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The M. P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research has been established as a Society for undertaking research in streams of natural and applied sciences in various disciplines of science, engineering and technology. The Society was founded solely for educational and academic purposes, with the main aim being, to set up and maintain suitable infrastructure for organizing and carrying out fundamental research work. The Society, registered under the West Bengal Societies Act 1961, has its Head Office at Kolkata. With a view to broaden the scope of its activities in other parts of the country, the Society opened a Center at Bangalore in the month of October 2000 under the name of "M. P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore" with the main aim of teaching and conducting research work in Astronomy, Astrophysics and other related fields. This Institute is recognised as a Centre for Research for conducting programmes leading to Ph.D. degree in Physics (with specialization in Astrophysics) under the jurisdiction of Bangalore University, Bangalore.