Category Archives: Alumni Affairs

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.

IISc Alumni networking and engagement portal

Dear Alumni,

As you may know, IISc has recently launched a new alumni networking and engagement portal to connect you with your classmates and fellow alumni, and with the Institute.

The new website is available at:

The first step to accessing many of the features is to *register for the website,* if you haven’t done so already, as these are exclusively tailored to benefit verified IISc alumni. It takes less than a minute to register!

There are 2 ways to sign up:

1. *Using your email address: *Please enter your name, email, department, year, SR no., etc. and register at this login page:

2. *Using your Facebook or Linkedin profile: *You can directly log in using your linkedin or facebook username and password by clicking on the respective links on the right side of the front page (

Once you have registered and your credentials are verified, you will be able to use many of the features, such as:

1.* Searching for and contacting other alumni:* Under the “Connect” tab in front page, you can find options to search for alumni by location, map or by resources such as job sector, company, etc. By clicking on individual alumni profiles, you will also be able to view their current details and contact them directly (“Send email”).

2. *Social groups: *You can also form social groups with your classmates by selecting the “Visit your class” option from the main page.

3. *Sharing campus memories:* You can share your stories from campus days (go to: and post pictures on the online photo gallery (

4. *News & Updates: *The news page will be updated with latest news on IISc & alumni achievements and announcements (

5. *Events:* You will be able to see details and register online for reunions/alumni events (

6.* Getting advice from other alumni: *Post your needs on the “Alumni needs” section  ( and get answers from your fellow alumni.

7.* Jobs & Internships:* You can post jobs & internships in your company/job sector for other alumni and students to apply.

8. *Giving back to IISc: *You can find different IISc projects listed on the “Contributions” page ( and can make online payments using our secure payment gateway.

We will continue adding more features to the website in the future, and look forward to your feedback and suggestions for improving this platform to serve your needs better.

For any questions about using the website, please write to us at


Office of Development and Alumni Affairs
Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore

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