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Welcome to [the Indian Institute of] Science! I know a place where the Sun never sets.

No creationist ever cracked the genetic code. Chemists did. Molecular biologists did.

It’s a mountain, and it’s on the Moon. It sticks up so high that even as the Moon spins, it’s in perpetual daylight. Radiation from the Sun pours down on there day and night, They used physics. They used math. They used chemistry, 24 hours a day — well, the Moon’s day is actually about 4 biology, astronomy, engineering. weeks long, so the sunlight pours down there 708 hours a day. They used science. I know a place where the Sun never shines. It’s at the bottom of the ocean. A crack in the crust there exudes nasty chemicals and heats the water to the boiling point. This would kill a human instantly, but there are creatures there, bacteria, that thrive. They eat the sulfur from the vent, and excrete sulfuric acid.

These are all the things you discovered doing your projects. All the things that brought you here today.

Computers? Cell phones? Rockets to Saturn, probes to the ocean floor, PSP, gamecubes, gameboys, X-boxes? All by scientists.

I know a place where the temperature is 15 million degrees, and the pressure would crush you to a microscopic dot. That place is the core of the Sun. Those places I talked about before? You can get to know them too. You can experience the wonder of seeing them I know a place where the magnetic fields would rip you for the first time, the thrill of discovery, the incredible, apart, atom by atom: the surface of a neutron star, a visceral feeling of doing something no one has ever done magnetar. before, seen things no one has seen before, know something no one else has ever known. I know a place where life began billions of years ago. That place is here, the Earth. No crystal balls, no tarot cards, no horoscopes. Just you, your brain, and your ability to think. I know these places because I’m a scientist. Welcome to science. You’re gonna like it here. Science is a way of finding things out. It’s a way of testing what’s real. It’s what Richard Feynman called "A way of not Phil Plait fooling ourselves." (Source: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/ 2005/05/09/science-fare) No astrologer ever predicted the existence of Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto. No modern astrologer had a clue about Sedna, a ball of ice half the size of Pluto that orbits even farther out. No astrologer predicted the more than 150 Editor's Note: This was originally a speech given by Dr. planets now known to orbit other suns. Plait to a group of students at a science fair in 2005 and has been reprinted with written permission from him. You But scientists did. can see more of Dr. Plait's work on the Bad Astronomy blog (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/). No psychic, despite their claims, has ever helped the police solve a crime. But forensic scientists have, all the time. A shorter version of this speech was depicted pictorially by It wasn’t someone who practices homeopathy who found a Gavin Aung Thang on his site: cure for smallpox, or polio. Scientists did, medical (http://zenpencils.com/comic/52-phil-plait-welcome-toscientists. science/).

Disclaimer: The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by authors in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Voices or official policies of Voices. However, this does not apply to the editorial content in this newsletter.


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Addressing Curiosity On August 6, 2012, at 05:17:57.3 (UTC), the latest of NASA’s unmanned robotic rovers, Curiosity, landed on Mars. Launched as part of NASA’s Mars Space Laboratory (MSL) mission from Cape Carnival on November 26, 2011 at 15:02:00.211 (UTC), Curiosity negotiated around 570 million kilometers of star speckled space in a little over 8 months to reach its destination, the Aeolis Palus, situated in the Gale Crater on Mars. People who have been avidly following Curiosity’s exploits may be surprised to know that there are those who feel the entire exercise is a waste of resources. For instance, many people took to Twitter to express their apathy and resentment towards the mission. Tweets such as “who cares if there was life on Mars? just a waste of more money (@HarryQuickk)”, “I think NASA is a waste of money. Who cares about Mars…— (@Dylan_James99”) and “"@woahlulu: Does anyone know what tome [sic] curiosity lands on Mars tomorrow?" Who cares (@TitoTarintino)” surfaced in the days leading up to [1] Curiosity’s landing. While these reactions may seem extreme to some, the following questions do beg asking. Why do we need to care about Mars? About whether Life existed on Mars, and whether it still does? Why spend $ 2.5 billion to send a bundle of nuts, bolts and electronics to a neighboring planet? And why all this brouhaha over Curiosity? After all, it is not quite in the same league as Man setting foot on the Moon. (RIP, Neil Armstrong). It is just an inanimate, albeit “intelligent” machine roaming around on Mars. To appreciate why Curiosity deserves all the attention it is getting, one only needs to think back to the halcyon days of youth when remote controlled cars seemed both captivating and magical. Recollect the difficulty you faced in trying to get the car to “listen” to you, the hardships you faced in making the toy go where you wanted it to. It is also an undeniable fact that getting a software program to work ubiquitously is very tough, specially, when the code is a complex one. Finding and weeding out all bugs becomes a daunting task as the programs get bigger and more complex. The problem is compounded as many bugs make an appearance only in specific situations. The Mars Pathfinder mission, which landed on Mars in July, 1997 offers a ready example. The mission nearly failed because a conflict between two tasks for the system’s resources caused a “Priority Inversion”. Even though the problem was noticed before the launch, it was not repeatable and could not be isolated while the spacecraft was being tested. It occurred in a very specific situation that manifested itself when the spacecraft landed on Mars. This resulted in periodic and total system resets, each of which caused loss

