HarishChandra Research Institute

HarishChandra Research Institute
City Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Established 1966

HarishChandra Research Institute was established in the year 1966,

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    The Harish-Chandra Research Institute (Mehta Research Institute till 11 Oct 2000) is an autonomous institute, funded by the Department of Atomic Energy. It is the North Indian link of a chain of institutes aided by the DAE for conducting research in fundamental sciences. At HRI we concentrate on Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. We have, at present, twenty seven faculty members, and we expect to grow rapidly in the coming years. The Institute has a doctoral programme, leading to a PhD. degree awarded by the Allahabad University. Admissions to the graduate program take place through the JEST and an interview. Students undergo a year of rigorous course work and then start research continuing for 4 to 5 years more. Postdoctoral fellowships are also offered. There is an active visitors programme through which reputed scientists may spend a few days to a few months at the Institute. We also offer summer studentships to final year MSc students. The current Director of the Institute is Prof H. S. Mani. Though HRI has been in existence for a number of years (since 1975 !), its current stage of growth began with the acquisition, in 1989, of 66 acres of land just off the Sangam at Allahabad, and the construction of the beautiful new campus. Recruitment of faculty, which had stopped in the intervening years, resumed in 1991. The construction of the campus is nearly complete. The institute moved from its temporary office to the new campus, at Chhatnag, Jhusi (a 30 minute drive from the centre of Allahabad) in the summer of 1996.

    The Institute started in 1975, on an endowment from the B.S. Mehta Trust, Calcutta. Indeed, until October, 2001, the Institute was named the Mehta Research Institute.

    During its initial stages, the Institute was managed by B.N. Prasad, and later, by S.R. Sinha, from the University of Allahabad. The formal leadership structure of the Institute came into being with P.L. Bhatnagar, who took charge, as the first Director, from Sinha. After Bhatnagar, the stewardship of the Institute returned to Sinha, until January 1983, when S.S. Shrikhande of the Bombay University joined the Institute as the next Director.During Shrikande's tenure, an ongoing dialogue with the DAE, regarding the future of the Institute, entered a decisive stage. The DAE constituted a review committee to examine the issue. Following that committee's report, in 1985, the Government of Uttar Pradesh agreed to provide land for the Institute campus, and the DAE promised financial support for meeting both the recurring and non-recurring expenses of the Institute. In January 1992, finally, the Institute acquired about 66 acres of land in Jhusi, Allahabad. Another important event in the Institute's short history occurred at this point — H.S. Mani took over as the Director from Shrikande. With Mani's arrival, and the move, in 1996, to the new campus at Jhusi, the activities of the Institute gained a fresh impetus, marking a period of rapid growth that still continues.

    HRI seeks to expand its activities. New additions are made to the faculty every year. We expect the faculty strength to rise to 50 in the current phase of development. The number of graduate students, and of post-doctoral fellows, will increase correspondingly.

    We also hope to see more interaction between the Institute and the university system in the country. Already, we have various programmes which enable undergraduate and graduate students, from various universities, to visit HRI for periods ranging from a few weeks to a couple of years. We envisage expansion in such programmes over the next several years.

    The Department of Physics at the Harish-Chandra Research Institute. We are a dynamic and growing group of theoretical physicists, with a current strength of 17 faculty members, 9 postdocs and 11 graduate students, active in the areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Theory, Particle phenomenology and String Theory Positions available Applications are invited for Postdoctoral and Faculty positions in the areas mentioned above. Please write with a brief CV to Prof. Sumathi Rao at [email protected] Announcement HRI will host the seventh Workshop on High Energy Physics Phenomenology (WHEPP 7) from January 4th to 15th, 2002.

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