Procedure for obtaining information under RTI 2005

Request for information can be sent by letter, fax or by email addressed to the Public Information Officer, Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Kalina, Mumbai 400098. All requests must be accompanied by a demand draft or postal order or money order for Rs 10/-. The DD/IPO must be drawn in favour of UM DAE CBS.

Those persons who are below poverty line (BPL) need not pay the fees. However, they should submit documentary evidence of their BPL status.

All requests for information under RTI must have the full and complete postal address of the applicant with whom CBS can communicate to send the reply.

Information about CEBS 

4(1)(b)(i)The particulars of its organisation, functions and duties
  The Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CEBS) is a teaching-cum-research institute, fully funded by the Government of India through the Department of Atomic Energy. Currently CEBS operates from the Health Centre, University oif Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Mumbai 400098. CEBS offers Five Year integrated M.Sc. in the four principal areas of basic sciences: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. CEBS is also involved in research in the above areas. There are plans to expand its activities and start graduate studies leading to PhD.
4(1)(b)(ii)The powers and duties of its officers and employees
  • The Governing Council is the supreme decision making authority of CEBS.
  • The Director of the Centre is the chief functionary and is responsible for all the activities related to the Centre.
  • The Chairman of the Academic Board, together with the members of the Board, is responsible for all activities related to the students which include time tabling, framing of syllabus, performance of students, selection of teachers, grading pattern of students, assessment/review of research proposals, planning academic activities and other activities incidental to it.
  • The Registrar assumes overall responsibility for matters related to administration, finance and related areas.
  • The hostel wardens oversee matters related to hostels and general discipline of students
4(1)(b)(iii)The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability
  • CEBS has been recognized as an aided institution of the DAE in January 2016. The procedures and decision making process is being evolved and will be uploaded. In the meanwhile, the following procedure has been adopted on an ad-hoc basis:
  • All matters related to Administration – Registrar, CEBS
  • All matters related to infrastructure development – Dr Jacinta D’Souza
  • All matters related to academics – Academic Board
  • All matters related to hostels – Dr Avinash Kale (Boys Hostel) and Dr Sinjan Choudhary (Girls hostel)
  • Dean, Academic Affairs  Dr Swapan Ghosh
  • Matters related to website/internet: Dr. Manojendu Choudhury
  • All matters related to students- Dr. Neeraj Agarwal, Faculty in-charge of students’ matters
4(1)(b)(iv)The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions
  These are in the drafting stage.
4(1)(b)(v)The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions;
  These are in the drafting stage.
4(1)(b)(vi)A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control
  CEBS hold the following records:
  • Minutes of meeting of Governing Council and Academic Board
  • Academic documents of students and their personal files. Other documents like staff files and faculty files
4(1)(b)(vii)The particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with, or representation by, the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof
  The two primary areas of activities of CEBS are research and teaching. Since the research is carried out in frontier areas of basic sciences, there is very little scope for consultative arrangements with members of the general public. As regards student/admission related matters, a separate entity called the National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is responsible for conduct of examinations, and the intake of students is based strictly on their performance in the test. For matters related to NEST, Dr. Ameeya Bhagwat can be contacted.
4(1)(b)(viii)A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public;
  Governing Council:
  • Dr. Sekhar Basu, Chairman, AEC and Secretary to Govt. of India, DAE – Chairman
  • Dr. Suhas Pednekar, Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai, Co – Chairman
  • Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai – Member
  • Dr. Anil Kakodkar –Former Chairman, AEC - Member
  • Dr. Vijay Khole – Former Vice Chancellor, UoM - Member
  • Dr. K.N. Vyas, Director, BARC – Member
  • Prof. Sandip Trivedi, Director, TIFR – Member

