National Institute of Water Sports is an autonomous organisation established in 1990 under the aegis of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. In 2004 the institution has become a part of Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, An autonomous organisation under Ministry Of Tourism, Government of India. IITTM is an institution of excellence for tourism education in the country. IITTM has five campuses across the country including NIWS as its west campus at Panaji, Goa.
National Institute of Water Sports being an apex body for licensing leisure water sports in the country, the institute train water sports operators through various skill developing courses and certify the trainees. National Institute of Water Sports being a centre under IITTM offers MBA Tourism and Travel Management in International Tourism specialisation.
The Institute is governed by the Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management. The Board shall be responsible for the organization, general superintendence, direction and control of the activities of the Institute.