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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Effect of World War II on IISc

“This is a time of war. The great majority of the people of this country deeply sympathise with risks and sufferings of the people of Great Britain. Many are willing and anxious to take part in the measure needed to help Britain and humanity in this emergency,” said engineer and statesman Sir M Visvesvaraya in […]

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The following piece is an edited excerpt from the unpublished autobiography of Robert MW Travers, the son of Morris Travers, IISc’s first Director.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 […]

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 […]

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, […]