About NIAS

National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) was conceived and founded in 1988 by the late Mr. J. R. D. Tata, who sought to create an institution to conduct advanced multidisciplinary research. Housed in a picturesque green campus in Bangalore the Institute serves as a forum to bring together individuals from diverse intellectual backgrounds. They include administrators and managers from industry and government, leaders in public affairs, eminent individuals in different walks of life, and the academicians in the natural and life sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

The philosophy underlying NIAS is given shape by its research teams, which are drawn from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, humanities and arts. The Institute is unique in its integrated approach to the study of intersections between science and technology, philosophy, social issues and leadership.

The objective is to nurture a broad base of scholars, managers and leaders who would respond to the complex challenges that face contemporary India and global society, with insight, sensitivity, confidence and dedication.

The Institute has ample facilities for conferences, lectures and theatrical programmes. The JRD Tata Auditorium and the Lecture Halls facilitate an ideal atmosphere for long hours of deliberation and discussion. Situated on five acres of land within the verdant campus of the Indian Institute of Science, the buildings of NIAS have a strikingly distinctive architecture with elegant lines and arched corridors. The fully furnished guest rooms make the visitors' and course participants' stay a pleasant one.

NIAS has an active programme of public lectures, regional, national and international conferences, symposia and seminars organized independently or jointly with other institutions that focus on topical areas of research and public concern.

MISSION

The current aims of NIAS are to integrate the findings of scholarship in the natural and social sciences as well as technology, the humanities and arts through multi-disciplinary research on the complex issues that face Indian and global society, and to assist in the creation of new leadership with broad horizons in all sectors of society by disseminating the conclusions of such research through appropriate publications and courses as well as through dialogues with leaders and the public.

The National Institute of Advanced Studies is an autonomous organisation. It is a registered Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 on 20th June 1988. The Council of Management, the Academic Council and the Holding Trustees are the three authorities responsible for overall administration of the Institute.

Dr. Raja Ramanna was the Founder Director until his retirement in July 1997, and followed by Prof R. Narasimha until 2004, Dr. K. Kasturirangan during 2004-2009 and Prof. V S Ramamurthy during 2009-2014.

Sri S Ramadorai currently chairs the Council of Management. Prof. Baldev Raj is the Director of the Institute.

Memorandum of Association

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.

NIAS is a registered society (on 20 June 1988) under the Karnataka Societies Registration Regulation Act. The Institute is an autonomous organisation governed by a council of management. It is located on the campus of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and was established in 1988 with Dr. Raja Ramanna as the Founder Director until his retirement in July 1997, and followed by Prof R. Narasimha until 2004, Dr. K. Kasturirangan during 2004-2009 and Prof. V S Ramamurthy during 2009-2014. Sri S Ramadorai currently chairs the Council of Management. Prof. Baldev Raj is the Director of the Institute.

Over the years, NIAS has moved towards fulfilling the dreams of its founder Mr. J. R. D. Tata. As a multidisciplinary Institute, NIAS combines scientific and humanistic perspectives on topics of national and international importance.

Activities of NIAS include research, analysis, publications and teaching. Following the ideas of its founder, NIAS has also been an educational centre for future leaders of India through its courses and educational programmes.

NIAS has created a unique ambience wherein researchers, scholars, speakers and visitors from a variety of disciplines interact in a meaningful manner.

The PhD programme that was initiated in 2004 has added to the dynamism with exploratory interest in many interdisciplinary areas of research.

The Centre for Spatial Analytics and Advanced GIS  (C-SAG) has been established under the aegis of NIAS Council of Management with support from Tata Trusts in October 2017.

Founders

JRD Tata

Founding Chairperson

Raja Ramanna

Founding Director

 


Founding Faculty 

 Prof. RL Kapur Prof. MN Srinivas Prof. CV Sundaram Prof. BV Sreekantan

Prof R.L.Kapur | Prof. M. N.  Srinivas | Prof C. V. Sundaram | Prof B V Sreekantan

History of NIAS – an article by Prof Roddam Narasimha


Past Directors

       
Raja Ramanna
(1987-31st July 1997) 
Roddam Narasimha
(1st August 1997- 30th March 2004)
K Kasturirangan
(31st March 2004 – 31st August 2009)
V S Ramamurthy
(2nd September 2009-31st August 2014)
       

Timeline

 

2015-2016

2014-2015

Annual Report

2013-2014

Annual Report
2012-2013

Annual Report
2011-2012

Annual Report
2010-2011

Annual Report
2009-2010

Annual Report

2008-2009

Annual Report

 

2007-2008

Annual Report

 

2006-2007

2005-2006

2004-2005

 

  

2016
Annual Report
2015
Annual Report
2012
Annual Report
2011
Annual Report
2010
Annual Report
2008
Annual Report
1996
Annual Report
1990
Annual Report
 

Senior Executive Course
16-21 January, 2017

Brochure

Senior Executive Course
18-23 January, 2016
Brochure
Senior Executive Course
19-24 January, 2015
Brochure
Senior Executive Course
19-25 January, 2014
Brochure
Senior Executive Course
20-25 January, 2013
Brochure
Senior Executive Course
15-21 January, 2012
Brochure
Senior Executive Course
3-8 January, 2011
Brochure
   
  DST Course
22-26 November, 2010
Annual Report
 

1. NIAS RESEARCH ETHICS POLICY, 2017

A research ethics statement or protocol is an essential part of every proposal for research involving human and/or animal subjects, and must be submitted to the NIAS Ethics Committee for review and approval. This document contains the Principles and Guidelines on Research Ethics adopted by NIAS.

