The Jammu & Kashmir Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development (IMPA), came into existence as an autonomous Society under the aegis of the State Government on 04.09.1986. The institute was created for in-service training to the State Government employees as also to undertake research and consultancy in areas of crucial importance to the administration of the State. Recognizing the dire need for capacity building and skill enrichment among civil services, state government planned to augment manpower pool so as to create high quality managerial cadre for manning different echelons of the administration. The basic premise of establishing the Institute was to inculcate quality decision making competencies among different individuals and organizations in the government. Since its inception, the Institute has played a pivotal role in shaping the thinking processes and fresh perspective of civil servants not with standing many infrastructural constraints. The role of IMPA has assumed greater significance in view of the rapid advances in technology, economy and managerial practices occurring all over the country. The state per se cannot remain isolated and immune from such changes. IMPA can claim with a sense of pride and achievement for its vital role in keeping the administrative machinery of the State abreast of latest developments in the country and the world at large. It has undertaken research studies on strategically important and contemporary issues, which explore and suggest policy options, having bearing on quality of governance and issues of public interest. It has also conducted several training programmes on various aspects of the theory and practice of Public Administration.
The library of the Institute has over the period developed a large and diverse documentation and database both at Srinagar and Jammu and has a rich stock of books, journals, periodicals and Newspapers, which provide quality information to the faculty and trainee participants. Recent acquisition of audiovisual aids and digitization has further enriched the library services.
Initiatives have been taken to strengthen infrastructure both at Srinagar and Jammu.The construction of Academic cum Administrative complex and Hostel complex for trainees on about 9 acres of land is under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of the year 2006. The project has been funded by the Ministry of Rural Development Government of India. A Hostel Complex to accommodate 100 trainees at Srinagar is also under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of year 2006.
IMPA at present is entirely funded by the State Government in the form of grant in aid and these funds are allocated under both plan and non-plan sectors. The Institute is also financially supported with recurring and non-recurring grants by various Ministries of Government of India for conducting sponsored programmes and for acquisition of required training equipments. The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India has been generous in sanctioning Rs. 3.78 crores for Hostel Complex at Srinagar Campus and Rs. 6.75 crores for the Regional Centre at Jammu.