Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) were set up as institutes of national importance by the government of India through the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under an Act of Parliament. Each IISER is an autonomous institution awarding master's and doctoral degrees. IISERs were set up with the primary goal of integrating high quality research with undergraduate teaching to enhance the number and quality of future researchers. IISER Pune is spread over a 100-acre campus in Pashan, an educational and research hub with the National Chemical Laboratory, University of Pune and many other premier academic organisations in the vicinity. IISER Pune offers a BS-MS dual degree, integrated PhD and PhD programmes in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and earth science.