Right to Information

Suo Motu Disclosure under Section 4 (1) (b) of

Right to Information Act, 2005


  1. Section 4(1)(b)(i): Particulars of Organization, functions and duties

The National School of Drama is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and the only one of its kind in India. It was set up by the Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units in 1959. In 1975, it became an independent entity and was registered as an autonomous organization under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, fully financed by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a thorough, comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre and in which theory is related to practice. As a part of their training, students are required to produce plays which are then performed before the public. The syllabus takes into account the methods of great theatre personalities who have shaped contemporary theatre in all its variety. The systematic study and practical performing experience of Sanskrit drama, modern Indian drama, traditional Indian theatre forms, Asian drama and western dramatic protocols give the students a solid grounding and a wide perspective in the art of theatre.

Besides its 3-year training programme, the School has also explored new vistas in the areas of Children’s Theatre and decentralization of theatre training through workshops under the Extension Programme.

The School has two performing wings – the Repertory Company and Theatre-in-Education Company. The Repertory Company was started in 1964 with four artistes – Shri Ramamurthy, Ms. Meena Williams, Ms. Sudha Shivpuri and Shri Om Shivpuri – with the objective of providing a platform where graduates of the School could perform plays professionally. Over the years it has presented works of various playwrights and directors who have been associated with it and has evolved into one of NSD’s major institutions, working on contemporary and modern plays as well as introducing experimental work on a regular basis. In addition to doing productions, it organizes its own Festival, where past and new productions are introduced and staged each summer. NSD’s Repertory Company also tours and performs extensively in India and abroad.

The second performing wing the ‘Theatre-In-Education Company’ (Sanskar Rang Toli) was established in October 16, 1989, and is one of the most important theatre education resource centres in the country. It consists of a group of actor-teachers working with and performing for children. The major focus of the TIE Company is to perform creative, curriculum-based and participatory plays in schools, specially designed and prepared for children of different age groups. The major thrust of the plays is to create an atmosphere that encourages children to raise questions, take decisions and make choices with an awareness of themselves within the larger social context. The TIE Company has done more than 800 performances of 26 plays in Delhi and other parts of the country. More than 5.5 lakh children, apart from college students, teachers, parents and theatre lovers, have witnessed these plays.

In addition to these two wings, the School also has an active Extension Programme, a publication section and a literary forum named Shruti. The Extension Programme, under which NSD faculty and alumni conduct workshops in various parts of the country, was launched in 1978 and since then has conducted workshops and programmes for adults and children across the Country, and in Nepal, Sikkim, Laddakh and Bhutan as well. The ‘Traditional Theatre Project’ initiated in 1980, has facilitated creative interaction between traditional and contemporary theatre artists on a regular basis. Along with an introduction to theatre, these workshops also seek to develop personality and expand the emotional horizons of the participants.

Under the consolidation of out-reach Programme, NSD is running four Centres, one each at Gangtok (Sikkim), Agartala (Tripura), Bengaluru (Karnataka) and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). NSD’s Sikkim Theatre and Training Centre established in 2012 and Bengaluru centre established in 2014 provides one-year certificate course in Acting. NSD’s Agartala centre established in 2012 conducts one-year certificate course in Theatre-in-Education methodology and Varanasi centre established in 2018 provides one-year certificate course in Classical Indian Theatre. Further, NSD has established a TIE wing at Srinagar (J&K).  These centres have been running well to cater the demands of theatre practitioners and theatre workers of the respective regions.

The Publication Unit of the National School of Drama is responsible for publishing text books on theatre, arranging for the translation of important books on theatre from English into Hindi and bringing out other important books on theatre. The unit’s first major publication titled Rang Yatra which chronicled 25 years history of the NSD Repertory Company from 1964 onwards, came out in 1990. Besides its regular publications, until 2010 the unit has brought out 82 publications on drama and related subjects.

National School of Drama is one of the prominent theatre teaching Institutes not only in India but across the abroad. It has produced many Alumni who have made the name in the field of Arts in India and abroad. Many of them have received prestigious awards such as Padmas, Kalidas Samman, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and others. Many of the international surveys conducted by independent organizations have ranked NSD as one of the top ten Theatre and Acting School.

