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K P Abraham Memorial Fund

An Appeal to Alumni and well wishers

The Indian Institute of Science and the Department of Materials Engineering announce the launch of the KP Abraham Memorial Fund. We aim to generate a corpus of at least Rs. 2 crores that will serve the twin objectives of partially equipping laboratories in our new building and of endowing a visiting faculty chair.

Professor Kadavil Poulose Abraham (1920-2011) served the department for  21 years, including the period 1972-1977 when he was the fourth Head of the Department. As a teacher, Professor Abraham inspired many generations of students through his lectures on thermodynamics and extractive metallurgy. His teaching covered both iron & steel and nonferrous metals. He helped establish laboratories in Process Metallurgy, some of which were pioneering in the Indian scene.  When that generation of alumni reflects on the solidity of the fundamentals with which they left IISc, it is in large part a testimony to the academic excellence that Professor Abraham nurtured. His students went on to become leading metallurgists and materials scientists, both, in academic institutions as well as in industry, in India and abroad. In launching this appeal, the Institute and the department, where he spent the major part of his working life, would like to pay tribute to his accomplishments in laying the foundations for what has now become a vibrant centre for teaching and research in the field of materials in India.

The present appeal follows our earlier tribute to Professor Brahm Prakash, the first Indian Head of the Department, which saw the establishment of the Prof Brahm Prakash Visiting Chair and Prof Brahm Prakash Laboratory by generating resources of the order of Rs 1 crore from Government institutions, alumni, and well wishers, nearly 2 decades ago.

The department has just commenced the construction of a 4-storeyed building which will house about 2500 square metres of laboratories, classrooms and offices to accommodate our expanding needs that arise from a research student strength that now exceeds 110, a new Undergraduate programme, in addition to the traditional Masters and in the diversification of our research interests to include electronic materials, polymers and bio-engineering. The KP Abraham Chair Professorship will add to existing chairs to enable distinguished scientists to spend significant periods of time at IISc.

We invite alumni and well-wishers to contribute generously to the fund (Contributions received so far Rs.70.20 Lakhs, for details Click here). Cheques may be drawn in favour of Registrar, Indian Institute of Science – KP Abraham Memorial Fund. Donations from Indian citizens will attract Tax relief to the extent of 100% of the donation without limit under section  35(i)(ii) OR sec 80G(2)(a)(iiif). Wire transfer details are given below:

Name of institution: Indian Institute of Science
Name of Bank: State Bank of India, IISc Branch, Bangalore 560012, India
Account Name: Registrar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012
Account Number: 317 280 981 70
Swift Code: SBI NIN BB 425
MICR Code: 560002020
IFSC Code Number: SBIN 000 2215
IISc PAN Number: AAATI 1501 J
IISc TAN Number: BLRI 00710D

Abinandanan TA
Chairman, Department of Materials Engineering
Indian Institute of Science, Banagalore 560012, India

Alumni Reception at NMD-ATM 2017 in Goa

This year’s edition of NMD-ATM, the flagship event of the Indian Institute of Metals, will be held in Goa (in BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus) during 11-14 November 2017.

As we did in the previous years — IIT-BHU (2013), Pune (2014),  Coimbatore (2015), IIT-Kanpur (2016) — we are organizing an Alumni Reception during NMD-ATM this year as well. This subscription (Rs. 1,500; please bring change!) event is scheduled for the evening (6:30 p.m. onwards) of Sunday, 12 November 2017 in Bogmallo Beach Resort.

The Bogmallo Beach Resort is about 7 Km from the BITS-Pilani, Goa Campus. The recommended transport Ola / Uber / Auto, which should take no more than 13 mins from the conference venue. Ask / look for “IISc-Met Alumni reception”.

21 Jan 2017 : Metallurgy Reunion

Following the traditions set by the seniors, the three batches of students of the Metallurgy Department graduated in 1965, 1967 and 1968 are collectively planning a reunion on January 21, 2017. They will be in the Dept. of Materials Engineering. Students and faculty of the Department can take this opportunity to meet with the alumni and share their experiences.

