A Clique that Clicks

The Photography Club is a forum for students to learn the craft from their peers   During the orientation programme marking the start of the 2012–13 academic year at the Department of Computer Science and Automation (CSA), faculty member Chiranjib Bhattacharyya spoke to the incoming PhD students. In the course of this interaction, he told […]

Expanding the Material-verse

Researchers at IISc are using novel technologies to add to existing materials and to understand material properties   About 2.5 million years ago, our ancestors discovered that striking two pieces of rock against each other produces rough edges and stone chips that could be used to break animal bones and scoop flesh off carcasses. And […]

Redesigning the Genome

An annual synthetic biology competition has spurred UG students to develop novel solutions   In the early 1960s, French scientists Francois Jacob and Jacques Monod figured out how gene expression in bacterial cells is regulated. Since then, scientists began dreaming of manipulating these regulatory circuits in the bacterial genome (the entire set of its genetic […]

Playing the Field

The Gymkhana is ground zero for students interested in sports and arts   At the southwestern end of the main campus of IISc, an overbridge across CV Raman Road connects it to the IISc Gymkhana ground on the other side of the road. The ground, with an area of over 12 acres, has a building […]

Battling COVID-19, Wave after Wave

Developing COVID-19 solution hasn’t been easy for researchers working since the pandemic began, as well as for those who jumped into the foray recently   When the country was rocked by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2021, oxygen conservation became a prime concern. As hospitals designated for COVID-19 became swamped, patients […]

Making IISc More Inclusive

A group called Queer and Straight Allies at IISc is working to support LGBTQ+ students     “I had read about IISc having a queer group before I came here,” says Anwesha, an MTech student. “I was excited to meet people whom I could relate to as I didn’t have any queer friends before that.” […]

Bridging the Technology Gap in Healthcare

The MD-PhD programme is a unique collaboration between IISc and Christian Medical College (CMC) at Vellore to improve healthcare in India   Technology plays a key role in healthcare – in diagnostics, therapeutics, as well as in rehabilitation. Though technology has progressed considerably in the last few decades, innovations in healthcare, compared to other fields, […]