The IIHS will be home to many different kinds of students. At the BUP level, students may enter from any +2 stream: science (engineering/medicine), commerce or the arts. It is envisaged that incoming students into the IIHS graduate programmes will come from a range of undergraduate disciplines. 

Selecting Students

One of the critical challenges before the IIHS will be to design a nationwide assessment system that is discipline and disability blind, but highly discriminating with respect to competence and aptitude while being able to operationalise and realise IIHS's commitment to inclusion as outlined below. A combination of two or more evaluation systems may need to be deployed to aid this.  The experience of building inclusive yet rigorous and fair systems in India is limited at the moment.

The IIHS is currently searching for a system that has the following salient features:

  • High Discrimination between different ends of the performance spectrum
  • Technologically Robust
  • Cost Effective to Scale
  • Enables Inclusion
  • Multi-Dimensional
This test will be further combined with other selection procedures including interviews.

A Policy of Inclusion

The IIHS is deeply committed to the process of social transformation in India by providing educational opportunities to deserving learners irrespective of economic and social status, gender, age or disability. A pan-national search process and special bridge programmes will help draw in and build the core skills of hitherto socially and economically excluded learners. Lateral entry from multiple disciplinary streams will be facilitated via special transition programmes.

Livelihoods and Opportunities After IIHS 

The objective is to produce problem solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs to change the trajectory of South Asian urbanisation. A detailed national market research study has been commissioned to identify livelihood opportunities for IIHS graduates in:

  • Private Sector Enterprises: housing, construction, infrastructure, utility, real estate, finance and advisory services, consultancies;
  • Public Sector Enterprises: Municipalities and Urban Local Bodies, State and National governments, regulators, public utilities and enterprises; 
  • Civil Society Organisationsorganisations working on community issues, mobilising collective action, enabling the common good and social inclusion;
  • Universities and Knowledge Enterprises: institutions building South Asia-centric and globally relevant knowledge on human settlements, governance, technology and the environmental and social sciences.