NIAS Research Ethics Policy 2017

2. COMMITTEE AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORKPLACE, 2013

Committee Members 

  • Prof. Anitha Kurup – Chairperson
  • Dr M Mayilvaganan- Member
  • Ms Sumithra Sundar - Member
  • Mr Nishant Srinivasaiah - Member
  • Ms V Girija - Member
  • Mr G Nagaraja - Member

Policy Against Sexual Harassment at the Workplace

3. NIAS DOCTORAL PROGRAMME HANDBOOK, 2016

 NIAS Doctoral Programme: Rules, Regulations and Guidelines

National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) was conceived and founded in 1988 by the late Mr. J. R. D. Tata, who sought to create an institution to conduct advanced multidisciplinary research. Housed in a picturesque green campus in Bangalore the Institute serves as a forum to bring together individuals from diverse intellectual backgrounds. They include administrators and managers from industry and government, leaders in public affairs, eminent individuals in different walks of life, and the academicians in the natural and life sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

The philosophy underlying NIAS is given shape by its research teams, which are drawn from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, humanities and arts. The Institute is unique in its integrated approach to the study of intersections between science and technology, philosophy, social issues and leadership.

The objective is to nurture a broad base of scholars, managers and leaders who would respond to the complex challenges that face contemporary India and global society, with insight, sensitivity, confidence and dedication.

The Institute has ample facilities for conferences, lectures and theatrical programmes. The JRD Tata Auditorium and the Lecture Halls facilitate an ideal atmosphere for long hours of deliberation and discussion. Situated on five acres of land within the verdant campus of the Indian Institute of Science, the buildings of NIAS have a strikingly distinctive architecture with elegant lines and arched corridors. The fully furnished guest rooms make the visitors' and course participants' stay a pleasant one.

NIAS has an active programme of public lectures, regional, national and international conferences, symposia and seminars organized independently or jointly with other institutions that focus on topical areas of research and public concern.

MISSION

The current aims of NIAS are to integrate the findings of scholarship in the natural and social sciences as well as technology, the humanities and arts through multi-disciplinary research on the complex issues that face Indian and global society, and to assist in the creation of new leadership with broad horizons in all sectors of society by disseminating the conclusions of such research through appropriate publications and courses as well as through dialogues with leaders and the public.

NIAS Logo

The NIAS emblem can be traced back to a remarkable Sanskrit work called the Sulva-sutras. Sulva-sutras are one of the four Kalpa-sutra texts concerned chiefly with Vedic ritual and display a deep knowledge of geometry from pre-Euclidean times. Scholars are not agreed on the precise date of the Sutras, but the text clearly pre-dates Panini and must have been composed before the 6th century B.C. The NIAS emblem displays an arrangement of bricks in the first layer of an altar called ‘syena-cita’. The altar has the shape of an eagle or falcon and is described in the eleventh chapter of the Baudayana text.

The syena-cita represents imagination that inspires great mathematics and engineering – an apt symbol for the National Institute of Advanced Studies.

For complete write-up read: R Narasimha, About the NIAS Emblem, National Institute of Advanced Studies

The NIAS Logo was designed by the renowned sculptor Mr. Balan Nambiar.

The facilities of NIAS include:

  • JRD Tata Auditorium
  • Lecture Hall
  • Conference Hall
  • Guest Rooms 
  • Green House for open air activities 

These facilities are used from time to time for various activities of the Institute and when they are not being used by the Institute it is available for others. 

JRD Tata Auditorium

Auditorium Foyer

Architecture of the auditorium blends harmoniously with the main building and has the following facilities.

  • A seating capacity of 320 persons
  • Flexible seat arrangement
  • Excellent acoustics
  • A long foyer
  • It is a distinguished venue as much for an international symposium as for a round table discussion, a performing arts event or an exhibition of paintings and sculptures.

Lecture Hall / Conference Room

  • The faculty block of NIAS has a lecture hall with a seating capacity of 100 and a conference room.

Arrangement for a Seminar

Round table session in progress 

Guest Rooms - Accommodation for Participants 

The Institute has 30 fully equipped residential rooms along with a common dining hall and lounge, capable of accommodating 60 people at a time.




For reservations contact:

Mr. Srinivasa Aithal, Head, Administration, NIAS

Mailing Address:

Head, Administration
National Institute of Advanced Studies
Indian Institute of Science Campus 
Bangalore  560 012
India

Telephone:

+91 - 80 - 22185000

Fax:

+91 - 80 - 22185028 

Email:

admin@nias.iisc.ernet.in

 


Plants and Trees in NIAS

Address:

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Campus 

Bangalore 560012

Phone: 22185000

NIAS is located in the northwest corner of the IISc campus. The NIAS main gate is located next to the back arch (not the front gate) of the Ramaiah College complex, which is the best landmark to reach here. One can also reach NIAS using any of the entrances of IISc.

If you are coming from town (MG Rd etc), go north on Bellary Road up to Mekhri Circle, take a left there on to CV Raman Road. (If you are coming from Jayamahal Road you will go straight at Mekhri Circle, if coming from the airport direction, it's a right turn.) Continue down that road to the second signal, which is at CNR Rao Circle. The Main Gate of the IISc campus is on your right (sharp right).

Easiest way to approach NIAS from other directions could be tell the driver that you want to go to Mathikere; once in the general neighbourhood you can ask for NIAS.

From MG Road it should take about 40 minutes to reach the campus.