The Takshashila Institution is an independent centre for research and education in public policy. It is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation that advocates the values of freedom, openness, tolerance, pluralism and responsible citizenship. It seeks to transform India through better public policies, bridging the governance gap by developing better public servants, civil society leaders, professionals and informed citizens.

Takshashila creates change by connecting good people, to good ideas and good networks. It produces independent policy research in a number of areas of governance, it grooms civic leaders through its online education programmes and engages in public discourse through its publications and digital media.

Why, What and What next?

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The Takshashila Council, Fellows, Board of Trustees & Management Committee.
Current Councillors: M Govinda Rao, Anand Arni, Ajit Ranade and C Uday Bhaskar.

Former Trustees: V Anantha Nageswaran
Former Councillors: Mukul G Asher, Bibek Debroy, C Raja Mohan and Pratap Bhanu Mehta.

Code of Conduct & Ombudsman

All persons associated with the Takshashila Institution adhere to the following code of conduct.

We at Takshashila will,

1. Uphold the highest levels of integrity in all our work.
2. Conduct ourselves with civility and decorum in public discourse.
3. Persevere to elevate the standards of policy debate.
4. Maintain independence and put India’s national interest first.
5. Make a clear distinction between personal opinion and that of our Institution.

You can give feedback to our Ombudsman.

Financial Statements

Audited Financial Statement, FY2011-12 (pdf)

Key Donors

Individuals and institutions that support our activities.


The ancient city of Takshashila was the site of perhaps the world’s oldest public policy school. It was the intellectual fountainhead not only of Indian statecraft but indeed of all walks of human endeavour. The Takshashila Institution derives inspiration from that civilisational lighthouse in the pursuit of its contemporary objectives.