Capturing Evidence

We collate critical data on higher education to transform them into relevant insights

Conducting Actionable Research

We conceptualise and prepare empirical research studies that reflect the realities of India’s higher education landscape

Designing and Informing Policy

We assist and equip higher education leaders with perspectives that translate into effective policy action 


The National Higher Education Resource Centre (NHERC) is crafting systematic evidence-based research studies engendering knowledge and insights to inform higher education policy. Our interventions are geared towards enabling higher education institutions to pursue excellence and address fundamental issues concerning quality in teaching & learning outcome, curriculum, research and other relevant areas. We combine innovative thinking and rigorous approaches to enhance policy outcomes in the higher education sector in India.

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Monitoring & Evaluation 40%
Research & Advocacy 30%
Data Driven Governance 20%
Capacity building 10%

We Believe in Driving Collaborative Action in Higher Education to Create Lasting Impact 

NHERC’s capacity building initiatives in the higher education sector are intertwined with the following programmes designed by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and various eminent foreign institutions of higher learning

Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan

The Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan is the central government’s contribution to further the promise held by the rich expanse of India’s state universities. The country’s future lies in empowering these campuses with all that it takes to enhance learning, better research and promote innovation.

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Leadership for Academicians Programme

Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) is a fully-funded Three weeks leadership development training programme, organised in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development, for second level academic functionaries in public funded higher education institutions. Designed as a training
programme with two weeks domestic and one week foreign training, the main objective of the programme is to prepare second tier academic heads who are likely to assume leadership roles in the future.

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Higher Education Leadership Academy

In an increasingly competitive and global era, higher education institutions are facing enormous challenges. Managing them requires deep understanding, knowledge, skills and experience in leading and managing institutions. The Higher Education Leadership Academy (HELA) is designed to build capacities of existing higher education leaders and administrators and to draw fresh talent into the management of higher education systems.

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Centre for Academic Leadership andEducation Management

To build capacities of existing academic leaders and administrators and to draw fresh talent into the management of school and higher educational systems, the Centre for Academic Leadership and Education Management (CALEM) has been set up to administer training programmes for higher education and school leaders and administrators.

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Centre for Public Policy and Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) organises week long in-service training programmes for Mid-career AIS (All India Services) officers. The programmes are conducted by TISS for the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.The aim is to provide a platform for open discussions, experience sharing, and developing insightful understanding on issues of social policy and governance.

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We Impact Lives Through …

Our expertise combined with a passion to move the needle on higher education policy in India

We curate actionable research studies to inform higher education policy in India


We design reliable platforms to monitor the performance of higher education systems and institutions across states

Data Driven Governance

Our data platforms capture evidence that drive decision making in the higher education sector

Our evidence driven work illuminates the course towards devising effective, inclusive, and sustainable policies in the higher education sector


We create evidence-driven evaluation reports that reflect progressive shifts in the topography of India’s higher education landscape

Capacity building

We tailor capacity building programmes for key actors and leaders of higher education to equip them with the requisite knowledge, expertise, and skills

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