Indian Institute of Science

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Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is a public university for scientific research. It is located in Bangalore, India. Jamshetji Tata gave active support to establish this institute. He is one of the earliest industrialists of India. IISc is well known as India's finest research university.[1]

History[change | change source]

In 1893, Jamshetji Tata had a chance meeting with Swami Vivekananda on a ship from Japan to Chicago. Then, Jamshetji Tata discussed his plan with Vivekananda to bring Iron and Steel industry to India. Five years later, Tata wrote a letter to Vivekananda about his desire to establish a research institution. He also asked Vivekananda for guidance in this matter. Vivekananda softly declined this proposal.

The government of Mysore donated (371 acres or 1.50 sq km) to build the institute.[2] They also agreed to donate 50,000 [rupee]]s annually.[2] The institute was established in 1909.[3] It had two departments - Department of General and Applied Chemistry and Electro Technology. Morris Travers became the first director of IISc.

Campus[change | change source]

IISc campus is in Malleswaram, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of Bangalore City railway station. A number of other research institutes are nearby. These are Raman Research Institute, Central Power Research Institute and the Institute of Wood Science and Technology. There are regular bus services between them and IISc.

The campus is home to over 40 departments and centers of sciences.[4] It has more than 3,000 students who are pursuing their undergraduate and postgraduate studies.[5] The facilities on the campus include a library,gymnasium, dining halls and restaurants. There are dormitories for men and women and accommodation for staff members. A visitor's hostel was built in 1990.[6] The campus is full of greenery. It has over 110 species of trees and rare and native plant species. The roads connecting the departments are named after species of trees. For example Arjun Marg (Marg means path in Hindi), Tala Marg and Silver Oak Marg.

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References[change | change source]

  1. Ramachandra Guha, India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy (London: Pan Books; Macmillan Distribution (MDL), 2008), p. 697
  2. 2.0 2.1 Southern India: Its History, People, Commerce, and Industrial Resources, ed. Arnold Wright (New Delhi: Asian Educational Services, 2004), p. 206
  3. "About Us". Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, India.
  4. "Indian Institute Of Science (IISc), Bangalore". Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. "Deputy Secretary Poneman Attends U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue". U.S. Department of Energy. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  6. Jon T. Lang, A Concise History of Modern Architecture in India (New Delhi: Permanent Black: Distributed by Orient Longman Ltd., 2002), p. 109

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