The Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) is an institution of excellence and national importance. ASCI is among the subjects allocated to the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), as per Second Schedule to the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 (http://mhrd.gov.in/allocation-business). Established in 1956, it is the first and foremost institution of its kind in the country. Set up as an institution with a difference at the joint initiative of both the Government of India and the industry, it is an autonomous, self-supporting, public-purpose institution with the objectives of being a think-tank for policy inputs and building the capacities of practicing professionals in the management of government and business enterprises.
Capacity building and applied research assignments constitute the bedrock of the activities of ASCI. They have larger societal benefit and public good as the key cornerstones. With its focus on policy, strategy, management, governance, regulation and socio-economic impact evaluation, ASCI brings knowledge inputs, informed advice, best practices and innovative ideas to bear on its training, policy advocacy, advisory and implementation-assistance services. In the process, it provides opportunities to State and Central Government Departments and Ministries in India and abroad as well as the industry, to develop sustainable policies, devise inclusive strategies and deploy robust plans towards improved economic performance, human development and social progress.
As a result, ASCI enjoys the trust and confidence of the government and industry and is relied upon and entrusted with assignments of varied scale, scope, sweep, spread and specialization.