International Institute for Population Sciences

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Coordinates: 19°02′57″N 72°54′53″E / 19.049055°N 72.914861°E / 19.049055; 72.914861

International Institute for Population Sciences (Deemed University)
Demographic Research Center
Motto Tamaso ma Jyotirgamaya (Sanskrit)
Type Public University
Established 1956
Director Prof. Faujdar Ram (2008-)
Students 150+
Location Mumbai, India India
Campus Urban

The International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) serves as a regional Institute for Training and Research in Population Studies for the ESCAP region. It was established in Mumbai in July 1956; until July 1970, it was known as the Demographic Training and Research Center (DTRC), and until 1985, it was known as the International Institute for Population Studies (IIPS). The Institute was re-designated to its present title in 1985 to facilitate the expansion of its academic activities and was declared as a 'Deemed University' on August 19, 1985 under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956[1] by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The recognition has facilitated the award of recognized degrees by the Institute itself and paved the way for further expansion of the Institute as an academic institution.

Started in 1956 under the joint sponsorship of Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, the Government of India and the United Nations, it has established itself as the premier Institute for training and research in Population Studies for developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region. IIPS holds a unique position among all the regional centers, in that it was the first such center to be started, and serves a much larger population than that served by any of the other regional centers. The Institute is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Besides teaching and research activities, the Institute also provides consultancy to the Government and Non-Government organizations and other academic institutions. Over the years, the Institute has helped in building a nucleus of professionals in the field of population and health in various countries of the ESCAP region. During the past 53 years, students from 42 different countries of Asia and the Pacific region, Africa and North America have been trained at the Institute. Many, who are trained at the Institute, now occupy key positions in the field of Population and Health in Government of various countries, Universities and Research Institutes as well as in reputed National and International organizations.


The Institute offers the following regular teaching programmes:

  • Master of Population Studies (M.A/M.Sc)- Two Year Programme
  • Master of Population Studies (MPS) - One Year Programme
  • Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Population Studies - One Year Programme
  • Master of Population Studies (MPS) Correspondence Course - One Year Programme
  • Diploma in Population Studies (DPS) Correspondence Course
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Population Studies
  • Diploma in Health Promotion Education (DHPE)
  • IIPS-JHU course on FPRH
  • Short Term Courses
The Population Clock at the University: An odd object for many

msc biostat and demography for two years


Apart from the teaching activities, the Institute also conducts a large number of research projects on various aspects of population. The Institute also undertakes evaluative studies and large-scale surveys. Emphasis is given on studies related to inter-relationship of various social and economic variables of the components of population change such as Fertility, Mortality and Migration.

The research projects of the Institute are mostly funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and also by the State Governments, World Bank, United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organization, International Labour Organization and other Government and Non-Government organizations.

Consultative Services[edit]

The Institute provides consultancy services and undertakes special studies on problems related to population at the request of the Government, the United Nations and other specialized agencies. Given the expertise of the staff in various areas of population, research methodology, etc., an active effort is being made to let the organizations which need short term consultancy services, know about the availability of persons.


  • Department of Mathematical Demography & Statistics
  • Department of Fertility Studies
  • Department of Public Health & Mortality Studies
  • Department of Migration & Urban Studies
  • Department of Population Policies & Programmes
  • Department of Development Studies
  • Department of Extra Mural Studies and Distance Education (Project Basis)

Directors of IIPS[edit]

  • Dr. K. C. K. E. Raja (c1956–c1959)
  • Dr. C. Chandrasekaran (21.07.1959-14.08.1965)
  • Shri S. P. Jain (23.08.1965-17.04.1967)
  • Dr. S. N. Agarwal (18.04.0967-07.07.1973)
  • Dr. J. R. Rele (08.07.1973-16.06.1978)
  • Dr. K. Srinivasan (17.06.1978-13.09.1992)
  • Dr. K. B. Pathak (14.09.1992-27.07.1994; 28.07.1994-31.01.1999)
  • Dr. S. Kulkarni (25.03.1999-24.09.1999)
  • Dr. T. K. Roy (28.09.1999-31.10.2004)
  • Dr. G. Rama Rao (01.11.2004-21.06.2005)
  • Dr. P. N. Mari Bhat (22.06.2005-30.07.2007)
  • Dr. S. Lahiri (31.07.2007-10.06.2008)
  • Dr. Faujdar Ram (11.06.2008–28.02.2017)
  • Dr. Laishram Ladu Singh (01.03.2017-present)


The institute has a state-of-the-art library recently refurbished. It is one of the oldest and richest mines of demographic data in India.[citation needed] IIPS library has been amassing its extraordinary collection for last few centuries.[citation needed] Today it is one of the world's most important libraries in the field of population studies.[citation needed]

Open access system, subject collection of the United Nations, Census Publications of India and neighbor countries, online databases, online journals subscriptions, electronic books and journals, digitized volumes access and maintaining the balance of procurement of printed books and journals and at the same time application of advance IT devices for storage, retrieval and dissemination of information are major positive points of the library.

Library also claims to be a modern university library with online databases like JSTOR, SCOPUS, Science Direct (Social Science), Indiastat and Popline A digital version of the university's own journal Demography India is now readily available from the university library.

Census of India publications have special importance in the process of research and teaching of population studies in Indian Demography. Looking the importance of such publications and to extend the life of the volumes and to enhance the retrieval system of demographic data,census of India volumes published during 1881–1941 have been digitized.

Other services[edit]

Imaging services
The university library provides image reproduction on Scanning/Photocopying and Document Delivery Service on request.
Inter-library loan
The library facilitates this service to local academic institutions.

User orientation service: To maximize the utilization of library information sources as well as services we[who?] provide library orientation service to each regular, part-time and short term training course participants.All the academic courses of the Institute start with library user orientation program.

This service is provided to all the interested book lovers with using personal/official e-mail platform.
More than 60 core journals on population study have been selected for content indexing and added in OPAC for effective and pinpointed retrieval of demographic information. The above service has been extended to edited books and grey literature.

Mr: S B. Jadhav. Xerox Facility.


  1. ^ "UGC Act-1956" (PDF). Secretary, University Grants Commission. Retrieved 1 February 2016.