The site of the 209-acre campus, adjacent to the University of Hyderabad, has been generously made available by the state government, to foster research and higher education in the region.
The three main elements of the vision of TIFR's new campus involve
- Unification of traditional disciplines under common themes, while maintaining the rigour that characterizes individual disciplines.
- Convergence of fundamental and applied sciences, facilitating new technologies.
- Unification of teaching and research in ways that reinforce and elevate each other.
Faculty would be drawn from the natural sciences, the engineering sciences, and mathematics, and it is envisaged that there would be a large number of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and visitors. The doctoral programme at TIFR Hyderabad will provide an opportunity to take up rigorous courses in different disciplines across the campus. Moreover, it is proposed to launch a vigorous programme in science education; the proximity of vibrant research programmes on campus would add considerable value to the programme.
The academic research structure envisaged for TIFR-Hyderabad involves a network of centres and laboratories. Each centre would be built around a well-conceived academic theme, while each laboratory would house academic members who use similar techniques or equipment, examples being laboratories for NMR and strong-field science.
In the first few years, research and teaching will be carried out in the TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (TCIS) with a focus on topics carefully chosen across the life sciences, chemistry, condensed matter, materials, and optical science. Being the first centre of TIFR-Hyderabad, TCIS would initially also incubate a broader set of activities to allow the seeding of further selected programmes.
The later phases of development are expected to be based on the diversification of areas which will be planned out through discussions among stakeholders, with the oversight of a panel of distinguished scientists.
The proximity to the University of Hyderabad is bound to generate synergy in research and in conducting advanced academic programmes. Fruitful interactions will be encouraged with other academic institutions in Hyderabad with overlapping interests.