About Us
NIGUM, an autonomous institute established under Societies Act by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. NIGUM aspires to become a leading regional capacity building and knowledge hub for urban sector in the country. Its mission is to :-
“Promote excellence through responsive, transparent, accountable and inclusive urban governance to make cities productive and livable”.
To achieve its mission, the institute focuses on synthesizing competencies of urban professionals, elected representatives and employees in to creative and innovative practices and related intellectual activities.

Contexts and concerns

It is estimated that India’s urban population would reach 520 million by 2025 and the urban areas would undergo magnanimous economic, social and political transformation. This would inturn create opportunities to accelerate economic growth. However, this critically depends on the management of cities.
It is a fact that pattern of urbanization in India is not uniform. Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan being the lesser urbanized States, constitute almost one third (32%) of the total urban population of the country but have enormous potential to enhance urbanization and economic growth. Taking cognizance of this fact, the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee, Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation, Government of India decided to establish a National Resource Centre in Madhya Pradesh. The main focus was to facilitate acquisition of contemporary knowledge, honing skills and developing expertise necessary to plan, manage and govern the cities well. In this modern
"The Mission of Training is to enhance performance of individuals that fosters an environment of excellence in public services."
context there exists no single national level multi-disciplinary institute in the country for conducting action research, analytical studies, fostering capacity needs and value-based governance inthe urban sector. Creation of this institute for addressing these critical issues is an important and timely step targeting to put in place institutional mechanism to act as a change agent. NIGUM has been conceived as one stop shop for inclusive urban governance and growth in the Hindi hinterland. It visualizes a two-pronged approach to reenergize the urban sector :-
  • To build capacity for making urban managers more responsive as well as accountable and to make city governments vibrant institutions for governance.
  • Empower the citizens to become locus and create pressure for customer centric changes in urban services.
Major Objectives
  • To act as a catalyst for promotion of professionalism and offer a venue for public discourse on innovation, public policy (formulation and implementation) and problem solving in urban governance and management.
  • To share knowledge, information and experience in decentralization, good urban governance, municipal management and human settlement practices. This would act as knowledge hub and promotion of innovation and best practices.
  • To undertake and/or commission interdisciplinary social science research studies, seminars, workshops with a view to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the urban services.
  • Deepening managerial, technical and analytical skills through professional education, specialized courses and imparting training to urban managers, leaders, urban sector institutions and para-statal organization.
  • To attract, nurture and harness the young intellectual capital for the cause of strengthening urban development systems, governance and management through schemes of internships.
  • Networking with national and international institutions in the avenues of training, research and academics for sharing of information and best practices.
Structure and System of Governance
To achieve its stated mission and objectives, operational autonomy and freedom is at the core in its structure and governance system. It is working under the over-all guidance of a Governing Council (GC). The Executive Council looks into the routine administrative matters. Both these organs (GC and EC) of governance are represented by Central and State Governments, Academia, Industries, Civil Society Organizations and Urban Local bodies.


The institute is supported by both the Government of India and the Government of Madhya Pradesh. Government of MPhas provided an annual budget of INR 2 crores for operational expenditure (OPEX) and INR 5 crores for capital expenditure (CAPEX). Also 10.12 hectares of land has been alloted by GoMP for the institute near International Airport, Bhopal. Government of India has also committed INR 60 crores for CAPEX.

Currently NIGUM is involved in capacity development, research and consultancy activities. It has established links with national and international institution. It has organized more than one hundred twenty five courses in last three years.
Year Training Programme No. of Participants
2012-13 20 687
2013-14 53 1209
2014-15 57 1367
Total 130 3263
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