The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) is an autonomous organisation, registered as a Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 on 20th June 1988.
NIAS is a unique organization in India with an ecosystem for pursuing multi and interdisciplinary research and evidence based studies in search of solutions to current national priorities and challenges. NIAS mandate is to encourage and create right leadership, at all levels, with broad and informed multidisciplinary perspectives. This is achieved through a variety of courses, meetings, workshops etc where open debates and interactions at collective to individual levels with iconic and exemplary professionals leading to lasting and significant outcomes of immense value to the participants, society and policy makers. NIAS disseminates its research by publishing books, reports, working papers, conference proceedings, discussion outcomes and documentaries to enrich and enhance India and the world.
The Council of Management, the Academic Council and the Holding Trustees are the three authorities responsible for overall administration of the Institute.
Dr. Raja Ramanna was the Founder Director until his retirement in July 1997, and followed by Prof R. Narasimha until 2004, Dr. K. Kasturirangan during 2004-2009 and Prof. V S Ramamurthy during 2009-2014.
Dr. Shailesh Nayak is the present Director of NIAS.