Development Management Institute (DMI) was set up on February 13, 2014 pursuant to a desire of the Government of Bihar to establish a High Performing Knowledge Institution (HPKI). Inspired by and recognising the growing need for development management professionals, the Government of Bihar took the initiative to establish DMI as an autonomous institution. The rationale of DMI is best captured in its mission

"To empower and usher in participatory governance and management of institutions, enterprises and resources for enhancing livelihoods and generating sustainable development".

DMI endeavours to empower grassroots through:

Creation of a cadre of Development Management Professionals, through post-graduate academic teaching programmes;
Enhancement of competencies for Development Management Praxis, through Competencies Enhancement Programmes(CEP);
Orientation of Vision, Values and Leadership Practices towards Good Governance, by working with organisations and institutions at different levels; and
Engagement in networked trans-disciplinary Action Research and Policy Advocacy, through its Collaborative Action Research and Education (CARE) centres.