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The following piece is an edited excerpt from the unpublished autobiography of Robert MW Travers, the son of Morris Travers, IISc’s first Director.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

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, […]

“Simplifying solutions can make science more application oriented”

Fathima Benazir and Alex D Paul were classmates in school. Many years later, Fathima, a postdoctoral fellow at IISc, began looking for opportunities abroad and happened to share her research work with Alex who comes from the corporate sector. Alex, after going through her work, encouraged Fathima to come up with a product that can […]

How IISc is working to improve the quality of India’s teachers

The Talent Development Centre at the Challakere campus trains around 1500 teachers at the high school, pre-university, undergraduate and postgraduate level According to Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2016, a survey that assesses the quality of learning among students in rural areas, only 43.3% of class VIII students can perform simple arithmetic operations like […]

How is Goods and Services Tax (GST) impacting people from all walks of life?

A group of experts gathered at IISc to discuss its impacts “The 49th challenge in the Blue Whale game is filing GST. Everyone knows what the 50th is and I am not going to elaborate on that. That is the kind of challenge the industry and businesses have had to face,” said Venkatesh Babu, Deputy […]

My Father, Satish Dhawan

Jyotsna Dhawan is a cell biologist working at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore. Recently, Connect invited her to IISc to talk about her father, Satish Dhawan, one of India’s most well-known scientists and institution builders, particularly about his life away […]

The Testing Facility for the Fast and Furious

What goes on at IISc’s high-speed wind tunnel complex?  In 2015, an Italian tiltrotor military aircraft AW609 was on a test flight at high speeds and it crashed a few minutes after taking off, claiming the lives of both its pilots. Investigating the crash, the air-accident investigation agency ANSV pointed out that insufficient wind tunnel […]