Bhubaneswar: The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the establishment of a new Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) at Berhampur in Odisha.
“The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the formation of an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Berhampur Society, under the Societies Registration Act, 1860,” an official release said.
The establishment and operationalisation of IISER, Berhampur in a transit/ temporary campus from the academic year 2016-17 will involve a cost of Rs.152.79 crore (for 2016-19).
The student strength intake for this year in the BS-MS course is 60 which will progressively go up and the cumulative student strength is envisaged as 665 in the 3rd year, including MS Degree, MS-Ph.D, Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Fellowships.
The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) have been declared as Institutes of National Importance under the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education & Research (NITSER) Act, 2012.
These Institutes are envisaged to carry out research in frontier areas of science and to provide quality science education at the Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate level. Earlier, there were five IISERs at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram.