Homi Bhabha National Institute

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Homi Bhabha National Institute
Type Deemed university
Established 2005[1]
Founder Department of Atomic Energy with Ravi Grover as the founder director.[2]
Vice-Chancellor PR Vasudeva Rao [3]
Dean B. K. Dutta
Academic staff
Location Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400094, India
19°02′02″N 72°55′34″E / 19.034°N 72.926°E / 19.034; 72.926
Website http://www.hbni.ac.in/
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The Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) is an Indian deemed university established by the Department of Atomic Energy, which unifies several of their constituent institutions. Deemed universities in India have been divided in three categories by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and HBNI has been placed in category 'A', highest of the three categories.[4]

Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai and its Constituent Units are the institutions of excellence as per section 4(b) of "The Central Education Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006".[5]

National Assessment and Accreditation Council has accredited HBNI with a CGPA of 3.53 on a four point scale at A grade valid up to May 10, 2020.[6]


The Indian Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) was set up in 1954 and its mandate includes research including fundamental research in matters connected with atomic energy and the development of its uses in power generation, research, agriculture, industry and health care and advancement of higher mathematics. In pursuit of its mandate DAE has established several research and development centres, grant-in-aid institutions and has taken in its fold several existing grant-in-aid institutions. All research institutions under the umbrella of the DAE have been pursuing academic programme right from their inception. Considering continued expansion of atomic energy programme and considering the fact that the DAE institutions are engaged in human resource development programmes, the DAE Science Research Council recommended in 2003 that the DAE should establish a university level institutions. After completing all formalities, Prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, announced[7] the approval of the government of India for setting up of HBNI on June 4, 2005. It is named after the late Indian physicist Homi J. Bhabha. The HRD Ministry of the government of India declared Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) a deemed to be University along with ten Constituent Institutions (CIs).

The first Director/ Vice-chancellor, Ravi Grover has written a brief history of the Institute in an article published by him on the website of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.[8]

Constituent Institutions[edit]

R&D centers[edit]


Academic Programmes and Growth[edit]

Subjects covered by Boards of studies include chemical sciences, engineering sciences, health sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics (including theoretical computer science) and applied system analysis.

Details of academic programmes are as follows.

  • Ph.D.
  • M.Tech.
  • M.Sc. (Engg)
  • Integrated M.Sc. of five year duration at NISER.
  • Super-specialty courses DM and MCh in several disciplines related to cancer treatment at TMC
  • Post-graduate courses MD in various disciplines related to cancer treatment at TMC.
  • MD in nuclear medicine at BARC.
  • M.Sc.(Nursing) and M.Sc.(Clinical Research) at TMC.
  • Diploma in Radiation Protection in BARC.
  • Diploma in Medical Radioisotopes Techniques in BARC.
  • Diploma in Fusion Imaging Technology in TMC.

For developing a well trained manpower in the area of nuclear science and engineering, DAE established the "Training School" in 1957 at Trombay, Mumbai.[9] To cater to increased demand of manpower, Training Schools were established at other places and all Training Schools offer a well designed one year intensive programme for fresh engineers and scientists. This provides the students a very sound academic base in nuclear science and technology. For historical reasons, the name "Training School" continues, though given the depth and range of courses, it functions as a graduate school.

Courses are conducted at all CIs and at BARC Training schools[10] at:

HBNI encourages students to take courses at other reputable institutes and provide for credit transfer. In particular, students regularly take additional courses at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay or Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Annual report for the year 2016-17 [11] reports impressive growth in academic programmes and the following tables summarise the growth.

Growth of Doctoral Programme[edit]

Year Number of PhD awardees
2007-08 2
2008-09 14
2009-10 20
2010-11 32
2011-12 54
2012-13 87
2013-14 115
2014-15 165
2015-16 200
2016-17 218
Total 907

Discipline wise distribution of total Ph.D. awards[edit]

Subject PhDs awarded
Chemical sciences 165
Engineering sciences 123
Life sciences 119
Mathematics sciences 91
Physical sciences 405
Health sciences 2
Applied system analysis 2

Growth of super-specialty and post-graduate medical programmes[edit]

Year MD DM MCh
2010-11 - 4 -
2011-12 16 2 2
2012-13 17 5 2
2013-14 33 9 16
2014-15 33 11 17
2015-16 39 14 16
2016-17 63 21 23


  1. ^ "The Beginning". Homi Bhabha National Institute. Retrieved 2015-10-16. 
  2. ^ "Setting up of Homi Bhabha National Institute" (PDF). Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ "HBNI -> Council of Management". Homi Bhabha National Institute. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Comparative assessment of the (Deemed to be University)" (PDF). Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development. 
  5. ^ "Central Educational Institutions" (PDF). Ministry of Law and Justice. 
  6. ^ http://www.hbni.ac.in/main/NAAC/naacloi.html accessdate = November 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Dr Manmohan Singh announced the approval" (PDF). BARC. Retrieved 2005-06-04. 
  8. ^ "Setting up of Homi Bhabha National Institute" (PDF). Retrieved December 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Development of human resources for Indian nuclear power programme", Sadhana, Vol. 38, Part 5, October 2013, pp 1051-1064.
  10. ^ The making of a nuclear scientist. The Hindu (2011-12-26). Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  11. ^ http://www.hbni.ac.in/main/anual_rpt/dsp_anrpt.html?nm=annual_rep_16_17.pdf. retrieved on 23.11 2017.

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