Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal

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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
IISER Bhopal
Motto विद्ययाऽमृतमश्नुते
(vidyayā amṛtaṃ aśnute)
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]

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]


Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) were created in 2006 through a proclamation of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India,under the category of institiutes of national importance, 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.


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.[4][5]

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.

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.[6]

Integrated Ph.D. program (I-Ph.D.)[edit]

The Institute offers Integrated Ph.D. programme in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.. A prospective candidate should have completed a graduate programme (B.Sc./B.Tech./B.E.) in a discipline relevant to his/her choice of Integrated Ph.D. programme. Candidates seeking admission in Chemistry should have a valid JAM score. All admitted students will receive a fellowship of Rs. 10,000/- pm in the initial two years subject to satisfactory performance in their course work. Subsequently the fellowship will be revised to comply with the existing MHRD norms. Students must successfully complete course work, qualifying examination, seminars, and a dissertation. Besides the mandatory requirements, students are encourages to participate in several professional activities such as workshops, review meetings and conferences.

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.[7] 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]



Students are admitted to the programme through the following channels[8]

  • Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY): Basic Science Stream: Students qualifying in SA /SX /SB streams.
  • Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced): Students securing a place in the rank list of Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) for admission to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)
  • Joint Aptitude Test: 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) can apply for the IISER Aptitude Test.


Admission to the Integrated Ph.D. programme will be made once a year during May/June. Advertisement would be floated between March/April. Candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree. A written or oral exam will be conducted at the campus.


Applications are invited twice a year. Candidates must have qualified Masters Degree and one of National level Examinations such as CSIR-JRF/UGC-JRF/GATE/JEST. Candidates who have qualified for UGC-NET may also apply.

Student Life[edit]

Students Activity Council[edit]

Students Activity Council (SAC) is a union of the students for organization of extracurricular activities in the Institute and to address their concerns. It is totally managed, organized and maintained by the students themselves. SAC contains 6 different Activity Councils:

  • Computing and Networking Council
  • Cultural Council.
  • Fine Arts and Literary Council.
  • Environmental and Social Initiative Council
  • Sports Council.
  • Science Council.

And a Representative Council. The Activity Councils manage the extracurricular affairs that come under their realm, while the Representatives Council works as the channel to address all the issues of the students related to academics, hostels and student life in general. The Students Senate is the overall governing body of SAC; all the decision-making regarding the students is done here. SAC Elections are conducted once a year to appoint the President, Vice-President, Treasurer of SAC and the Secretaries of the respective Councils. All the students except those in their first year are eligible to take part in these elections. Students are also appointed for various other responsibilities in SAC. SAC ensures smooth and continuous conduct of student activities in the Institute. It also aims at quick and proper resolution of the issues of the students. SAC also provides an opportunity to the students to be engaged in the extracurricular activities apart from their regular curriculum, and present and enhance their creativity, technical and managerial skills.



Enthuzia is the cultural festival of IISER Bhopal. It was started in 2010. Three editions were conducted till now and the third edition was in October 2014.


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. Singularity'15 is announced to happen from April 3rd.


  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. ^ "BS-MS Program". IISER Bhopal. 
  5. ^ "PhD Program". IISER Bhopal. 
  6. ^ "Academics". Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Admissions open for PhD at IISER-Bhopal". One India Education. April 7, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal". Retrieved 25 September 2011.