January 18, 2016, 3:48 pm
Union Human Resource Development Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated the
permanent campus (Phase I) of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) at
Vithura near Thiruvananthapuram today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said the Department of Higher Education will
allow the new IISER Centre to recruit five foreign faculties as part of improving research and
international exposure to the students as part of the new Global Initiative of Academic Network
(GIAN) of the Ministry. Smt. Smriti Irani said the endeavor of science research institutions must
be to give more opportunities to women, Dalits and those from economically backward sections
to excel themselves.
The campus has three buildings namely, chemical science block, hostel and a central dining hall,
in the first phase. The blocks for physics and biology and additional hostel facility for 500
students will be constructed within the next 15 months.
Dignitaries present on the occasion included Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Oommen Chandy, Shri
A. Sampath MP, Shri K.S. Sabarinathan MLA, Secretary, Human Resource Development
Ministry, Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi and Dr. Tessy Thomas, Chairperson, Board of Governors,