Monkey Business

A 1963 memo about a certain kind of ‘pest’ on campus IISc offers a home to a range of flora and fauna, from the slender loris to stray dogs, and has a number of visitors passing through, including rare birds such as the Kashmir flycatcher. In a circular from the Archives, dated 26 April 1963, […]

Not Your Average Scientific Investigation

“I have had no occasion to analyse ganja for the purpose of giving evidence in court” On 26 October 1936, HR Uzielli, Secretary to the Government of Madras, Revenue Department, wrote IISc’s Director a letter about a drug investigation in which an Institute faculty member had been involved. A man named Dandapani Pillai had been […]

An Evening with Raman at the Gymkhana

CV Raman was the Director of IISc from 1933 to 1937. It was in this period, in November 1935, that Kenneth Aston arrived as the professor and head of the Department of Electrical Technology. Uma Parameswaran, in her biography of Raman, writes that Aston was not Raman’s choice for the post and became “one of […]

India On Our Mind- an Exhibition on the Culture of Indian Maps at IISc

‘India On Our Mind’ is an exhibition on Indian maps that showcases collections from Hyderabad-based Kalakriti Archives and is open to the public until 18 April 2018 (between 4 and 6 pm on weekdays and between 11 am and 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays). It is organised in association with the Centre for Contemporary Studies and […]

Trial Run for Electric Rickshaws on Campus

IISc is currently running a three-day trial using electric rickshaws as passenger vehicles on campus. The initiative, which began on 8 March, will continue until Open Day, when visitors to the Institute arrive in large numbers. The e-rickshaws plying on campus are designed, manufactured and operated by Transvahan Technologies India Pvt Ltd. The vehicles are […]

Have You Hopped Onto One of IISc’s Shared Cycles Yet?

Over 100 shiny green cycles around campus are part of a smart cycle-sharing initiative called PEDL – a renewed effort to make getting around campus easy without motorised vehicles. A collaboration between the private vehicle rental company Zoomcar and Ashish Verma’s lab in the Department of Civil Engineering, the new system is meant to provide […]

Morris Travers’ Troubles in Bangalore – And How Marriage Couldn’t Solve Them

The following piece is an edited excerpt from the unpublished autobiography of Robert MW Travers, the son of Morris Travers, IISc’s first Director. Locked in a tussle with JN Tata’s sons over his plans for IISc before he travelled to England on leave in 1910, Morris Travers sensed that having a wife would enable him […]