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Renewed Appeal to Manish Narayan Fund

Dear Friends,

Nearly 2 decades ago, the 1989-93 batch of M.E .(Integrated) seeded the Manish Narayan Fund (MNF) at Department of Metallurgy (now Materials Engineering) at IISc in memory of Manish. Theirs was a far-sighted and touching gesture whose implications could not have been realized at that time. Because this fund has now grown into a corpus of about 30 lakhs, thanks to subsequent donations from alumni and other funds generated through the Institute.

In the early years of this endowment, the fund was small and the number of awards given annually were less than 2; sometimes none. Fast forward to today and we now disburse Rs. 25000 ($ 400) to about 10-11 students, annually, from the interest received on this corpus, to help them travel and present talks at international conferences. Where do we want to be in future? That is why I am writing to you now to appeal to your generosity once again.

Our department now has 110 Ph.D. students, for whom, exposure to international conferences is no longer a luxury but an integral part of their training. It builds confidence, makes them realize where the cutting edge of their field is and helps them to network with professionals. In many instances, such visits help with identifying job opportunities. I believe that each student should attend a major meeting at least once in their tenure at IISc and that MNF should give them a seed grant that is sufficient for them to approach other funding agencies: this means quadrupling our corpus from 30 lakhs to at least 1.2 crores.

As part of the recently held Global Alumni Conference of IISc, I had the pleasure of meeting Krishna Kummamuru and discussing the prospect of a renewed appeal. I am delighted to report that he and his friends were enthusiastic in their support and that we have, in fact, had an immediate response from Sankaranarayanan Balasubramanian who has announced his contribution of Rs. 2.4 lakhs. Details of how you can donate are given in the following page.

In urging you to contribute to the best of your ability, I am really asking you to keep Manish’s memory alive in a cause that will help our students cope with this increasingly inter-linked and globalised world.

Do not hesitate to write if you need any more information.

With best wishes from all of us here at Materials Engineering,
Yours sincerely,
Abinandanan TA

(Please send a copy of your transaction details to Materials Engineering
( so that we can ensure proper crediting
of the funds to the fund.)

Cheques payable to “The Registrar, IISc (Manish Narayan Memorial Award)” may be sent to The Chairman, Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012. 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

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).

Donations in the US will attract tax relief if they are made to “IISc Alumni Association of North America (AANA)”, and sent to
897 Independence Ave, 4 C, Mountain View, CA 94043 (please specify that it is to be sent to Chairman, Materials Engineering for the Manish Narayan Fund and send us a copy of your correspondence)

IISc AANA is a Tax-exempt organization and is a Public Benefit not-profit organization with 501(c) status. Address: 897 Independence Ave, 4 C, Mountain View, CA 94043. You can get more details about IISc AANA from the web site

Click this link to verify Tax-Exempt Status.

Manish Memorial Fund: Selections Procedure

Selection Procedure for award of Manish Memorial Award

  • The award is open to all academic students of the Department of Materials Engineering.
  • The canditate should have the paper authored or co-authored by him/her accepted in a  conference / workshop / symposium / seminar.  Preference is to be given to international events.
  • Selection Criteria: The following criteria may be followed for the selection – Merit, Standard of the conference and Need.
  • The amount of the standard award is decided by the Department from time to time. At present it stands at a maximum of Rs. 25,000. The award can be shared by more than one person, in which case, the amount of the award may be decided by the selecting authority.
  • A student is normally eligible to receive this award only once during their tenure at IISc.

Manish Memorial Endowment Fund History


Manish Memorial Endowment Fund was initiated in the name of Mr. Manish Narayan with the objective of providing a young research scholar from the Department of Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy), IISc, international research exposure by supporting him/her to attend an international conference for presenting a paper.

