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R&D Centres

In recent years, generous philanthropic gifts from private donors have helped us establish state-of-the-art Centres promoting pioneering research in fields such as neuroscience, climate change and healthcare.


 

Centre for Brain Research

A generous contribution of 225 crores for 10 years from the Pratiksha Trust, set up by Kris and Sudha Gopalakrishnan, helped IISc establish the Centre for Brain Research in 2014. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Centre at IISc on February 18, 2015.

The Centre will function autonomously, with researchers focusing on understanding the functioning of the brain, in order to find cures for neurodegenerative conditions and diseases accelerated by old age, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Neuroscientists, psychiatrists, neurologists, engineers and computational scientists would work together to address common problems in order to reduce the burden of dementia and develop innovative neuromorphic computing architectures.

Kris Gopalakrishnan on CBR


 

Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems


In 2011, the Robert Bosch Foundation committed to providing Rs. 11 crores every year for 10 years to establish the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems. Scientists at the interdisciplinary Centre focus on leveraging the power of advances in sensing, communication and data analytics technologies to address key challenges in critical areas such as healthcare and water conservation.

Research at the Centre focuses, in part, on finding affordable and novel ways to monitor and improve water quality, detect loss, and conserve water. Scientists at the Centre also work on novel systems and technologies at the frontiers of healthcare, making diagnosis and monitoring more accessible. A third area of focus involves energy monitoring and diagnostics of energy generation systems to improve their efficiency. The Centre also develops innovative platform technologies in-house, tailored to cope with new requirements and resource constraints. The Centre takes part in community-driven and government-driven efforts geared towards the identification and development of infrastructure and skills, including activities such as chain mapping.

 


 

Divecha Centre for Climate Change

In 2009, a joint contribution of USD 3 million over 5 years was made by Arjun Divecha, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co., and the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. The Divecha Centre for Climate Change, established with that funding, was inaugurated by Arjun Divecha at IISc in January 2011.

The Centre fosters cutting-edge research on pressing climate change impacts and issues. Research at the Centre focuses on areas such as geoengineering, glaciology and renewable energy, apart from the vagaries of the Indian monsoon. In addition to fundamental research in climate change, the Centre also actively focuses on raising awareness throughout the country, through educational and training programmes, workshops, national quizzes, invited international lectures and exchange visits.

Efforts are also being made to contribute to shaping climate change policy in the country by actively engaging policy makers and government agencies.