Rock Stars

How geologists connect the dots to tell stories of the Earth’s evolution   It was a clear but cold July evening in the Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Prakash Chandra Arya and his younger brother, Vikas, were on day one of their 15-day trek from a village called Munsiyari to the Milam glacier, more than 4000 […]


Navigating the new normal of online learning   In early 2020, as the nation went into lockdown, educational institutions across the country were forced to move their classes online. This was not a smooth transition, with technical glitches, connectivity issues and many awkward situations. Attreyee Ghosh, Associate Professor at the Centre for Earth Sciences, recalls […]

A Quiet(er) Place

A closer look at how industrial acoustics and noise control research began at the Institute   In 1896, Henry Ford drove his first experimental automobile down the streets of Detroit in the United States. “My gasoline buggy … was considered something of a nuisance, for it made a racket and scared horses,” he wrote in […]

Partners In The Field

Field assistants are critical yet underappreciated members of the ecological research community   When Raman Sukumar went to the forests of Mudumalai to study elephants for his PhD in 1978, he wanted a local person familiar with the terrain, and experienced at navigating elephant country to guide him. The forest rangers put him in touch […]

Up, Up and Away!

With the commercial space sector recently opening to private players, these are exciting times for four aerospace start-ups incubated at IISc that are producing cutting-edge technology   Neha Satak and Prasad HL Bhat first crossed paths as Masters’ students in 2006 at the Department of Aerospace at IISc. While Satak went on to pursue a […]

Tracking the Scourge: Diagnostics, Testing and Vaccines for COVID-19

An in-depth look into biological tools and techniques being developed at IISc in the fight against COVID-19   As the country went into lockdown in March 2020, researchers at IISc turned their focus to joining the fight against the novel coronavirus, SARS CoV-2. This article delves deep into ongoing research in diagnosing and testing for […]