Source: Me Next Magazine-Rajasthan Patrika (27-Oct-2018)
Institute/University: National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Bhubaneswar
National Institute of Science Education and Research, under the aegis of the Department of Atomic Energy(DAE), has been established with the aim of embedding scientific rigor within larger pedagogic practices in our country. The Institute is affiliated with Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai, a deemed research university that oversees academic programs at Institutions that are part of the DAE structure. NISER campus is situated in 300 acres of land, generously donated by the people of Odisha, in Jatni town, 25 Kms from the centre of the city of Bhubaneswar. The new campus of IIT Bhubaneswar and AIIMS is in the general neighborhood. The main Khorda railway junction is in the immediate vicinity. The Institute started functioning from the current campus in July 2015, nine years since 28th August 2006, when the Prime Minister of India, Shri Dr. Manmohan Singh, announced the proposal for its establishment. The academic program was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Orissa – Shri Naveen Patnaik on 10th September 2007 at the Institute of Physics campus. 40 students were enrolled for the inaugural batch of the integrated 5 year M.Sc. programme. The Institute at Jatni campus was formally inaugurated on 7th February, 2016, by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi.
While we began with the 5 year -Integrated M.Sc. programme in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, Doctoral guidance has gained substantial traction in the recent past and some of our first scholars have graduated. Current intake in the Masters batch stands at 100, which will eventually be scaled up to an approved 200 in the coming years. First year courses are common courses and students begin to specialize in their chosen stream from the second year. Courses in the Humanities are an integral feature of the Masters curriculum in the first and second year. The near future includes Schools for Computer Science and Earth and Environmental Sciences, planning for which is at an advanced stage. NISER organises a nationwide entrance exam, National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) in concert with UM-DAE CBS, a sister Institute in Mumbai, to decide the Masters intake. The objective is to glean motivated students with an exceptional aptitude for science from the available talent pool. The exam is held on the last Saturday in May every year.
Students with Master degree in basic sciences, e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics will be admitted for Doctoral Programme under the guidance of faculty members of NISER.
The students will be required to take 6 courses (or more depending on counseling). They will also be required to take qualifying written and oral comprehensive tests and candidacy examinations before submitting the thesis. The thesis will be examined by external reviewers. It has to be publicly defended and then the candidate will be declared successful before award of the Ph.D. Degree.
This programme was introduced in January 2010.
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