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The National Institute of Science Education
and Research (NISER) (Odia: ଜାତୀୟ ବିଜ୍ଞାନ ଶିକ୍ଷା ଏବଂ
ଗବେଷଣା ଅନୁଷ୍ଠାନ) is a research institution in Jatani (Khordha)
Odisha, India. The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh (2004-2014)
laid the foundation stone on August 28, 2006, establishing the institute along the lines
of the IISc in Bangalore, and its seven sister institutions, the IISERs, established at Pune,
Mohali, Kolkata, Bhopal, Brahmapur, Tirupati and Thiruvananthapuram in India.Unlike the
IISERs, which will be governed by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government
of India, NISER operates under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). The government of India has earmarked an initial
outlay of ₹823.19 crore (US$110 million) during the first seven years of this project,
starting from September 2007. The then Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan
Singh has stated that NISER will compare with the best institutions in the country in terms
of facilities and faculty. This move will help elevate the standard of
research and education in Odisha.==Academics==
The National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) is dedicated to graduate
education and research only. It offers a five-year integrated MSc as well
as PhD degrees in pure and applied sciences. Those performing well in MSc have a chance
to be absorbed in R&D units and autonomous research institutions of the Department of
Atomic Energy. NISER has already started Integrated Ph.d
in Physical Science department from 2016==NEST==
The National Entrance Screening Test or NEST is
a compulsory test for admission to the 5-year Integrated MSc programme in basic sciences
– Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics – at National Institute of Science Education
and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai – Department of Atomic Energy Center
for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and CBS are autonomous institutions
established by the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, in 2007.==Academic programmes=====
Integrated MSc Program===Students get selected for integrated M.Sc.
programs through a competitive annual examination, the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST). The first batch was admitted in September
2007. From 45,000 applicants nationwide in 2015,
100 were qualified for admission.The current proposed intake to the course as of 2018 is
To broaden the intellectual horizon of the students, there are compulsory liberal arts
courses drawing from Humanities and Social Sciences areas such as; Technical Communication,
Sociology, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, etc. Each of the undergraduate students carries
out research projects that last more than a year. The training makes them ready to embark on
a research career by the time they graduate from NISER.====Scholarships====
NISER has been included in the list of a selected few institutions where students directly qualify
to receive a scholarship under the Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) category of the
INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) programme launched by Department
of Science & Technology, Government of India. All admitted students receive a scholarship
of ₹5,000 (US$70) per month which should be sufficient to meet the course fees and
boarding costs. Students also receive a contingency grant
of ₹20,000 (US$280) per year to facilitate their academic pursuits.===PhD Program===
In 2010 January, NISER started offering a Doctoral Programme under the guidance of faculty
members of NISER to students with a master’s degree in basic sciences, e.g., Biology, Chemistry,
Mathematics and Physics. To get admission, students have to qualify
the – NET (CSIR/UGC) / GATE / NBHM or equivalent examination valid for the current year in
the relevant area of research.===List of schools and departments===
NISER has seven schools. They are: School of Biological Sciences
School of Chemical Sciences School of Mathematical Sciences
School of Physical Sciences School of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Computer Sciences School of Earth and Planetary Sciences==
Logo==The logo of the institute symbolises important
aspects of the four major sciences. The DNA in the centre acknowledges the discovery
of its double helix structure by Watson and Crick as a major breakthrough in biology,
perhaps “the most important step forward in life sciences after Darwin’s theory of evolution”. The benzene ring on the left represents Kekule’s
radical ideas that revolutionised organic chemistry and stimulated the growth of quantum
chemistry and quantum optics. The object on the right depicts a black hole’s
event horizon, representative of the major challenges presented by the black hole to
the conceptual foundations of physics, and serves as a reminder of Chandrasekhar’s seminal
work based on the general theory of relativity. The ornamental fractal-like structure on the
boundary portrays a genus-2 compact Riemann surface of constant negative curvature, meant
to reflect the beauty and elegance of mathematics, the theory of Riemann surfaces having led
to significant advances in physics and neuroimaging.==Campus and township=====
Campus===The Odisha government had provided 300 acres
(1.2 km2) for the permanent campus near Barunei Hills, between Bhubaneswar, the state capital
and Khurda. This location is a few km southwest of Bhubaneswar. The institute is located at Jatani, about
20 km away from Biju Patnaik International Airport. The campus has been built on 298 acres of
land and houses both academic and residential complexes. The academic complex consists of a total built
up area of 72700 m2 spread in 11 buildings, major amongst which are the Administrative
block, Schools of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Humanities and Social Sciences,
Library, Auditorium and Meditation Centre. The residential township has a built up area
of 102000 m2 comprising nine buildings for hostels, adequate numbers of faculty and staff
quarters and one Director’s bungalow. NISER started shifting to the new campus during
the summer vacation after 2014-15 academic session. The new batch of students joined the permanent
campus at Jatni and academic activities for the session 2015-16 have started from the
permanent campus. A separate 3-acre (12,000 m2) campus near
the Bhubaneswar city center is also being contemplated.===Education hub===
Several other universities and research institutions are present in the vicinity, including IIT
Bhubaneswar, XIMB, IIIT, AIIMS Bhubaneswar and one of the Indian government’s proposed
National Universities of international calibre, Institute of Mathematics and Applications
and the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar. In fact NISER’s campus is located 2 km away
from the IIT Bhubaneswar. An advantage of this institution is its location
at Bhubaneswar, an emerging education hub, that is being promoted as an Information Technology
Investment Region (ITIR) by the government. A total of 40 km2 of land has been allocated
for the purpose, out of which about 60% will be devoted to research and development. An estimated INR 7.8 billion will be invested
by the Indian government within the next few years in order to develop the institute.==Annual festival==
The students of NISER hold an annual cultural festival called Udbhava, usually in the months
of September/October. Many activities like fashion show, Squint
(Inter-college short film competition held by the Film Club of NISER), Abhivyakti a street
dance competition where some of the best dancer and dancing group take part from all over
Odisha, General Quiz show, debates and discussion on current issues are held.==See also==
List of universities in India List of autonomous higher education institutes
in India NISER Astronomy Club

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