I feel privileged to get an opportunity to serve as Director of S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, an autonomous institution of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, which has started its journey in 1986, established in memory of Prof. Satyendra Nath Bose in whose name half of the fundamental particles of the world, namely "boson"s are known.
Centre's research is focused on Black Hole, Cosmology, Observational Astrophysics, Gravity, Quantum Field Theory, Statistical Physics, Complex Molecular & Biological systems using simulation & spectroscopy, Physics of Materials from nano to bulk. Over the years, Centre has transformed itself from an institution with most activities in theoretical sciences to an institution with a balance of theory, computer simulation and modern experimentation. The Centre has developed its unique expertise on Computational Material Science, Ultrafast & Time resolved Spectroscopy, Nanodevice fabrication including clean room facility, Healthcare & medical diagnostics, and Theoretical/Observational Astrophysics & Cosmology. The Centre foresees implementation of future plans on Multi-institutional network projects for Super Computing, Centre of Excellence on Quantum Science and Technology, setting up of Astronomical observational facility in the Eastern India, strengthening national and international collaboration, connecting to Indian Diaspora, networking with neighbouring Institutes/Universities in terms of joint PhD programme and course work, and promoting Women in Science programme.
It's a matter of great pride that the Centre in spite of its small size, has made significant scientific contributions, as reflected by the quality as well as the number of research publications setting S.N. Bose Centre among the top three DST institutes considering all subjects as per Nature index ranking, for last three consecutive years. This has been possible only due to the team work and contribution of faculties, students, post-doc and our administrative staff whose support helped the Institute in its pursuit of excellence in Science.
I look forward to further achievements in coming days, flourishing and attaining new peaks.