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 […]

The Curse of Dementia: Diagnosis, Causes and Coping with Cognitive Decline

Doctors and scientists are on a mission to understand this complex neurodegenerative disorder One morning, Ragini, a resident of Chennai, caught a glimpse of her 67-year-old mother, Lakshmi, using a toothbrush on her own reflection in the mirror. Ragini was taken aback by what she saw – her mother was in good mental health and […]

Day Care 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. […]

“A Teacher Is Someone Who Facilitates Learning”

What is the nature of science? How do we learn? How can we use storytelling to communicate science? These were some of the many questions that participants – graduate students, postdocs and faculty members – grappled with at a workshop titled Science Pedagogy and Communication held in IISc on 26 and 27 May 2017. The […]

Maths Department Hosts Annual Conference of Indian Women in Mathematics

“It’s not that women are not ready for science – society is not ready for women, but projects this onto them,” said renowned mathematician Sujatha Ramdorai at a recent panel discussion at IISc titled ‘Women in Mathematics: Perspectives from Science and Mathematics’. The panel was organised as part of the three-day annual conference of the […]

Graphene and Its Superlative Properties

Amogh Kinikar, who did his Master’s in Physics at IISc, on why graphene is a fascinating material​ In 2012, I found myself in the Department of Physics at IISc, holding a five-and-a-half feet tall, extremely top-heavy object called a dip stick. It was a long narrow vacuum chamber that could be inserted into vessels containing […]

‘The Aerospace Department, Like the Whole of IISc, Was a Quieter Place Then’: Rama Govindarajan

Rama Govindarajan is a renowned scientist whose work lies in the area of fluid dynamics. The recipient of several awards, in 2007 she received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for her “original contributions to the understanding of instabilities in shear and non-parallel flows, flow entrainment, turbulent transition and small-scale hydraulic jumps.” She remains the only […]