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Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)'s second campus at Hyderabad proposed

Hyderabad,India.October, 2008: Yet another jewel in the crown of state capital Hyderabad is coming up in the shape of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR)'s second campus in Hyderabad. The TIFR, Mumbai is planning to commemorate the birth centenary of TIFR founder, Dr.Homi J.Bhabha commencing from October 31, 2008 and is eager to lay the foundation stone for its Hyderabad Campus at the earliest. Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh is being approached to lay the foundation stone for the Hyderabad campus.

The Director of TIFR, Mumbai, Professor Mustansir Barma recently wrote a letter to the Chief Minister Dr.Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy about their proposal for the creation of second campus of TIFR in Hyderabad, with a projected investment of over Rs.2,500 crores over a period of 12-15 years. In his letter, he said that Hyderabad, a fast developing metropolis with excellent infrastructure and good national and international connectivity meets the required benchmarks and is their preferred choice for setting up the second campus. For this purpose, they have requested to earmark required land within the campus of Hyderabad Central University (HCU), Hyderabad which they have already identified.

(Prof.Mustansir Barma, Director, TIFR, Mumbai called on Chief Minister Dr.Y.S.R. at Camp Office)

Chief Minister Dr.Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy and Hyderabad Central University Vice-Chancellor Professor Syed E.Hasnain have welcomed the proposal of TIFR as it is a nation's prestigious research institute and its location within the Central University campus will go a long way in making the Central University "World-class research hub" -a la 'Little Boston' and it will not only help students and faculty of the University but also contribute to the economic development of the State.

Elaborating the need for a second campus of TIFR, Mr.Barma said that the Institute is poised for a greater growth, but the current campus lacks the space to meet the demands of the future. The second campus would take care of its expansion programs and hoped that it would be set up in two phases, namely Phase I (2008 to 2014) and Phase II (from 2014 to2020). It is aimed to have permanent faculty strength of 200 along with approximately 1000 students and 300 postdoctoral researchers in addition to 400 technical and 500 non-technical staff by 2020, he said. It is expected that an additional strength of about 50 faculty and 150 to 200 students along with technical and non-technical staff of approximately 200 each by the end of Phase-I, he added.

Establishing the second campus of TIFR in Hyderabad is expected to bring in a large number of advantages. The location would facilitate collaborative research with the faculty of other research and educational institutions in the region. One of the unique attractions of the proposed location would be the close proximity to the Central University of Hyderabad which has excellent schools of Chemistry, Life Sciences, Physics, and Mathematics, Computer/Information Science, School of Engineering Sciences and Technology. A synergy of the academic programs in the two institutions would be of great benefit to both, and would provide unique opportunities for the future.

TIFR was established in 1945 and its present campus buildings in Colaba, Mumbai were inaugurated by the former Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962. The institute which began its research in the areas of Cosmic Rays and High Energy Physics, Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, extended the scope of its scientific activities to include fields like Nuclear Physics, Nuclear and Electron Magnetism, Computer Science, Geophysics, Molecular Biology, Radio Astronomy and Science Education.

From the very beginning, the research programs at TIFR have involved graduate students in a central way. TIFR was declared Deemed University in 2002 and began to award its own degrees. Today, TIFR is India's premier research Institution and is unique in conducting research in areas such as Astronomy in an ultra broad spectral region (Radio waves to y rays), very high field nuclear magnetic resonance, Terawatt optical lasers, growth of semiconductor quantum wells, wires and dots, Electron and mid-infrared spectroscopes and so on. At present, TIFR has an academic faculty strength of about 200 conducting research in various disciplines.

Reachout's News Bureau
October' 2008

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