The National Institute of Advanced Studies is an autonomous organisation. It is a registered Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 on 20th June 1988. The Council of Management, the Academic Council and the Holding Trustees are the three authorities responsible for overall administration of the Institute.
Mr. J. R. D. Tata was the first Chairman of the Council.of Management. Dr. Raja Ramanna was the Founder Director until his retirement in July 1997, and followed by Prof R. Narasimha until 2004. Dr. K. Kasturirangan was the Director during 2004-2009. Dr. M. S. Swaminathan currently chairs the Council of Management. Prof. V. S. Ramamurthy is the Director.
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