Celebrating scripts from around the world

People from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds came together and composed artworks in 18 different languages for this display of scripts, part of Spectrum 2018 One monsoon evening last year, I was at the Ranade Library having a casual conversation with a friend. The rain had settled the dust on the Gymkhana ground and, in […]

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 […]

REAPing for the stars

A science education initiative at the planetarium, which IISc faculty members contribute to, strives to turn more local students into scientists       On a sunny Saturday afternoon, as hundreds of chattering kids throng the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium to gaze at the stars, a small group of college students makes their way down to […]

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 […]

Humour: Pally and the National Facility

Readers of Voices, IISc’s newsletter, may be familiar with the fictitious Prof Palayanteeswaran, aka Pally. Connect brings you an all-new episode. —————————- Original Message —————————- From                        : Ajay Thakur <ajay.thakur@iitd.ac.in> To                          : Prof. Palayanteeshwaran <pally@iisc.ac.in> Subject                   : Request to use the IISc mass spectrometry facility Date                        : Mon, January 1, 2018, […]

Learning for All

The Centre for Continuing Education has something for everyone     The Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) grew out of an awareness that, for institutions like IISc, imparting knowledge to people beyond their boundaries is an important part of their service to the community. Continuing education, as a brochure from CCE’s early years states, is […]

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 […]

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 […]