June 27th, 2012
As per this Business Standard article out of 35 students that graduated from NISER Bhubaneswar this year 11 are going abroad for Ph.D (to places such as Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Stony Brook), 5 are going to TIFR for PhD, 2 are going to IISc Bangalore, 4 to NII Delhi and 4 to various IITs. This adds up to 26.
Even when a lot of IIT students were going abroad, no department of any IIT was sending so many to pursue Ph.D.
Kudos to NISER to live up to the dreams and goals behind establishing the IISERs and NISER.
Finally, considering the angst of some of the alumni of the IISERs (especially IISER Pune) kudos to NISER for holding its own entrance exam (and not take students from IIT JEE) so that students who come into NISER are more in synch with the institution in terms of their expectation. (Update: Just to be clear, now, IIT JEE is only one of the three means to get admitted to IISERS. The other two are via KVPY and an aptitude test.)