The Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research (IISERs) were established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, based on the recommendation of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. Five IISERs have been created and are functioning at Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram. The basic mandate of the IISERs is to carry out research in frontier areas of science and to provide quality science education at the undergraduate and the postgraduate level. Each IISER is an autonomous institution and awards its own degrees.
The foundation stone of Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) Mohaliwas laid on 27th September 2007 by the Prime Minister of India Government of India. The first Director Prof.N Sathyamurthy joined on 18th June 2007. Classes for the first MS (Int) batch began on 16th August 2007. The transit campus was inaugurated on 13th November 2007. IISER Mohali started its academic programs in 2007 with a small batch of students in the BS-MS dual degree program. Five batches of students have completed the course requirements and have been awarded their degrees. The PhD program was started in 2008 and more then 30 students have graduated. The Integrated PhD program was started in 2012.
IISER Mohali’s fully residential campus is coming up on 125 acres of land given by the Punjab Government, in the Knowledge City at Sector 81 Mohali. Most of the buildings in the initial phase have been completed and are in use. With a faculty of 80, various programs for 1170 students are being conducted along with cutting edge research in basic sciences.
MS (Integrated) Program
The 5 yr MS (Int) program in Science at IISER Mohali admits students after 10+2. The course structure is interdisciplinary & research oriented in nature, with a focus on the basic sciences. The first two years of the program constitute a common core with courses from Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics & Computer Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, as well as Interdisciplinary courses. The MS degree is awarded in the subject in which the student opts to major in, after the core years. In the fifth year, the students will undertake a research project, and participate in state-of-the-art scientific research at IISER Mohali’s research labs. The graduates are expected to take up science as a career, although the diverse skills gained will equip them to pursue high-profile careers in any field, including industry.
The major focus at IISER Mohali is to create a world class scientific institution with an intellectually alive atmosphere of research. The doctoral program at IISER Mohali involves course work, a qualifying examination, thesis work and a thesis examination, leading to the award of a PhD degree. Besides research, students will be involved in several professional activities such as seminars, workshops, and review meetings. The institute has provision for a number of post-doctoral fellowships. Faculty research spans a diverse spectrum of interests ranging from structural, cellular & molecular biology, immunology, evolutionary biology and protein folding & misfolding in Biology, theoretical inorganic, organometallic chemistry, X-ray crystallography and spectroscopy in Chemistry, algebra, algebraic geometry, functional analysis, differential geometry and computational number theory in Mathematics, to quantum information theory, biomolecular NMR & quantum computing, statistical mechanics, ultrafast lasers, nonlinear dynamics, astrophysics, string theory and low temperature nanoscale systems in Physics. Research infrastructure available at IISER includes a computing facility, a sophisticated instrumentation facility housing NMR spectrometers, single crystal and powder X-ray diffractometers and a modern fast growing library.
Institute contact address
IISER Mohali, Knowledge city,
Sector 81, SAS Nagar,
Manauli PO 140306
Telefax: 2240266, 2240124.