Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS)- A Vision
Dr. Homi Bhabha in a note to the Planning Commission on 'Scientific education and the utilization of scientific manpower' (September 1950) wrote:
“Research should be an integral part of a University's activity.. Thus, each of the research institutes which have already been established in India should cooperate closely with a university in their neighbourhood in its teaching activities. Only thus will some of our best scientists, who are at present locked up in research institutes, be able to give off their best to the country, not only by doing their own research but by helping to teach the future generations in the universities."
CBS provides an excellent platform to achieve precisely this objective by imparting multi-disciplinary education. Besides its own core faculty - who are recruited after rigorous peer review - CBS invites scientists and young researchers from proximate research establishments like Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay (IITB), Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) of TIFR, Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), to participate in the teaching programmes of the Centre as Adjunct and Visiting faculty.
The faculty from the University and its affiliated Colleges also participate in teaching and instructions in the labs. Several senior faculty of the University serve as Academic Coordinators and have played a major role in framing the course-structure for the 5-year integrated M. Sc programme. The senior faculty of CBS have also been involved in teaching specialized courses at the University Departments.
CBS is envisaged as an autonomous teaching-cum-research Centre physically located in the University campus. Thus, all teaching and research facilities at CBS will be made available to students of the University and of affiliated colleges. In the near future it is envisioned that CBS will become a role model for other Universities to follow and in the process help elevate the standard of higher education and research across the country, particularly in the University sector.