People find it difficult to believe that IISER Kolkata and Pune are equally outstanding institutions.

However, I might as well demonstrate what true bashing is because the majority of participants in these threads enjoy “Bashing” their rival institutions.

With numerous alumni in Caltech, Oxford, Cambridge, UC, UChicago, UMichigan, ETH, UZH, MPI, Yale, Cornell, and Columbia to name a few in every class, Kolkata would really be much ahead of Pune in terms of alumni success rates, whereas I haven’t heard of such a distinguished run in Pune.

Moving on, the entire faculty is quite impressive; else, Pune-based candidates would have outnumbered IISER K academics at KVPY Interviews and Camps. Additionally, IISER Kolkata hosts Vijyoshi for all IISERs, IITs, and KVPY fellows in North India, but Pune lacks such a program.

IISER Kolkata produced the most-cited papers in Nature this year (see the nature index).


Although there were political issues on campus, many who have visited recently are aware of how well it is progressing and how “planned” it appears to be.

My important point is that if a discussion were to rage and I were to “thrash” a different, equally admirable organization in order to feed my fears, I could go on forever.

In conclusion, if you decide to pursue a career in basic science, IISER Pune and Kolkata are both fantastic universities. So make your choice based on your preference and avoid comparison.

Oh, and here is a quotation from one of my answers in case you needed more inspiration for IISER Kolkata:

Nine years have passed. Let’s look at the significant accomplishments IISER Kolkata has made thus far.

Every batch, even in the geological sciences, receives several admissions to highly sought-after worldwide PhD jobs.

(For the cynics out there, I was informed as much at the IACS Summer School and again at Astronomy Camp this year organized by IAPT.) The foremost expert on cosmology and gravitational waves in India.

ranked third in India for research in chemical and biological sciences. following IISc and IISER Pune for biology and IISc and IACS for chemistry.

significant presence of foreigners, with several foreign professors visiting the university.

A 250-acre campus that is permanent. Even though it is just 50%–60% finished, it is magnificent, I assure you. However, I would advise you to avoid the folks who enjoy smoking marijuana whenever they choose in the toilets of seven story malls and getting wasted on the weekends. The campus is positioned to offer a peaceful setting entwined with nature.
KVPY, INSPIRE, and DST nodal centers in Northern India. a VIJYOSHI host.
Although the more recent faculty members (of which I spoke with three at my KVPY SX Interview) are just as awesome as the older ones, I strongly advise you to look through their biographies.


What can you anticipate for the future—say, the next 10 to 15 years?

200 faculty members, or the full faculty, might be reached in 5–6 years.

Possibly on par with or even superior to IISc or TIFR at the postgraduate level (because there is no discernible difference between IISER K undergraduate students and IISc undergraduate students in terms of PhD placements, teaching quality, or undergraduate research)

To compete with the top Asian institutions and universities (although Pune and Mohali are also moving in the same direction!).

As the land is enormous and even IISc, a 400 acre college, finished building its campus in 2006, this should take about 3–4 years.

Perhaps there would be a greater understanding of the functional basis for IISERs among students, which would lead tothe drawback of questions that contrast IISER and IIT.

The campus, picture credits: Puranjan Chatterjee

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