IPE has been originally conceived as a research institution devoted to systematic and sustained study of issues relevant to the formulation, implementation, review, monitoring and assessment of policies and programmes concerning public enterprises. Subsequently, keeping in view the changing scenario, the focus is not only on Public enterprises, but Private entities as well. The Institute is partly funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI. The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Ministry of Human Resources Development, GoI recognized the Institute as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Social Science research. The Institute has a record of delivering the inputs in time with application orientation.The research studies of IPE have been extensively used by the Committee of PublicUndertakings (CoPU), several ministries of the GoI, Planning Commission, SCOPE, Department of PublicEnterprises (DPE), Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and pay revision committees. IPE publishes nine in-house journals including the ‘IPE journal’ which remains as the only referred journal on public sector issues in India.
The following dedicated centers of research are established in IPE which carry out research in contemporary topics and issues.
Public Enterprises Policy
Research in Corporate and Financial Area
Public Enterprise Reforms and Restructuring
State Level Public Enterprises in India (SLPE)
Energy and Technology
A number of research studies have been conducted and reports / publications have been brought out by these centers. These centers, apart from research, involves in extending consultancy services and also conduct training programs for executives to enable them stay abreast of latest developments on policies and practices