National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) is a premier organisation involved in Research and Development under Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. NIH was established in 1978 with the main objective of undertaking, aiding, promoting and coordinating systematic and scientific work in all aspects of hydrology. It was established as an autonomous society and is fully funded and aided by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India. The Institute was declared as an S&T organisation in 1987. NIH has acquired the status of the premier Research Institution of India.
Laboratories: Institute has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-art monitoring and analytical instruments powered by a top-of-the-line team of scientists and supporting scientific and technical staff. Sophisticated and well equipped laboratories are one of the major necessities for research and development. Water quality, remote sensing and GIS, nuclear techniques, hydrological investigations and instrumentation, soil characterization etc. are some of the investigations which are used in various research studies.
Library:The Library has so far procured 8794 books on the various disciplines of hydrology and water resources, computers and electronics. Out of these 1180 books were transferred to the libraries at the Regional centres of NIH. Besides 3410 technical reports and technical papers were made available by other organisations. The library also has 442 manuals of computer software, 1975 maps,41 microfiche and 305 Indian and foreign standards. The library is subscribing to 34 Indian Journals and 40 Foreign Journals. Three of the Indian Journals are in Hindi.
Computer Center: The Computer Centre is responsible for providing computing, networking, internet and email facilities to Scientists and Staff at the Institute. Computing has become an essential tool for almost all scientific research. Computers of latest configuration are available in the Institute for conducting complex hydrological analyses and modeling studies. Internet and email facilities are routinely utilized for accessing scientific literature as well as for correspondence.