The Indian Institute of Astrophysics is a premier institute devoted to research in astronomy, astrophysics and related physics. It traces its origins back to an observatory set up in 1786 at Madras which from the year 1792 began to formally function at its Nungambakkam premises as the Madras Observatory. In 1899, the observatory moved to Kodaikanal. In the year 1971, the Kodaikanal Observatory became an autonomoussociety, the Indian Institute ofAstrophysics. The headquarters were shifted to Bangalore into its present campus in Koramangala in 1975. Today, funded by the Department of Science and Technology, the Institute ranks as a premier institution devoted to research and education of astronomy and physics in the country. The main observing facilities of the Institute are located aKodaikanal, Kavalur,Gauribidanur and Hanle.
The Bangalore campus has an extensive library, a computer centre, physics laboratories and electronics, photonics and mechanical laboratories supporting an active instruments development program.
The PhD programme at Indian Institute of Astrophysics provides opportunities for front line research in a wide range of areas in astronomy and astrophysics, from atomic physics to cosmology. The students selected under this programme are fully supported with a fellowship (presently Rs 12,000/- p.m. for the first 2 years and enhanced to Rs 14,000/- after 2 years), a book grant, accommodation and medical facilities.