of data. ([2], [3] carry more detailed information, for those who are interested). In the light of these two observations, the fact that Curiosity, having travelled a little under 570 million kilometers, landed just 2.4 kilometers away from its intended target is commendable. There’s also the novel method used to land the rover on Mars which makes Curiosity unique. Since the rover weighed more than twice [4] all its predecessors combined, the usual method of landing rovers, namely deploying air bags, couldn’t be used here. The procedure adopted was to use a supersonic parachute to provide the initial deceleration. In lieu of the air bags, a “sky crane” was used to further decelerate the rover until the entire assembly came to a standstill roughly 7.5 meters from the surface. The rover was then lowered from the crane using nylon cables onto the surface. The crane then detached from the rover and flew off to land at a safe distance from the rover. These elaborate procedures were employed to prevent the rubble flying off the Martian surface from hitting the rover. While the entire process of Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL, dubbed “7 Minutes of Terror” by NASA) went off as planned, the rover did not land entirely unharmed. Tests conducted on the rover in the days following its landing made it clear that one of the two wind sensors onboard the rover was out of commission, presumably from the “small pebbles kicked up by the rover’s landing rockets hitting the rover’s deck and severing wires on one of the sensor’s exposed circuit [5] boards”. This just drives home the technical complexity of the entire operation. Ever wondered why the rover was named “Curiosity”? Beginning with the Pathfinder mission, NASA has been conducting the “Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover Contest”, an essay competition for children of ages 5-13, where they propose a name for the rover, along with a short essay justifying their choice. The winning entry for this rover (chosen from over 9000 submissions) was, you guessed it, “Curiosity”. The then 12-year old Clara Ma (back in 2009, when the contest was held), of Lexana, Texas, in her essay, said, “Curiosity is an everlasting flame that burns in everyone's mind ... A powerful force … The passion that [6] drives us through our everyday lives.” The primary mission of the rover is to assess the biological potential of the Martian site. So, the name given to the rover seems apt. It is out there, primarily to address our curiosity on the question, “are we all alone in the universe?” But only time will tell us whether this curiosity warrants an expenditure of $2.5 billion. If nothing else comes of it, the data collected by Curiosity on its way to Mars might help Man land on Mars [7] by the 2030s, or so NASA declares. However, that goal seems to have limited practical value. The rovers of today,