  • Dr. Devang Khakhar , Director, IIT Bombay – Member
  • Mr. S. Mervin Alexander, DAE (In-charge of CEBS) – Member
  • Ms. Richa Bagla, JS(Finance), DAE – Member
  • Finance & Accounts Officer, UoM
  • Dr. Vimal K. Jain, Director, CEBS - Member Secretary
  • Registrar, CEBS, Non -Member Secretary
Academic Board
  • Dr. J. P. Mittal, formerly BARC - Chair
  • Dr. S. K. Apte, formerly BARC
  • Dr. S. V. Chiplunkar, ACTREC
  • Prof. S. M. Chitre, UM-DAE CEBS
  • Prof. S. G. Dani, UM-DAE CEBS
  • Prof. P. Dongre, UoM
  • Prof. Dipan Ghosh, formerly IIT B
  • Dr. Swapan Ghosh, UM-DAE CEBS
  • Prof. R.V. Hosur, formerly TIFR
  • Dr. Vimal K. Jain, UM-DAE CEBS
  • Prof. B. N. Jagtap, IIT B
  • Prof. Anil Karnik, UoM
  • Prof. Arvind Kumar, UM-DAE CEBS
  • Dr. Smita Mahale, NIRRH
  • Prof.  Anuradha Misra, UoM
  • Prof. M. S. Raghunathan, formerly TIFR
  • Prof. A. K. Srivastava, UoM
  • Dr. K. Subramaniam, HBCS
4(1)(b)(ix)A directory of its officers and employees
  The complete list of staff members can be seen at people > All CBS members
4(1)(b)(x)The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations;
  Information will be uploaded once the process of selection of staff is completed.
4(1)(b)(xi)The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made
  CEBS has been recognized as an aided institute of the DAE only very recently. The budgetary proposals will be forwarded to the DAE and once approved, it will be uploaded.
4(1)(b)(xii)The manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes
  CEBS is engaged in teaching MSc students and also research in different areas of basic sciences. Therefore, the answer to the above clause is “NA”
4(1)(b)(xiii)Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorisations granted by it;
  Not applicable
4(1)(b)(xiv)Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form
  CEBS has become an aided institute in January 2016. Work on digitisation of data will commence after funds are released and will be an ongoing process.
4(1)(b)(xv)The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use;

The primary activities are teaching students leading to their MSc and/or PhD degree, and research in basic sciences. The website has details course, fee structure, hostel rules, guidelines for undergraduates.  For any other information, send a mail to generic mail ID This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. which will be forwarded to the official concerned.

Some important mail IDs are:

  • For matters related to students - dean.academic[at] cbs [dot] ac [dot] in
  • For matters related to Administration - registrar[at] cbs [dot] ac [dot] in
  • For website related matters - webmaster[at] cbs [dot] ac [dot] in
  • For general enquiries - info[at] cbs [dot] ac [dot] in
4(1)(b)(xvi)The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers;
  Ms Swati Khatal-Kolekar
Assistant Public Information Officer
UM-DAE CEBS, Health Centre Building, University of Mumbai,
Vidyanagari, Mumbai 400098. Email: swati [at] cbs [dot] ac [dot] in
Phone: 26524981

Mr K.P. Balakrishnan
Public Information Officer
Prefabs II, Near Annabhau Sathe Bhavan
University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Mumbai 400098. Email: registrar[at] cbs [dot] ac [dot] in
Phone: 26532137

Prof. Jacinta D'Souza
Appellate Authority
Health Centre Building
University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Mumbai 400098. Email: jacinta[at] cbs [dot] ac [dot] in
Phone: 26530229

Prof. H.C. Pradhan
Appellate Authority till August 8, 2016
  Other pro-active disclosures:

Matters related to payment: Ms Rupali Shringare, and Ms Neha Dandekar
Matters related to student activities: Dr. Neeraj Agarwal
Matters related to hostel: Dr. Avinash Kale and Dr. Sinjan Choudhary
Matters related to guest house: Dr. Jacinta D’Souza
Dean, Academic Affairs, Dr. Swapan Ghosh




Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences

Health Centre, University of Mumbai,
Vidyanagari Campus, Kalina, Santacruz (East),
Mumbai 400098, India.

Phone: 91-22-26532132
Fax: 91-22-26524982
General Enquiries: info [at] cbs [dot] ac [dot] in

Website Related: webmaster [at] cbs [dot] ac [dot] in


How to Reach

The Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS) is located in the Vidyanagari Campus of the University of Mumbai. The city of Mumbai has excellent transport facilities.

By Train:

There are three principal railway networks operating in the Mumbai suburban network: Western Railway, Central Railway (Main Line) and Central Railway (Harbour Line).

The closest railway station is Santa Cruz Station which is a station on the Western Railway suburban network. Taxis and rickshaws are available from the station to CEBS. It will take you approximately 20 minutes to reach CEBS.

From Kurla railway station which is on the Central railway suburban line, one can reach CEBS by taking a rickshaw which will cost you between Rs 35 to Rs 40/-. It will take approximately 25 minutes to cover the distance.

From the Airport:

The campus is close to both Domestic and International Mumbai airport terminals where pre-paid taxis or autorickshaws are available.

Taxis and rickshaws are metered vehicles, and their tariff is governed by the rules of the Traffic Police, Mumbai. This website also has the tariff card for Taxis and Rickshaws.

Campus Map

The Campus

campus-4The Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS) is a residential campus located within the confines of the lush, verdant Vidyanagari Campus of the University of Mumbai, with suitable accommodation and boarding provided for all students. Mumbai,  the commercial capital of the country, is known for its multi-cultural milieu, dynamism and rich scientific legacy.



