Message from the Chair

Dear Students, Researchers, and Colleagues,

With our ethos and spirit of वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम् (i.e., the world is one family), I welcome you to the webpage of Office of International Relations (OIR)!

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) – the top-ranked university in India$ – has always recognized the role of international relations in improving the global outreach of its faculty and students. Hence, the Office of International Relations (OIR) was constituted in 1998. Since the inception, OIR has been overseeing all the international programs of the Institute, including:

  • Exchange/visiting programs for students, faculty and researchers for the cooperation in education and research;
  • Admission of the international students to various academic programs of the Institute [e.g., B.Sc. (research), M.Tech. (course and research) and Ph.D.];
  • Visits of the international academic and diplomatic delegations to the Institute, the Institute’s delegations to foreign universities to strengthen our existing collaborations and to forge new partnerships; 
  • Formulation and execution of MoUs and agreements between IISc and institutions abroad

The Institute of Eminence (IoE) status bestowed by the Government of India to the Institute has provided strong impetus for further internationalization. Recently, the Institute has formulated several mechanisms for engaging with foreign universities and research institutions, including joint supervision of research students, joint degree programs (including Ph.D.), international summer internships, visiting positions for international faculty members, researchers and students, nurturing joint research ventures, etc., and is committed to significantly increase the number of international students enrolled in its various academic programs. OIR is playing a pivotal role in realizing these goals of the Institute.

Furthermore, at OIR, we provide the required documents and support for Visa processing, registration with FRRO/e-FRRO and campus accommodation to all our academic guests and international students. We facilitate the networking of our international students by organizing the orientation programs for newly admitted students and connect them to the Institute’s international student body and student council. Also, we act as a nodal office between international students/researchers and their sponsoring agencies for any support or assistance required.

Please contact us if you wish to learn more about our programs and activities and engage with us. We look forward to forging a strong relationship with you and your cooperation in moving ahead together. 

Abhishek Kumar Singh, PhD
Chair, Office of International Relations (OIR)
Phone: +91 80 2293 2560; + 91 80 2360 2567

$ Source: National Institute Ranking Framework, Government of India (