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The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements.

IIHS aims to establish an independently funded and managed National University for Research and Innovation focused on the challenges and opportunities of India’s  urban transition. The proposed IIHS University will host an integrated programme of quality campus-based education and research, training and lifelong learning for working professionals, distance and blended learning, as well as a whole array of practice and advisory services. The university will have a strong interdisciplinary orientation bringing together theory and praxis that is grounded in the South Asian context and also engages with and draws from knowledge across the globe.

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Urban Practitioners' Programme

Events & Courses

Unpacking Urbanism
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Planning for Activists
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Green Interiors: Environmental Aspects of Interior Design
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Workshop on Writing for Digital Media
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Understanding Vulnerability: Concepts, Methods, and Applications for Development Planning
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The Govt. of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) has initiated a number of pioneering actions for improving the full-cycle of sanitation in urban areas of the State.  A Technical Support Unit (TSU) has been set up within the Municipal Affairs and Water Supply Department, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.  The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) leads the consortium, in association withGramalaya, Keystone Foundation and CDD Society, will implement the program via the TSU.  This programme is supported by the the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

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The IIHS Internship Program provides young scholars an interdisciplinary environment of learning by participating in our on-going research and practice projects. IIHS Internships will enable you to learn more about your chosen field, as well as enable you to immersing yourself in other domains in a new vibrant environment of learning and doing.

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News & Events

State Stakeholders’ Workshop| 6th Nov, Chennai

The Govt. of Tamil Nadu, with support from IIHS and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is implementing the States’s mission of improving urban sanitation state-wide. The Programme was launched in Chennai on 6th November at Chennai.
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15 October – 31 December 2015 | IIHS Bangalore City Campus

IIHS Library announces an exhibition on Cartography: The Art and Science of Map-making, featuring its large collection of maps, atlases and publications on the theory and applications of cartography.

IIHS Library is open and public now, offers membership services to access Library resources and services. For more details click here