T Ramakrishnan, a Pioneer of TB Research

The story of an IISc scientist who brought molecular techniques into research on the deadly disease in India   A young T Ramakrishnan, who lived with his family in Ernakulam in Kerala, helplessly watched his mother being sent to Andhra Pradesh’s Madanapalle sanatorium, one of the few such medical facilities in the country created to […]

How Mathematical Modelling Helped Control AIDS in India

The limited success of National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) I and II set up in the 1990s meant that the government had to something different to control HIV spread: India had roughly one-eighth of the world’s HIV burden. And in 2002, the US National Intelligence Council projected that by 2010, about 20-25 million people will […]

G Padmanaban on the Way Forward for Indian Science

Govindarajan Padmanaban is a celebrated biochemist and biotechnologist, known for his work on malaria. In a career spanning 50 years, he has mentored several students, helped establish start-ups and several research institutes. Recently, Padmanaban turned 80 and on 23 March 2018, the Director, Anurag Kumar, released the second volume of his memoir, titled Doing Science […]

India on the Minds of IISc’s Undergraduate Students

What do maps of India have to do with an undergrad course at the Institute? If you attended the closing ceremony of ‘India on Our Mind’ – the exhibition on Indian maps held at IISc from 18 March to 20 April – you might have spotted a bunch of students being given certificates that day […]

G Padmanaban, IISc’s former Director, releases memoir

This memoir covers his journey after retirement What does it mean to be a retired scientist continuing to pursue research? The answer to this forms the narrative in a memoir by IISc’s former Director, G Padmanaban, titled Doing Science in India: My Second Innings. The memoir, which was released on 23 March by the Director, […]

Meet Lakshmi Sita, the biotech pioneer who mass-produced sandalwood trees from test tubes

The former IISc professor’s plant tissue culture lab attracted visitors such as Prince Charles and Ratan Tata   In the summer of 1976, a young scientist named Lakshmi Sita joined IISc as a post doctoral fellow. She had just completed her PhD after working on growth substances and tissue culture of sweet corn from Victoria […]

“Simplifying solutions can make science more application oriented”

Fathima Benazir and Alex D Paul were classmates in school. Many years later, Fathima, a postdoctoral fellow at IISc, began looking for opportunities abroad and happened to share her research work with Alex who comes from the corporate sector. Alex, after going through her work, encouraged Fathima to come up with a product that can […]

How IISc is working to improve the quality of India’s teachers

The Talent Development Centre at the Challakere campus trains around 1500 teachers at the high school, pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate level According to Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2016, a survey that assesses the quality of learning among students in rural areas, only 43.3% of class VIII students can perform simple arithmetic operations like […]

So you think you can explain your research in three minutes?

Students working on ecology, evolution, and conservation from IISc and other institutions in Bangalore came together for a competition to promote student interaction   PhD students are accustomed to giving long presentations. But there are occasions when one is expected to sum up years of work in a short span, sometimes in just a few […]

How is Goods and Services Tax (GST) impacting people from all walks of life?

A group of experts gathered at IISc to discuss its impacts “The 49th challenge in the Blue Whale game is filing GST. Everyone knows what the 50th is and I am not going to elaborate on that. That is the kind of challenge the industry and businesses have had to face,” said Venkatesh Babu, Deputy […]