Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER Kolkata) was established in 2006 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India. IISER Kolkata is designed to reach the prestigious position in the global setting that IISc, IIMs and IITs presently enjoy. IISER Kolkata is an autonomous institution awarding its own degrees. The central theme of the IISER Kolkata is to integrate education with research so that undergraduate teaching as well as doctoral and postdoctoral research work could be carried out in symbiosis.
The Institute has a flexible academic programme and hosts state-of-the-art research facilities. Currently, it has five academic departments (Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physical Sciences) and several centres of excellence. Admission is done through 3 channels for all IISERs.
(1) KVPY channel
(2) JEE Main/Advanced Channel
(3) SCB Channel
Students applying through SCB have to be in top 1 percentile scorers of their respective board examination (+2 level). After qualifying this eligibility, students have to appear for Common IISER Aptitude Test that is hosted by one of each of the 7 IISERs by a policy of rotation.