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National Institute of Advanced Studies


Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, India.
National Institute of Advanced Studies

The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) was conceived and established by the vision and initiative of the late Mr. J. R. D. Tata.

He sought to create an institution which would conduct advanced research in multidisciplinary areas, and also serve as a forum that will bring together administrators and managers from industry and government, leaders in public affairs, eminent individuals in different walks of life, and the academic community in the natural & social sciences, and the arts & humanities.

Dr. Raja Ramanna, as the Founder Director, immensely contributed to the growth and development of this Institute . Over a period of time, NIAS initiated several research programmes and other activities that brought recognition and fame.

In subsequent years, Dr. Roddam Narasimha, Dr. K. Kasturirangan and Dr. V.S. Ramamurthy became the Directors of NIAS. Presently Dr. Baldev Raj is the Director.

NIAS celebrated its Silver Jubilee Year 2012-2013 starting from 20 June 2012 More

J.R.D. Tata

Founder Chairman
J. R. D. Tata

Raja Ramanna

Founder Director
Raja Ramanna


Call for Applications,Global Nuclear Politics and Strategy Fifth Annual Residential Workshop for Young Scholars May 4-7, 2015 NIAS, Bangalore, Organised by Institute of Peace of Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi & NIAS
Call for Papers, 10th Annual Conference of Knowledge Forum: 27-28, November, 2015

NIAS PhD Programme

How to apply

Exeter-NIAS PhD Programme

Exeter/NIAS Intangible Histories Doctoral Studentships (Archaeology) Ref: 1827

Exeter/NIAS Intangible Histories Doctoral Studentships (Drama) Ref: 1651


Sharing Blue Gold: Locating Water Conflicts in India edited by N Shantha Mohan and Sailen Routray, NIAS,2015

Nature's Longest Threads: New Frontiers in the Mathematics and Physics of Information in Biology edited by Janaki Balakrishnan and B V Sreekantan, World Scientific, 2014

Upcoming Lecture

Second C.V. Sundaram Memorial Lecture on
"Decorated bronze bowls from Thailand and South Asian connections in the late first millennium BCE"



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