Success stories: The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Success stories: The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

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Ranking number one on the National Institute of Ranking Framework by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, is no small feat. And Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science is right up there in the ‘overall’ category for 2018. Interestingly, no other institute from Bengaluru made it to the list in the ‘overall performance’ arena.

The Indian Institute of Science offers a range of courses to choose from. If you are looking at higher education, you can opt for a doctorate in areas like biological, chemical, physical and mathematical sciences. And then, there are research degrees in energy, biosystems science and engineering, nano science and even water research. If you are looking at opting for courses that will have a brighter future ahead, choose genomics, nano sciences and the ever-popular mathematics. In other words, choose IISc if you want to be part of cutting edge research work on areas like biology, physics, chemistry, engineering and technology. The best part of studying here is that you can also apply for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship.

 

Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme

You can choose from biology, chemistry, mathematics, materials,  earth & environmental science. The institute offers a unique 4-year Bachelor of Science (Research) programme in a specialization of their choice. However, the course of study carries a strong flavour of engineering and an exposure to social science disciplines. Students specializing in a Major subject are encouraged to take courses on other subjects, thus maintaining the strong interdisciplinary flavour of this Bachelor of Science (Research) programme. All students take core courses in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering and Humanities in the first one and half years (I, II and III semesters). While specialization is introduced rigorously in the following year and a half (IV, V and VI semesters), the students are free to choose electives from subjects other than their own specialization. The course culminates with a research project in the fourth year (VII and VIII semesters).

The plus points

Lower student-teacher ratio than the IITs make it a dedicated learning centre with state-of-the-art laboratories, fast information networks and well-stocked libraries. Click here for the many courses on offer.

The alumni

The IISc has been the home of Novel laureates. It is the breeding ground of the country’s finest minds who have imbued India’s celebrated scientific establishments with a wealth of nourishment. Established in 1911 by Jamsetji Tata, the Mysore maharaja and the Government of India, IISc hasn’t let down over the years. Some of its alumni include Nobel laureate CV Raman, Homi J Bhabha, Vikram S Sarabhai, JC Ghosh, MS Thacker, S Bhagavantam, Satish Dhawan, CNR Rao and many more.

The beauty of IISc is that it has nurtured other laboratories and scientific establishments in the country, like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the Atomic Energy Commission. What’s more, the Indian space programme was conceptualised in this hallowed institution. The deemed university spread over 375 acres, has over 40 departments who are at the forefront of research with their R&D and teaching labs in science, engineering and technology. What’s more, IISc’s library is the largest in the country.

The Bachelor of Science (Research) programme is designed to strengthen this link where mentoring and tutoring by the existing IISc faculty, post doctoral fellows and senior research students become an integral part of the academic life of the undergraduate student.

Who can apply?

For admission to its four-year Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme in 2019, students who will appear for the 12th standard board examination (or equivalent) in 2019 and those who have passed this examination in 2018 are eligible to apply for admission to this programme. Details of eligibility criteria and the selection process are provided at the ‘How to apply’ link on their website. Online applications will be received at their website via the ‘Online Application’ link during February 1 – April 30, 2019. Best of luck!


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