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Homi Bhabha National Institute
Homi Bhabha National Institute logo.png
HBNI Building at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai
TypeDeemed university
FounderDepartment of Atomic Energy with Ravi Grover as the founder director.[2]
PR Vasudeva Rao [3]
DeanP. D. Naik
Academic staff
Location, ,
19°02?02?N 72°55?34?E / 19.034°N 72.926°E / 19.034; 72.926

The Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) is an Indian deemed university established by the Department of Atomic Energy, which unifies several of their constituent institutions. Deemed universities in India have been divided in three categories by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and HBNI has been placed in category 'A', highest of the three categories.[4]

Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai and its Constituent Units are the institutions of excellence as per section 4(b) of "The Central Education Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006".[5]

National Assessment and Accreditation Council has accredited HBNI with a CGPA of 3.53 on a four point scale at A grade valid up to May 10, 2020.[6]


The Indian Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) was set up in 1954 and its mandate includes research including fundamental research in matters connected with atomic energy and the development of its uses in power generation, research, agriculture, industry and health care and advancement of higher mathematics. In pursuit of its mandate DAE has established several research and development centres, grant-in-aid institutions and has taken in its fold several existing grant-in-aid institutions. All research institutions under the umbrella of the DAE have been pursuing academic programme right from their inception. Considering continued expansion of atomic energy programme and considering the fact that the DAE institutions are engaged in human resource development programmes, the DAE Science Research Council recommended in 2003 that the DAE should establish a university level institutions. After completing all formalities, Prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, announced[7] the approval of the government of India for setting up of HBNI on June 4, 2005. It is named after the late Indian physicist Homi J. Bhabha. The HRD Ministry of the government of India declared Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) a deemed to be University along with ten Constituent Institutions (CIs).

The first Director/ Vice-chancellor, Ravi Grover has written a brief history of the Institute in an article published by him on the website of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.[8] He has also written an article in Current Science (10 October 2019) explaining the rationale for setting up the Institute.[9]

Constituent institutions

R&D centers


Academic programmes and growth

Subjects covered by Boards of studies include chemical sciences, engineering sciences, health sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics (including theoretical computer science) and applied system analysis.

For developing a well trained manpower in the area of nuclear science and engineering, DAE established the "Training School" in 1957 at Trombay, Mumbai.[10] To cater to increased demand of manpower, Training Schools were established at other places and all Training Schools offer a well designed one year intensive programme for fresh engineers and scientists. This provides the students a very sound academic base in nuclear science and technology. For historical reasons, the name "Training School" continues, though given the depth and range of courses, it functions as a graduate school.

Courses are conducted at all CIs and at BARC Training schools[11] at:

HBNI encourages students to take courses at other reputable institutes and provide for credit transfer. In particular, students regularly take additional courses at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay or Indian Institute of Technology Madras.


University rankings
General - India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[12]41
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[13]26
NIRF (Overall) (2019)[14]30

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranked Homi Bhabha National Institute 41 overall in India[12] and 26 among universities[13] in 2018. Rankings in 2019 were 30 overall and 17 among universities.


  1. ^ "The Beginning". Homi Bhabha National Institute. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Setting up of Homi Bhabha National Institute" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "HBNI -> Council of Management". Homi Bhabha National Institute. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Comparative assessment of the (Deemed to be University)" (PDF). Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  5. ^ "Central Educational Institutions" (PDF). Ministry of Law and Justice.
  6. ^ http://www.hbni.ac.in/main/NAAC/naacloi.html accessdate = November 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Dr Manmohan Singh announced the approval" (PDF). BARC. Retrieved 2005.
  8. ^ "Setting up of Homi Bhabha National Institute" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Integrating the function of a university to a work place to promote post-academic research" (PDF). Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "Development of human resources for Indian nuclear power programme", Sadhana, Vol. 38, Part 5, October 2013, pp 1051-1064.
  11. ^ The making of a nuclear scientist. The Hindu (2011-12-26). Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  12. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  13. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018 (Universities)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2018.
  14. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Overall)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.

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