The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are a group of premier science education and research institutes in India. These institutions have been declared by an Act of Parliament as Institutes of National Importance, and are intended to be the leading institutes in the country in the field of basic sciences.
Seven IISERs have been established across the country, namely user 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.
The IISERs represent a unique initiative in India where teaching and education are integrated with state-of-the-art research, nurturing both curiosity and creativity in an intellectually vibrant atmosphere of research. Each IISER is an autonomous institution awarding its own Masters and Doctoral degrees.
As per the official statement, “The construction of the two campuses shall be completed by December 2021. The total cost likely to be incurred is Rs. 3074.12 crore. The creation of two posts of Registrar, one in each IISER, has also been approved. Both the IISERs will be constructed in the area of 1,17,000 sqm which will have complete infrastructural facilities for 1,855 students each.”
The IISERs will provide top quality science education at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, PhDs and Integrated PhDs.
The statement said, “They will carry out research in frontier areas of science and will enable India to move towards a knowledge economy by attracting best scientific talent as faculty and prepare a strong base of scientific manpower in India.”
IISER Tirupati is the sixth Institute in the chain of IISERs established by the Govt. of India under the Ministry of HRD for imparting quality education in basic sciences and for setting up state-of-the-art research facilities for frontline and cutting-edge research in science. It started academic activity started in August 2015 in the spacious transit campus located at Sri Rama Engineering College, Rami Reddy Nagar, Karkambadi Road, Tirupati.
The permanent campus of IISER will come up at Srinivasapuram and Panguru of Yerpedu Mandal, just 3 kilometers from IIT Tirupati campus. The establishment of IISER and IIT in Tirupati paves the way for a unique synergy of two premier educational institutes in the country.
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Berhampur is a public research and education institute in Berhampur under MHRD. The government has allotted 200 acres at Laudigaon near Gopalpur for construction of the permanent campus of the IISER Berhampur. In the past, construction of the pucca road was necessary as the government has assured the Centre to provide all necessary infrastructure to the institute.
The institute started functioning in 2016 on its temporary campus in the ITI Berhampur with 60 students taking admission. Union cabinet on October 27, 2016, had approved for operationalization of the Institute on the temporary campus for initial three years from 2016-17 to 2018-19 involving a cost of Rs 152.77- crore, official sources said. Forum for Ganjam, an umbrella organization of some intellectuals, activists, members of political parties and academics, urged the government to appoint a permanent director for the IISER Berhampur.