The Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS) was established in
1991 under the auspices of the then Ministry of Culture and Higher Education. Its
goal is to bring about an atmosphere for creative education and dynamic research
in which high-level teaching of the basic sciences would go hand-in-hand with fundamental
and applied research.
The IASBS is a degree granting institution with Master's and
Doctoral programs only. Since September 2000, however, it has started a new program
in physics for a nationally selected group of distinguished high school graduates.
The program, a first attempt at the national level, will train these select group
of students over a period of seven years, granting them a Ph.D. degree in physics
if they meet the required criteria for that degree.
The Institute also endeavors
to engage in scientific, technical, and cultural cooperation with other educational
institutions and the relatively young local industry, and to make a deliberate effort
to have scientific and cultural impact on the region.
According to its articles
of association, the Board of Trustees of the Institute consists of the Minister
of Science, Research and Technology, the Head of the Planning and Budget Organization,
the Director of the Institute, and four eminent scientific and cultural personalities
of the country.
The director of the Institute, selected out of outstanding scientific
figures in the country, in cooperation with the Scientific Council of the Institute,
directs the Institute towards its lofty goals.
The International Advisory Council
of the Institute is composed of a host of internationally well-known scholars and
scientists. The late Professor Abdus Salam was a member of this council. Members
of the Council assist the Institute in delineating its general themes of research,
establishing new disciplines, attracting prominent researchers and evaluating its
The International Advisory Council:
*M. Abdus Salam, The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP),
A. Barut, University of Colorado, USA
A. Peyghambarian, University of Arizona, USA
*S. Chandrasekhar, University of Chicago, USA
G. Swarup, Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) , India
S. Randjbar-Daemi, The Abdus Salam ICTP, Italy
M. Kardar, MIT, USA
J. Clark, Washington University, USA
S. S. Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
B. Mashhoon, University of Missouri, USA
M. Narasimhan, The Abdus Salam ICTP, Italy
C. Vafa, Harvard University, USA
E. Van den Heuvel, University of Amsterdam, Holland