The UGC considered the proposal submitted by Savitribai Phule Pune University for the establishment of the National Centre of International Security and Defence Analysis (NISDA). The Commission, realizing the importance and the merit of the proposal endorsed the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) as the venue for the establishment of such a centre. This proposal was placed under the programme “New Schemes during the 9th Plan.” The UGC Expert Committee visited the Savitribai Phule Pune University on 30-31 October 2003 to ascertain the viability of the project submitted and then gave their recommendations to the Commission for implementation. NISDA became operational at the Savitribai Phule Pune University from 1 March 2005. The UGC granted a sum of Rupees Five Crores as initial Seed Money to establish the NISDA. Simultaneously a Chair Professorship in Air Power Studies was also established in NISDA. On 1 October 2008, the Savitribai Phule Pune University, recognizing the contribution of Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan to India’s foreign and security policy, decided to rename the centre as Yashwantrao Chavan National Centre of International Security and Defence Analysis (YCNISDA)
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