Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal

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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
Bhopal
IISER Bhopal
Motto विद्ययाऽमृतमश्नुते
(vidyayā amṛtaṃ aśnute)
(Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Eat nectar through knowledge, i.e. be immortal through knowledge
Established 2008
Type Institute of National Importance
Director Vinod K Singh
Undergraduates 750[1]
Postgraduates 200[1]
Location Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Campus 200 acres[2]
IISER Bhopal IISERB
Website www.iiserb.ac.in

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal (Hindi: भारतीय विज्ञान शिक्षा और अनुसंधान संस्थान, भोपाल ; IISER-B; also referred as IISER - Bhopal) is an autonomous research and education institute in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. It was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in 2008 in order to incorporate research in basic science at undergraduate and graduate level, with equal emphasis on higher education for research and education in science. It is an autonomous institution awarding its own degrees.[3]

Background[edit]

Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) were created in 2006 through a proclamation of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, to promote quality education and research in basic sciences. Soon after the announcement, two of these institutes at Pune and Kolkata, respectively, were started in 2006. This was followed by an institute at Mohali (2007) and at Bhopal and Trivandrum in 2008. Each IISER is a degree granting autonomous institution with a prime focus to integrate science education and research, with a motive of attracting bright students and world class faculty.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal will provide a platform for the faculty to engage in high quality pedagogy, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to perform cutting edge research in frontier areas of basic sciences. The Institute is also committed to impart high moral and ethical values to students and create a genuine concern for social and environmental issues. With these set of broad objectives, it is believed that IISER Bhopal will emerge as a world-class Institute within a few years of its inception.[4]

Academics[edit]

IISER Bhopal offer BS-MS (Dual Degree) programme, Integrated Ph.D. programme in Mathemetics and Physics and Ph.D. programme in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Physics.[5][6]

Bachelor of Science - Master of Science (BS-MS)[edit]

The five year BS-MS (Dual Degree) Programme is offered in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. All BS-MS students are eligible for either Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) or Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) scholarship. Students are admitted to the programme through the following channels[7]

1.KVPY: SX, SA, SB, SP streams
2.Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exam (IIT-JEE): Students whose names appear in IIT-JEE Advanced Rank List
3.State and Central Boards: Students, who on the basis of their aggregate scores in class XII, are eligible for INSPIRE scholarship by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) may be considered for admission after clearing the IISER Aptitude Test

BS-MS (Dual Degree) programme consists of mandatory, common courses (core courses) for all disciplines during the first two years and discipline dependent professional courses during the first two years and discipline dependent professional courses during the remaining three years. Core courses include topics from all the four science disciplines in addition to interdisciplinary courses in earth and environmental sciences, computer science and humanities. During the final year BS-MS students are required to undertake project work with a faculty supervisor, relevant to their major discipline.

In addition to majoring in one of the five (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences,Mathematics, and Physics) science disciplines, BS-MS students can also minor in another disciplines.[8]

Doctoral program (Ph.D.)[edit]

Admission to the doctoral program is after a Master's degree in science. Besides the students of the Integrated Master's program, postgraduate students with a Master's degree in science from other Universities/Institutes are also admitted to the doctoral program.[9] The program involve dcourse work, a qualifying examination, a state-of-the-art seminar, thesis work, open seminar and a thesis examination, leading to the award of a PhD degree.[citation needed]

Postdoctoral Studies[edit]

Postdoctoral studies are possible in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Sciences.[citation needed]

Singularity[edit]

Singularity is the science festival of IISER Bhopal. It was started as a science club by a group of Science enthusiasts in IISER Bhopal to promote scientific thinking and rationale. Many science activities, talks were organized by this club in their initial years. In 2014, a step ahead was taken to promote science not only in the institute but beyond, in colleges and schools of India by conducting a Science fest of the same name. It witnessed students of all ages, who got inspired and excited about pure science through workshops, talks by eminent scientists of India, competitions, and other science related events. Singularity'14 was inaugurated by then Governor of Chhattisgarh, Shekhar Dutt

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MS Students". Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  2. ^ "Location". Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Institutions of Higher Education". Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). 
  4. ^ "Background". IISER Bhopal. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "BS-MS Program". IISER Bhopal. 
  6. ^ "PhD Program". IISER Bhopal. 
  7. ^ "Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal". iiserbhopal.ac.in. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Academics". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Admissions open for PhD at IISER-Bhopal". One India Education. April 7, 2011.