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National Institute of Hydrology

The National Institute of Hydrology is a premier research organization working in the area of hydrology and water resources in India. The institute was founded on 16th December, 1978 as an autonomous body registered under the Registration of Societies Act of 1860 under the Ministry of Jal Shakti Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation), Govt. of India at Roorkee. The institute is fully funded by Ministry of Jal Shakti DoWR, RD & GR.

The main objectives of the Institute are: -

  • To undertake, aid, promote and co-ordinate systematic and scientific work in all aspects of Hydrology
  • To co-operate and collaborate with other National, Foreign and International Organisations in the field of Hydrology
  • To establish and maintain a research and reference library in pursuance of objectives of the Society and equip the same with books, reviews, magazines newspapers and other relevant publications.


Providing leadership in hydrologic research through effective R&D solutions for achieving sustainable development and self-reliance of the water sector in India.


  • Develop cost-effective techniques, procedures, software packages, field instrumentation, etc. for hydrological studies.
  • Study scenarios of water resource availability under varying hydrogeological, climate, socio-cultural conditions through modelling techniques.
  • Assess impact of climate change on water resources and suggesting measures for mitigation, adaptation and resilience
  • Propagate application of emerging technologies for water resources development and management
  • Provide cost-effective R&D solutions to need-based water related problems
  • Provide reliable advice to the various stakeholders
  • Empower community through capacity building and awareness on water resources development and conservation.