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Integrated and Interdisciplinary Sciences (i2 Sc) is a newly-conceptualised 5-Year BS-MS programme, being launched at IISER TVM to impart unique education and training to a younger generation of students. It aims to equip tomorrow’s workforce with skills that meet the evolving needs, demands and challenges of the modern world. The major challenges that the world faces today, namely, climate change, food security, healthcare, sustenance, etc., are too complex to be solved by biologists, chemists and physicists independently. Efforts to tackle them require integrated expertise and interdisciplinary knowledge in areas that span physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics.
The digital age has ushered in a new era of automation and big data, revolutionising the way we practice science, technology and medicine. From detecting neutron star mergers to cancer diagnosis, today we employ tools and skills that have often been developed separately. The necessity of symbiotic application of skills and tools from these different genres of science has led to a new paradigm for scientific investigations and analysis. This is precisely the purview of the i2 Sc programme, which leverages the strengths of core disciplines and blends it uniquely with topical and modern developments - offering an integrated mix of core and thematic courses. The thematic areas have been curated to offer expertise in topics that are relevant to today’s as well as tomorrow’s science and technology.
The i2 Sc programme includes 5 different streams, each based on a core discipline and associated thematic areas, as outlined below. At the end of the common Foundation Courses taught over the first two years, students may opt for any ONE of these five streams to study advanced courses in the core discipline and specialise in the associated thematic areas, culminating in a year-long research project in the year five.
|i2 Biological Sciences||Systems & Synthetic Biology and Precision Imaging & Medicine|
|i2 Chemical Sciences||Chemical Biology and Biomaterials|
|i2 Mathematical Sciences||Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing|
|i2 Physical Sciences||Materials, Devices, Energy and Modelling|
|i2 Data Sciences||Data Science as applied to Natural Sciences|
Each of the five streams offers a unique, yet integrated paradigm to gain analytic and cognitive skills based on an interdisciplinary curriculum and training in research. The new frontier, i2 Data Science, also fits in harmoniously with other streams as well as with regular science programmes of the Institute in its applicability, in addressing both frontier research as well as real-world problems.