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Sports Talk by Baseline Ventures – 2016

Sports Talk by Baseline Ventures – 2016

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Sports talk organised by Students' Council, EntIISc & Gymkhana. Speakers were Mr. Tuhin Sharma & Mr. Visha Jaison, CEO & Founders of BASELINE ventures.

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Meeting with Dr Ramachandra Guha

Meeting with Dr Ramachandra Guha

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Meeting Dr. Ramachandra Guha in “The Hindu Lit for Life Annual Lecture” at ITC Gardenia, Bangalore.

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IISc Bangalore to set up a digital campus over the next 3 years

IISc Bangalore to set up a digital campus over the next 3 years

IISc Bangalore to set up a digital campus over the next 3 years

October 24, 2016. The institute has set up the Digital Campus and IT Services (DIGITS) office and roped in specialists to steer digital initiatives.

Over a hundred years into its existence, the premier Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has initiated a slew of information technology initiatives as part of its goal to establish a Digital Campus over the next three years.

The institute has a target of raising Rs 35 crore through alumni and corporates for this project that involves establishment of next-generation IT infrastructure. The institute has set up the Digital Campus and IT Services (DIGITS) office and roped in specialists to steer digital initiatives.

“We have hired on contract IT professionals such as Ganesh Gopalakrishnan from Infosys to help make the campus more digital than it has been,“ IISc director Anurag Kumar told ET.

Gopalakrishnan was senior vice president who was head of information systems responsible for the building and deployment of all enterprise applications across Infosys.

“The main target is integrated computerisation on the campus. Different sections of the administration like finance, academics and so on have their own com puters and servers. We want to integrate them all. Even IIT Delhi and Bombay are doing this,“ Kumar said.

The DIGITS office is also working on telecom, internet and network access (TINA), video security equipment (VISE) and multimedia classrooms (MMCR) initiatives.“We also have plans to set up a system for raising complaints of all sorts like maintenance and garbage,“ the director said.

The large-scale digitisation will not only reduce paperwork but also cut distance between offices and students, IISc Students Council chairman Naveen B Ramu said.“We're coming out with an app called S-CATS, a student complaint redressal system. The basic platform is ready. We're also trying to create student hubs wherever possible on campus by having wifi coverage. Students can work in these places while enjoying the campus greenery .“

ISc is India's only university to figure among the world's top 150-250 in global rankings and it hopes that rapid modernisation of digital infrastructure could help improve its global standing further.

LimberLink Technologies founder V Vinay, a former IISc professor who co-invented the Simputer, remembered that he was part of a committee 20 years back to oversee computerisation of the administration. It did not come through then. “It is vital for an institute of this stature to have a digital footprint but it should have been done sometime back,“ he said.

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Balle balle IISC!

Balle balle IISC!

Balle balle IISC!

13th October 2016. BENGALURU: All work and no bhangra makes students and researchers dull.

Mohith Kumar is doing his second-year master’s in electrical engineering at the Indian Institute of Science. During the first semester, he had never ventured outside the gates of IISc. Reason? New subjects to learn, a new place and new faces. Time management seemed Herculean at that point of time. In the second semester he was told about the bhangra group and,  being a Punjabi, he decided to give it a kick, literally.

By the end of second semester, he had managed to rank among the top four in his class and had acquired a large circle of friends with whom he used to go on rides.

Bhangra group at IISc is named Yaaran Da Tashan and has been running for three years. Though three of the founders have gone separate ways, the bhangra team is running with new members joining every year and the old ones striving to balance the dance schedule with their final-year academics.

“It is really hard to manage Ph.D third year and make time for bhangra. But I love it so much that I make time to go for practice once a week and I think Ph.D would be crazy if I wouldn’t get bhangra to relieve my stress,” says Himani Tandon, former captain of the team.

The current captain of the team, Ankush Sachdeva, says that there are 15-20 regular members. “There is no criteria as such. Everyone can come for practice but we are selective when it comes to on-stage performance,” he says.

The team has performed at inter-college and intra-college fests. “When people look at us, they praise our energy and that energy is felt by everyone. The dance is a celebration,” says Ankush.

“The essence of the bhangra team is coming together of all communities, we in fact have more non-Punjabi members than Punjabis,” says Newton Singh Luthra, one of the three founding members of the IISc bhangra group. Despite not being a student of IISc, he is the core member of the team because of his passion for bhangra. Prior to becoming the member of Yaaran DaTashan, he was a founder of a bhangra group at National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.

“It was by sheer luck that I met Amandeep Singh and Bhagat Singh at Gurudwara in Ashwath Nagar,” says Newton. “Since I used to live near IISc I could easily go and practise with the permission of the management,” he says.

“The team now is doing great. From coming second at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore’s fest to winning an appreciation award from Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, the team is making us really proud,” says Amandeep Singh, co-founder of the team. Now, in his fifth year of his Biophysics PhD, he says he does not get time for any activities but goes for bhangra once a week, just so, his stress is relieved.

“From renting clothes for the performance to having our own collection, the bhangra team has really come a long way,” says Newton.

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Launch of Mrs. Sudha Murty Distinguished Chair

Launch of Mrs. Sudha Murty Distinguished Chair

Launch of Mrs. Sudha Murty Distinguished Chair

The second of the three distinguished Chairs established by Mr. Kris and Mrs. Sudha Gopalakrishnan at IISc has been named after alumnus Mrs. Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation.

Prof. Vasant Honavar, the Edward Frymoyer Endowed Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University, is the first recipient of the Chair.

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The three Distinguished Chairs in Neurocomputing and Data Science were established with a generous contribution from the Pratiksha Trust set up by Mr. Kris and Mrs. Sudha Gopalakrishnan. The objective of this intiative is to promote high impact collaboration leading to capacity building and ecosystem creation in brain, computation, data and systems, at IISc and in India.

The first of these, the K. Vaidyanathan Distinguished Chair, is currently occupied by Prof. Shihab Shamma, Professor, Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland.

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