After 3 years, IISER gets new campus in Mohali
The Knowledge City at Sector 81, Mohali, which was conceptualised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on September 27, 2006, has got ready with the partial campus of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).
IISER is one of the six national premier institutes of higher education coming up in Knowledge City spread over 381 acres of land.
After working from the transit campus in Chandigarh for the last three years, IISER would open its Central Analytical Facility (CAF) at its permanent new campus coming up on 125 acres of land here on Wednesday.
Chairman, Board of Governors, IISER, Prof P Rama Rao, who is a renowned scientist and former Secretary to Union Department of Science and Technology, would inaugurate the facility, disclosed IISER Director N Sathyamurthy, who is also vice-president of the Indian National Science Academy.
The ongoing classes of IISER would, however, continue at its transit campus in Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA), Sector 26, Chandigarh, till the next academic session begins in July next year, IISER Coordinator Dr Jagdeep Singh said.
He divulged that the hostels block at the new campus would be ready by June and residences for faculty by August this year while the entire campus building would be built by July next year.
To begin with, IISER's new campus is ready with the CAF building, which will host many sophisticated instrumentation and experimental facilities such as high-field, high-resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometers, X-Ray diffractometers, Laser Raman, SNOM instrument, Ultra-Fast Laser lab and Cryogenics lab.
The NMR research facility will open up new horizons for interdisciplinary research ranging from Structural Biology to Quantum Computing. At present, the facility houses two state-of-the-art Ultra-High field NMR spectrometers (400MHz and 600MHz) with custom-designed sophisticated RF probes, provision for an auto-sampling facility and low-temperature facility. Both machines have been supplied by Bruker Biospin in Switzerland.
The 600MHz NMR spectrometer is custom-built for cutting-edge research. This machine is the first-of-its-kind in this region and IISER NMR research facility is poised to contribute significantly to research in this area and embark upon collaborative inter-disciplinary research with other institutions like IMTECH in the region. The CAF is housed in a specially-designed magnet hall building.
IISER was established by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry to carry out research in frontier areas of science and provide quality science education at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. IISER's primary mandate is to perform cutting-edge research in all areas of the basic sciences.
Besides an ultra-fast femto-second laser facility and a low-temperature cryogenics laboratory, a supercomputing Linux-based cluster is being planned as part of IISER's computing facility and is in the preliminary stages of implementation.
At present, IISER has facilities for human and animal tissue culture, climate controlled chambers, complete drosophila facility, state-of-the-art protein expression and purification system.
For 166 students of Masters in Science dual degree five-year integrated programme and 34 PhD scholars on rolls, a total of 32 faculty members were serving in IISER at present. The present total number of 100 seats in MS would be raised to 200 while the total number of PhD scholars would be raised to 1,000, for whom 200 faculty members and 220 non-teaching staffers would be serving IISER.