The formation of the Institute of India as an Apex Institute on March 23, 1925, in a meeting of their representatives at Bombay institute was the culmination of the need to bring together all the universities in India on a common platform through a coordinating body, to protect the interest of the students as well as the Institute. The objective was to promote Institute activities, especially by way of sharing information and increasing co-operation in the field of education, culture, sports and allied areas. Prior to this, having such an organization in India was recommended by the Sadler Commission in 1919 followed by a resolution.
The Institute acquired a legal status with its registration as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1960, on September 29, 1967 and was renamed as Association of Indian Distance Council in 1973. Since its inception AIDC is actively engaged in the growth and development of Higher Education. The membership of AIDC includes all types of Institute .