NIAS has actively developed collaborations with different institutions, both in Bengaluru and elsewhere, in different spheres of activity. One such area of mutual interest concerns doctoral and postgraduate courses that can be attended and credited by students of NIAS and the collaborating institution, including, for example, the Indian Institute of Science and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), both in Bengaluru, while some courses may also be jointly taught by faculty of both institutions. Several collaborating institutions recognise the Institute’s doctoral programme and award NIAS students their degrees; these include Manipal University and Mysore University.

There are also institutions like Exeter University in Exeter, UK, with which NIAS has established collaborative, multidisciplinary research programmes that span different disciplines across the entire Institute. In addition, there are several institutions, such as the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Christ University and the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, all in Bangalore, with which individual programmes in NIAS have developed collaborative, often transdisciplinary, research projects.

In the future, NIAS plans to formalise several already-existing informal relationships and develop stronger links with more varied institutions that would bring in important value addition and benefit, more holistically, the research and training programmes as well as other activities of the Institute.

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Institutional Collaborations

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National Innovation Foundation (NIF), Ahmedabad

To collaborate and further efforts in the areas of intersection of STI (Science, Technology and Innovation), public policy and, creative communities and individuals in the following ways


Manipal University

NIAS PhD Programme



Collaboration on Policy Research Initiative on Inequality and Human Development


Sahapedia, New Delhi

Collaboration through various programmes in arts and humanities disciplines


The Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi

For cooperation in Agricultural Research and Education


Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-Vyasa)

Co-operation in the field of Research and Education


Integrated Rural Technology Centre (TRTC)

To establish a framework that will guide NIAS and the IRTC in establishing a cooperative working relationship for planning and accomplishing mutually beneficial research projects and activities in India


The University of Tennessee, USA

Multi-disciplinary research and keeping in mind topics of interest and concern to the USA and India


Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Joint research activities such as National Project on Gifted Education India, Visit and exchange of doctoral students and faculty members


SWRD Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation

To collaborate in International Studies for mutual benefit of the two countries namely Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Republic of India


Christ University

For facilitating collaborative research, joint research, special studies, post graduate and doctoral studies training and extension activities related to social science and allied studies


Kerala Council for Historical Research, Kerala

To promote collaborative research


University of Exeter, Exeter

Collaborative research in the area of Archaeology and Drama and Exchange of Staff and students for research and study and Split-site PhD Supervision


UT-Battelle, LLC, USA

Cooperation in the area of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Material Security


George Mason University

To support educational activities and projects between NIAS and Mason’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study through collaborative academic research projects and mutual visits of faculty and students for shared learning


Centre for Advancement of Global Health (CAGH), Kerala

The purpose of this MoU is to establish a framework that will guide NIAS and the CAGH in establishing a cooperative working relationship for planning and accomplishing mutually beneficial research project and activities. Such cooperation is intended to particularly benefit the advancement of studies in biology, health science, ecology and education, and capacity building


Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

On connected learning initiative.

The initiative seeks to build a model at a scale that establishes the local ecosystem connecting youth and teachers with local communities, education institutions, domain experts and creating an environment that supports active learning and seamless technological use in the schools and the teaching-learning process

18 Trans-Disciplinary University     TDU and NIAS would mutually decide on areas of collaborative, interdisciplinary research –both fundamental and applied – and make all efforts to enhance the effectiveness of such research to address national challenges and priorities in areas including, but not limited to, energy, healthcare, ecology, conservation of natural resources and education.