Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research

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Location of the 5 IISERs.

The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), are a group of most premier science education and research institutes in India. These institutions have been declared by Act of Parliament as institutions of national importance,[1] and are intended to be the IITs of basic sciences. The institutes were created by the Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), under The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010 (an amendment of the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007), which was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 30 April 2012.[2] Five 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 and IISER Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.[3] A new IISER is about to start functioning from August 2015 at Tirupati. Two new IISERs in Odisha and Nagaland have been announced in the 2015 Budget.[4] [5] The financial outlay for each IISER is around 5 billion (US$78 million) for the first five years.


The IISERs are located in:

IISERs and locations, sorted alphabetically
Name Photo Short Name Established City/Town State/UT Website
IISER Bhopal IISER-B 2008 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
IISER Kolkata IISER-K 2006 Kolkata West Bengal
IISER Mohali IISER-M 2007 Mohali Punjab
IISER Pune IISER-P 2006 Pune Maharashtra
IISER Thiruvananthapuram IISER-TVM 2008 Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
IISER Tirupati IISER-T 2015 Tirupati Andhra Pradesh

Future institutes[edit]

  • IISER Odisha. A new IISER is planned to come up in Odisha.[6]
  • IISER Nagaland. A new IISER is planned to come up in Nagaland.[7]


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata was functioned from the temporary campus at Mohanpur, a temporary arrangement within the campus of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya previously and now almost all the labs been shifted to its permanent campus, over 250 acres (1.0 km2) of land at Haringhata, Kalyani near Kolkata.[8]

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune has started functioning from the National Chemical Laboratory Pune campus. Its campus has mostly been developed.The labs,lecture hall complexe,main buildings,hostels have been set up.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali has started functioning from the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration complex in Sector 26 Chandigarh. The foundation stone for its permanent campus was laid in September 2006 by the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh. The teaching program has commenced from August 2007.Now Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali is fully functioning on its permanent campus at Sector 81, Mohali.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal started functioning from the ITI Gas Rahat Building Govindpura Bhopal. The Institute shifted to its main campus in Bhauri in August 2012.[9]

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram has started functioning from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum. Land for the permanent campus has been identified at Vithura, within 50 km from the city, near Ponmudi. The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology will be within few kilometres.


The first batch of around 80 students for integrated Master of Science courses have already been admitted to the institutes at Kolkata and Pune. Almost double number of students were admitted in the second batch. These students were selected through the highly competitive IIT-JEE. Furthermore, some students were selected from the IISc's KVPY and the Olympiad student list.[10] Students qualifying any of the following examinations will be eligible for admission-

  1. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)
  2. IITJEE – Those who feature in the regular merit list.
  3. State and Central Boards (top 1% in each board in class 12th)

As of 2009 Admissions, the IISERs will not be accepting students who qualify through the olympiad route. Intake will only be through KVPY and IIT-JEE, for the batch of 2009. From 2010 onwards IISERs are also taking in students who score well in their board exams.