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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata

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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER-K or IISER Kolkata) is an autonomous science research and education institute in Nadia district, West Bengal, India, awarding its own degrees. It was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2006 and promoted to the status of an Institute of National Importance in 2012 vide the NIT Amendment Act.[3] It is one of seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, and was the first of the IISERs to be established along with IISER Pune.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata
IISER-K Logo.svg
MottoTowards Excellence in Science
ChairmanArvind Natu[1]
DirectorSourav Pal
Haringhata, Mohanpur (Transient)
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22°57′50″N 88°31′29″E / 22.963767°N 88.524613°E / 22.963767; 88.524613Coordinates: 22°57′50″N 88°31′29″E / 22.963767°N 88.524613°E / 22.963767; 88.524613
CampusRural, 201 acres



Admission is done through the three channels open for all IISERs:[4]

A maximum of 50% of the seats are assigned to KVPY and JEE-Advanced students. Students applying through SCBs also need to take Common IISER Aptitude Test, and are assigned by merit on this test.


The institute has five major departments: biological sciences; chemical sciences; earth sciences; mathematics and statistics; and physical sciences.[5]

The institute hosts the Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences (CESSI)[6] and a Max Planck-DST Partner Group of Chemical Ecology funded by the Max Planck Society.[citation needed] It also has a field station for ecological, environmental and field studies, and a broadband seismological observatory.[citation needed] The institute jointly runs the Göttingen-Kolkata: Open shell systems (G-KOSS) in fundamentals of molecular spintronics with Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.[7]


The college organizes a major annual festival, Inquivesta, [8] which is promoted as one of the first and the biggest science fest of the country. IISER Kolkata has also been hosting VIJYOSHI (the national science camp), along with IISc Bangalore and the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, since 2014.


University rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[9]40

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata was ranked 40 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in overall ranking in 2019.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dr. Arvind Natu Nominated as Chair of Board of Governors of IISER Kolkata". 20 March 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  2. ^
  3. ^ NIT Amendment Act, 2012
  4. ^ url="" Retrieved 4 October 2018
  5. ^ Departments at IISER Kolkata
  6. ^ CESSI IISER Kolkata
  7. ^ Georg-August-Universität Göttingen - Göttingen-Kolkata: G-KOSS. (2013-07-07). Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  8. ^ Inquivesta Home Page
  9. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.

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