Manish Narayan was an M.E (I) student from the Department of Metallurgy, IISc, between 1989 – 1993. His field of interest was Composites and he did his final ME project with Prof M.K. Surappa. After his graduation he had a short stint with Titan Industries, where he worked on the ‘Tanishq’ range of jewellery watches. He then went to pursue a Doctorate in NJIT & later on shifted to Lehigh. His promising academic career came to an end, when he passed away in a tragic car accident at Tennessee, USA on July 29th 1996 on his way back from Atlanta Olympics.

In the IT / communication era, with monetarily attractive software jobs all around, there were not even 15% graduates from the Department of Metallurgy who went on to pursue their career in Metallurgy. But Manish was one among those 15%.

Many of his batchmates came together to institute a fund in his name at the Department of Metallurgy, IISc, to cherish his memory and also to promote a strong research culture among students working in this area.

All students of the Department of Metallurgy are encouraged to apply for this award. Click here to see the selection procedure and here for the list of awardees.

Click here to see the contributors to this fund.

Click here to see renewed appeal July 2015

Alumni Reunion on 25 June 2015

Over 40 of our alumni will be visiting the Institute for the IISc Alumni Global Conference, which starts with a pre-conference event for the alumni to visit their departments in the afternoon of Thursday, the 25th of June, 2015.

The Alumni Reunion in our Department starts at 2:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre with alumni introductions, and short presentations by Prof. Vikram Jayaram, Chairman, and Prof. S. Ranganathan.

This will be followed by High Tea in the courtyard for informal interactions between the alumni and our faculty and students. Alumni will also be taken on a tour of the Department and the Institute.

RIP: Prof. G.N.K. Iyengar

It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing away of Prof. G.N.K.Iyengar, an alumnus and former faculty member of our department, on Friday, 17th April, 2015 at 6.30 p.m. at his residence.

A condolence meeting is being arranged on 22.04.2015 (wednesday) at 11.30 a.m. in the Lecture Theatre of the department.

If you wish to share your tributes to (and reminiscences of your association with) Prof. Iyengar, please send them to Prof. S. Subramanian at

Alumni Dinner during the 2014 NMD-ATM in Pune

Update: The response has been great! You can find the list of confirmed participants at the end of the post. It’ll keep getting updated.

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Following up on the successful Alumni Dinner that we had during last year’s NMD-ATM in Varanasi, we are planning a similar event during this year’s NMD-ATM in Pune. This will offer a wonderful opportunity for our alumni to re-connect with fellow alumni, as well as with current faculty and students.

Please mark your calendar for the evening of Wednesday, the 12th of November, 2014. St. Laurn Hotel is the venue for the dinner. Here’s the full address:

St. Laurn Business Hotel
15 A, Koregaon Road
Pune 411001
St. Laurn Business Hotel is about 6 km from the College of Engineering – Pune (COE-P), which is the Conference venue — consult the map for directions).

The cost will be in the range of Rs. 900 to Rs. 1000 per person.

This is a call to request all our alumni who are delegates at NMD-ATM, as well as our alumni in the Pune-Mumbai region, to join us at the Dinner.

Please send your RSVP as soon as possible (and in any case, latest by Friday, the 7th of November) to

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Update: Confirmed participants

  • Dheepa Srinivasan (GE-Bangalore)

  • Vinay Jain (TCS-Pune)

  • Rishabh Shukla (TCS-Pune)

  • T.A. Abinandanan (IISc-Bangalore)

  • G. Phanikumar (IIT-Madras)

  • K. Ravi Sankar (IIT-Madras)

  • Ashutosh Gandhi (IIT-Madras)

  • M.P. Gururajan (IIT-Bombay)

  • N.N. Viswanathan (IIT-Bombay)

  • Seshadri Seetharaman (KTH, Sweden)

  • Sundar Daniel (IIT-Roorkee)

  • K. Chattopadhyay (IISc-Bangalore)

  • S. Srikanth (NML, Jamshedpur)

  • S. Manjini (JSW Steel, Hospet)