Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) is an autonomous institution that was established in 1989 by the Department of Science and Technology, GoI to commemorate the birth centenary year of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Bharat Ratna Prof. C. N. R. Rao, FRS, was the founding President. The Centre was registered as a society with Dr. Raja Ramanna (eminent physicist and Former Chairman, DAE) as its first Chairman. The Centre was recognized as an Institution Deemed to be University by University Grants Commission, GoI in the year 2002. Prof. Giridhar U. Kulkarni is the current President of the Centre with the Governing Council being chaired by Prof. Goverdhan Mehta, FRS. The Council of Management oversees all major activities of the Centre including granting of degrees, appointment of new faculty and initiation of new programmes. The Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) of the Centre monitors the teaching programmes and award of degrees. The institution is headed by the President and assisted by the Administrative Officer and other Officers who are in-charge of their respective departments. Four Deans oversee the activities of the Academic Section, Extension Programmes, Research and Development, and Faculty Affairs.
Research at the Centre is carried out in Units (departments) which are divided based on primary research focus. These Units are Chemistry and Physics of Materials, Engineering Mechanics, Evolutionary and Integrative Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Theoretical Sciences, New Chemistry, Geodynamics, Neurosciences and Education Technology. In addition, the International Centre for Materials Science, established by funding from Department of Science and Technology fosters collaborative research. Though divided into distinct units, the research at JNCASR is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature. Being an academic institution of higher learning, the primary goal of JNCASR is to produce well trained Ph.D. and Master of Science students. Over the past 30 years, some of our alumni have secured key positions in academia and industry.