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Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER-K or IISER Kolkata) is an autonomous public university in science and education field located in Mohanpur near the town of Kalyani in Nadia, West Bengal, India. It was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2006 and promoted to the status of an Institute of National Importance in 2012 vide the NIT Amendment Act. It is one of seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, and was the first of the IISERs to be established along with IISER Pune. It is considered to be one of the leading institutes of India in terms of research output, and was ranked fourth among the academic institutions in India by the Nature Index (compiled by Nature Research). AIIMS Kalyani, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV) & MAKAUT are other nearby Institutions.


The institute has five major departments: biological sciences; chemical sciences; earth sciences; mathematics and statistics; and physical sciences. Additionally, the institute hosts the multi-institutional Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India[8] (CESSI) with participating scientists from ISRO and other astronomy institutes and is involved in research associated with national space science missions. Other centres include the Centre for Advanced Functional Materials, National Centre for High Pressure Studies and a Centre for Climate and Environment Studies. The college also provides minor qualifications through the humanities and social sciences (HSS) department and the computational and data sciences (CDS) department.[10] It also has a field station for ecological, environmental and field studies, a greenhouse, a broadband seismological observatory. The institute jointly runs the Göttingen-Kolkata: Open shell systems (G-KOSS) in fundamentals of molecular spintronics with Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. The institute also hosts the Dirac Supercomputer, which was inaugurated in April 2019. The performance of this supercomputing facility is 78.8 Teraflops.


The college organizes a major annual festival, Inquivesta, which is promoted as one of the first and the biggest science fest of the country.

Inquivesta sees a footfall of 1000+, and has been visited by artists such as Zakir Khan (comedian), Sapan Verma, Nalayak(band) and Anubhav Singh Bassi. It has also received brands such as Baskin-Robbins and Domino's Pizza as its previous partners  IISER Kolkata has also been hosting VIJYOSHI (the national science camp), along with IISc Bangalore and the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, since 2014.

The institute also has an E-Cell for promoting an entrepreneurial culture in the student body.


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