Thursday, March 02, 2006


Centre gives nod to IISER in Chandigarh: Times of India

CHANDIGARH: The country's third Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) would be set up in the city's periphery. The Union Government is learnt to have given the go-ahead for the prestigious institution, according to sources in the ministry of science and technology.

However, chief minister Amarinder Singh had earlier hinted in the Vidhan Sabha that the prestigious institute would come up in Jalandhar.

Two other IISERs are being set up in Pune and Kolkata. Together, they shall come up at an approximate cost of Rs 500-550 crore. The ministry of human resource development would soon constitute an implementation committee for the latest IISER.

IISER, Kolkata, was likely to start functioning this years but is said to have been delayed due to political reasons. This tangle worked in favour of Chandigarh, sources said.

Once set up, the three institutes would establish a network with professional institutes like IITs and NIITs, universities and colleges across the nation. The IISER in the city's periphery would bring together all undergraduate, postgraduate, doctorate and post doctorate scholars under one roof.

It would collaborate with all major scientific institutes in the region --PAU, Ludhiana, IMTECH, YS Parmar Horticulture University, Solan, and various engineering colleges. The IISER would use some infrastructure and faculty from these institutions to give a boost to science education.

Each of the IISERs would have about 190 faculty members each across disciplines and would be headed by a director. It would offer programmes of study in biological sciences, physical sciences, chemical sciences, computer sciences, life sciences, environment and earth system sciences.

The institute could be expected to have about 2,050 students in its masters' programme, doctoral programme and post-doctoral programme at the time of its full-fledged functioning. However, to begin with, the total strength in its integrated MSc programme would be 1,000 and 1,050 in the doctoral and post doctoral programme.

Entrance to these programmes would be through an all India competitive examination. These institutions have been recommended by the scientific advisory council to the Prime Minister headed by Professor CNR Rao, who had recommended these to revive waning interest in basic science as a career.
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