With the perception of enabling comprehensive urban development, the State Institute of Urban Development was established in Mysuru in 1999. SIUD ranks among the prestigious institutions that were set up in the country with the objective of building capacities in the urban sector. Established by the Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka, the Institute is registered under the Karnataka Societies Act, 1960.

With the State of Art training facilities, the institute is pioneer in fomenting the much needed demand for experts who comprehend with the realities of constantly changing urban scenario and reinvent the knowledge of urban management and help in building sustainable cities.

Located in the cultural city of Mysuru enroute to the famous Chamundi Hills, SIUD nestles in the scenic surroundings of the campus of Administrative Training Institute, an apex training institute in India. SIUD works in synergy with ATI. With its inherent ability to address multi-dimensional issues, it functions as the apex training institute of the State and dedicatedly addresses the needs of urban functionaries through capacity building, training, research and consultancy. The Institute is located at a distance of 4 kms from KSRTC bus stand and 6 kms from the city railway station, Mysuru.

SIUD focuses building an urban perspective through all its capacity building and training programmes. It works with the precise intent on issues which build and avail use of urban services; it entails building awareness of citizens on their roles and responsibilities in meeting the challenges of ever growing cities and the complex situations the urbanization brings in. SIUD strives to build the right perspective on the quality of life in urban areas at all levels–ward, city and state. It works towards building stress management skills of urban functionaries to cope up with the challenges while providing urban services. Further it builds awareness towards identifying the rural-urban differences, the challenges that they pose and the ways and means which are to be adopted to manage urban infrastructure.

SIUD facilitates approach to urban issues in a multi-faceted way. It guides in approaching urban reforms in a comprehensive manner. More importantly it nurtures and nourishes the thoughts on managing urban issues in line with the expectations and requirements of Growing cities, there by work as Centre of Excellence.

The SIUD has a Governing Body and a Governing Council (Executive Committee).


Ensuring good urban governance through capacity building and Research


  • To build capacities of all stakeholders in Urban Local Body (ULBs)
  • Suggest methodologies through action reasearch and documentation of best practices
  • Enhancing capacity for improving the quality of Urban Good Governance
  • Upgrading the skills of the Urban Functionaries
  • Bringing Attitudinal Changes at all levels

 Role of SIUD

As a premier capacity building and training institute which facilitates shaping urban development, SIUD carries out the following functions:

  • Design and organise programmes for all cadres of trainees to impart knowledge on urban development and management.
  • Upgrade skills of stakeholeders to identify and meet continuous challenges arising in urban development and management.
  • Build attitudinal changes of all levels of functionaries associated in urban development to participate effectively to abet the seamless development of urban areas.
  • Create a platform for elected representatives, officers and field functionaries regarding their roles and responsibilities by holding training and reorientation programmes.
  • Provide guidance in planning and designing cities and its infrastructure through knowledge-based skill set specific to their regional needs.
  • Assist in building new perspectives and action plans for facilitating implementation of Central and State Government directives in an orderly fashion.
  • Develop means to implement new concepts in urban development visualized at international and national levels.
  • Use novel methods and modes to bring about innovative approaches accepted nationally and internationally, into urban planning; and solutions to challenges arising out of ever dynamic urban spaces.
  • Organise and manage programmes directed and sponsored by Central and State Government/s.
  • Coordinate with the State Government on urban policy issues.