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Sibal urges IISERs to speed up increase in student intake

Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal today emphasised the need to speed up increase in student intake at the five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs).

At a meeting with the Chairmen and Directors of the premier institutes, he expressed his satisfaction regarding the progress made in the development of infrastructure, education and research in the newly-established institutes.
 
The Minister also said that to help facilitate awarding degrees to the students of the IISERs, Government is leaving no stone unturned in getting the NIT Amendment Bill passed in the Budget Session of the Parliament. 
 
He appreciated the willingness of the IISERS to support the proposed Science Magnet Schools to attract students at their early age to the realm of science. 
 
The Directors of the IISERs said that international Baccalaureate at higher secondary level is an approved basis for admission to IISERs. 
 
The Minister also took note of the initiatives of the IISERs to have Mobile Science Labs in all the States to perform as a role model to set up such labs at the district level to mentor the teachers and to create enthusiasm amongst the students in the remote areas of the country. 
 
He stressed the need to reduce the time taken to obtain a Ph.D degree and the Directors of IISERs were in agreement that in the case of exceptional students provision should be there to complete in shorter period of time without diluting the quality. 
 
Sibal also called for a good eco system in and around the IISERs through interaction with institutions located in the state. The progress made in this regard would be reviewed in the next meeting to be held sometime in June, 2012, an official press release added.
 
The five IISERs are located at Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram and were set up to promote high quality scientific research and training.
 
They offer a 5 year BS-MS dual degree programme with major in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics and an integrated Ph.D. programme after B.Sc. (presently at Kolkata and Pune, coming up soon in other IISERs).
 
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