|Type Research Institution|
Phone 022 2282 9293
Academic staff 450
|Location Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Address 15, Madam Cama Rd, Mantralaya, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032
Motto It is good to seek out the causes of things
The Institute of Science (formerly known as Royal Institute of Science (RIS)) is an institution of postgraduate education and research located in Mumbai, India. It is managed by the Government of Maharashtra and is currently affiliated to the University of Mumbai. It is accredited with Grade A by NAAC( an official agency rating the colleges ) in March 2014
Established in 1920, its research centers around all branches of science including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Mathematics, Biochemistry, Bio-Technology and Environmental studies. In Maharashtra state and University of Mumbai, some programs like Masters in biochemistry were available only in the Institute of Science until recently. It offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs and currently it does not offer undergraduate programs. Though the institute offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs of the University of Mumbai, due to the autonomy granted to the institute, the admissions to these programs are managed separately by the institute but examinations are conducted by the University of Mumbai and degrees are awarded by the University of Mumbai.
'The Institute of Science, Mumbai' was founded by George Clarke, 1st Baron Sydenham of Combe. The Institute's buildings were constructed using funds from private donations. Sir Cowasji Jehangir donated money for the Institute's east wing. The construction of the west flank of the main building was paid for by Jacob Sassoon, and the east flank by Sir Currimbhoy Ebrahim, Bt. Vasanji Mulji donated funds for the library.
The foundation stone for the institute, designed by George Wittet, was laid in 1911. Completed in 1920, the building stands next to the Gothic structures of the Rajabai tower of University of Mumbai and the Elphinstone College.
Built in yellow Kharodi basalt stone from the district of Thane, this elegant, curving facades of the two wings, joined by the flat central dome of the Cowasji Jehangir Hall, manage to harmonize with the 19th century buildings surrounding it. Protected from the street by the many-arched facades are a botanical garden, herbarium and a park. The Institute of Science is awarded the status of "College with potential for Excellence" by the UGC in 2009 and awarded generous grants for infrastructure development.