The Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration, popularly known as HIPA, was established on January 1, 1974 at ’FAIRLAWNS’, a place about 12 kms. from Shimla on the Mashobara road. The Institute is located in a building with a historical past. The building having serene and picturesque surroundings with well laid out spacious and luxuriant lawns was originally got constructed by Mr. R. Dixon of the foreign office of British India. Later, it was purchased by Nawab Muzaffar Ali Khan Quizzalbash of Malerkotla. On his migration to Pakistan in 1947 the property came to the Government of Punjab State, which converted it into a Circuit House. At the time of re-organization of States in November, 1966 the property was transferred to Himachal Pradesh government, which subsequently selected it for setting up the Institute.
Over time, this Institute, which virtually began from a scratch, has bloomed into a full-fledged training institution having all the facilities that an Institute of this nature is expected to have.