[Narrator] India has always been at the forefront of learning, exploration and innovation. Indian civilization has flourished because it has been enriched by its easy acceptance of truth explored in any corner of the world. Openness to the world of true possibilities is the strength of India.
[Celine Gerard, research scholar, Paris, France]: Each time I move in India, Indians are very welcoming people, so this is very nice.
[Jessica, research scholar, Munich, Germany]: I think I like the Indian culture the way of Indian life.
[Obato Kingsley, research scholar, Nigeria]: Everybody currently is open and friendly.
[Alexander Fell, research scholar, Germany]: I would come back again that’s definitely for sure.
[Narrator] A living example of this openness is the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore which represents the concept of one world with all its diversity.
[Prof. P. Balaram, director IISc] The Indian Institute of Science is one of India’s oldest and most important centers for research and higher education in science and engineering.
[A.W. Parker, visiting faculty from London, UK] Oh this institute is always a nice surprise for me. I come here every time, I’ve been coming here for the last 10 years and every time I’ve come has been something new something exciting to see.
[Narrator] The Indian Institute of Science is an important landmark of Bangalore a city which has the distinction of being the capital of information technology and biotechnology in India. The Institute is spread over a sprawling 440 acre campus.
Living at the IISc campus is in itself an experience of learning from its vastness, its biodiversity and its ambient academic environment.
[Satomi Onishi, research scholar, Australia] Oh beautiful you know some kind of a history.
[Kingsley] Actually I choose the Indian Indian Institute of Science because it has a very long history of excellence.
[Prof. N. Balakrishnan, associate director, IISc] One of the nicest things about this institute it’s a
vision of a great industrialist who believed that the future of industrialization in India is going to depend heavily on having a very high quality Science and Technology back up.
[Narrator] Conceived by its founder, the visionary entrepreneur JN Tata, in 1907 IISc is one of the most successful examples of a public-private partnership in academics in India. The Institute had a humble beginning a century ago with only two departments: the department of general and applied chemistry and the department of electro technology. In its 100-year journey the Institute has had contributions from India’s leaders in the scientific and academic world.
[Balakrishnan] The Institute is a hundred years old and is very rapidly expanding into many new areas of science and engineering.
[Narrator] Today the Institute has six divisions: biological sciences; chemical sciences; Earth and environmental sciences; electrical sciences; mechanical sciences; physical and mathematical sciences; all of which together are made up of 40 departments, smaller centers and other facilities.
The division of Biological Sciences is engaged in frontline research in various areas of modern biology. More than 50 faculty members and about 300 research scholars and postdoctoral fellows are engaged in understanding the living dimensions of biological systems and natural systems. The ongoing research activities span studies on living world ranging from the atomic to the ecosystem levels.
[Professor D. N. Rao, Division Chairman, Biological Science IISc] The essential feature of all research that occurs in the biological sciences division is to understand the cellular processes both in normal conditions and disease conditions relevant to human beings to animal sciences and in plant sciences.
[Text on video, student in lab] Chemical Sciences: Problems have solutions
[Narrator] The division of chemical sciences has a long and rich tradition of research and has played a major role in the advancement of chemical sciences and technology. More than 45 faculty members and more than 180 research scholars and postdoctoral fellows are catalyzing the frontiers of chemistry.
[Prof S. Chandrashekar] Activity in the area of chemistry is probably one of the oldest in the Institute. So for many years it continued as a general chemistry department. It branched out into the department of organic chemistry and the department of inorganic and physical chemistry. We had added the Materials Research Center, the solid state and structural chemistry, and then the Animal Research Center. Therefore we have five departments in the division of chemical science of the Institute.
[Text on video, image of sunset] Environmental & Earth Sciences: living without fear
[Narrator] The division of Earth and environmental sciences is engaged in research of the Environment and Resource Management science. About 43 faculty members, 230 research scholars and postdoctoral fellows work here to understand the possibilities of life and sustainable methods of living. This division deals with atmospheric and oceanic sciences, civil engineering, climate change, Earth Sciences, infrastructure, sustainable transportation, urban planning, and sustainable technology.
[Professor Raghunandagn, Division Chairman, Environmental & Earth Sciences, IISc] Each one of these programs, as you will easily see, have some relation to society. So we are taking really the science and technology for the benefit of the humans, and all of them have some international collaborations.
[Text on video] Electrical Sciences: Negative to positive
[Narrator] The division of electrical sciences represents a significant place in the Institute from its inception. More than 100 faculty members and about 500 research scholars and postdoctoral fellows here empower society by understanding the power of energy. The division has the department’s of computer science and engineering, power engineering, communication engineering, and electronics departments.
[Professor Anurag Kumar] There is a very strong analytical strength in our division in the areas of communication signal processing, machine intelligence, and computer algorithms and cryptography. So our faculty is intellectually trained; they have a long experience in teaching and research they’ve written books and papers, which are referred to all over the world.
[Text on video] Mathematical & Physical Sciences: Formula to movement
[Narrator] The division of mathematical and physical sciences continue to build on the proud heritage of its establishment by Nobel laureate CV Raman, and is engaged in pioneering research. Fifty-six faculty members, 227 research scholars and postdoctoral fellows are strengthening the scientific content of physics. The division hosts the departments of instrumentation, thin film devices, cryogenic technology, superconducting magnets, theoretical high energy physics, quantum field theory, and mathematical physics - pure and applied mathematics departments.