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as Curiosity successfully demonstrated, can carry an References: arsenal of equipment, and remotely perform an impressive [1]. http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/05/the-case-forarray of tests. As things stand, Curiosity seems to be curiosity-why-you-should-stay-up-and-watch-the-marsmankind’s best bet to answer our questions on the rover-landing/ existence of life on Mars. By the end of its mission, [2]. http://www.imd.uni-rostock.de/ma/gol/bsys/pdf/nrt.pdf Curiosity might kill the Martian Cat. Or bell it. [3]. http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/ mbj/Mars_Pathfinder We, at Voices, are attempting to do on campus, what NASA [4]. http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/resources/pdfs/MSLCurios is doing on Mars. Addressing curiosity. As newbies to the ityBrochure.pdf institute, you must be curious about how best you can [5]. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-08spend your time. November seems to be too late to 22/science/33321847_1_gale-crater-rover-engineerwelcome freshers, doesn’t it? The three months of your stay ashwin-vasavada here would be sufficient for you to have settled in enough to [6]. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/essaywhet your curiosity about the institute you are in, or so we 20090527.html hope. In these pages, you will find write-ups by the various [7]. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/06/curiosity_succ groups and student bodies on campus. Whatever your ess_america/ hobby or interest, there is probably a club catering to it. [8]. NASA’s and Wikipedia’s entries on Curiosity and the Read on to know what the institute has to offer. The list of Mars Space Laboratory provided a lot of information clubs featured here is by no means complete as some quoted in this article. clubs did not send in their entries by the time this issue went for print. Take a look at the online version of Voices (at www.iisc.ernet.in/voices) for a (hopefully) complete list. K. Vijayanth Reddy (ECE/CeNSE)

Kung Fu Club Enter a mould without being caged in it, obey the principle exercises. The daily lessons consist of a variety of Kung-Fu without being bound by it; LEARN, MASTER AND animal styles, along with weapons training, gymnastics, etc. ACHIEVE! – Bruce Lee Each style has its own uniqueness when performed Did you know that the most with grace. It gives stamina, sophisticated weapon ever flexibility and strength to various designed by nature is the parts of body. Within a few human body? There is no limit weeks of dedicated training, you to what your body can do when will begin to observe it is properly trained. Kung Fu, improvements in your body. No the oldest known Chinese prior experience of any physical martial art, refers to a set of activity is required. The school physical movements of the encourages people of all age human body that mimic groups and genders. The school movements of animals, or a conducts belt-grading exams training method that gathers twice a year. In IISc, classes are inspiration from various Chinese held on Tuesdays, Thursdays philosophies, myths and legends. This ancient martial art and Saturdays, in two batches: morning (6:30 to 8:00 am) has been practiced for ages and its practitioners claim to and evening (6:00 to 7:30 pm). The classes are held in the have reaped several benefits, including channelled energy Kung Fu court, located behind the Gymkhana building and at work, undisturbed sleep, clarity of thoughts, calmness beside the basketball court. In IISc, the classes are open to and alertness of mind, improved physical and mental self all the members of the Gymkhana, including students, defense mechanisms, respect, tolerance and reverence for alumni, faculty, staff and their family members. Apart from life. Shaolin Chu Kung Fu, a Bangalore based martial arts hosting the Kung Fu Club, the Gymkhana has also been a school conducts Kung Fu classes at IISc among other host to a few belt-grading examinations. Time ages but the centres in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This club was started legend lives, because a martial artist is more than just a about 25 years ago in the campus and the classes are sum of the parts – what are you waiting for? conducted by well-trained masters. Each class lasts for about 1.5 hours. The class starts with light on spot jogging; Club email-id: iisckungfuclub@gmail.com pre-warm up exercises followed by warm up exercise for Club conveners: half an hour. Then lessons are taught to students according Badari Narayana (Materials Engineering), to their respective Belts. The Class ends with warm down Vijay Prakash (Mechanical Engineering).


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Notebook Drive NoteBook Drive is a student-run volunteer group in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). It was begun with the objective of reducing the dropout rates and promoting quality education among Govt. school students. This effort began in 2002, when a group of enthusiastic IISc studentvolunteers started with the distribution of notebooks and stationeries to the students, since these are the major education aids missing from the list of government support. This event grew on to become the major and core activity of our group, for almost a decade today. We are extremely th delighted that this year marks the 10 year of NoteBook Drive since its inception in 2002. Over time, it was realized that more effort had to go towards improving the overall quality of education. With this aim in mind, new initiatives like provision of library and sports facilities in schools, organizing science fairs and education trips were started a few years ago. These activities have made a good impact. With passing time, more activities were added with a view of directly involving the students. Celebration of Children's Day is one initiative where students are encouraged to take part in several activities like clay modelling, sketching, debates, extempore, etc. Around 35 students are being supported with scholarships for higher studies. These students are selected by an extensive process to make sure we have genuine students and we have succeeded in it largely. These students are also given training in English, Computers and some subjects.

