North India Institute of Theological Studies (NIITS) is registered in Chandigarh, Punjab as an educational trust and operates under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Sukhwant S. Bhatia (Interim Principal), Rev. Ashok Singh (Founder & Executive Director SHECHEM), and Mr. Mathai Samuel (Managing Director, Basic4 Advertising Agency) , Rev. Anil Kumar (Minister, Baptist Church) and Mrs. Geeta Rai (East West Educational Foundation) as trustees. NIITS also has a managing committee that looks after the day-to-day operation of the institution.
The church in northwest India is adequately supplied with theologically trained & ministerially equipped leaders.
NIITS prepares men and women for Christian service by providing residential Bible-based theological education and ministry training that is distinctive, accessible, and within the cultural context of northwest India.
NIITS strives to run programs that equip men and women, who can and will, teach by their words and demonstrate by their lives, the truths and lifestyle of the Christian faith, and so lead others into the same. In addition, to equip such men and women to be effective in Christian service according to the talents and spiritual gifts that God has given them.
Aims and Objectives
- To encourage and facilitate spiritual transformation.
- To promote excellence in all aspects of life and ministry.
- To build and strengthen Christian character.
- To equip for the whole ministry of the Church.
- To learn and know the Bible and effectively teach it to others.
- To help foster positive social attitudes and relational skills.
- To help students think theologically and communicate contextually.
In 2003, a formal theological training pilot project called Chandigarh Bible College (CBC) was initiated by offering Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree in English and Hindi medium. The Lord’s blessing of this ministry and the need of the hour necessitated that we re-structure the college and expand this ministry. With effect from October 10, 2007, CBC was renamed as the NORTH INDIA INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES with its own independent registration. NIITS started operating as a ministry of SEEK PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL but also partners with other organizations and churches.
NIITS had been a member of Asia Theological Association (ATA) since 2005. ATA re-accredited the BTh program of NIITS until 2022. ATA also approved the accreditation of the new MDiv program of NIITS until 2022. The ATA is a member of the International Council of Accrediting Agencies of the World Evangelical Alliance (formerly the World Evangelical Fellowship).