Tuesday, May 15, 2007
IISER Kolkata gets land for its permanent campus
Statesman News Service
KALYANI, May 13: Ten months after the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, laid the foundation stone for the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, the institute yesterday received more than 200 acres from the state government for setting up its permanent campus at Haringhata here.
In a formal ceremony, the Nadia district magistrate, Mr Onkar Singh Meena, on behalf of the state government handed over 201.65 acres in Haringhata mouza to the institute’s director, Professor Sushanta Dattagupta, in exchange of Re 1 as token money.
Prof Dattagupta said at the ceremony that the permanent campus had been proposed at Haringhata after detailed survey and discussion with officials of the higher education, animal resource development and land and land reforms departments of West Bengal. “I hope the campus can be started from next year,” he said.
Functioning from its Kolkata campus at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Salt Lake since 17 August last year, thirty- eight students got admitted in the first year of the five-year Integrated Master of Science Programme through the extended merit list of IIT-JEE, last year.
This will increase and the institute will take in 200 MSc students and 200 research fellows when the new campus starts functioning.
The institute will also select 100 students who qualify any of the IIT JEE-2007, Olympiad Examination - 2007 and Kishore Vigyan Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)-2005 for admission in the first year of the academic session beginning in July.
The fully residential programme at IISER provides students a fellowship of Rs 3,000 a month.
“Like the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, a BSc student here can complete his or her PhD directly, without going through a formal MSc degree,” Prof Dattagupta said. The institute’s five-year integrated Master’s Degree course in Science offers students the freedom to choose modules. Currently, the institute has several schools of faculties and a few inter-disciplinary centres. It has got curriculums in the fields of Life Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer, Geo Science and Information Technology, among others. “We have aims to involve young students in the field of Science and Research from a very tender age,” Prof D Gunasekharan, the institute’s registrar, said. IISER aims to counter the country’s steady slide in the field of Science and Research.
The Central government has sanctioned the institute Rs 500 crore for five years.