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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. 

The IIHS Curriculum Development Framework as presented at the Bellagio conference suggested a number of interdisciplinary Schools that would, amongst themselves, encompass the range of disciplines and practice areas comprising the study of settlements. The exact nature and number of these Schools has been a matter of much debate. There are many factors to consider: learner and academic needs, Indian livelihood market realities, the political economy of funding and the desire to create adaptive institutional structures for the future, along with a pragmatic transition pathway for learners, researchers and academics to and from existing institutions and Universities. 

The IIHS institutional structure arrived at after taking these perspectives and debates into consideration is presented below. 

The Structure    

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.