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M.P.Birla Institute of Fundamental Research

M.P.Birla Institute of Fundamental Research


The M.P.Birla Institute of Fundamental Research has been established as a Society for undertaking research in streams of natural and applied sciences in various disciplines of science, engineering and technology. The Society was founded solely for educational and academic purposes, with the main aim being, to set up  and maintain suitable infrastructure for organizing and carrying out fundamental research work.

The Society, registered under the West Bengal Societies Act 1961, has its Head Office at Kolkata. With a view to broaden the scope of its activities in other parts of the country, the Society opened a enter at Bangalore in the month of October 2000 under the name of “M.P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore” with the main aim of teaching and conducting research work in Astronomy, Astrophysics and other related fields.

The academic programmes which are presently taken up at the Bangalore Institute are given below:

1. A certificate course in Astronomy and Astrophysics designed for under graduate students with physics as
one of their major subjects.

2. Summer School in Astronomy and Astrophysics for students of class VIII to X.
3. Short term course in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the class XII students.
4. Astrobiology for the undergraduate students
5. General Astronomy for the general public.

The primary aim of all the above mentioned programmes is to inculcate a scientific awareness of the subject  of Astronomy among the young students and to motivate them to pursue careers in astronomy and astrophysics.  It is planned to provide an in-depth exposure of the technical intricacies involved in the study of  Astronomy and Astrophysics to such students who are found to possess an aptitude for the subject. These programmes are also expected to set a platform for those students who would eventually be seeking higher studies in the subject and aspiring for further research work in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Further, the course work for all the programmes are planned as an extra subject beyond the regular  University curriculum. It is conducted outside the normal college/school hours only.

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

TATA Institute of Fundamental Research


The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is an autonomous Institute under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy of the Government of India. The institute does basic research in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and computer science. The institute has branches in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore and research facilities in various other places in India.

The TIFR is the brain-child of Homi-Bhabha. He founded the institute with the help from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust in 1st June, 1945. After 1956, the Government took control of the Institute from the TATA trust. Today, more than 99% expenditure of the Institute is borne by the Government of India.

Homi-bhabha's vision,
It is the duty of people like us to stay in our own country and build up outstanding schools of research such as some other countries are fortunate to possess."

The TIFR has been divided into two divisions, TIFR schools and TIFR centres.

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