The Tricity of Chandigah-Mohali-Panchkula interface seamlessly with each other on the map. They represent one Union Territory of India (Chandigarh) and two states of the Indian Union (Punjab and Haryana). Between them, they host about 20 research and educational institutions, run by seven different ministries of the Union Government.
These institutions comprise a new loose-grouping known as the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC). The high density of research institutions rivals that found in the cities of Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad in terms of the variety, reach and diversity of the research represented by any one single region.
The Chandigarh region is modern, with wide boulevards, fast-flowing traffic and the feel of a European city (Chandigarh was designed by the French architect, Le Corbusier, after India’s independence). Chandigarh is the gateway to the lower Himalayas particularly the Shivalik and Dhauladhar ranges) and is a city nestled amongst hills. Of particular note is the fact that the CRIKC institutions – between them – host nearly 70 researchers engaged in some form of biophysical research activity, with many more using leading-edge facilities.