The beginning of the Institute goes back as far as 1917, when the need for training in Municipal Administration was felt. All India Institute of Local Self-Government, designed to promote & support activities in the area of Research and Training in Municipal Administration, was launched in 1926. Since its inception, the Institute has covered various states through its regional offices and peripatetic as well as permanent centers.
Its activities, which began in 1926, are both at Regional and National levels. The Institute undertakes research studies, and organizes and conducts specialized courses, seminars, conferences and provides open forum for officials and non-officials of Municipal Administration.