Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research
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|IISER or IISERs (plural)|
Institutes of National Importance
|Budget||₹1,379.53 crore (US$170 million)|
Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are a group of premier public research institutions in India. The institutes were established by the Government of India through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to provide collegiate education in basic sciences coupled with research at the undergraduate level. The institutes were formally established by the Parliament of India through the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Act, 2010 (an amendment to the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007). Seven 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, IISER Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, IISER Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, and IISER Berhampur in Odisha. All IISERs were declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Parliament of India in 2012, to promote them as leading institutions in the country in the field of basic sciences along with its sister institutes like Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar. The financial outlay for each IISER is around ₹5 billion (US$63 million) for the first five years of establishment.
The IISERs are located in the following locations:
|1||IISER Kolkata||IISER-K||2006||Kalyani||West Bengal||www|
|4||IISER Bhopal||IISER-B||2008||Bhopal||Madhya Pradesh||www|
|6||IISER Tirupati||IISER-T||2015||Tirupati||Andhra Pradesh||www|
- IISER Nagaland. A new IISER in Nagaland was announced in the 2015-16 budget. Initially the Nagaland government suggested a different institute (SPA - School of Planning and Architecture) instead of an IISER. After many years, in 2021  and 2022, the Nagaland state government has shown renewed interest on establishing this earlier announced IISER in Nagaland.
Academics and admission
As of August 2022, IISERs admit 1734 in total each year for their dual degree BS-MS Program. For each channel of admission below, additional cut-off criteria of respective IISERs are applicable. Candidates satisfying any of the following criteria are eligible for applying:
- JEE (Advanced) channel: Candidates in General category securing a rank within 15000 in the Common Rank List (CRL) of the JEE Advanced are eligible to apply. For candidates belonging to reserved category (OBC Non-Creamy Layer, SC, ST, Persons with Disability (PD)), their category rank should be within 15000.
- IISER Aptitude Test (IAT) channel: Also known as SCB channel, admissions to at least 50% of the seats in IISER happens through IAT exam. It compromises of Physics, Chemistry, Math and Biology where students have to attend all four sections. Candidates must have taken at least three among Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics during their higher secondary course.
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