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Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) is a multidisciplinary research institute situated in Jakkur, a locality north of Bangalore, India. It is relatively young yet well-known around the Globe.

Our mandate is to pursue and promote world-class research and training at the frontiers of Science and Engineering covering broad areas ranging from Materials to Genetics.

It provides a vibrant academic ambience hosting more than 500 Researchers. The Centre is an autonomous institution under Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and a deemed to be university.


With faculty and students from diverse areas of science and engineering, the research undertaken at JNCASR is varied and interdisciplinary in nature. JNCASR draws students into its Ph.D., Integrated Ph.D. and M. Sc. programmes from across the length and breadth of the country. Students are admitted in the August and January semesters and their selection is through a highly competitive process. Our programmes are designed to enable the students to meet the challenges of the future society. At JNCASR, students enjoy the benefit of active discussions on their research areas in the form of annual work presentations.

The collaborative nature of work with collaborators from both within and outside of the country, along with the seminars conducted on a regular basis with speakers from all over the world, provides students the opportunities to connect with the global network of scientists. The strategic location of JNCASR in Bangalore, being in close proximity to the other institutes of eminence like NCBS, IISc, also provides ample opportunities through course work and workshops, to broaden their outlook on futuristic areas of research. The Centre hosts a number of outreach programmes for young aspiring students, covering even the less-privileged regions of the country. 


Being an academic institution of higher learning, the primary goal of JNCASR is to produce well trained Ph.D. and Master of Science students. The research at JNCASR is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, often leading to translational activities involving industries as well as incubation of startups. Besides core researchers, visiting scientists, teachers and students also contribute in its activities. Research at the Centre is carried out in Units  which are divided based on primary research focus.

Topics of research range from nanomaterials, nanodevices, solid state chemistry, high performance computing, porous materials, glass transition, active matter, etc. in Material Science; supramolecular chemistry, chemical biology, organocatalysis, antimicrobial therapeutics, solid state inorganic chemistry etc. in Chemistry; computational nanoscience, statistical physics, soft matter and condensed matter physics, biophysics, bioinformatics, theoretical evolutionary biology etc. in Theoretical Sciences; fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mechanics of granular matter, nonlinear dynamics etc in Engineering Mechanics; circadian rhythms and electrophysiology in Neurosciences; human genetics, virology, immunology, parasitology, metabolism, developmental biology, stem cells, biology of fungal pathogens, autophagy etc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics; and animal behavior, socioecology of Asian elephants, life-history evolution and population ecology in Evolutionary and Organismal Biology. The research outcome from these areas appear in peer-reviewed journals of repute. The Centre is well-known for its high-impact publications and patents.