come to IISc campus every Sunday and there are volunteers to mentor them in groups of 3-5. A few students, who were trained for Bharatnatyam and hip-hop dance by NBD volunteers, had performed in the Freshers’ Orientation programme last year in JN Tata auditorium, which was widely appreciated. In addition, we have started an initiative in the IISc Govt. school to improve the English communication skills of the kids. Volunteers go to this school (inside the campus) and with innovative methodology, interact with these students on every Saturday. There have been a few other activities which were carried out last year. We had made arrangements for the high school kids from Bagalgunte, Ravathanahalli and nearby schools to visit the various departments of IISc on Open day. Another highlight of the year was the lectures and the interactive sessions with Dr. Gajanana Birur, currently working for NASA, that could be arranged in three NBD supported schools, in February on the recently launched Mars Science laboratory. Over the years, NoteBook drive has gained unprecedented support and respect from the campus community, both in terms of donations and more importantly voluntary time from IISc students. From a single school in IISc, today our activities span around 30 schools covering four districts in and around Bangalore.

Apart from these, we have recently also started two We look forward for active participation in NBD’s activities activities where we interact with students on a weekly basis. from all the students. One of these is mentorship initiative, which is, mentoring students for science projects, etc. A few students (~50) NoteBook Drive Team

Rangmanch IISc Dramatics Club was formed in the year 2009. It has showcased five performances till date, which include classic plays to mimes to plays written by members themselves. The Dramatics Club has also been performing for the fresher’s orientation program annually. Activities:- Full length plays, One act plays, Street plays. The Dramatics Club (also known as Rangmanch) has performed many well-known plays including ‘God’ by Woody Allen,

‘Dakghar’ by Tagore, ‘Charandas Chor’ by Habib Tanvir, and has also adapted plays from the stories of Premchand and Chekhov, amongst others. Email: rangmanchconvenors@gmail.com Blog: http://rangmanchiisc.blogspot.in/ Conveners: Janardhanraj, Aerospace Engg., janardhan@aero.iisc.ernet.in Sri Ram Shankar, Instrumentation, sriramshankar@isu.iisc.ernet.in


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Volleyball Club Prevent the ball from touching the ground and you've got a Activities: volley. Volleyball is a multifaceted sport which employs 1. IISc volleyball team members with an eclectic skill-set; abilities that range from rapid responses, precision, control, skyhigh jumps, powerful spikes and most important of all, coordination within the team. The volleyball club of IISc is a great opportunity for all who wish to learn, enjoy and participate in this thrilling game. Apart from the daily practice sessions, where matches are played on friendly terms, coaching camps are also arranged for anyone interested in learning the game or honing their skills.

won the IIM-B invitational tournament in 2010 and was placed runners-up in the same in 2011 and 2012. We've also participated in zonal tournaments and played friendly matches with invited teams, with moderate success. 2. The inter-departmental volleyball tournament of IISc, played over a span of two weeks is a major entertainer for sport aficionados. 3. Coaching camp was organized for enthusiastic members of all skilllevels and genders, in the months of March and April, 2012. We are planning to begin another camp from around September, 2012.

The IISc volleyball team, comprising The volleyball club welcomes all of the members of the club has interested freshers to join and participated and won in various participatewe start playing tournaments held outside IISc. everyday by 7.30 pm. Another highlight is the annual inter-departmental volleyball For queries, please contact- Pradeep (9741964833, tournament, where various departments compete against pradeep890@gmail.com), and Alok (alok1054@gmail.com). each other, with participation from more than a hundred You can also join our online group by requesting an members! invitation at- iiscvolleyballclub@googlegroups.com

