Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research

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Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
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TypeAutonomous government institute (deemed university)
FounderProf. C. N. R. Rao, Bharat Ratna, Honorary President at JNCASR
JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-560 064
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The Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) is a multidisciplinary research institute located at Jakkur, Bangalore, India. It was established by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, to mark the birth centenary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India. It is considered among one of the most prestigious research institutes in India.[1][2] In 2019, JNCASR was ranked #7 among the world's top ten research institutes by Nature journal in a normalised ranking of small research institutes with high quality output.[3]


Researchers at the centre are divided into seven units: Chemistry and Physics of Materials, Engineering Mechanics, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology, Molecular biology and Genetics, New Chemistry, Theoretical Sciences, Education Technology and Geodynamics.[4] There are two off-campus units: Chemical Biology and Condensed Matter Theory. JNCASR has a faculty-to-student ratio of about 1:4 and state-of-the-art experimental, computational and infrastructural facilities. It offers Ph.D. programmes, as well as an Integrated Ph.D. (post-bachelor's degree) programme in Materials Science. The small size of the institute (currently about 53 faculty members and ~300 students) fosters interdisciplinary collaborations. It is a "deemed university", i.e., it awards its own degrees. Apart from training its own students through a wide spectrum of courses, the centre's Summer Research Fellowship programme hosts some of the brightest undergraduates in the country; the Educational Technology Unit produces teaching aids and educational material, the centre organises and teaches short-term courses at universities across India, and trains promising young chemists and biologists as part of the programmes of Project-Oriented-Chemical-Education (POCE) and Project-Oriented-Biological-Education (POBE).

Buckyball in Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit (MBGU) building, JNCASR

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  1. ^ "Top 50 rising institutions | Nature Index 2021 Materials Science | Supplements | Nature Index".
  2. ^ https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/scientific-research-centre-in-bengaluru-ranked-7th-worldwide-119062101319_1.html
  3. ^ https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/scientific-research-centre-in-bengaluru-ranked-7th-worldwide-119062101319_1.html
  4. ^ "JNCASR made huge impact on Science: Rao". Indian Express. Bangalore, India. 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2010" (PDF).

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