The Highland Institute is an independent research centre that engages critically with socio-political, cultural, historical, environmental and developmental problems affecting communities in highland Asia. Founded in 2013, and registered as a trust, the institute collaborates with research institutions in India and abroad in designing and carrying out research, engaging in analysis, and disseminating findings in academic symposia and peer-reviewed publications.

The institute also has a vibrant community of associated research fellows from distinguished universities around the world that join as co-investigators on projects, facilitate research exchange, and design and lead postgraduate open courses. Partners of the Highland Institute have included Oxford Policy Management, University of Leeds, University of Edinburgh, University of Cambridge, Centre for Karbi Studies, and the Government of Nagaland.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of scholars, administrators, and respected community leaders actively engaged in promoting excellence in higher education and development, and developing collaborative partnerships with universities, civil society organisations and other public and private sector institutions. The board is responsible for shaping the goals and strategies of the Highland Institute; providing counsel to the senior leadership; and governance over institute activities, and assets. The Board meets at least once-a-year, and its various committees represent the interdisciplinary character of the Institute’s programs.



Ruokuonuo Yhome

Research Director

Lue Htar

Senior Researcher,

Lanuakum Aier

Operations Manager

Rovithono Yhome

Research Assistant

Thepfuchanuo Kire

Research Assistant

Negi Thokchom

Research Assistant

Chijanbemo Richard Ezung

Research Assistant

Kevide Lcho

Research Assistant

Akumtong Imchen

Research Assistant

Tumuzo Katiry

Research Assistant

Aviholi Chishi

Research Assistant

Saktum Wonti

Research Assistant