Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) is an advanced research institute established and fully funded by the Reserve Bank of India for carrying out research on development issues from a multi-disciplinary point of view. IGIDR was registered as an autonomous society on November 14, 1986 and as a public trust in January 1987. On December 28, 1987 the campus was inaugurated by Late. Shri Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India. Subsequently, the Institute was recognized as a Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act.

The Institute has a body of researchers from a variety of academic backgrounds working in different areas. These include standard economic sub-disciplines such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and special areas such as agricultural policy analysis, industry studies, financial economics modeling, and studies of poverty, rural development and human development. The choice of topics for research in the Institute depend on the academic interests of the faculty members, the Institute’s perception of emerging analytical and policy issues in the national and international context, and sponsored projects reflecting the importance of current empirical issues. The Institute’s conscious aim has been to encourage the use of economic analysis to further the understanding of developmental issues, with a fine balance between theory and practice.

IGIDR offers academic programmes like M.Sc, M.Phil and Ph.D where students with background of economics and other disciplines such as engineering, science, management, etc are encouraged to join the programmes. However, the primary focus of the teaching programme is Economics. Students have been placed in reputed corporate firms, banks, research institutes, government and non-government institutions, which reflects the quality of teaching and research at IGIDR.

The Visiting Scholar Programme (VScP) is one of the outreach programme at IGIDR with the objective of supporting quality Ph.D research being conducted by students and junior faculty members of colleges and universities in India. The scholarship enables selected scholars to spend three months at a stretch at IGIDR to work on a research proposal related to their ongoing Ph.D dissertation which can be satisfactorily completed during their stay.

The Visiting Students Programme invited applicants from all over the country and candidates selected represented a diversity of backgrounds, fields of interest and match with faculty interests. The IGIDR Visiting Students Program is part of the institute’s mandate to reach out to students outside the institute, to foster interactions and nurture the capacity of students to undertake research. Selected students were assigned a faculty supervisor to work with for the duration of their visit

Reaching IGIDR from Mumbai’s Airports/Railway Stations

  1. Arrival by Domestic Flight
    1. By cab/auto-rickshaw through the Western Express Highway (refer to the map below). It will take about 30 minutes to reach the Institute.
    2. By train: Drive by cab or auto-rickshaw to Vile Parle station takes about 5 minutes. From Vile Parle station, take a local train going towards Borivli, and alight at Goregaon (fast local trains generally do not halt at Goregaon). From Goregaon (East) , i.e. from the east side of the railway station, drive by cab or auto-rickshaw to the Institute takes about 20 minutes (the campus is popularly known as Indira Vikas, Santoshnagar). Alternatively, board the bus route number 343, and alight at Santosh Nagar. Then walk for a few minutes towards film city.
  2. Arrival by International Flight
    1. From the Sahar International Airport, take a cab/auto through the Western Express Highway (refer to the map below). It will take about 25 minutes to reach the Institute.
  3. Arrival by Train
    1. Almost all trains arriving at Mumbai (be it Western Railway or Central Railway) halt at Dadar Station. One has to alight at this station. If you come by Central Railway, then cross over to Western Railway at Dadar Station. From Dadar Station, take a local train (slow one) going towards Borivli and alight at Goregaon station. Some long distance Western Railway trains halt at Borivli station. From Borivli station, one can catch a slow local train to Goregaon station. From Goregaon station, you can reach the Institute as per I(b) above .From L.M.T.Terminus at Kurla,one has to take a taxi to reach our institute.It may take an hour,via Sion and then through the western express highway.

A Rough Route Map to Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR)
(Not to scale)

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