Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research

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The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), and the related National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) are a group of premier science education and research institutes in India. The institutes were created by the Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), under The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010 (an amendment of the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007), which was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012.[1] Five IISERs have been established across the country, namely IISER Kolkata in West Bengal, IISER Pune in Maharashtra, IISER Mohali in Punjab, IISER Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and IISER Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.[2] The financial outlay for each IISER is around INR5 billion (US$83 million) for the first five years. NISER is being set up in Bhubaneswar for a slightly higher outlay of INR8 billion (US$130 million).[3]


National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar began functioning shortly after the foundation stone was laid down on 28 August 2006 by the prime minister. Unlike its sister institutions, the IISERs, NISER is being administered by the Department of Atomic Energy. A somewhat larger campus of 300 acres (1.2 km2) is planned.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata is functioning from the temporary campus at Mohanpur, a temporary arrangement within the campus of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya. Some labs have already been shifted to its permanent campus, over 250 acres (1.0 km2) of land at Haringhata, Kalyani near Kolkata.[4]

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune has started functioning from the National Chemical Laboratory Pune campus. Its permanent campus is under construction on 100 acres (0.40 km2) of land at Pashan, Pune.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research(IISER), Mohali has started functioning from the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration complex in Sector 26 Chandigarh. The foundation stone for its permanent campus was laid in September 2006 by the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh. The teaching program has commenced from August 2007.Now Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali is fully functioning on its permanent campus at Sector 81, Mohali.This institute is now running in its 40% capacity and still it is the best institute among IISERs.It is well connected to the market as well as transport. Bus stand of phase 11 , airport, Railway station of sas nagar is very near to the institute. This institute is having 2 NMRs, STM, AFM, Cryostat and lot more eqqiped laboratories. This is running in its permanent campus.The Guest house is very very cheep and facilities are like 5 star hotels. Internal as well as external infrastructure is awesome. This is basically situated in a world class mohali city and very near to Chandigarh.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal started functioning from the ITI Gas Rahat Building Govindpura Bhopal. The Institute shifted to its main campus in Bhauri in August 2012.[5]

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram has started functioning from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum. Land for the permanent campus has been identified at Vithura, within 30 km from the city, near Ponmudi. The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology will be within few kilometres.


The first batch of around 80 students for integrated Master of Science courses have already been admitted to the institutes at Kolkata and Pune, as well as NISER. Almost double number of students were admitted in the second batch. These students were selected through the highly competitive IIT-JEE. Furthermore, some students were selected from the IISc's KVPY and the Olympiad student list.[6] Students qualifying any of the following examinations will be eligible for admission-

  1. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)
  2. IITJEE – Those who feature in the regular merit list.
  3. State and Central Boards (top 1% in each board in class 12th)

As of 2009 Admissions, the IISERs will not be accepting students who qualify through the olympiad route. Intake will only be through KVPY and IIT-JEE, for the batch of 2009. From 2010 onwards IISERs are also taking in students who score well in their board exams.

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