A Legacy of Nation Building
In 1886, pioneer Jamsetji Tata conceived of a university of science that will work for the benefit of India, and in 1898 created an endowment for establishing such an institution.The Institute was formally vested in 1909, the foundation stone was laid in 1911, and the first batch of students started their studies in the same year. Since then, IISc has hosted countless eminent visionaries and researchers, starting with Nobel Laureate Sir CV Raman, IISc’s first Indian director.
Many IISc alumni, faculty members and scientists have founded and built leading institutions and initiatives across the country, such as:
- TIFR & Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, founded by Homi Bhabha, former IISc faculty member
- India's space programme & IIM Ahmedabad, founded by Vikram Sarabhai, former IISc researcher
- ISRO, headed and built by Satish Dhawan, former IISc director
- The first IIT at Kharagpur, established by JC Ghosh, former IISc director
- Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, founded by CNR Rao, former IISc director
- Central Food Technological Research Institute, founded by V Subrahmanyan, former IISc faculty member
- Centre for Human Genetics, started by H Sharat Chandra, former IISc faculty member
Former IISc scientists have also headed National Aerospace Laboratories, Bharat Electronics Limited, National Institute for Advanced Studies, Defense Research and Development Organization and many more.
A Tradition of Innovation
IISc is renowned for its emphasis on innovative, interdisciplinary research in both basic and applied sciences. From core engineering to humanities, IISc's diverse curriculum allows its more than 3000 students to pursue myriad research questions and work towards finding novel solutions to pressing global challenges. The Institute also encourages fundamental research in critical areas such as climate change, neuroscience, big data, ecology, infectious diseases and nanotechnology.
India's first ever deemed university, IISc also has the distinction of introducing several new research disciplines & programmes for the first time in India, including Master's programmes in engineering & integrated PhD programmes. The Institute also recently launched a Bachelor of Science (Research) programme.
IISc actively encourages entrepreneurial ventures by faculty, students and alumni. Companies such as Strand Life Sciences, Picopeta Simputers, SandI and Mymo Wireless Technologies were incubated in recent years by IISc's Society for Innovation and Development.
A Culture of Collaboration
IISc offers unique academic freedom for its faculty members and students to collaborate extensively with industry, in order to find viable and sustainable solutions to scientific and technological challenges.
The Institute collaborates with leading organizations in myriad sectors — such as Boeing, Google, General Electric, Intel, Microsoft, IBM & Indian Immunologicals — on R&D schemes & sponsored projects. Supported by the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Consultancy, IISc researchers work on consultancy projects to address the industry's problems while ensuring that the Institute's work remains relevant to national needs.IISc scientists also work on joint national and regional research projects with various governmental agencies such as DRDO, DST, CSIR and NAL. IISc has signed MoUs with dozens of universities and organizations in over 20 countries to promote collaborative learning and exchange programmes.