Indian National Defence University

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Indian National Defence University (INDU) is a proposed university of defence of the Government of India which will be established at Binola in Gurgaon, Haryana.[1] The principle proposal was accepted by the union cabinet on 13 May 2010,[2] and is expected to be functional by 2018-19.[3]

Progress on construction[edit]

Dr. Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone of the Indian National Defence University (INDU) at Binola, Gurgaon, on 23 May 2013. The campus will have an area of 200 acres, and the land was acquired by the Haryana government and handed over to the Ministry of Defence in April 2013.

It aims higher education for management of the defence of India to the military leadership and other concerned civilian officials. It will also keep them abreast of the emerging security challenges via scholarly research and training.

  • It will develop and propagate higher education in defence studies like defence management, defence science and technology.
  • It will also promote the policy with its orientation towards, research related to national defence.
  • It will prepare officers for high level leadership as well as staff and policy responsibilities
  • The think tanks of the university will be responsible for providing inputs for policy formulations.


The University will be instituted by the Act of the Parliament of India, and President of India will be a Visitor, and the Defence Minister will be the Chancellor. INDU will be governed as per its own norms and will be responsible to promote coordination and interaction between Institutions of Armed Forces or establishments of the country. It will give opportunity of higher studies through distance learning to both military and civilian personnel. It will also give affiliation to defence training institutions to award degrees.[3]

The institute will be headed by a President (who will be a three star serving General or equivalent officer with C-in-C status on appointment) and a Vice-President, who will be a civilian. The university is being planned on the lines of Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). Two-third of the students of the university will be from armed forces and remaining 33 percent would be drawn from other civilian government agencies and the police. The teaching faculty will be composed both of military personnel and civilians in the ratio of 1:1.[3][4]

Proposed courses[edit]

According to the proposal, the proposed courses will include war gaming and simulation, neighborhood studies, counter insurgency and counter terrorism, Chinese studies, evaluation of strategic thought, international security issues, maritime security studies, Eurasian studies, South East Asian studies, material acquisition, joint logistics, and national security strategy in peace and war.[5]

The university will offer post graduate studies, and doctoral and post-doctoral research.[4]

Constituent colleges and institutions[edit]

  • Defence Institute of Distance and Open Learning (DIDOL)
  • Indian Institute of Defence Technology (IIDT)
  • Indian Institute of Defence Management (IIDM)
  • Indian Institute of Technology
  • National College of Defence Studies (NCDS)

Affiliated institutes and colleges of the Indian armed forces[edit]