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.
- As a part of Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN), the Department of Higher Education will allow the new IISER Centre to recruit five foreign faculties to improve research and international exposure to the students.
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.
Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) are a group of most premier science education and research institutes in India. These institutions have been declared by Act of Parliament as institutions of national importance.
- The institutes were created by the Government of India, through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), under The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010 (an amendment of the National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007),
- Six IISERs have been established across the country, namely IISER Kolkata in West Bengal, IISER Pune in Maharashtra, IISER Mohali in Punjab, IISER Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, IISER Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and IISER Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
In 2015 Union Budget, two new IISERs one at Brahmapur (Odisha) and other one in Nagaland have been announced.