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The National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) is an autonomous premier public research institute in Jatani, Odisha, India under the umbrella of Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India. The institute is a constituent institution of Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI). The prime minister, 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 Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal, Berhampur, Tirupati and Thiruvananthapuram in India.[8]

Unlike the IISERs, which are governed by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, NISER operates under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). The government of India earmarked an initial outlay of ?823.19 crore (US$100 million) during the first seven years of the project, starting in September 2007. It was ranked 2nd in the country by the Nature Index 2020(compiled by Nature Research).[9] It is a Constituent Institution of Homi Bhabha National Institute so the ranking of Homi Bhabha National Institute is considered the ranking for all of its constituent institutions.

Academic programmes

NISER is dedicated to undergraduate and graduate education and research only. It offers a five-year integrated MSc as well as PhD degrees in pure and applied sciences. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy. Those performing well in MSc have better chances in getting absorbed into R&D units and autonomous research institutions of the Department of Atomic Energy. Students with CGPA greater than 7.5 in the final semester exam have the chance to be directly called for interview (by skipping the main written exam) in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). Students seeking admission in Integrated MSc-PhD programmes in NISER need to give and qualify exams like Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM).[13] Candidates are then screened by interviews for final admission. Candidates should have qualified a national level entrance exam for PhD program (like GATE, JGEEBILS, CSIR-NET, UGC-NET, etc.).

NISER has already started Integrated PhD in Physical Science department from 2016 and currently has PhD programmes in all departments. The first batch of NISER students graduated in 2012 and many of them have clinched handsome global offers in Foreign Universities.


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$63) per month which should be sufficient to meet the course fees and boarding costs. Students also receive a contingency grant of ?20,000 (US$250) per year to facilitate their academic pursuits. Students may also avail the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana scholarship if they have qualified for it

List of schools and departments

NISER has eight schools. They are:

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