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Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

Seal of IACS
Established 1876
Type Research institute
Director Deb Shankar Ray (acting)[1]
Location Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) is an institute of higher learning in Kolkata, India.[2][3] Established in 1876 by Mahendra Lal Sircar, a private medical practitioner, it focuses on fundamental research in basic sciences.[4] It is India's oldest research institute.[5][6]

Located at Jadavpur, South Kolkata beside Jadavpur University, Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute and Indian Institute of Chemical Biology it is spread over a limited area of 9.5 acres.[7]

Academic programme

The institute is engaged in fundamental research in various fields of physics and chemistry. The institute emphasizes PhD programmes, the degree being provided either by Jadavpur University or by University of Calcutta. From academic year 2005-2006 it started an integrated PhD programme in chemistry.[7]

Nobel laureate Sir C. V. Raman did his groundbreaking work in Raman effect in this institute.[8] His work was first published in the Indian Journal of Physics, which is published by IACS.[9]


  1. ^ "IACS director". Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Uma Dasgupta (2011). Science and Modern India: An Institutional History, C. 1784-1947. Pearson Education India. ISBN 9788131728185. 
  3. ^ Bernhard Joseph Stern. Science and Society. p. 84. 
  4. ^ "Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata". Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "". Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science". Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "About IACS". Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sir Venkata Raman - Biographical". Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Indian Journal of Physics". Retrieved 19 April 2014.