To undertake, aid, promote, guide and coordinate researches in geology of the Himalaya and foster a tradiation of scholarships.
To carry-out research towards the development of new concepts and models concerning geodynamic evolution of the Himalaya through an integrated interdisciplinary approach.
To co-ordinate research activities amongst different institutions and universities in the country working in the field of Himalayan Geology and related areas.
To organise workshops, seminars, symposia and training programmes in specialised disciplines and on topics related to the geology of Himalaya.
To serve as the National Reference Centre for the geology of Himalaya and to provide high level consultancy services to various institutions, public agencies and industries.
To collaborate with foreign research organisations and universities in the fields relevant to the objectives of the institute with special emphasis on application of new tools, methodologies and analytical techniques.
To disseminate knowledge and information relating to geological and allied researches in the Himalaya through publication of monographs, research papers, maps, scientific reports, bibliographies, etc.
To establish affiliation with recognised universities and centers of higher education to promote Himalayan geology and enable research scholars to register for post-graduate and research degress in the field.
To inspire and encourage young earth scientists in the study of geology of the Himalaya.
To institute a Wadia National Fellowship in Himalayan Geology for carrying out research work at the Institute.