The city boasts of some of the premier scientific and educational institutions of the country, such as the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and IIT Mumbai. Students at CBS are nurtured within a rich cultural and scientific environment. Besides intensive involvement incampus-5 stimulating academic work including field trips and project visits, CBS students also have time for sports, cultural and other enriching activities.






The Centre aims to eventually have about 1000 students, 150 faculty members and support staff. CBS has state-of-the-art infrastructure in both the prefabricated, and newly constructed, permanent structures. At present, these structures house modern, well-equipped research laboratories, library and computer facilities. CBS offices and laboratories are at three different locations within the Vidyanagari Campus.campus-3

The Director

Dr. Vimal Kumar Jain
Dr. Vimal Kumar Jain took over as the Director of UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences on 18th October 2017 (AN)

Born on 1st August 1956; B. Sc. (1974) from Agra University; M. Sc. (Organic Chemistry) (1976) from Agra University; Ph. D. (1981) from Rajasthan University, Jaipur; Post-doc (1981-1984) at University of Guelph, Ontario (Canada), joined as Scientific Officer (SD) (1984) in Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre where elevated to Head Chemistry Division and Distinguished Scientist.


Research and major contributions

Research interests include: organometallic and metalloorganic chemistry of platinum group metals and main group elements, design and synthesis of molecular precursors for inorganic materials, multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and high purity materials; author/ co-author of ~350 research papers including more than a dozen review articles published in international peer reviewed Journals; supervised the thesis work of 26 Ph.D. and 7 masters’ degree students.


Elected (1995) Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India; Young Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences (1988-1991); National representative of IUPAC, a Fellow of IUPAC and Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.); member of Editorial Boards of a number of scientific journals; co-edited (with Dr. K. I. Priyadarsini) a multi-author book ‘Organoselenium Compounds in Biology and Medicine’ published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. President, Indian Chemical Society (Mumbai Branch) (2005- 2006); President: Society for Materials Chemistry (April 2016- March 2019); Convener for ISMC-2014, ISMC-2016; Member: Program Advisory Committee (PAC) (2001-2007) Inorganic Chemistry, DST; Member: Program Advisory Committee (PAC) (2005 - 2008) for International division of DST in the area of catalysis and chemical sciences, member and subject expert for numerous promotion and selection committees; executed several national and international scientific projects; Raja Ramanna Fellowship of DAE (Dec.2016- Oct-2017).


Received several awards which include: Bruker NMR Award for the Young Scientist (1989); International Scientific Exchange Award” (1993) of NSERC, Canada; Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award (1996)” of Department of Atomic Energy; Royal Society of Chemistry Journals Grants (1999) for International Authors to visit Oxford University; Prof. S. S. Sandhu Award (1999) of the Indian Chemical Society; Chemical Research Society of India Medal (2001); Prof. Priyadaranjan Ray Memorial Award (2006) of the Indian Chemical Society; Group Achievement Awards (2009) and (2014) of Department of Atomic Energy; Prof. W. U. Malik Memorial Award (2012) of Indian Council of Chemists; Dharamsi Morarji Chemical Co. Visiting Fellowship (2013) of Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai; Vigyan Ratan Award (2017) of Gyan Sagar Science Foundation.

Overview of CBS

The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India and the University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari Campus jointly launched, in September 2007, a Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS) offering high-quality undergraduate teaching embedded in a postgraduate and research environment. CBS offers a five-year Integrated M.Sc. program in the Basic Sciences for students who have completed 10+2 schooling or its equivalent.

A modern, flexible, integrated and seamless curriculum has been developed that places considerable emphasis on practical training and development of analytical and problem-solving skills in addition to formal learning. Some of the best teachers from University of Mumbai departments and University of Mumbai-affiliated colleges, and from proximate partner institutions like Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, IIT Bombay and the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, have helped design courses and are participating in teaching activities of the Centre in the areas of physics, life sciences, mathematics, chemistry.

CBS is an autonomous centre and is governed by a Council chaired by The Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and co-chaired by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai. Other members of the Council include the Directors of BARC, TIFR and IIT Mumbai, and the Joint Secretary (R&D) of DAE, Government of India. The complete list of members of the Governing Council are available on this website. Professor Deepak Mathur was the first Director appointed at CBS and Professor S.M. Chitre the first Chairperson of the CBS Academic Board. The current CBS Director is Dr. Vimal Kumar Jain.


UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences
Health Centre, University of Mumbai,
Vidyanagari Campus, Kalina, Santacruz (East), Mumbai 400098, India.
Phone: 91-22-26524983
Fax: 91-22-26524982
General Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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About Us

CBS was set up by the Department of Atomic Energy and the University of Mumbai in 2007. CBS offers a 5 year integrated MSc program in Basic Sciences, with undergraduate teaching embedded in a postgraduate and research environment, for students who have completed 10+2 schooling or its equivalent.