Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS)
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) is a premier scientific Research Institute located at Kolkata. Founded in the year 1876 by Dr. Mahendralal Sircar, an acclaimed medical practitioner of his time, IACS is the oldest scientific institution in Asia funded by the Government of India, Department of Science & Technology and the Government of West Bengal. Sir C.V. Raman made his historic discovery of ‘Raman Effect’ at IACS. It continues to adorn the mantle of academic and intellectual excellence in India and abroad. The various laboratories at every corner of this great institution reverberate with the resounding legacy of the unparalleled scientific excellence for which this city is proud of.
Now it is an autonomous research institution headed by a Governing Council. IACS receives about 95% of its yearly fund from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. Government of West Bengal also provides some matching share. Apart from that the scientists at IACS arranges extramural funding for carrying out their research in diverse areas of basic science. At present, IACS has more than 400 research students/associates working under the guidance of 70 faculty members working in physics, chemistry and biology, with an annual budgetary outlay of just above Rs 60 crores during the current fiscal year. The Institute has dynamic programmes for the pursuit of research leading to the doctoral degree and for post-doctoral work and has Visiting Scientists Scheme.