Papyrus Library Papyrus library was founded in 2006 by a few book lovers on campus. The idea was to have a pool of books that allowed fellow bibliophiles to indulge in their hobby at a very nominal fee. The motive was also to give the founders an experience in entrepreneurship, with all the money collected being reinvested in updating the collection of books. The library now has a collection of over 1000 books – both fiction and nonfiction. The collection is entirely English, spanning genres like Classics, Fantasy, Humour, Whodunnits, Best-sellers, Popular Science, Biographies, Autobiographies and Self –help. The library also boasts of complete collections of popular comics such as Calvin and Hobbes, Asterix, Tintin and PhD Comics. Efforts are made to update the collection regularly and to include current authors. Readers’ choices and requests are kept in mind while buying new books for

the library. The library is currently being run by 9 students and functions in front of the A mess; between 8 pm and 9 pm on the weekdays and between 1pm to 2 pm on Saturdays. Sunday is the weekly holiday. Membership is open to all on campus, including faculty, staff and their families. The reading charges are nominal and the caution deposit is refundable. Interested students can also join the team to help run the library.Further details can be obtained by approaching the library desk at the above mentioned timings. Contact: Chetana Baliga [MBU] (chetana@mbu.iisc.ernet.in) or K. Vijayanth Reddy [ECE/CeNSE] (kv_reddy@ece.iisc.ernet.in)


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The Various Committees of the Students' Council The Council functions as a group of highly effective and The feeling of giving back lies deep within us. The Social dedicated individuals. The committees form the crux of the Initiatives Committee does just that. There are initiatives council. started by the older teams which we continue. The initiatives include “Help the Needy”, “Notebook Drive” and Academic Committee of SC deals with academic issues of “Blood Donation Camp”. In future, the SIC wants to student community. It is also involved in organization of include distribution of clothes and other articles to talks of direct interest to students. Recently two such talks construction workers working in IISc , security on "Food: an ayurvedic perspective" by Dr. Sharath guards and other needy hostel staff Chandra and “The ABCs of Entrepreneurship & innovation” help implement waste recycling. by Arvind Thiagarajan were organized. Our future plans Several other activities can be planned and executed if we include an attempt to improvise library services and to have energetic volunteers working for social causes. conduct workshops/lecture series related to journalism and paper writing. “Stressed” is “desserts” spelled backwards. Stress has become a part and parcel of our life. Researchers and For the amount of activity happening on the campus, a big IIScians are no exception to it. We, The Student Support share of it involves communication – to students and the Network along with the Centre for Counseling and Support administration. This is the responsibility of the provide counseling facilities- both professional and peer Communication Committee. We were the first to get in counseling. Counseling can be sought through face to face touch with you all even before you stepped into the sessions, telephonic or chat facility. Apart from this, we also campus. Setting a platform for the students to communicate organize talks and sessions to increase awareness among with the others by mail or face-to-face is the concern for this the student community on issues they are facing and ways committee. to handle them. “Roti, Kapda, Makaan” are the basic necessities of man, Two of the three for students are taken care of by the Hostel Committee. They handle all the issues regarding the stay on campus.

Along with an academically superior environment, there is an inherent need to take care of ourselves. Having received support from the financial, academic and psychological ends, we dare not neglect our health. It is the wealth that we carry along. In association with the Institute Medical Centre, the Health Committee helps the students sustain a healthy life. Many a time, students come forward asking for help to quit their vices like alcohol, smoking, irregular sleep and food habits, etc., and the committee has helped them overcome these. Many health related activities for the students are done like the Free Dental Camp and Multiple Blood Donation Camps in association with Rotary Club/ Lions' Club. The future activities planned include: o Free Eye Check-up o Cervical Cancer Treatment for women o Osteoporosis Test and Bone-Density Test

Environmental Committee of SC aims to encourage environmental initiatives to keep IISc cleaner and greener. Main theme of EC for this year is: “Lets us make IISc more cleaner and greener”. EC promotes the students' participation in creating awareness and maintaining the environmental aspect of IISc. The EC organized “Tree Plantation Campaign” on the occasion of Independence Day. The campaign was effective with huge support from the students. In future, EC is planning to come up with: o Environmental Awareness Campaigns (through Earth Hour Celebration) o Waste Management and recycling programme After reading the above details, you might feel the absence o Awareness programme through screening of of fun here. The Cultural Committee does a lot for the documentaries and talks by experts. entertainment. