Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education,TIFR

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education,TIFR

On a Mision to Change the Quality of Science Education


 There only a few government institutes in India which truly cares to encourage science and technology in India. And, those institutes which focuses specifically on basic science like  physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics are even less.  Homi Bhabha centre for science education is one such organization in India making difference in the field of science education. This is the place where many of the winners of  International Olympiad are trained by India's well known expert.



 Homi Bhabha centre for science education is a division of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) working more as an outreach division to promote basic science among various section of the students.

The activities of this division falls under the following categories.

Research and development
This division is concerned with doing research on various topics relevant to schools students to under graduate students.  The research topics generallly falls under these broad categories

  • •Science education improvement using various means (visuo-spatial reasoning, notations and represenations)
  • •To make best use of technology to make learning of science a fun activity
  • •Better techniques to teach mathematics


Teacher education and science popularization
The center offers various courses to empower the teachers in science education. It runs courses regularly which varies from few days to few weeks. Anyone could make use of this training program and improve their skills in science teaching.

The members of this center are also actively involed in various science popularization program through mediums like  radio, TV and magazines.


Olympiads, NIUS and other students' nurture programmes
The center conducts national Olympiad programmes for pre-university students in the field of physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, junior science and astronomy. The national winners will be trained extensively here for participation in the international olympiad.

The National Initiative on Undergraduate Science (NIUS) by this center focuses on tertiary science eduation in India. As part of this initiative, they help the students to conduct innovative experiments, promoting undergraduate research and also in proto-research . In addition, the center also train the teachers to start a modest level research program in their respective colleges as well. So that the teachers could independently drive the research in their resepctive fields.

Opportunities for Research
The center runs a graduate program in science education as well wherein the admitted students will evetually earn their PhD degree from Tata institute of fundamental research. The program is a combinaton of course work, project work and field work.    

Areas of research

  • •Development of scientific and mathematical thinking in children
  • •Design and technology in the school curriculum
  • •Visual and spatial modes in learning
  • •Sociocultural and gender factors in learning
  • •Structure and dynamics of knowledge
  • •Environment education
  • •Innovative curricula, laboratories and teaching methods


  • M.Sc. (in any subject), M.S.W., M.A. (in Cognitive Science, Psychology, Education) or B.Tech./B.E./ M.B.B.S. or equivalent


Please click here  to know more about the PhD program.

Please visit the official webpage of Homi Bhabha center for science education to know more details on varous training opportunities and research positions.


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