Bengaluru: The alma mater of many a leading Indian scientist, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, acknowledged worldwide as one of the best research establishments, fortified its position at the top, on being rated the best Indian university, making it to Quacquarelli Symonds’ (QS) list of top 200 universities across the world.
Established in 1909, this premier institute has a distinguished list of alumni-Rhodes scholars, several Fellows of the Royal Society (FRS), and thousands of members of Indian and foreign Academy of sciences, and CEOs of several big-tickets foreign and Indian companies. With an equally illustrious list of faculty-from the late Sir C V Raman, the late Prof Satish Dhawan and Bharat Ratna Prof C N R Rao, students and research scholars of the institute, have easy access to the best universities and are sought-after by global majors during the annual campus talent hunt.
So far, however, IISc did not make it to the list of top 200 universities for a quaint reason, but was ridiculed by some personalities for not figuring in such a list. One parameter which the institute did not meet all these years was the lack of undergraduate courses.
This single parameter was met this year as the first batch of students admitted for a four-year undergraduate programme, Bachelor of Science (Research) course in six disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Material Science, Mathematics and Physics, passed out in 2015.