Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali

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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali
IISER Mohali Logo 2014.png
Motto ज्ञानान्वेषणम्
Motto in English
In Pursuit of Knowledge
Type Public, Institute of National Importance
Established 2007
Director N. Sathyamurthy
Academic staff
81 Regular Faculty[1]
11 INSPIRE Faculty [2]
Undergraduates 360[3]
Postgraduates 425[4]
Location Mohali, Punjab, India
30°39′49″N 76°43′39″E / 30.663611°N 76.7275°E / 30.663611; 76.7275Coordinates: 30°39′49″N 76°43′39″E / 30.663611°N 76.7275°E / 30.663611; 76.7275
Campus Suburban, 125 acres
Affiliations Autonomous

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali (IISER Mohali) is an autonomous academic institution established in 2007 at Mohali, Punjab, India. It is one of the seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), established by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India, to research in frontier areas of science and to provide science education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. It was established after IISER Pune and IISER Kolkata and is recognised as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India.

IISER Mohali in spring


The institute was approved by The Planning Commission in New Delhi in July 2006 and land was provided by The Punjab State government.[5] The foundation stone of IISER Mohali was laid on 27 September 2006 by the former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh.[6] The Computing Facility of IISER Mohali was inaugurated on 3 September 2007 by T. Ramasami (Secretary, Department of Science and Technology).[7] The Earth-breaking ceremony for IISER boundary wall was held on 29 December 2008 at the proposed campus site in Knowledge City, Sector 81, S.A.S. Nagar. The ceremony was performed by N. Sathyamurthy, the director of the institute.

C.N.R. Rao inaugurated the Chemistry Research Laboratory on 8 April 2009. The Central Analytical Facility of IISER Mohali has been inaugurated in March 2010. Initially the institute started its working from a transit campus in Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA), Chandigarh. In March 2010, institute started shifting to its permanent campus in The Knowledge City at Sector 81 with the opening of Central Analytical Facility (CAF) and completed the shifting in May 2013 by shutting operations in MGSIPAP complex, Sector 26, Chandigarh.

Academic programmes[edit]

  • Integrated Master's level (B.S.-M.S.): Admission to this programmes is after 10+2 years of school training and is currently done in co-ordination with the other IISERs through a Joint Admission Programme.
  • Integrated Doctoral Programme (Int. Ph.D.): Integrated Ph.D. involves a master's degree (M.S.) followed by a doctorate (Ph.D.). Students after three years of undergraduate education can join the program.
  • Doctoral Programme (Ph.D.): Admission to the doctoral programme requires a master's degree in science. It is notable that IISER Mohali has an active Humanities & Social Sciences Department, which too offers PhD positions.


Conferences held[edit]

  • 7th JNOST Conference: 15–18 December 2011[8]
  • History of Chemistry in India, 2013
  • Conference on Nonlinear Systems and Dynamics, 2013
  • ICTS program: Knot theory and its Applications, 10–20 December 2013.[9]
  • 43rd National Seminar on Crystallography: 28–30 March 2014[10]
  • 32nd meeting of the Astronomical Society of India (ASI): 20–22 March 2014[11]
  • International Workshop "Knots, Braids and Topology", 15–17 October 2014 [12]
  • International Workshop "ATMW: Lattices--Geometry and Dynamics", 17–22 December 2014 [13]
  • National Conference on Ethology and Evolution (30 October to 1 November 2015)[14]
  • International Conference on Gravitation and Cosmology (ICGC) 2015
  • Conference on Nonlinear Systems and Dynamics,2015
  • 30th Annual Conference of the Ramanujan Mathematical Society, 15–17 May 2015.[15]


IISER Mohali's stadium (Capacity: >1000)
  • Health Centre
  • Counseling Service
  • Accommodation & Transport
  • World Class Library
  • Sports Complex complete with two courts each for basketball, tennis, and volleyball
  • Cricket cum Football ground in the stadium which has a seating capacity of 1000
  • Computer Centre with High Performance Scientific Computing cluster

Cultural festival[edit]

IISER Mohali's first cultural festival (Conoscenza) was held in 2012. Spread over three days, a Parliamentary Debate and numerous quizzes were the main events. A workshop on 'science writing' was also organised.

The next year, Conoscenza was replaced by a full-fledged cultural festival- Insomnia. Apart from parliamentary debate and quizzing, the availability of a large auditorium enabled the organisation of events related to music, dance and dramatics.

Insomnia is planned to be held every year; Insomnia 2014 was held between 4 and 6 April.[16]

Insomnia 2015 was held on 27–29 March 2015 and many many cultural, quizzing and gaming contests were the key features of the event and most importantly the theme of Insomnia 2015 was "GO GREEN". [17]

Insomnia 2016 was held from 4–6 March 2016 and saw an attendance of participants and audience from colleges like ISB, IIT's, NIT's, Panjab University, PEC and lot more.[18] Parikrama - The Band performed at the event to a huge crowd.

The past sponsors for INSOMNIA include brands like Hero, Mediacomm, Canara Bank, SBI etc.

Insomnia 2017 was held on 24–26 February 2017.[19] Guthrie Govan, Mohini Dey and Gino Banks performed on the night of 24 February 2017.

National Science Day celebrations[edit]

National Science Day celebrations on the 28th of February are a regular feature at IISER Mohali, every year.[20] Invitations are sent to schools in Mohali, Chandigarh, Panchkula and nearby areas. The focus of the day is on science and mathematics demonstrations prepared by IISER Mohali students and faculty members. A large number of schools send teams for inter-school competitions such as science quizzes, group discussions, treasure hunt, junkyard wars, poster presentation held on this day. Other non-competitive events such as documentary screening, anti-superstition demonstrations, atc. are also held. The day usually ends with a 'panel discussion' in which the school students ask science-related questions to a panel of faculty members of IISER Mohali. Since 2015, the Science Day celebrations have been shifted to 27 September, IISER Mohali's Foundation Day, as this date is more convenient for school students in the region.

Opportunity Cell[edit]

The Opportunity Cell was first proposed by the Student Representative Council, in October 2011 as a joint student-faculty body to provide guidance to students about research and job opportunities. In the year 2012−13, the opportunity cell established a summer research and internship programme with National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, Connexios Life sciences [21] and Lucid Software Limited (Lucid). It also organised various seminars such as "Alternative Careers in Science", "Research Opportunities at University of St Andrews" etc. Currently the cell disseminates information about summer research programmes, PhD positions and research oriented jobs.[22]


Two editions of IISER Mohali's magazine ("Manthan") have been published so far.[23]

Notable people[edit]

Current faculty[edit]

Former Faculty[edit]


  1. ^ "IISER Mohali, Faculty". Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ "IISER Mohali, INSPIRE Faculty". Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ "IISER Mohali Website". Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "IISER Mohali website". Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ "New Science Institute to come up in Mohali - OTHER STATES". The Hindu. 2006-07-18. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  6. ^ "IISER starts classes from new campus at Mohali". Indian Express. 2011-01-08. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  7. ^ "Events - IISER". Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "National Organic Symposium Trust". Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
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  10. ^ "National Seminar on Crystallography (43A)". Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  11. ^ [1] Archived March 18, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
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  14. ^ "National Conference on Ethology and Evolution : Homepage". 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
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  16. ^ [2] Archived March 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ [3] Archived March 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
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  20. ^ [4] Archived June 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ "Connexios Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd". Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  22. ^ "Home | Opportunity Cell". Retrieved 2015-12-31. 
  23. ^ "iisermmag | eManthan: IISER Mohali Online Magazine". Retrieved 2015-12-31. 

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