The Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) are a group of premier institutes being created by the Government of India to promote education and research in the sciences. Five IISER's have been currently planned across the country in the following locations -- Kolkata in West Bengal, Pune in Maharashtra, Mohali in Punjab, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. The financial outlay for each IISER is around Rs 500 crore for the first five years.
The IISERs at Kolkata, Pune, Mohali and Thiruvananthapuram have started functioning from the Kolkata Extension Centre of IIT Kharagpur, NCL Pune campus, MGSPIA complex in Sector 26 Chandigarh and College of Engineering, Trivandrum campus respectively. In future they will function from their own campuses. The Campus of IISER Kolkata is coming up over of land at Haringhata, Kalyani near Kolkata. The first set of admissions through IIT-JEE and KVPY have been done and the teaching program at IISER Mohali has commenced from August 2007.
IISER Mohali will ultimately be located in Mohali, Punjab. The foundation stone of IISER, Kolkata was laid on July 11th, 2006 and that of IISER Mohali in September, 2006 by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Land for IISER Thiruvananthapuram (about 200 acres) is also being identified at Vithura, a picturesque town at the foothills of the Western Ghats. Vithura is located within 30 km from the city and is near to the famous tourist spot Ponmudi. The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), a new institute of the Department of Space, Govt, of India, will be within few kilometers from IISER.