“ BESIDES RESEARCH IN THE LAB, WHAT I MOST LIKE ABOUT JNC IS THE ENVIRONMENT IT PROVIDES. THE CAMPUS IS LOVELY WITH BAMBOO PATCHES, TREES IN FULL BLOOM AND SMALL FLOWERING PLANTS PROVIDING HABITAT FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF BIRDS AND INSECTS. – Sarada Seetharaman, TSU”
The JNCASR Student’s Residence reflects the vibrant scientific spirit of the Centre. Modern in design, luxurious in amenities, and infused with an atmosphere of vitality and good cheer, it is the perfect environment for the growing scientific mind to relax, and feel entirely at home. Comfortable rooms set amidst a lush, green campus create a calm and peaceful environment, while a range of student activities and engagements provide stimulation and interaction, for the mind as well as the body. The JNCASR student community takes the collaborative spirit of the Centre to a whole new level – sharing influences, discussing schools of thought, and stimulating new ways of thinking and expression. Here you will find students from different parts of the country and the world, with, different academic, professional, and cultural backgrounds. Unlike many other research institutes, the relatively small numbers enable meaningful personal relationships, and the informal nature of faculty-student interactions open up a wealth of discussions. Candid discussions over coffee on a broad range of topics provide a greatly enhanced perspective of the world, as do a wealth of like-minded gatherings like book and movie clubs. Beyond feeding the curious young minds of the Centre, the hostel also provides for their bodies. Far from the conventional picture of undernourished scientific geniuses cooped up in a room, slaving over their theses, a student at JNCASR can choose from a host of sports such as badminton, table tennis, basketball, and football, or sit down to a game of chess, carom, or Scrabble. For the literarily inclined, there is a well-stocked library run by an active Book Club, as well as a literary magazine, Fingerprints, to express students’ prose and poetic creations. Dhwani is a popular forum where students screen documentary films and debate subjects ranging from the mundane to the controversial, from the historical to those of current relevance. The Movie Club showcases movies, both popular, as well as classics, every Friday night in an open-air theatre. The sense of logic and collaboration also extends to the choice of meals at the hostel, as a revolving committee of students directs the menu of the month. Nourishing, enriching, and engaging, the JNCASR hostel is a mini-picture of an ideal scientific community – one that enjoys life fully, while remaining constantly engaged with scientific problems ranging from the most fundamental to those of a highly applied nature.
“THE STUDENTS’ RESIDENCE OR THE HOSTEL, LOCATED INSIDE THE CAMPUS, IS LITERALLY A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. BEING HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE IS IMPORTANT FOR A BEING GOOD RESEARCHER; THIS IS WHAT MOTIVATES THE WARDENS AND HOSTEL STAFF TO MANAGE AND MAINTAIN THE HOSTEL AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE COUNTRY. – Vini Gautam, CPMU ”
THE MOVIE CLUB SCREENS ONE HAND-PICKED MOVIE EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT. IF YOU ARE A FAN OF DOCUMENTARIES, A LOVER OF HEALTHY DEBATES, DHWANI IS WHERE YOU SHOULD BE EVERY THURSDAY. THE BOOK-CLUB HOSTS NOT ONLY BOOKS ON INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE, BUT ALSO ON VERNACULAR LITERATURE, TO CATER TO EVERY STUDENT’S NEEDS. – Chandradhish Ghosh, Ph.D. student, ICMS
“ONE COULD ACCIDENTLY STUMBLE INTO THE LECTURE HALL AND END UP LISTENING TO EITHER A WONDERFUL TALK ON THE FASCINATING PROPERTIES OF NANOMATERIALS OR ON THE WAY CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS GOVERN THE BEHAVIORAL PATTERN OF VARIOUS ORGANISMS. VERY FEW INSTITUTIONS OFFER THIS BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF PROGRESS ACROSS ADVANCED DISCIPLINES OF SCIENCE. – Bharat, MBGU”
THE STRIKING FEATURE OF JNC IS THE HIGHLY INFORMAL NATURE OF THE FACULTY-STUDENT INTERACTION. IN CONTRAST TO MANY UNIVERSITIES ABROAD, MOST STUDENTS IN JNC GET TO INTERACT WITH THEIR ADVISORS ON A DAILY BASIS. THE MANY DISCUSSIONS I HAVE HAD WITH MY ADVISOR AND RESEARCH GROUP OVER COFFEE ON A BROAD RANGE OF TOPICS HAVE GREATLY ENHANCED MY VIEW OF THE WORLD. – Saikishan Suryanarayanan, Ph.D. student, EMU