The main functions/objectives of NSD are specified under clause 3 of Memorandum of Association & Rules and Regulations of National School of Drama Society as under:-

- To develop suitable patterns of teaching in all branches of drama both of undergraduate and post – graduate levels so as to establish high standards of theatre education in India.

- To constantly endeavor at raising the technical standards of Indian plays so as to make them aesthetically more satisfying and acceptable

- To ensure promotion of drama and outflow of trained personnel and teachers for future needs of the country in the field of drama through teaching the art and craft of drama

- To conduct and promote research in classical, traditional and modern drama in India and abroad and to collect valuable material and forms in theatre production and education.

- To organize and conduct short-term and refresher courses, summer schools and such other courses and alike and invite experts and research scholars from within the country and abroad for delivering lectures and /or developing research

- To arrange lectures, seminars, symposia, meetings, conferences, and exhibitions relating to drama and performing art.

- To establish and cause to be established and maintain a Repertory company or its branches, regional schools, centers for practical training of students and to promote and facilitate dramatic art in the country.

- To produce, direct and perform plays before the public as part of training and for promotion of School’s objective.

- To invite actors, directors, playwrights, technicians from within the country and abroad to assist, direct and produce plays, organize exhibitions and to prepare any other educational material.

- To undertake translations and publications of play in Hindi and other regional languages for play production.

- To hold examination and grant diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions and titles – To institute and award fellowships , scholarships, prizes, medals, financial and other assistances with a view to promoting interest in studies and research in drama.

- To establish and maintain a library of books, pamphlets, microfilms, still photographs, motion pictures, sound recording and other material relevant to training in the field of drama and the performing arts.

- To collaborate itself with the efforts of other academic bodies, Govt., Non-Govt. engaged in similar activities in India and abroad with a view to further the aims and objectives of the Society.

- To establish, maintain and manage halls, auditoriums and hostels for theatre shows, hostels for residence of students, schools etc.

2.     Section 4(1)(b)(ii): Powers and duties of its officers and employees

Society shall have powers to make and frame bye-laws not inconsistent with the Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations of the Society and to add, alter, amend and rescind the same from time to time for the administration and management of the affairs of the Society. Society may delegate to the Director of the School or any of its members and/or any other employees of the Society such administrative and financial powers and impose such duties as it deems proper and also prescribe limitations within which these said powers and duties are to be exercised or discharged.

Society may by resolution delegate to its Chairman such of its powers for the conduct of business as it may deem fit. Chairman, may in writing, delegate such of his powers as may be necessary to any of the other member of the Society or any other employee of the Society.

The Director of the School shall be appointed by the Society with prior approval of the Central Government on such terms and conditions as may be approved by the Central Government for such period and on such terms and conditions as the Central Govt. may deem fit and proper. Director shall be principal executive officer of the Society. He shall be responsible for proper administration of the affairs of the society and the school under the direction and guidance of the Chairman and for the preparation of accounts and budget of the Society, provided that the Director may with the concurrence of the Society delegate any of his powers and functions to any other officer or authority appointed or established under these Rules.

3.     Section 4(1)(b)(iii): Procedure followed in the decision making process including channels of supervision and accountability

Every Section of NSD is headed by an Assistant Registrar or an equivalent officer and the process of decision making is routed through their respective Department Heads to the Registrar and subsequently to the Director for approval for taking decision as per the proposal taking into consideration the existing rules and regulations. However, the policy decisions are taken in the meeting of the society. The accountability of each officer in the channel is completely defined and action has to be taken as deemed fit in accordance with rules and regulations as well as society by-laws.

4.     Section 4(1)(b)(iv): Norms for the discharge of functions

NSD is run on the norms as prescribed by the NSD Society within the ambit of Society’s Service BYE-Laws, Memorandum of Association & Rules and Regulations of National School of Drama

5.     Section 4(1)(b)(v): Rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions.

NSD is run on the norms as prescribed by the NSD Society within the ambit of Society’s Service BYE-Laws, Memorandum of Association & Rules and Regulations of National School of Drama

6.     Section 4(1)(b)(vi): Statement of categories of documents that are held by it or under its control

Main Departments of National School of Drama and the records held with them are indicated against each.

