Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research

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Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, Chennai
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Established 2010 (2010)
Type Institute of National Importance
Chairman Raghunath Anant Mashelkar
Acting Director Prof. Ram Rajasekharan
Academic staff
Students 2969
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

The Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research or AcSIR is an Indian institute of national importance, currently head quartered in CSIR Campus, Taramani, Chennai. The institute was established for the purpose of granting doctoral and post-doctoral degrees.[1][1] The establishment of the AcSIR allows for a centralized institution to manage this research. Creation of the AcSIR was enabled by legislation of the Lok Sabha in 2010.[1] This same legislation labeled the Academy as an "Institute of National Importance".[1]

Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) was established in 2010 by a resolution of the Government of India on June 17, 2010[2] and the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research Act, 2011 notified on April 3, 2012, as an 'Institution of National Importance', with an aim of furtherance of advancement of learning and research in the field of Science & Technology and their interfaces in association with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India.[3]

It is one of its kind meta-University in India with study centers in 37 laboratories and 6 units of CSIR, spread across 23 cities of India.

First Chairperson[edit]

National Research Professor Prof. R.A. Mashelkar was appointed as first Chairperson of AcSIR, making him first formal head after Prof. S.K. Brahmachari, former Acting Chairperson of interim AcSIR and Director General, CSIR and now Vice-Chairperson, AcSIR.

SIRO Recognition[edit]

Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, GoI has recognized AcSIR as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO).


Established in 2011 as an ‘Institution of National Importance’ (interim operations started in June, 2010), the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) has adopted the mandate to create and train some of the best of tomorrow’s Science & Technology leaders through a combination of innovative and novel curricula, pedagogy and evaluation. AcSIR’s focus will be on imparting instruction and providing research opportunities in such areas that are not routinely taught in regular academic universities in India.

It has been set up based on a ‘Hub and the Spokes’ model where hub is responsible for centralized administrative functions. The spokes are located in the 37 laboratories and 6 units of CSIR spread along the length and breadth of India, which act as actual campuses for different subjects or areas depending on their respective specializations.

At present the Academy has about 2200 full-time faculty members from CSIR Laboratories, over 2000 students enrolled in various programmes and 7 non-academic staff members.

AcSIR is a world class research academy functioning within 37 national laboratories, 6 units and 39 extension centers of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research that have state-of-the art infrastructural facilities. AcSIR has been established with an aim of substantially increasing the number of researchers in integrative and interdisciplinary areas of science and engineering. The primary focus is on research and imparting instructions in areas not ordinarily taught in regular academic universities in India by disseminating advanced knowledge in science & technology and by providing teaching and research facilities in frontline branches of learning and also in emerging areas. This is expected to provide excellent opportunities to students to have the best growth path in the profession they select.


The mission of the Academy is to create highest quality personnel with cross- disciplinary knowledge, aiming to provide leaders in the field of science and technology. The Academy shall primarily focus on research and imparting instructions in such a manner that the methodology is novel and off the beaten track. Further, the Academy aims to: Nurture a research-propelled, technology-enabled, industry-linked, socially conscious higher education platform. Achieve a seamless integration of intellectual strengths with current market needs with a people centric focus. Develop niche capability required to bolster research efforts in futuristic science. Provide the opportunity to work on the frontier and contemporaneously challenging areas for nurturing innovation.