1. To contribute towards the protection and management of Environment & Ecology through Scientific, Technical, Policy research & other activities; 

2. To assist the Government Departments, NGOs and Public at large in performing the mandatory functions specified in the various environment laws, guidelines and judicial pronouncements from time to time and to assist the concerned agencies in setting up norms;

3. To undertake/develop studies and research in the field of environment protection and conservation for improving the overall quality of environment; 

4. To develop expertise in the field of environmental research and to develop into worldclass consultants and to act as a referral institute;

5. To interact and/or to seek affiliation with national and international agencies working with similar objectives; 

6. To undertake training and human resources development in the field of environment and by organizing seminars/workshops and other programs for stakeholders;

7. To print, publish, exhibit books, pamphlets and periodicals, educative and informative materials that may be considered desirable for promotion of the objectives of the institute and 

8. To run an ENVIS (Environmental Information System) Centre and to develop, maintain and run a reference library and data centre with books, periodicals, films, video and other audio-visual materials.