Next to Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the central government has aimed to brand a comparatively new set of institutions, Indian Institutes of Science and Education Research (IISERs), as one of their institutes of reputation.

The ministry have asked IISERs, which are scarcely 10-year- old institutions, working mostly in the field of research to focus mainly on industry partnerships for research and generate funds in collaborative projects.

IISERs handled by the department of higher education in the ministry is simultaneously working on a roadmap to develop them as their trademark institutions. The institutions are being new, their research output is not as expected much as the IITs and other institutes of eminence. The ministry, nevertheless, is overwhelmed by the growth that these institutions have unveiled in short span of time and hence desires them to develop further.

To rationalize motivation on research and fascinate the youth to pursue research projects, the ministry had earlier declared a Rs. 70,000 stipend per month to scholars under the Prime Minister’s fellowship scheme.

There are seven IISERs in the country. In addition to the five older IISERs at Pune (Maharashtra), Kolkata (West Bengal), Mohali (Punjab), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), the government has established two new IISERs at Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and Berhampur (Odisha) in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Source: BioSpectrum India