Monkey Business

A 1963 memo about a certain kind of ‘pest’ on campus IISc offers a home to a range of flora and fauna, from the slender loris to stray dogs, and has a number of visitors passing through, including rare birds such as the Kashmir flycatcher. In a circular from the Archives, dated 26 April 1963, […]

Not Your Average Scientific Investigation

“I have had no occasion to analyse ganja for the purpose of giving evidence in court” On 26 October 1936, HR Uzielli, Secretary to the Government of Madras, Revenue Department, wrote IISc’s Director a letter about a drug investigation in which an Institute faculty member had been involved. A man named Dandapani Pillai had been […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Indian Science Congress at IISc

What old brochures of the event tell us about its purpose, and about how IISc saw itself The Indian Science Congress (ISC), an annual gathering of scientists, was begun in 1914 by two British chemists, JL Simonsen and PS MacMahon, who wanted to model it on the British Association for the Advancement of Science. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]