The Institutional Structure of the IIHS has been a source of on-going and intense debate from the earliest Curriculum Framework version as presented at the first Curriculum partners’ conference at Bellagio and at IIHS Board meetings. The key structural question for the IIHS is how to structure a practice-oriented, interdisciplinary University, or more narrowly, house a Core-Commons-Specialisations based innovative curriculum framework within a conventional University structure. The opening provided by the Government of India to build a National Innovation University provides some of the space to make this possible.
IIHS University centres around six inter-disciplinary Schools that within them hold virtual departments. These are further complemented by a set of platforms as spaces of applied research. Just beyond the University’s official structure but intimately connected to its functioning are a set of incubators and the IIHS Consultancy and Advisory Services.