About INAE

The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), founded in 1987 comprises India’s most distinguished engineers, engineer-scientists and technologists covering the entire spectrum of engineering disciplines. INAE functions as an apex body and promotes the practice of engineering & technology and the related sciences for their application to solving problems of national importance. The Academy also provides a forum for futuristic planning for country’s development requiring engineering and technological inputs and brings together specialists from such fields as may be necessary for comprehensive solutions to the needs of the country.

INAE’s activities include programmes on issues of technology policy and overall development for the benefit of society, and the Academy promotes research projects, pilot studies, engineering education, fellowships, scholarships, awards and other benefactions. Seminars/Workshops/ Round Tables are conducted on topics of current national importance. The actionable recommendations emanating from the deliberations are submitted to the concerned Department/ Government agencies to assist in formulation of national policies.

Election to the Academy is by nomination only. Upto 50 Fellows from Academia, Research & Development, Industry and other organizations may be elected each year from nominations received from Fellows of INAE. As per the Rules and Regulations of the Academy, the total number of Fellows at any time may not exceed 1000.

INAE honours Indian and Foreign nationals who are elected by “peer” committees in recognition of their personal achievements in engineering which are of exceptional merit and distinctive eminence in new and developing fields of technology. The Fellows on election to the Academy are entitled to use abbreviated title “FNAE”.

As the only engineering Academy of the country, INAE represents India at the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS); which is a premier non-governmental international organization comprising of Member Academies from 26 countries across the world, with the objective of contributing to the advancement of science and technology and promoting sustainable economic growth of all nations.

Among the aims and objects of the Academy are:

To encourage and promote the pursuit of excellence in the field of ‘Engineering’
To offer the Govt.of India, the local Governments and others, the views of engineers in co-operation with other professional bodies in regard to all matters pertaining to ‘Engineering’
To promote the National Policy on Education of the Govt. of India
To present at all academic forums, the research and development activities on engineering on mutual interactive and cooperative basis both in India and abroad;
To encourage inventions, investigations and research and promote their applications for development of both organised and unorganised sectors of national economy
To institute and establish Professorships, Fellowships, Studentships, Scholarships, Awards and other benefactions
To interact with Professional Bodies, Engineering and Scientific Academies etc. in India and abroad

The Academy is registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and is an autonomous professional body supported partly through grant-in-aid by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India. As the only engineering Academy of the country, INAE represents India at the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS).

Benefactions to the Academy

To carry out its aims and objects, the Academy relies, for a major part, on financial support from project funds, contributions and sponsorship. It has been possible to undertake a range of activities by the generosity of the benefactors. The Academy welcomes donations from individuals, corporations and sponsors.


Donations or bequests can be applied to any purpose that is consistent with the Academy’s aims and objects. The Academy welcomes benefactions which encourage and promote the pursuit of excellence in the field of ‘Engineering’, inventions, investigations, research oriented applications, Professorships and awards etc.

Tax Deductibility

Donations to the Indian National Academy of Engineering are exempt under Section 80G(vi) of the Income Tax Act 1961 and the Academy is exempted from paying income-tax under Section 12A(a) of the Income Tax Act 1961.


All benefactions are acknowledged in the Academy Annual Report. The Academy will be pleased to clarify any queries and help provide appropriate expertise that can define a useful purpose for any benefaction.