A primary objective of the Institute is to train and nurture human resources in the Sciences for the
knowledge economies of the future. This is in line with a general shift in geo-political thinking that
requires a remedy for sites of knowledge production centred in the west. Such a strategic shift in
perspective has been necessitated by the realization that the unique circumstances of our nation
demand unique scientific and pedagogic responses. Consequently, we are called upon to question and
account for conventional narratives that stake claims to categorizations of science, technology,
environment, learning, innovation, design and being. The predominant discourse that seeks to structure
these superficially hard categories is predicated on justifications that till date have not moved beyond
regimes of hierarchy, control and access. These strictures are an inherent feature of “Institutionalized
Science” where Newtonian principles of organizing domains of cognition and mechanisms of
representation constrain debates on what new conceptualizations of science ought to be like. More
problematically this stifles the potential for interdisciplinarity just when everybody talks its language.
This means we continue to think in and with strait jacketed binaries such as natural / artificial or being
/thing and perhaps most dangerously science / everything else. The founding of this Institute is rooted
in the understanding that the contexts we inhabit are dynamic and in flux, while we have not begun to
think in terms of solutions to most of these problems we realize that they exist and that we need to
quickly participate in the process of finding out some answers.
NISER recognizes that modern scientific research is carried out in interstices amongst fuzzy domains and
blurred boundaries. This entails encouraging a new scientific culture where members of our community
attain to an intellectual agility unconstrained by the limitations of disciplinary conventions from the
past. Faculty and Students will be given generous material support in the pursuit to realize this
objective. Time and conversational space will be devoted to nascent propositions and hypothesis and
the significantly small student-faculty ratio, an eventual full strength of 2000 students and 300 faculty,
manifests the Institutes investment and hope in the future.