[Professor Rahul Pandit, Division Chairman, Mathematical & Physical Sciences]: We have world-class research and a wonderful campus, very distinguished and also very friendly faculty members. As is well known we have about five students per faculty member which is a faculty student ratio which is unmatched in other parts of the world.
[Text on video] Mechanical Sciences: Keep moving
[Narrator] The division of mechanical sciences has a symbiotic relationship with the aerospace laboratories and industries in Bangalore. 73 faculty members, 507 research scholars, and postdoctoral fellows are on a quest to discover the ever expanding possibilities of technology and innovation.
[Professor K. Chattopadyaya, Division Chairman, Mechanical Sciences] Boeing has only this institute to collaborate in the entire Asia, If you come here and work you find that it’s very enjoyable with this beautiful campus and the quality of education that we impart is world class.
[Balakrishnan] We are now in the process of actively expanding our international collaborative links.
[Balakrishnan] We have signed a MOUs with at least about more than 100 universities.
[Narrator] Always recognizing the benefits of cooperation the IISc has forged value-based partnerships with other eminent international institutions leading to an increasing number of exchanges of foreign students and delegations with the IASE.
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Indo-French Cell on Water Science (with IRD, Paris)
University of California, Berkeley
University of Southern California
Korea Institute of Sci. and Tech
Karolinska Institut, Stockholm
University of Bologna
University of Manchester
Technical University, Munich
Universite Joseph Fourier
ENS (Cachan, Lyon, Paris)
National University of Singapore
University of Sydney
Indo-French Centre for Organic Synthesis
[Martha Klemente, Visiting faculty from Spain] It is very international is our research place and people is strongly and open.
[Daniel Fonaca, Visiting faculty from Spain] Yeah, absolutely. I think it’s really Well-organized and there is a lot of facilities for making research here.
[Devlina Chatterjee, faculty member, management sciences, IISc] It’s an environment conducive to thinking and learning.
[Narrator] The Indian Institute of Science, India’s premier Science Research Centre offers the most advanced computing, cryogenic, nanotech and nuclear magnetic resonance facilities for academic research.
[Balaram] Our facilities are some of the best in the world for example the supercomputer Center at the Indian Institute of Science as computing power which is not available in even many leading U.S. industries. Our library is one of the very nice places where you can find any kind of resource that you need. Our scientific instrument facilities are outstanding.
[Narrator] The IISc offers excellent hostel and housing facilities to the students and faculty.
[Brijesh N. Bhat] This place has a bit of business as well as the hostel which I am where I am living that also have a very good facility.
[Gerard] Very big so we have lots of green space, it’s very quiet we feel very safe.
[Rekha, research scholar, IISc] People will feel like they are at home.
[Narrator] The IISc provides in a completely self-contained campus all the modern comforts and amenities needed on a day to day basis.
[AW Parker] When I visit this institution in particular I generally go back and I’ve put on weight. I think that says it all. The standards of the hygiene in the the cafes, the restaurants, the coffee services, it’s excellent. They really do look after you.
[Rekha] We have Gymkhana and where we can play and we can enjoy everything here.
[Onishi} I actually played in the IISc competition the football competition that was organized.
[Jessica] India has so many different states and so many different different things to experience.
[Male speaker] There are all kinds of people here and you would find people who share your interests maybe your hobbies and activities. There was a lot of clubs here which you could join if you interested.
[Narrator] For those wishing to venture out, the campus is located in the heart of the city and is close to the popular shopping malls, cityplexes, multiplexes. pubs, bars and restaurants.
[AW Parker] O-M-G Road fantastic for shops. Again, all changing in a few years time there will be metros, modern infrastructure, the transport.
[Indu, research scholar] The mandarins are very friendly, they go out of the way to help as been “ASPENGORO?” is a quite cosmopolitan city and place, it’s reasonably easy for foreigners.
[Chatterjee] Weather is great, the people are very good, it’s s a very safe city for women.
[Srishti Shukla, research scholar] I’m sure whoever constructing the Institute must have had this in mind that the weather at Bangalore is the best.
[Balakrishnan] The city gets an advantage because the Institute of Science is here and the Institute of Science gets a great advantage because we are in Bangalore.
[Sridhar, research scholar] It’s the best Institute in Asia.
[Bhargav, research scholar] It’s truly internationals Institute.
[Mujir Skeikh, applicant, PhD] We traveled almost 3,000 kilometers, it will be like a dream come true for me because IISc is a world-renowned Institute I would say.
[Balakrishnan] This Institute was started it was started to solve problems of relevance to India.
[Balaram] We also would like to welcome foreign students and visitors to our campus. A wonderful opportunity not only to experience the culture of India, but also to engage in cutting-edge research in modern areas of science and technology.
[Balakrishnan] Today we talk about problems to global like water, you know climate change, energy - no one single country can solve this problem. Science cannot be done in isolation, so you need to be collaborating with everyone…
[Balaram] And this will take the disciplines of science forward at a much more rapid pace in future.
[Narrator] A century-long history, a strong tradition of academic research, a multicultural environment, and an ambience that favors scholarly endeavors make the Institute a very unique place that ensures its community the freedom to discover the truth of possibilities. To live and work at the Indian Institute of Science is undoubtedly a lifetime experience and definitely a special privilege.