Director's message

Welcome to Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata! Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) were established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, to promote quality education and research in basic science. The first two institutes established under this initiative are IISER Kolkata (IISER-K) and IISER Pune in 2006, followed by IISER Mohali in 2007, and IISER Bhopal and IISER Thiruvananthapuram in 2008, IISER Tirupati in 2015 and IISER Berhampur in 2016. These are autonomous institutes for higher education and research in science, nurturing both curiosity and creativity.

IISER-K has completed ten years of its existence in 2016, a decade of excellence in science! The Institute has made significant progress during Prof. Prasanta K. Panigrahi these years and crossed several milestones successfully. IISER-K is recognized for its vibrancy, its academic ethos, faculty members of excellent academic repute, supportive non-teaching staff members and our very bright students. The steady and positive growth in research in different scientific areas being carried out by the faculty and the students at IISER Kolkata are evident from the quality and the quantum of research work in terms of the number of high-quality research publications in peer-reviewed international and national journals. The total number of research publications from the Institute is 1617 (as per Web-of-Science), majority of them in highly-reputed international journals.
The Institute has a flexible academic programme and hosts state-of-the-art research facilities. Apart from the five academic departments (Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physical Sciences), it has several centres of excellence: (1) Center of Excellence in Space Sciences in India (CESSI) supported by Ministry of Human Resource Development, (2) National Centre for High Pressure Studies, supported by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. Recently, the institute supported “Centre for Advanced Functional Materials (CAFM)” came into existence. Two interdisciplinary centres (1) Centre for Climate and Environmental Studies (CCES) and Centre for Large Scale Computing (CLSC) are being created with the Institute initiative.

As on date, IISER Kolkata has total 1058 students (660 BS-MS, 1 MS-by-Research, 139 IPhD and 258 PhD students) pursuing various academic programs. We have total 540 alumni, mostly pursuing their higher studies in some of the best research institutes in India and abroad. A few are well placed in some organizations/ institutes of repute. We are sure a similar trend will continue in the years ahead. The Institute has 23 post-doctoral fellows, supported by external funding agencies. The Institute maintains a 10:1 student faculty ratio, currently having 101 regular faculty members (Assistant Professor 43 Associate Professor 51 Professor 7) and 3 Assistant Professors (On Contract). Students and faculty members of IISER-K are not only engaged in scientific activities, but are also involved in various outreach and co-curricular activities.

Presently, the state-of-the-art Lecture Hall Complex provides well equipped classrooms for teaching and student activities. The Research Complex & Teaching and Research Complex house for the faculty members with offices and laboratories and the central instrument facilities, which are of paramount importance for cutting-edge research. Academic and Administrative Complex will soon house the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, state-of-art- computer facilities and the administration. IISER-K is a residential campus with all the facilities necessary for a campus-based institute.
The Institute has established mutual partnership with various national and international Universities/Institutes for exchange of students and faculty and research collaborations. It is diligently working towards creating a benchmark of excellence, befitting its vision and mission. As an Institute of National importance, it aims to provide pivotal leadership in the area of science education and research in national and international arena.
To conclude, for inquisitive young minds looking for a platform for experiencing fine blend of quality teaching with world-class research in basic sciences, IISER-K is one of the best institutions to reckon with. Personally, I am humbled and grateful to be a part of this exciting environment of IISER Kolkata.

Prof. Prasanta K. Panigrahi
Director, IISER Kolkata