|About||National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) is envisioned to be a unique institution of its kind in India.|
A primary objective of the Institute is to train and nurture human resources in the Sciences for the knowledge economies of the future. This is in line with a general shift in geo-political thinking that requires a remedy for sites of knowledge production centred in the west. Such a strategic shift in perspective has been necessitated by the realization that the unique circumstances of our nation demand unique scientific and pedagogic responses. Consequently, we are called upon to question and account for conventional narratives that stake claims to categorizations of science, technology, environment, learning, innovation, design and being. The predominant discourse that seeks to structure these superficially hard categories is predicated on justifications that till date have not moved beyond regimes of hierarchy, control and access. These strictures are an inherent feature of “Institutionalized Science” where Newtonian principles of organizing domains of cognition and mechanisms of representation constrain debates on what new conceptualizations of science ought to be like. More problematically this stifles the potential for interdisciplinarity just when everybody talks its language. This means we continue to think in and with strait jacketed binaries such as natural / artificial or being /thing and perhaps most dangerously science / everything else. The founding of this Institute is rooted in the understanding that the contexts we inhabit are dynamic and in flux, while we have not begun to think in terms of solutions to most of these problems we realize that they exist and that we need to quickly participate in the process of finding out some answers.
NISER recognizes that modern scientific research is carried out in interstices amongst fuzzy domains and blurred boundaries. This entails encouraging a new scientific culture where members of our community attain to an intellectual agility unconstrained by the limitations of disciplinary conventions from the past. F
The academic programmes at NISER are deemed to be conducted through the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, which is affiliated to Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI, a deemed to be university), Mumbai and is a grant-in-aid institution, under the Department of Atomic Energy. This arrangement will be in place until the formalities, of granting NISER the Constituent Institution (CI) status of HBNI are completed. NISER offers the following programmes in the Schools of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
An integrated 5-year M.Sc. programme in the core and emerging branches of Basic Sciences to students after their 10+2 Higher Secondary schooling. This in turn will be integrated with Ph.D. programme on the one hand and employment in various R & D organizations and industry in the country on the other.
Integrated M.Sc.+ Ph.D programme after B.Sc. from other Universities.
Ph.D. programme after M.Sc. from other Universities.
All the academic degrees (5-year Integrated M. Sc and Ph. D) for NISER are awarded by HBNI.
The Institute will see the addition of new Schools in Computer Science, Earth, Environment and Planetary Sciences in the next few years. First year students in the Masters program undertake common courses in the sciences and the humanities. From the second year of the programme individual students specialize in their chosen stream and their primary course load will reflect their disciplinary focus. However there are a wide variety of Elective subjects offered which could be from within their school or from one of the other schools. As long as the compulsory pre requisites, in terms of courses from the School of their specialization, have been satisfied, the students are free to opt for elective courses from other science streams. It needs to be emphasized that a substantial part of the curriculum will be taken up by Laboratory courses.
Institute talks, workshops, seminars and colloquia are an indispensable part of the academic structure at NISER and