Establishment of AcSIR has its origins with the Kelkar Committee constituted in 2004 to review CSIR’s functioning. The Report recommended that CSIR laboratories should be encouraged to take on the role of Research University and seek Deemed University status.
Later AcSIR was established in 2010 (by a resolution of GOI on July 17, 2010) and formalized by an Act of Parliament vide The Gazette of India (dated February 7, 2012) and notified on April 3, 2012 as an Institution of National Importance.
It has been set up based on a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model where hub (AcSIR Offices) is responsible for centralized administrative functions. The spokes are located in the 37 laboratories and 6 units of CSIR spread along the length and breadth of India, which act as actual campuses for different subjects or areas. In addition, AcSIR has collaborative programs with other national and international organizations.
The Institute has been mandated to undertake high quality teaching and advanced research in frontier areas of Science and Technology. The Mission of the Academy is to be achieved through the students of AcSIR who are doing research in the broad areas of Biological Science, Chemical Science, Engineering Science, Mathematical & Information Science, Physical Science, and Inter- & trans-disciplinary areas of study. As yet, 811 students have already graduated from AcSIR.
Currently, AcSIR has approx. 4000 Students enrolled in Ph.D, Integrated M.Tech-Ph.D, Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D and PG Diploma courses.
Prof. Kunal Ray
Acting Director, AcSIR