Friday, June 03, 2011

Indian Institute of Science (IISc)/ Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs)
 Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
o    The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore came into existence in 1909. The Institute has been engaged in higher learning and advanced research in the fields of science and Engineering. The institute started functioning in 1911 with two Departments and over a period of nine decades, has grown steadily to occupy its present leading position among the institutions of higher learning in the country. The Institute is a post graduate Institution providing quality education and excelling in research and development at the cutting edge of several disciplines in Science, Engineering and Technology. There are now over 40 Departments and Centers of Sciences, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Electrical Sciences, Mechanical Sciences and Information Science and Services. The ratio of students to teaching faculty is an enviable one.
o    The Institute has introduced many innovations in teaching and research that have contributed to the growth of science and technology in the country. The traditional programmes are ME, M.Tech., M.Des., MBA, M.Sc. (Engg.) and Ph.D. degrees. The Integrated Ph.D. (post B.Sc) program in Biological, Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences attracts the bright students of the country and is very popular. The other innovative programs are Young Fellowship Program in Science and the Young Engineering Fellowship Program. In addition, courses are offered under the Quality Improvement program, the Continuing Education and PROFICIENCE Programs.
o    The faculty of the Institute also undertake a large number of research projects funded by different agencies/organizations, both in the public and in the private sector. The interactions between the Institute and industry are strengthened through the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Consultancy (CSIC), the Society for Innovation and Development (SID) and the Advanced Bio-residue Energy Technologies Society (ABETS).
o    The Institute houses one of the largest computing facilities in any academic institution in the country and also holds the best library collections in the fields of science and engineering. The Institute has set up a digital library to meet the requirements of its faculty and the campus community also has access to a huge selection of e-journals and e-resources.
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Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs)
o    The Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (SAC-PM) under the Chairmanship of Prof. C.N.R. Rao, recommended creation of five new institutions devoted to science education and research to be named “Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research” broadly on the lines of IISc., Bangalore. Five such Institutes have already been established at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram.
o    The vision of these institutes encompasses creation of research centres of the highest caliber in which teaching and education in basic sciences will be totally integrated with state-of-the-art research. These Institutions are devoted to under-graduate and post-graduate teaching in sciences in an intellectually vibrant atmosphere of research and make education and career in basic sciences more attractive by providing opportunities in integrative teaching and learning of sciences. The goals of these institutes, inter alia, are: -
1.  To create quality education and research in basic sciences.
2.  To attract and nurture high-quality academic faculty.
3.  To create integrated Masters Programme in sciences, in order to provide entry into research at a younger age. In addition, the Institutes will have integrated programmes leading to Masters and Ph.Ds to those who hold a Bachelor’s degree in science.
4.  To make possible a flexible borderless curriculum in sciences.
5.  To actively forge strong relationship with existing universities and colleges and network with laboratories and institutions.
6.  To establish advanced Research Laboratories and Central facilities.
o    Admission in undergraduate courses in IISERs is through extended merit list of IIT-Joint Entrance Examination, Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) and Direct Admission based on class X & XII performance in science stream.  

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata\
o    IISER Kolkata was established in August 2006. The central theme of the IISER - K is to integrate education with research so that undergraduate teaching as well as doctoral and postdoctoral research work could be carried out in symbiosis.
o    IISER K offers the Integrated B.S - M.S Programme , 2-Year M.S Programme, Integrated Ph.D Programme, Ph.D Programme & Post-Doctoral Programme.
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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune
o    The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune is a premier institute dedicated to research and teaching in the basic sciences was established in 2006. As a unique initiative in science education in India, IISER aims to be a Science University of the highest caliber devoted to both teaching and research in a totally integrated manner, with state-of-the-art research and high quality education, thus nurturing both curiosity and creativity.
o    Integrated Masters (M.S.) program aims to integrate the conventional bachelors and masters programs into a more holistic science education experience, bringing together conventional disciplines in the biological, chemical, mathematical and physical sciences. The program focuses on the unified nature of science and aims to train some of the brightest young minds of our country, through some of the best practitioners of science in India.
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 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali
o    The Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) Mohali has been established as an autonomous academic institution in 2007, to carry out research in frontier areas of science and provide quality science education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The broad focus of IISER Mohali is to integrate excellence in scientific research with education.
o    The academic activity of IISER Mohali is interdisciplinary in nature, with a focus on the basic sciences. The emphasis is on expanding the frontiers of knowledge while focusing on the fundamentals of science. IISER Mohali's major thrust areas are: Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics & Computer Science, Material Science and Environment & Earth System Science.
o    IISER Mohali offers the Integrated Master's level (M.S.) Programme, Doctoral Program (PhD) and Integrated Doctoral Program (Int. PhD).
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 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal
o    The Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) Bhopal was established in 2008, with a mission to provide high quality science education to Undergraduate and post-graduate students. The prime focus is to integrate science education and research with a motive of attracting bright students and world class faculties. The institute is committed to impart high moral and ethical values and create concern for social and environment awareness.
o    Currently, IISER Bhopal offers BS-MS (Dual Degree) programme and Ph.D. programme in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Earth and Environmental Sciences.
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 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram
o    The Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) Thiruvananthapuram was established in August 2008, and is dedicated to scientific research and science education of international standards.
o    IISER-TVM is an autonomous institution awarding five year integrated MS degree in addition to Ph.D degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and inter-disciplinary areas. The emphasis is to develop a spirit of research cutting across disciplines.
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