Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER) is a premier institution established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The Scientific Advisory Council advised the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who gave his nod to start the work to establish five IISERs in India. The Mohali campus of IISER now based in the Knowledge city, was established in 2007. It is one of the first IISERs to be established in the country, with full support from the Punjab government for its resource and infrastructure development.
Recognising the need to have a solid foundation for cutting edge research in the budding areas of emerging as well as basic sciences, the government proposed the idea for IISER. Initially it started off from a transit campus of Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA), Chandigarh. After the allotment of 125 acres of land for development of a permanent campus in Sector 81, Knowledge City of Mohali by the Punjab government, the work to realise the full potential of this institution began.
The foundation stone of the IISER Mohali campus was laid by the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. By continued efforts and encouragement from the government of Punjab, shifting of the campus from Chandigarh to Mohali started in 2010. By 2013, transit campus at MGSIPA shut down officially and the move to IISER Mohali’s permanent campus came to fruition. Today it is recognised as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India.
IISER offers distinct programs for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The Integrated BS-MS degree, started in 2007, is offered directly after +2 through a common entrance test for all the IISERs. In this, a student attains Bachelor’s and Master’s with a sustained focus on developing research capabilities. The Integrated Doctoral program began in 2012 and is unique in its approach as it gives a student entry into the master’s as well as the PhD after the student has completed at least three years of bachelor’s education. IISER also offers a doctoral program which started in 2008 where a student can gain entry only after completion of their Master in Science degree. Apart from the basic sciences, IISER also recognises the importance of Humanities and social sciences in the development of society. Thus, it offers doctoral degree in these fields as well.
The government of Punjab not only welcomes the development of such institutions but also strives to provide every assistance necessary for their timely completion and smooth working. The Punjab Government recognises that not only will it boost the budding talent in the state but also bring in scientific flora from the other states. The main objective for the development of IISER is to take India to the frontiers of scientific advancements, to tackle the plethora of problems being faced by humanity in this age and to encourage young minds towards the path of science and discovery. IISER since its establishment has worked extensively towards fulfilling all its motives; for the betterment of India as well as the entire world.