(a) Admininstration Section – Nominal Roll of all officers and employees containing complete particulars including Contractual Employees, Seniority Roll of each category, Records of authorized Staff strength, Service Book of each employee including Leave Records etc. All policy letters issued by NSD including Govt. orders on all Administrative matters.

(b)Accounts Department – Balance Sheet, Audit Report and Annual Action Plan including updated Budget proposals and Actual out-go under each head.

(c) Academic Section- Academic process details, details of visiting faculty and remuneration granted, Fellowship to NSD pass out graduates, Scholarship details to the existing students, Convocation details, Selection criteria details for admission to 3 year diploma course and 3 year course in dramatic arts, Post Graduate diploma is equivalent to MA degree and eligible to be appointed as teachers in colleges and universities for PhD degree.

(d)Repertory Company- It is a performing Wing with 20 Artists among whom four are ‘A’ Grade Artists and sixteen are ‘B’ Grade artists are appointed on contract basis up to maximum of 6 years. 3-4 New Productions are made every year, Tour details of the Company are available, Programme committee prepares future programs, Weekend theatre scheme, sponsors show details in Delhi and outside, Summer theatre festival – Mid May to Mid June every year, organizing of New Recruits of artists.

(e) TIE Company- Yearly summer workshop details, Sunday Club details, Baal Sangam, Jash-ne- bachpan, School Shows etc, details of Advertisements, Activity Report, Tour Budget details.

(f) Library- details of Books held, Journals and Periodicals, Bill Register indicating purchase details, Permission register for using Library for outsiders, details of all daily newspapers in English and Hindi, Details of daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly magazines, Purchase of books as well as other publications details, Internal Security System with 15 days back-up, stock verification details, computerized issue and receipt details , Loss of books details with fine, Sanction Register, Electronic Catalogue.

(g) Book Shop- Committee approved Books and Publications purchase regarding Theatre, NSD publication Books, Stock Register, Purchase details of all books other than NSD , Cash Register showing day to day sale, Receipt & Control Registers showing complete details including payment and discount achieved, Balance Sheet for Book Shop, Quarterly Magazines – Rang Parsang are purchased regularly, Theaters lovers are welcome in NSD Bookshop for viewing and purchasing the books

(h) Estate Department-Electricity Bill Register, Tendering details of Security Services, details regarding provisions of manpower for house-keeping facilities

(i) Sound Department-Non-consumable Register , Consumable Register, Issue and Receipt Register pertaining to Sound Equipments held, Purchase details of each equipment including tender details

(j) Stores Department- Details of Stationery kit for students and make-up kit, list of inventories and consumable items, requisition from users, list of items to be disposed off, Receipt & issue register item-wise, stock verification register, records of purchase of stationery and other items for stores.

(k) Production Department- Production list year-wise, Brochure publication details, Records of ticketing for student productions.

(l) Costume Department – Issue and Return Register, Stock Register, Washing of costumes register.

(m) Photography & Archive Department – Photographs of NSD production (digitized), Diploma Productions(Negatives), Photo coverage of School Festivals like BRM, Jashnebachpan , Bal Sangam, Poorvotar etc., old teaching slides, ( Non-digitized in original form), class excursive(negative)

(n) Lighting Department- Records of Consumable/Non-consumable items, Consumable items register, Stock-register, Issue-Receipt Register

(o) Workshop Department – Non-consumable Tools Register, Consumable Stock Register, Re-cycling of Wood Material, Details of purchases of wood , plywood, Iron, Bamboo , Bully, Cloth, paint material , Hardware material, property made out of woods created for making set platforms, staircases, windows, doors etc.

7.     Section 4(1)(b)(vii): Particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof.


8.     Section 4(1)(b)(ix): Directory of Officers and Employees:

Permanent Staff List 2024

 Contact Details of Sectional Heads

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