Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

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Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Type Autonomous
Parent institution
Reserve Bank of India
Chairman Governor of Reserve Bank of India
Director Prof. S. Mahendra Dev
Academic staff
Postgraduates ~25
~60 per year
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Campus Urban

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai is an advanced research institution established by The Reserve Bank of India in 1987 on the occasion of its golden jubilee.[1] The Institute's mission is to carry out research on developmental issues from a multi-disciplinary point of view. It has one of the largest Social Sciences libraries in Asia. The institute has an M.Phil./Ph.D. programme in Development Studies and also an MSc programme in Economics.

After its registration as an autonomous society on November 14, 1986 and as a public trust on January 15, 1987, then Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi inaugurated the campus at Goregaon, Mumbai on December 28, 1987. Subsequently, the Institute was recognized as a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act. Dr Mahendra Dev is the current director of the Institute. At present the Institute has about 150 employees of which 30 are full-time faculty members, 25 are non-academic staff, 50 M.Phil/Ph.D. students and 45 M.Sc Economics students.

Starting as a purely research-oriented institution, the Institute quickly developed into a full-fledged teaching cum research organisation when in 1990 it launched a Ph.D. programme in the field of development studies. The objective of the Ph.D. programme is to produce analysts with diverse disciplinary background who can address issues of economics, energy and environmental policy. In 1995, an M. Phil programme was started to help meet the growing need of the country for more Development Economists; this mission to address development issues has been the driving force and motivation behind the growth of the Institute.

IGIDR also has a full-fledged M.Sc. programme which draws applicants from all over India. This programme offers only 25 seats.


  • Raghuram Rajan, Chairman
  • S. Mahendra Dev, Director (Vice Chancellor)
  • Goverdhan Mehta, Member
  • K.L. Krishna, Member
  • Mihir Rakshit, Member
  • Urjit Patel, Member
  • Jayati Sarkar, Member
  • Vikas Chitre, Member
  • R. Nagaraj, Member
  • Jai Mohan Pandit, Registrar


The Institute is located on a 14-acre (57,000 m2) site on a hillside in Goregaon (East), 15 minutes by public bus from the Goregaon railway station in Mumbai’s suburban rail system and 20 minutes drive from Mumbai’s national and international airports. The campus, whose architecture is inspired by the historical Elephanta and Jogeshwari caves, includes office buildings for research and administrative staff, several seminar rooms, a 500-seat auditorium, a library, a computer centre, a cafeteria and a guest house where visiting scholars are accommodated.

The students and staff of the Institute are provided accommodation on campus. There are also some recreational facilities which include a 20-metre swimming pool, a tennis court, an indoor badminton court, a table tennis room, a small jogging track, a fully equipped gym and a children's park at the Institute.

The Institute also has an Alumni Association, which conducts an annual meet in the month of January.


  1. ^ "RBI Platinum Jubilee Report" (PDF). Retrieved 17 October 2013. 

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