S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences - SNBNCBS

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Sector III, Block JD, Salt Lake
Kolkata, West Bengal 700098 , India
(033) 23355706, 23355707, 23355708
(033) 23353477
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About S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences - SNBNCBS

S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences (SNBNCBS) is a premier research institution which is involved in advanced scientific research in frontier areas. It is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The Institute offers Ph.D. Programs in a number of areas. It was established in 1986 named after scientist Satyendra Nath Bose.

University Units

Advanced Material Research Unit - It is a specialized unit set up for facilitating interdisciplinary research in advanced materials. It is involved in promoting computation-based research, so as to have a complete and fundamental understanding of advanced materials. The unit will also network with different computational groups outside S.N. Bose Centre, both nationally and internationally. It will contribute to manpower training in terms of organizing workshops and summer schools and having visitors from universities and other research institutes within India.

Unit for Nanoscience and Technology

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Nearest Airport:

  • Netaji Subhash Airport, Kolkata (Calcutta).
  • Prepaid Taxis are available (Land Mark Tank No. 14, Salt Lake City).

Nearest Railway Stations:

  • Howrah Station and Sealdah Station.
  • Prepaid taxis are available at both stations. At Howrah you can cross the river by ferry to Babu Ghat and then take either a taxi or a bus 239.

Buses from various destinations:

  • From Ultadanga : 32A, 47/1 to Tank No. 14.
  • From Gariahat : AS2 (Jadavpur to Newtown) to Stadium Island, W3 to Niccopark.
  • From Sealdah Station : 47/1, 239, Saltlake-BBD Bag Minibus to Tank No. 14.
  • From Howrah Station : Mourigram-Bakultala Minibus via Howrah to Tank No 13 and then cycle-rickshaw, 239B and S-12 to Nicco Park-cross the canal using foot bridge and then cycle rickshaw.

Faculty / Departments

  • Theoretical Sciences.
  • Material Sciences.
  • Chemical, Biological & Macro-Molecular Sciences.
  • Astrophysics and Cosmology.


Hostel - Residence in the hostel within the SNBNCBS campus is mandatory (barring special cases) to enable concentrated study and interaction. Until SNBNCBS becomes fully equipped to house all students on campus, if and when necessary, some students may be accommodated in off-campus rented apartments in Salt Lake area. Transports are provided for bringing students from off campus housing to the Centre.

SNB Library - The Library collection comprises of more than 10,000 documents mainly in the fields of Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Electronics, Laser, Chemistry, Biology, Material Science, Nano Science, Technology etc. The library subscribes to 25 popular magazines and receives a good number of periodicals in exchange and also subscribes 13 newspapers are purchased towards this end. The institutional membership at the Library and Information Services, British Council also enhances this service. The library is fully computerized with the installation of LIBSYS 4 (on Linux platform). A server and 20 PCs, multimedia, scanners, colour printer, lamination machine, CD - writers, are also part of the set-up. The electronic databases at the Library cover monographs, journals, annual reports, CD/DVD-ROMs. The library subscribes to 234 journals. Most of the journals have online access.

CC - Computer Centre is responsible for the computational facilities of the Centre. There are around 35 Desktops running Fedora for the use of member of the Centre. It remains open 24x7. The computer centre also looks after the computer backbone of the centre which includes the mail servers, web servers.  The centre has a 256-processor based unix cluster.

Research Work
- It is carried out over a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary studies as well as some pure areas ranging from Nano Sciences, Material Sciences, Condensed Matter Sciences to High Energy Physics etc. The TPSC (Theoretical Physics Seminar Circuit) was set up by the DST, Govt. of India, to promote collaboration and sharing of research ideas and results between different research centres in India.The S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences is the nodal centre.

Equipment Facilities

Some of these are:

  • XRD Power Diffraction Reflectivity/Rocking Curve/ Thin Film Analysis.
  • ESEM.
  • EDAX.
  • AFM.
  • VSM.
  • TG/DTA.
  • DLS.
  • Spectroscopic Ellipsometry.

Cambridge-Bose Scholarship - The Scholarship is given for a period of 4 year in related areas jointly supervised by faculties of the Cambridge University and S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences leading to Ph.D. degree of the Cambridge University. The scholarship tenable for a period of 4 years is jointly funded by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and the S.N. Bose Centre. The selected candidates are admitted to the Ph.D. programme of the Cambridge University as per the norms and academic standards of the Cambridge University. Students with consistent first class record with M.Sc or equivalent degrees in Physics (obtained within last one year).

TWAS-Bose Fellowship
- TWAS stands for Third World Academy of Sciences. TWAS-SN Bose  Posdoctoral Fellowships are tenable at the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Kolkata, India, for studies towards post-doctoral research in the physical sciences for a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of twelve months. This fellowship is provided by the Department of Biotechnology of the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology (DBT) and the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences. This fellowship is also kown as South-South fellowships programme.

Guest House & Cafeteria
- The Centre has its own modern Guest House and Cafeteria located within the premises. In the Guest House, there are fully furnished air-conditioned suites with attached baths and kitchenettes, single and double air-conditioned fully furnished rooms. The Guest House provides 24 hours STD/ISD facility and internet surfing system. The Cafeteria has facilities for serving regular meals to visitors.

Medical Facilities - The University has on-campus and a Contributory Medical Scheme to cover all medical care including hospitalization.

Kishlay - It is the name of the Crèche for the children of staff and students of S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences.

Financial Support - Full financial support to attend National/ International Conferences held in India.

Information compiled from : S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences - SNBNCBS Website
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