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Technological Innovations catalyse SME growth

For “Make In India” to become a reality, there is a need to develop infrastructure and foster innovation among the small and medium manufacturing industries, finds a new study by Prof. M H Bala Subrahmanya and his team of researchers from the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science.

Most pharma companies follow environmental regulations: IISc study

Most small and medium pharmaceutical firms align their manufacturing processes to obey environmental regulations, finds a new study by IISc researchers. This is indeed a good news because the small and medium sized pharma industries produce a significant portion of the drugs produced in India.

IISc will felicitate five “distinguished alumni”

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore along with the IISc Alumni Association awards the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award to five chosen alumni every year. The award recognises and celebrates those among IISc alumni who have reached the pinnacles of success in their respective fields, be it academia, industry or any other walk of life.

IISc will felicitate five “distinguished alumni”

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore along with the IISc Alumni Association awards the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award to five chosen alumni every year. The award recognises and celebrates those among IISc alumni who have reached the pinnacles of success in their respective fields, be it academia, industry or any other walk of life.

How are Indian cities coping with high levels of travel demand?

Indian cities have had a high growth in population due to urbanisation which has lead to a sudden growth in travel demand.
Researchers from IISc studied on travel and mobility patterns in five cities -- Delhi, Bangalore, Indore, Guwahati and Lucknow -- by collecting data about different aspects of travel: demographics, economy, transport demand and supply as well as transport policy and transport costs.

LAB STORY: Tiny proteins in the disease fighting arsenal

Consider the two life threatening diseases that made news recently: the Ebola outbreak last year and swine flu, which has been recurring since 2009. Strong evidence suggests that Ebola is transmitted by fruit bats, and swine flu by pigs. Both are “zoonotic” diseases – they are transmitted to humans from animals.
Could these epidemics have been prevented, if we had studied animal diseases more? We will never know. Prof Utpal Tatu, a Professor at the Department of Biochemistry, IISc is of the view that more research is needed into animal diseases. He operates under the idea of “One Health”: human and animal diseases cannot be viewed as separate entities in a complex world like ours.

Can the water drainage system of North Bangalore withstand flooding?

The water drainage system in North Bangalore – roughly the area between IISc and Kodigehalli – may become “unreliable”, with rainwater runoffs exceeding the capacity of the water drainage network, finds a recent study from IISc. This can obviously cause urban flooding, among other problems.
The study further shows that there is a chance of flooding if the probability of storm event exceeds the estimated limit of 50% (or lower) in any year.

IISc faculty felicitated by the Institute for excellence

Every year, the Indian Institute of Science felicitates a few faculty members for their excellence in research in their respective fields. Since the award is by the institute community for its own faculty members, it holds a special place in the hearts of its faculty members.
This year, EIGHT faculty members have been felicitated with different awards.

The right energy mix: a lot from coal, a bit from the renewables

To keep energy affordable, governments can take only a bit from the renewable, a study has found. The research carried out by the IISc researchers, has further found that policy interventions like Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are essential to keep the operational cost of energy minimum.

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