the First Floor of the institute, to which the second and the third floors were subsequently added. Even though NIEPA has become deemed to be a university, it still functions from its main building. During the regime of Dr. R. Govinda, Former Vice-Chancellor of NIEPA, additional land was allocated for a new building opposite the existing NIEPA Hostel in the NCERT Campus on the Sri Aurobindo Marg. It is good that the construction of the new building is likely to be initiated soon, which, when completed, gives NIEPA a 7-story building equipped with all the modern infrastructure.

Its library is located on the First Floor of the NIEPA’s main building, which is said to be the top library in educational planning and management. The Documentation Centre and its digital archives are located on the Second floor, which is unique because of its collection of reports, and documents that are cataloged state-wise.

NIEPA has its own Data Centre, which is located on the Third Floor; most of its websites are hosted on its servers. NIEPA Computer Centre is on the third floor and exclusively used by its Project Staff. Each NIEPA Faculty has been provided a  Desk Top Computer and many also LapTops. Most of the NIEPA administrative staff members also have access to computers and the Internet. The entire NIEPA building and its 7-storied Hostel are equipped with high-speed Internet connectivity.

NIEPA has two Lecture Halls, which are equipped with all modern facilities. Though its building is small in size, its building is witnessed important activities concerning the development of the National Policy of Education, 1986, in the formulation of which its faculty, under the dynamic leadership of its Former Director, the Late Professor Satya Bhushan, played an important role. In the later years, NIEPA was known for its role in developing and nurturing DISE/Unified DISE, which acquired the status of the Official Statistics in 2012-13.

NAAC Accrediatation of NIEPA 2022: Grade A

Role of NIEPA in Developing UDISE & Research based on UDISE Data

NIEPA’s IDEPA Vs IIEPs Masters in Education Planning