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Indian Associan for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata

Updated on: Feb 11, 2013

The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) was established in July 1876. This institute is the oldest institute for scientific research in India in the primary areas of basic science and cultivation. After its foundation by Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar, research works and activities of the institution  were supported primarily by benevolent support from the common people. Being a product of the tremendous cultural and intellectual awakening of Bengal in the 19th century, activities of this institution were completely aimed at the native and national reasons.

Even in the early 20th century, this scientific organization used to be the sole place in the whole country where higher research on various fields of Physics can be carried out. This place has been research center for many Indian scientists including K S Krishnan,S Bhagavantam, K.Banerjee, L. Srivastava, N K Sethi, C Prosad, M.N Saha includin Noble laureate Sir C.V Raman.

Under the leadership of Dr. Meghnad Saha this institution got a new dynamic approach in various fields of scientific research including X-rays, Optics, Magnetism, and Raman Effect. Recognizing its great contribution in the in various area of Physical Science, it has been given the status of an autonomous body funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the government of India and by the government of West Bengal. Currently in this institution almost 80 faculty members are working on various fields of Physics and Chemistry.

Campus of IACS:

Though germination of this great research institution started at the Boubazar Street in Kolkata, but later on, in order to make it of strong infrastructure and with the purpose of expansion, it has been shifted to South Kolkata. Current location of the awesome research institution is almost adjacent to the Jadavpur University and Indian Institute of Chemical Biology.

Programs at IACS:

The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science offers various types of program for those students who want to introduce further developments in various disciplines of Physics and Chemistry. Here follows list of programs offered by the institute:

Doctoral Program at IACS:
Aspirants who are interested in doing high quality research in various fields of Physics and Chemistry are invited to apply. Section of the students is done completely through interview.

Post Doctoral Program at IACS: Those candidates, who already have Ph. D degree from recognized institutions, are encouraged to apply for post doctoral fellowship for a period of one to two years.

Departments at IACS:

The Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science consists of several departments and all those aspirants, who aspire to add new dimension in the field of Physical and Chemical sciences, can apply for researching in all these areas of research. Here follows the list of departments in the prestigious institution:

  • Materials Science
  • Solid State Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Raman Center for Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences
  • Polymer Science Unit
  • Energy Research Unit
  • MLS Professor's Unit
  • Centre for Advanced Materials

For more information on various aspects of Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, you can log on to the official website of the institution.

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