Alumni Day at IISc on 17 December 2016

The Institute is pleased to invite all its alumni back to our beautiful campus to join the Alumni Day Celebrations on Saturday, the 17th of December 2016. This is going to be the first of what is being planned as an annual event.

The individual Departments will put together a program for the morning of these day-long celebrations; the afternoon will feature an Institute-wide event in the Satish Dhawan Auditorium.

This is the first announcement to alert our alumni to mark their calendars, and to include these Celebrations in their Bangalore visit plans. We will come back with more information (and a detailed program) in due course.

We request you to inform your fellow alumni about this event.

And, we look forward to your participation in the Alumni Day Celebrations!

Alumni Reception at NMD-ATM 2016 [Updated]

[Update (7 November 2016): The Alumni Reception at 6 p.m. on 12.11.2016 will be held in the lawns of Prof. Ashish Garg’s residence inside IIT-K campus. Volunteers will help you find your way to the venue; also, we will organize transport to take you back to your place of stay.

There is a cover charge for the Alumni Dineer. It is Rs. 3,000 per person for alumni, and Rs. 1,000 per person for current students of our Department. Money left over after meeting all the expenses will go to the K.P. Abraham Memorial Fund.

We thank Professors Ashish Garg (ME, 1998) and Nilesh Gurao (PhD, 2010) for all their help!]

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This year’s edition of NMD-ATM, the flagship event of the Indian Institute of Metals, will be held in IIT-Kanpur during 11-14 November 2016.

As we did in the previous years (Pune-2014, Coimbatore-2015), we are organizing an Alumni Reception during NMD-ATM this year as well. This subscription event is scheduled for the evening (6 p.m. onwards) of Saturday, the 12th of November, 2016. The venue will be announced in due course.

This is a call to all our alumni participants at NMD-ATM 2016 to join us at the Reception.

If you are planning to attend, please send a mail to alumnus[at] giving us the following details. In order to enable us to get a good handle on the numbers, we request you to send this mail well before the deadline of the 31st of October, 2016 :

  1. Name
  2. IISc Degree(s) and year(s)
  3. Mobile / phone number
  4. Current official address

The subscription for the reception is fixed at Rs. 3,000/- (the payment details will appear on this page soon); any surplus will be donated to the Prof. K.P. Abraham Memorial Fund, for which a fund-raising drive is already underway. So, larger contributions than Rs. 3,000/- are certainly welcome!

We are doing everything we can to reach out to all the alumni whose contact details are available with us. We seek your help in spreading the word about the Reception among your fellow alumni.

See you all in Kanpur!

Contributions Received: Prof. K.P. Abraham memorial fund

As on February 20, 2016

The KPA appeal was formally approved in August 2012 and launched on January 16th, 2013, at the golden jubilee reunion of the 1962 batch with major contributions from students of the 62, 63 and 64 batches who had gathered on this occasion at the department.

The contributions received are shown below and an amount of Rs. 70.20 lakhs has been received so for. The target is Rs. 2 crores. For details on how to donate, please go to (link to main appeal)

More than 10 Lakhs

Aswin M.Shah, B.E. 1969
R.Sridhar, B.E. 1964

1 – 5 Lakhs

Anbu Varathan, B.E. 1986
Ashok Sinha, B.E. 1964
S.S.Balakrishna, M.E. 1965-67
N.Balasubramanian, B.E. 1962
N.Durai Raghavan, B.E. 1962
C.V.Hari Rao, B.E. 1963
Kailash Joshi, B.E. 1962
Murali Narayana Madhav, B.E. 1963
Pradip P
Raj Raheja, B.E. 1962
Ramamoorthy Ramesh, B.E. 1983
S.Ranganathan, B.E. 1962
Sairamkumar Jayaraman, B.E. 1989
S.Seetharaman, Ph.D.
Sridhar Seetharaman
Subhash Mahajan, B.E. 1961
K.N.Subramanian, B.E. 1964
Suresh Sundarraj, B.E. 1986-89
Tummala Rao, B.E. 1963
Vishu Dosaj, B.E. 1967
1963 & 1964 B.E.(Met) class
Golden Reunion (BE-1965, 66 & 68)

