Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences

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Coordinates: 19°04′14″N 72°51′19″E / 19.070555°N 72.855180°E / 19.070555; 72.855180

Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, Mumbai
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TypeScience Education and Research Institution
Established17 September 2007
DirectorProf. V.K. JAIN
Location, ,
CampusUniversity of Mumbai, Kalina campus

Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (Hindi: मौलिक विज्ञान प्रकर्ष केंद्र) (or UM-DAE CEBS) is an autonomous institute with an affiliation to the University of Mumbai. It was set up in the University of Mumbai by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in collaboration with the university . This institute offers undergraduate science education and research opportunities. It aims at improving the quality of basic science education in the country at the undergraduate level and developing a pool of scientists for the various scientific works of the country. The Institute was established on 17 September 2007 by Dr R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. In 2016, the institution was granted the status of "Aided Institution" under the Department of Atomic Energy by the Government of India.[1]

Dr. Vimal Kumar Jain took over as the Director of UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences on 18 October 2017 (AN) The former Director of the institute was Prof. Ramakrishna V. Hosur who was also a Senior Professor (Chemical Sciences) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and was, in 2014, awarded Padmashree by the Government of India.[2]


This autonomous institute is managed by a governing council headed by the Secretary of Dept. of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India which is the supreme decision making body for the institute. The Governing Council consists of eminent scientists, academicians and professors from proximate institutions.

Matters related to academic activities are handled by the Academic Board chaired by ProfessorJ. P. Mittal who is a renowned scientist.[3] Before Prof. Mittal, Prof Raghunathan, was the chairperson of the CEBS Academic Board. The complete list of members of the Governing Council and Academic Board can be seen at http://cbs.ac.in/administration/academic-board


CBS functions from the Kalina Campus of the University of Mumbai, Santacruz(E), Mumbai. Prefabricated buildings near Annabhau Sathe Bhavan in the University campus serve as classrooms, library, computer lab and chemistry and biology undergraduate labs. Some laboratories have moved to the new faculty block near Nano Sciences Building of the University of Mumbai.

Currently, CEBS students are housed in the Annabhau Sathe Bhavan and in the new hostel building which is located a little distance away from the present building. In addition to the facilities provided by the institute, the University of Mumbai also extends its own facilities to the students which include library (Jawaharlal Nehru University Library) and sports facilities. The new CEBS campus - Administrative and faculty building) is under construction. The new hostel block is already occupied by its students.


The students studying in undergraduate courses are selected through the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST), also used by National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar.

Selected students are called for counseling and admission to CBS. All subjects are compulsory in the first year. Specialisation of stream starts from the second year, i.e. Sem III. Students are required to pay fees and other charges in full amount on the date of admission.

The graduate students are selected by interview subject to certain criteria in the master's degree.

Academic Office[edit]

The Academic board of the institute exists to facilitate, initiate and co-ordinate the academic work of the Institute, particularly the teaching and assessment of students. It acts as the repository of grades and academic records of all students, both past and present.

Departments and research activities[edit]

The institute at present has 4 departments which are:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Life Sciences

Various research works are being carried out at CEBS in close association with institutes like TIFR, BARC, Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT) in nuclear physics, astrophysics, free electron lasers, biophysics, genetics, chemical biology, cell and developmental biology, and cancer biology and therapeutics.

Student Life and Culture[edit]

Students of UM-DAE CEBS, known as CBScients, reside at Anna Bhau Sathe Bhawan, the newly built pre-fabricated housing structures in the Mumbai University campus and in the New Hostel Block. Library, common room, maintenance and mess facilities are provided by the institute. In addition, students can use the sports facilities provided by CEBS as well as the University. The campus is located in the lush green premises of University, thus providing an ideal atmosphere for studying and research activities.

Students joining UM-DAE CEBS are nurtured within the rich cultural and scientific environment of Mumbai. They are given opportunities to attend talks and colloquiums at TIFR along with the other cultural activities held there. Besides, every Tuesday, a colloquium is organised in the institute through which students get a chance to interact with eminent scientists and are exposed to the latest research works happening all around the world. Also, many educational trips are organised round the year, including visits and camps at scientific and research institutions around the nation.

For the all round development and to promote healthy interaction among students, clubs like science club, music club, arts club and literary club are set up by the students which regularly organise events. Each club organises certain events throughout the year. The science club organises Rendezvous sessions, as well as lecture sessions with eminent scientists. They also undertake Open Mic sessions in which speakers are invited to give short, 3 minute talks. The music club organizes Symphonia, which is an open stage event, taking place twice a semester, and Dhwani, which is the musical evening hosted in the third week of March, in which CBS students showcase their musical talent. CEBS students also participate in the Inter IISER Sports Meet (IISM), held in December every year. Another major sports event is Ragnarok, which is organized in the second fortnight of January. The art club organises its own fest, Oris in mid February, in which students showcase their artistic skill. The Game club has also started its fest, Crossfire, in the last week of March. The literary club publishes the CBS magazine, Novellus, and organises its fest, Stylus in which students are invited to caption memes, write public poems and participate in quizzes. All these activities help in the all round development of students, which helps in building a healthy learning atmosphere in and around the institute.

Mentor Institutions and Faculty[edit]

CEBS is one of the many institutions set by Government of India to improve the quality of science education in the country. It has been set up in Mumbai, the largest city in India. This city boasts of world-renowned scientific institutions like TIFR, IIT Mumbai and BARC. This gives a major boost to the institution in achieving the goal it has set for itself and the country.

Scientists and professors from these institutes, University of Mumbai and its affiliated colleges have designed and given courses to the undergraduate students of the institute.

Summer Associate Research Programme (SARP)[edit]

CEBS offers a 2-months of internship opportunity to students who are 2nd year or above pursuing their B.Sc. or Integrated M.Sc. in the fields of Chemistry (organic, inorganic and physical), biology, mathematics and physics-astronomy, condensed matter, quantum mechanics etc.[4]

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