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Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India

IISc was established in 1909 due to the collective efforts of J. N. Tata, the Government of India, and the Maharaja of Mysore. IISc has become the premier institute for advanced scientific and technological research and education in India.

IISc started with 2 departments and 21 students in 1911, whereas currently it has 39 departments, units, or centres, 3500 students and about 500 academic and scientific staff who are supported by about 600 administrative personnel.

There are about 2200 students in various PhD programs, around 900 for various Masters degrees and nearly 400 are registered in the newly established, research oriented, four-year Bachelor of Science (Research) programme, of which the first batch will graduate in 2015.

The Institute has always promoted inter-disciplinary research. With the recent construction of modern buildings, acquisition of new research facilities, and induction of a large number of new faculty members, the Institute is looking forward to an era of high productivity, increasing impact, and rising prominence in the world.


The Indian Institute of Science offers a unique 4-year Bachelor of Science (Research) programme. The graduates of this programme will obtain a Bachelor of Science (Research) degree in a specialization. This programme is carefully designed to offer specialization in a science subject, but the knowledge imparted carries a strong flavour of engineering and an exposure to social science disciplines.

Students specializing in a Major subject are encouraged to take courses on other subjects, thus maintaining the strong interdisciplinary flavour of this Bachelor of Science (Research) programme.All students take core courses in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering and Humanities in the first one and half years (I, II and III semesters).

While specialization is introduced rigorously in the following year and a half (IV, V and VI semesters), the students are free (and are also encouraged) to choose electives from subjects other than their own specialization during this time. The course culminates with a research oriented project in the fourth year (VII and VIII semesters) supervised by a faculty.

Admissions are based on scores from the following national examinations: KVPY-SA, KVPY-SB, KVPY-SX/SB+2, JEE(Mains and Advanced) and AIPMT.

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Mukul Bhattacharya
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore, India


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