“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 […]

“Whenever the Government Needs Any Input, They Consult Us”

The Divecha Centre for Climate Change was set up in IISc in 2009 with funding from US-based philanthropists, Arjun and Diana Divecha, and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, founded by British investor Jeremy Grantham. Since its establishment, the Centre has focussed primarily on research, and on raising awareness on climate change […]

‘No one can match our performance’: S Gopalakrishnan

An interview with the Chairperson of Aerospace Engineering Department on its 75th anniversary IISc’s Department of Aerospace Engineering has around 240 students and a faculty strength of 35. It runs multiple research centres, has close links with HAL, NAL, ISRO, DRDO and other government agencies as well as with the private sector, and works on […]

What I Learned Meeting Rural Innovators in Odisha

Ramya, who has just finished her PhD from IISc, spent a week walking through Odisha villages on the ‘Shodh Yatra’, observing how local residents engage with science and tech The Shodh Yatra is a walk organised twice a year through rural India, aimed at unearthing and disseminating grassroots knowledge and innovations. Ever since I found […]

Urban Legend: Murthy, Bengaluru’s Keeper of the Tale

An IISc alumnus, KKS Murty spent many years as an engineer with HAL. Now he runs Select, a book store in Bangalore that enjoys the patronage of many bibliophiles A somewhat run-down, two-storey building tucked into a by-lane off Brigade Road, might not, under any other circumstances, merit a second glance. Its appearance, however, vastly […]

Day Cares on Campus

A closer look at the newly established play school on campus, and a crèche which is more than two decades old As I walk past the Canara Bank down the road lined by Gulmohar trees in IISc’s campus, a clamour suddenly interrupts the usually tranquil Institute. The sounds emanate from the IISc Employees’ Association Crèche. […]