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
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.
Structure and System of Governance
- 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
- 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.
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.
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