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Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
TypeAutonomous government institute (deemed university)
FounderProf. C.N.R. Rao, Bharat Ratna
PresidentG. U. Kulkarni
JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-560 064
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13°4′5.03″N 77°36′32.02″E / 13.0680639°N 77.6088944°E / 13.0680639; 77.6088944
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research is located in Karnataka
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Location in Karnataka
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research is located in India
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (India)

The Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) is a multidisciplinary research institute located at Jakkur, Bangalore, India. JNCASR was originally established on the campus of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India as a centre for advanced scientific research in India, to mark the birth centenary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India.[1] In 2019, JNCASR was ranked #7 among the world's top ten research institutes by Nature journal in a normalised ranking of small research institutes with high quality output.[2][3]


Researchers at the centre are divided into seven units: Chemistry and Physics of Materials, Engineering Mechanics, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Neuroscience, New Chemistry, Theoretical Sciences, Education Technology and Geodynamics.[4] There are two off-campus units: Chemical Biology and Condensed Matter Theory in JVH, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). JNCASR has a faculty-to-student ratio of about 1:4 and state-of-the-art experimental, computational and infrastructural facilities. It offers Ph.D. programmes, Integrated Ph.D. (post-bachelor's degree) and M.Sc. programmes in various disciplines. The small size of the institute (currently about 53 faculty members and ~300 students) fosters interdisciplinary collaborations. It is a "deemed university", i.e., it awards its own degrees. Apart from training its own students through a wide spectrum of courses, the centre's Summer Research Fellowship programme (SRFP) hosts some of the brightest undergraduates in the country; the Educational Technology Unit produces teaching aids and educational material, the centre organises and teaches short-term courses at universities across India, and trains promising young chemists and biologists as part of the programmes of Project-Oriented-Chemical-Education (POCE) and Project-Oriented-Biological-Education (POBE).

Buckyball in Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit (MBGU) building, JNCASR

Notable faculty


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  2. ^ "Bengaluru's JNCASR ranks seventh in Nature's top 10 scientific institutions". 21 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Leading academic institutions (Normalized) | Nature Index 2019 Annual Tables | Annual Tables | Nature Index".
  4. ^ "JNCASR made huge impact on science: Rao". Indian Express. Bangalore, India. 9 November 2013. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2010" (PDF).
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