Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences is an autonomous institute with an affiliation to the University of Mumbai. It was set up in the University of Mumbai by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) in collaboration with the university. This institute offers undergraduate science education and research opportunities. It aims at improving the quality of basic science education in the country at the undergraduate level and developing a pool of scientists for the various scientific works of the country.
This autonomous institute is managed by a governing council headed by the Secretary of Dept. of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India which is the supreme decision making body for the institute. The Governing Council consists of eminent scientists, academicians and professors from proximate institutions.
The Director of the institute, Prof. R.V. Hosur, is also a Senior Professor (Chemical Sciences) at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Matters related to academic activities are handled by the Academic board chaired by Professor S.M. Chitre. It comprises educationists and academicians including Prof. J.V. Narlikar (IUCAA), Prof. N. Mukunda (IISc), Prof. Dipan Ghosh (IITB), Vice Chancellor (University of Mumbai) etc. as its members. The Academic board of the institute exists to facilitate, initiate and co-ordinate the academic work of the Institute, particularly the teaching and assessment of students. It acts as the repository of grades and academic records of all students, both past and present. CBS is one of the many institutions set by Government of India to improve the quality of science education in the country. It has been set up in Mumbai, the largest city in India.
This city boasts of world-renowned scientific institutions like TIFR, IIT Mumbai and BARC. Most of all them happen to be its mentor institutes. This gives a major boost to the institution in achieving the goal it has set for itself and the country. Various research works are being carried out at CBS in close association with institutes like TIFR, BARC, Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT) in nuclear physics, astrophysics, archaeo-astronomy, free electron lasers, biophysics, genetics, chemical biology, cell and developmental biology, and cancer biology and therapeutics.