The AcSIR was established as an Institution of National Importance by an Act of Parliament in 2010 (by a resolution of GOI on July 17, 2010) and formalized vide The Gazette of India (dated February 7, 2012) which was notified on April 3, 2012.
AcSIR has been set-up based on a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model where the hub (AcSIR-HQ at Ghaziabad) is responsible for centralized administrative functions. The spokes are located in the 38 CSIR institutes/units (AcSIR Academic Centres) and 14 non-CSIR Institutes (AcSIR Associate Academic Centres) spread along the length and breadth of India, which act as the academic campuses of AcSIR. In addition, AcSIR has collaborative academic programs with several national and international educational institutions.
The AcSIR has been mandated to undertake high quality teaching and research in frontier areas of Science and Technology. This mission is to be achieved through Its students, who are engaged in research in the broad areas of Biological Science, Chemical Science, Engineering Science, Mathematical & Information Science, Physical Science, and other Inter- & trans-disciplinary areas of study.
AcSIR has students enrolled in different academic programs, including, Ph.D, Integrated Dual Degree Program (M.Tech+Ph.D), Integrated M.Sc-Ph.D, M.Tech, M.Sc. and PG Diploma. AcSIR has awarded 476 PhD degrees in the Year 2021 in STEM, which is perhaps the highest awarded by any Indian academic institution thus far. In 2018, AcSIR awarded 574 PhD degrees in STEM, which is the highest awarded by AcSIR in any year. Thus far, AcSIR has awarded more than 3300 PhDs and currently more than 6000 students are currently enrolled for their PhD degree in different faculties of STEM.
Presently, AcSIR is ranked 2nd by “Scimago Institutions Ranking” (2022), 11th by “Nature index” (2021-22) and 18th “NIRF (2022) in the Research Category, among the academic institutions in India.
Prof. Ajay Dhar, Director, AcSIR