The Institute

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a premier institute in scientific research and higher education in India. The institute was established in 1909 with joint support from Jamsetji Tata and H.H. Sir Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore. It is locally known as the “Tata Institute”. Its first Director was the English chemist Morris Travers. The Institute started with just two academic departments: General and Applied Chemistry, and Electrical Technology and Twenty-four students joined, when the Institute opened its doors to students in 1911. 

Moving into the twenty-first century, IISc has set up an undergraduate programme, several new departments and centres in the areas of brain research, nanoscience and engineering, hypersonics and more, strengthened ties with industry, and incubated several start-ups. It has also expanded to include a 1500-acre campus at Challakere in Chitradurga district, Karnataka.

IISc counts among its former students and faculty several eminent scientists such as Homi J Bhabha, the founder of India’s nuclear program, Vikram Sarabhai, the founder of India’s space programme, the meteorologist Anna Mani, the biochemist and nutrition expert Kamala Sohonie, and solid state and materials scientist CNR Rao, to name just a few. The Institute also played a key role in establishing other academic institutions and organisations.

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