Outreach 2017

  • “Understanding SCIENCE” - Summer Camp For High School Students

    Science has become an important and permanent part of our daily lives. We can not think of a single aspect of daily living that Science has not made easier, faster and safer. Science gives us the platform to ask the “what, how and why” of nature and is the reason for the ever increasing understanding that people have about the world around them. It is therefore important to educate people about recent developments in science and technology. IISER Bhopal, a premier educational institute in the country, actively engaged in quality research and teaching believes in creating such awareness.

    IISER Bhopal invites application from students interested in attending a short summer camp from May 15 - 19, 2017 at its main campus in Bhauri, Bhopal. Students who would be studying in classes X, XI, XII as on May 2017 can apply.

    The summer camp will consist of interactive lectures, along with an exposure to laboratory work guided by IISER faculty members. Our efforts are to make science interesting, exciting and intriguing for the participants and to contribute to overall understanding of how and why things work like they do. The objective of this program is to inculcate in students an aptitude to appreciate the role and contribution of science in the betterment of mankind. The program has been designed to create harmony between learning and applying scientific knowledge towards the development of the society with a mission to foster a new generation of scientists who are inspired to improve the world with Science.

    To facilitate homogeneous interaction between the students and faculty members, the seats are limited. After initial screening, the shortlisted candidates would have to pay a registration fee of Rs. 2000/- only (Follow the link to get detailed instructions for online payment through State Bank Collect). The registration fee will include food and lodging expenses for the participants. A doctor will be made available on campus (24 hours) to ensure personal health and well being of all the candidates.

    We hope to provide all the participants with the best possible scientific experience.

    Important Dates:

    • March 20, 2017: Last date for submission of forms (Download Application Form)
    • March 24, 2017: List of shortlisted candidates (will be uploaded on our website)
    • April 20, 2017: Last date for the payment of Registration Fee (for selected candidates)
    • May 15, 2017: Registration time (08:30 am – 09:30 am)
      (Candidates who come to Bhopal on May 14th will be provided accommodation)
    • May 19, 2017: Closing of the programme by noon

    Any correspondence can be made to the following address:

    Dr. Madhumita Mukherjee
    Co-ordinator, Center for Outreach Programs in Education
    Room No. 102, Central Instrumentation Facility
    Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal
    Bhopal By-Pass Road, Bhauri
    Bhopal - 462066
    Phone: 0755-6692303
    Email: outreach[AT]iiserb.ac.in

    We hope to provide all the participants with the best possible scientific experience.

Past Activity


Ishan Vikas Program

Ishān Vikās is an initiative take by MHRD, Government of India to introduce school children from the North-Eastern states to institutes of higher education in India. It is a comprehensive plan to bring school children into close contact with the IITs and IISERs during their vacation periods. The focal point of the visit is to open up young minds and give them a broad overview of the future paths they can traverse. Unlike traditional tours, visits under Ishan Vikas Program thrusts participants fully into campus life - they live in hostels, dine in-mess with their hosts, engage in social events and get the opportunity to visit the state-of-the-art laboratories.

IISER Bhopal had the privilege of hosting 17 students and 2 escort teachers from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Imphal from May 21 - 30, 2015 and 40 students with 4 escort teachers from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh during December 02 - 11, 2015. In May 2016, we had 5 escort teachers and 40 student participants. Interaction based lectures by our faculty members, covering not only the domain of science but also illuminating discussions about challenges of higher education and finding ways to overcome such challenges are an integral part of the program. This apart some sessions on introducing computer skills and computer programming, documentaries/short films on big scientific discoveries, biographical sketches of scientists is organized to create a deeper impact into the young minds. A tour to each of the state-of-the-art laboratories with hands on experience in working in such laboratories is arranged to further kindle their curiosity and interest. Several co-curricular activities, outdoor sports to shape up the overall personality of the participants are also a part of the program. The program ends with a visit to one of the centers of tourist interest in Bhopal.

Ishan Vikas Program (May 16 – 25, 2016)

Centre for Outreach Programs in Education

  • The Centre for Outreach Programs in Education (COPE) was established at the Institute in August 2015 to undertake and organize all outreach activities for the benefit of society by and large. In order to promote and popularize science education amongst youth, COPE carries out the following academic activities:

    • To inculcate in high school students an aptitude to appreciate the role and contribution of science in the betterment of mankind.

    • To introduce school children from the North-Eastern states to Institutes of higher education in India.

    • To nurture a spirit of enquiry and creativity, and inculcate love for science and mathematics, to the children of state Government schools.




  • Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan is an initiative taken by MHRD to nurture a spirit of enquiry and creativity for school children. To encourage children showing inclination towards science and maths so that they can excel in these subjects. RAA also aims to mentor teachers and improving school facilities. Under this flagship five schools have been assigned by the Ministry to IISER Bhopal for mentoring (two schools in a nearby village Bhauri, two in Bakaniya and one in Jamuniyacheer). “Prayaas” a voluntary student organization and a social initiative of IISER Bhopal to educate the children of construction workers on our campus is actively involved in RAA activities teaching has been started in all five schools. The volunteers visit the schools every saturday and conduct science and maths classes for standards VI - XII.

Other Activities

  • The Academy Trust Outreach
    The Academy Trust that started under the auspices of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru in collaboration with Eklavya Trust, Bhopal,  organized a half day Oureach for school students on 3rd November 2016 at the IISER, Bhopal campus. Popular lectures by Prof. Amitabh Joshi (JNCASR, Begaluru) and Prof. Ram Sagar (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru) and science exhibition/experiments organized by the Eklavya Trust, Bhopal made Science appealing to theparticipants. The participation was from State and Private Schools. 191 participants attended the Outreach.

  • Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology Outreach
    30 students (researchers in Madhya Pradesh) alongwith two officials from MPCST organized a preworkshop on Genotyping and Gene Sequencing at IISER Bhopal. Two talks were organized for the students to gain deeper insight into the subject followed by a tour of our Central Instrumentation Facility.

  • Tribal Welfare Department, Madhya Pradesh Outreach
    As a part of a Leadership Development Camp, the Tribal Welfare Department conducts a program every year for students (SC/ST/OBC) who stand first in the Class X examination from their district. A half day Outreach for 250 students was done on January 25, 2017 where the students were briefed about IISERs in general and the admission procedure. They were then guided to the Physics, Chem, Bio labs where they did some experiments followed by a rock show by the EES Dept. 


  • “Understanding Science” (In-house Outreach)
    The Outreach Program is our in-house program conducted every year in summer since 2010. Students who are studying in classes IX, X, XI all over India can apply. It provides an apt platform for students who are at the crossroads of choosing a pathway for a particular career. They attend stimulating lectures by our faculty members, get exposure to the state of the art laboratories and hands on experience in working therein besides getting a flavor of campus life. Our efforts are directed at making science interesting and providing young minds a glimpse of contemporary science which enables them to understand the nuances of education and research from a very early age. The main objective of this program is to inculcate in students an aptitude to appreciate the role and contribution of science for the betterment of mankind and society, in general. This year 114 students from all over India participated in the Outreach program held from May 15 – 19, 2017.

    Number of participants in Outreach in the previous years

    State-wise participation in Outreach in the last five years