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Research Highlights

A new mechanism of self-repairing in piezoelectric materials is discovered.

S. Bhunia, S. Chandel, S. K. Karan, S. Dey, A. Tiwari, S. Das, N. Kumar, R. Chowdhury, S. Mondal, I. Ghosh, A. Mondal, B. B. Khatua, N. Ghosh, C. M. Reddy, Science, 2021, 373, 321–327.

Hydropool mapping of the highest river in the world (Dudh Kosi, Mt. Everest).

Dasgupta, B., Ajay, A., Kumar, A., Thamban, M., & Sanyal, P. (2021). Isoscape of surface runoff in high mountain catchments: An alternate model for meteoric water characterization and its implications. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 126, e2020JD033950.

The cost of bacterial predation via Type VI Secretion System leads to predator extinction under environmental stress.

The teams of Amirul I Mallick & Dipjyoti Das combined experiments and mathematical modeling to show how bacterial predation under environmental stress can lead to predator extinction and host defence.

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The First-order Mott Transition in V2O3 has Traits of Second Order Transitions.

This work shows that the strongly hysteretic first-order phase transition in V2O3, and possibly other similar materials with long-ranged interactions, can have features usually associated with second-order transitions


Director's Message

Prof. Prasanta K. Panigrahi  Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) were established as autonomous institutes for higher education by the then Ministry of Human Resource Development (now Ministry of Education), Government of India, to promote high quality education and research in basic sciences. The first two institutes, under this initiative, were 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. One of the major objectives has been to integrate quality teaching with curiosity needed for state-of-the-art research. Teaching and research have both been very important components in the growth of IISERs.

News & Achievements

  • Dr. Bibhasvata Dasgupta who completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Prasanta Sanyal of Dept. of Earth Sciences, has received offers of four Post Doctoral positions which includes Columbia University, University of Texas, National University of Singapore and Utrecht University. He has decided to join Utrecht University. Congratulations to Dr. Bibhasvata Dasgupta for his achievements.
  • Prof. Alakesh Bisai of IISER Kolkata has been invited by the President of the RSC to become a 'Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry' (2023) through the ‘Leaders in the Field’ Scheme, based on research contributions in the field of Natural Product Synthesis [research highlights in 'Organic Chemistry Portal' as 'The Bisai Synthesis of (-)-Physovenine’ and ‘The Bisai Synthesis of Lycoramine’].
  • lf complainants fail to get internal redress, The Directorate of Public Grievances (DPG) can be approached for redress of grievance.
  • The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution proclaiming 2022 as the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, on 2 December 2021. IISER Kolkata is a proud partner of the IYBSSD2022. We will hold events of public outreach on the basic sciences during July 2022-June 2023 to emphasize the importance of the basic sciences. 
  • Technology Enabled Learning: Here is the details of the various initiatives under NMEICT, MHRD, Govt. of India