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The Indian Institute of Education (IIE) is both a nationally and internationally acclaimed research institute supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), MHRD, New Delhi and the Government of Maharashtra. It was established in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 1st January 1948 by J.P.Naik, the main founder of the Institute, and along with the strong support of R.V. Parulekar, who became the first director of IIE. From 1948 to 1952-53, the Institute was affiliated to Bombay University. The aim of the Institute at its inception was to provide facilities for teachers in Greater Bombay to study for post-graduate degrees such as the Master of Education, Doctorate in Education and to pursue independent research in education. In Bombay, Prof. R.V. Parulekar was replaced by Dr. V.V. Kamat as Director of the Indian Institute of Education. In 1976  Dr. Chitra Naik retired from the post of Director of Education, Maharashtra State and took reigns of the  Indian Institute of Education where her philosophy of non-formal education and challenging educational orthodoxy became the leitmotifs of the institute. The Institute then shifted to Pune on condition that a centre of the Institute would be maintained in Bombay. When the Institute was shifted to Pune on 1st August, 1976, Prof. A.B. Shah, Prof. A.R. Kamat, Prof. D.A. Dabholkar, Prof. J.P. Naik, Prof. Chitra Naik were the torch bearers of the institute. Dr. Chitra Naik worked as Hon. Director.

Prior to this in 1976, the Government of India launched the National Adult Education Programme (NAEP) which included establishment of State Resource Centre for Non-formal Education for preparation of materials for literacy, advocacy, and organizing training of adult-education workers. Today the State Resource Centre and the Jan Shikshan Sanstha (earlier known as Shramik Vidyapeeth) are two such Institutes that were groomed initially by Indian Institute of Education and subsequently progressed as independent institute. Many more alternative models have been developed by the Indian Institute of Education and have been put into practice in the following four extension centres, viz., Vigyan Ashram, Pabal; Centre for Education and Development of Rural Women, Shivapur; G.D. Parikh Centre, Mumbai and J.P. Naik Centre for Education and Development, Pune. 

The Indian Institute of Education today is based in Pune, Maharashtra, and is considered to be a premier institute of social sciences and humanities and is recognized to be as one of the leading academic centers in India, primarily working on issues related to education and developing societies. Based on the philosophy of education of J.P.Naik, its chief concern has been universal and compulsory education and the socio-economic development of the educationally backward communities. The Institute undertakes extensive research and publishes literature that emphasis on the philosophy and sociology of education, post-colonial studies and possibilities of universal equity-based education, secularism, scientific and humanistic education, caste and minority studies, educational planning and management, theories of underdevelopment, cultural theory and education, policy-forms and excellence in education. Being an ICSSR affiliated institute, the IIE has so far conducted several research projects funded by national and international organizations viz., UNESCO, FORD Foundation, Government of India and the, Planning Commission. Apart from the above research initiatives, the Institute lays significant attention on teaching to nurture and develop social scientists that are able to approach the discipline of education from an interdisciplinary perspective. This is being carried out by two vigorous academic programmes; M.Phil and Ph.D in Education (Interdisciplinary). Another important contribution is extension activities wherein need-based capacity building programmes are conducted for stakeholders functioning in tribal, rural urban communities are conducted through-out the year. Promoting Primary and Elementary Education (PROPEL) project of the Indian Institute of Education has received International acclaim and an UNESCO award in 1993 for developing a community-managed basic education model relevant for rural children, particularly girls in developing countries.

Office Bearers

Board of Trustees
The Institute functioning is governed by a Board of Trustees, which consists of not less than seven and not more than fifteen persons from among life-members or honorary members of the Institute. This board also includes one representative of the State Government of Maharashtra and the Indian Council of Social Science Research. The Board of Trustees shall hold the assets and property of the Institute and shall be responsible for the proper conduct of the Institute in accordance with the Constitution and in keeping with the aims and objects as set forth in the Constitution. 

General Body
The General Body of the Institute which consist of all members of the Board of Trustees and life and honorary members of the Institute meet once a year to consider the institute annual report and accounts of the institute for the preceding financial year. 

Life Members
At present the number of life members associated with the Institute is more than 140. To know more about joining the institute as life- members please visit this page on Join Us.


The IIE trust receives grants from the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi and Govt. of Maharashtra to maintain the functioning of the CES.

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