Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research

Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are a group of premier public research institutions in India. The institutes were established by the Government of India through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to provide collegiate education in basic sciences coupled with research at the undergraduate level. The institutes were formally established by the Parliament of India through the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Act, 2010 (an amendment to the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007).[3][4] Seven 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, IISER Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, IISER Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, and IISER Berhampur in Odisha.[5][6] All IISERs were declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Parliament of India in 2012,[7] to promote them as leading institutions in the country in the field of basic sciences along with its sister institutes like Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar. The financial outlay for each IISER is around 5 billion (US$63 million) for the first five years of establishment.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
Other name
IISER or IISERs (plural)
Institutes of National Importance
Budget1,379.53 crore (US$170 million)
(FY2022–23 est.)[1]
Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research is located in India
Location of the 7 IISERs offering admission in 2018.[2]


The IISERs are located in the following locations:

Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs)
# Name Short Name Established City/Town State/UT Website
1 IISER Kolkata IISER-K 2006 Kalyani West Bengal
2 IISER Pune IISER-P 2006 Pune Maharashtra
3 IISER Mohali IISER-M 2007 Mohali Punjab
4 IISER Bhopal IISER-B 2008 Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
5 IISER Thiruvananthapuram IISER-TVM 2008 Thiruvananthapuram Kerala
6 IISER Tirupati IISER-T 2015 Tirupati Andhra Pradesh
7 IISER Berhampur IISER-BPR 2016 Berhampur Odisha

Future institutesEdit

  • IISER Nagaland. A new IISER in Nagaland was announced in the 2015-16 budget.[8] But it seems the Nagaland government would prefer a different institute (SPA - School of Planning and Architecture) instead of an IISER.[9] Until Nagaland Assembly Elections, 2018, state government has not shown any interest in opening the institute. There is also no public demand for the institute in Nagaland. It is very likely that the institute may never come up in Nagaland due to lack of interest among stakeholders.


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata was functioning from the temporary campus at Mohanpur, a temporary arrangement within the campus of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya previously and now almost all the labs have been shifted to its permanent campus, over 250 acres (1.0 km2) of land at Haringhata, Kalyani near Kolkata.[10]

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 complexes, main buildings, and the hostels have been set up in the permanent campus.

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. It started functioning at 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.[11] The institute was moved to its main campus in Bhauri in August 2012.[12]

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram started functioning recently from its own permanent campus at Vithura, which is 40 km from Thiruvananthapuram city. Earlier, it was functioning from a temporary campus at the College of Engineering, Trivandrum.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupati started functioning from a transient campus at Mangalam, Tirupati about 7 km from the city in 2015. The permanent campus has been planned to be constructed at Yerpedu, about a half-an-hour away from the city in a plot of 250 acres (1 km2) near the foothills of the Saptagiri ranges and Phase-1 of the construction is to expected to be completed by 2019.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Berhampur commenced in Odisha in 2016.[13] It is functioning from a transit campus at Government ITI. Its permanent campus is being built at Laudigam, near the sea, 20 km from Berhampur, Odisha.[14]

Academics and admissionEdit

As of October 2018, IISERs admit 1325 students[citation needed] in total each year for their dual degree BS-MS Program. For each channel of admission below, additional cut-off criteria of respective IISERs are applicable. Candidates satisfying any of the following criteria are eligible for applying:

  1. KVPY channel: Candidates having a valid KVPY fellowship.[15]
  2. JEE (Advanced) channel: Candidates in General category securing a rank within 15000 in the Common Rank List (CRL) of the JEE Advanced are eligible to apply. For candidates belonging to reserved category (OBC Non-Creamy Layer, SC, ST, Persons with Disability (PD)), their category rank should be within 15000. Additionally, for admission to the 4-year BS program in Engineering Sciences at IISER Bhopal, candidates must have secured 75% marks (GEN/EWS/OBC-NCL) or 65% marks (SC/ST/PwD) in their Class XII (or equivalent) exams.[15]
  3. State and Central Boards (SCB) Channel : Candidates who have passed (10+2) level with science stream with marks equal to or above the cut off percentage in their respective boards as given in the external link [1] are eligible to apply for the IISER Aptitude Test (IAT). Candidates applying through SCB channel will have to appear in the IAT. On the basis of the cut-off marks of IAT for each IISER (which are kept strictly confidential[citation needed]), candidates are allotted IISERs by the Joint Admissions Committee (JAC) through a common admissions portal.[15]


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  3. ^ "Rajya Sabha passes to key education bills". Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  5. ^ "PIB Press Release".
  6. ^ "IISER Admission 2016". Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  7. ^ "University And Higher Education - Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development".
  8. ^ "Institute spree fans brand debate".
  9. ^ "Cloud on IISER Nagaland".
  10. ^ "IISER Kolkata – Campus". Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  11. ^ "ITI". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  12. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 28 August 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Odisha govt announces IISER will be set up in Berhampur". Business Standard. 1 August 2015.
  14. ^ "IISER likely to begin by next year: Smriti : Nagaland Post".
  15. ^ a b c "IISER Admission - 2020". Retrieved 20 November 2019.