upto 1 Lakh

U.Anand, B.E. 1989
H.S.Ananda Kumar, M.E. 1963-64
Bhaskar Majumdar, Ph.D. 1996
Brij Moudgil, B.E. 1968
U.Balachandran, M.E. 1977
Dheepa Srinivasan, Ph.D. 1999
Joysurya Basu, Ph.D. 2005
Krishna Kant Prasad, Ph.D. 1972
R.V.Krishnan, B.E. 1967
Kumar Narayanan, B.E. 1986-89
Manjini Sambandam, M.E. 1989
S.K.Mohanty, B.E. 1962
N.K.Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.
B.S.Murthy, Ph.D. 1992
Nagarajan Rajagopalan, Ph.D. 1995
K.A.Natarajan, B.E. 1964
Nilesh P Gurao, Ph.D. 2010
M Phaniraj, Ph.D. 2005
Randhir Singh, M.E. 2003
Ranjan Datta, M.E. 2002
C.Ravindran, B.E. 1967
Sanak Mishra, B.E. 1968
Satish Kailash
A.O.Surendranath, M.E. 1984
P.Suryanarayan, B.E. 1967
S.Swaminathan, B.E. 1986-89
V.Venkateswaran, B.E. 1972
N.Viswanathan, Ph.D. 1997
IWIS-2014 (Iron and Steel making)
ICMR-2016 conference
M/s Icon Analytical

Alumni Reception at NMD-ATM 2015

Thanks to our alumna Dr. Dheepa Srinivasan’s initiative, we all had a great Alumni Reception at this year’s NMD-ATM at Coimbatore on the 15th of November 2015. This is the third year in a row for this event, and it’s safe to say that it has become a tradition!

It was absolutely wonderful that quite a few of our current students could join us at this year’s Alumni Reception.

Here is a group photograph from the event.

Next year’s NMD-ATM will be held in Kanpur. We look forward to yet another alumni gathering there.

Congratulations to …

This year’s National Metallurgists Day Celebrations held on 14 November 2015 at Coimbatore saw a colleague and several alumni winning several awards. Our hearty congratulations to:

  • Prof. K. Chattopadhyay for winning the IIM Platinum Medal.

  • Prof. B.S. Murty (PhD-1992; now with IIT-M), for winning the IIM – G.D. Birla Gold Medal.

  • Dr. Dinesh Srivastava (PhD-1997; now with BARC) for winning the Metallurgist of the Year Award in Metal Sciences.

  • Prof. Nilesh Gurao (PhD-2011; now with IIT-K) for winning the Young Metallurgist of the Year Award in Metal Sciences.

When Sir C.V. Raman wanted to learn Russian …

… he turned to Mr. K. Narayan, a graduate from our Department waiting to join the Bhilai Steel Plant that was being created [the story is from 1958]. Nayantara Narayanan recounts an interesting episode, which plays out over a period of perhaps several months, in which the Nobel Laureate learns Russian to become fluent enough to give his Lenin Peace Prize lecture in that language.

When a 27-year-old metallurgist taught Nobel laureate CV Raman how to speak Russian:

Raman asked Narayan to come to his house every morning before starting work. The house, a bungalow named Panchavati surrounded by a sprawling mango grove in the heart of Malleswaram, was walking distance from where Narayan himself lived. And so the lessons began. Narayan used [the Russian language primer by Nina Potapova] to teach Raman basic Russian.

“He evinced a very keen interest, like a Gurukul student of old. Every day he would do his homework and repeat his lessons back to me,” said Narayan. Even though Raman was 60 years old and Narayan only 27, the older man liked to maintain the teacher-student relationship. As payment for the lessons, Narayan would get to sit down with Raman and his wife for a breakfast of hot coffee and idlis.

Dr. Subhash C Singhal receives this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award

We are delighted to note that Dr. Subhash C Singhal, an alumnus of our department (BE-1965), has been selected for the Distinguished Alumnus Award of IISc for the year 2015. Our congratulations to him.

Dr. Singhal is Battelle Fellow Emeritus at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, USA. He was one of the featured speakers at the IISc Centenary Conference (held in December of 2008), whose website has a brief biosketch.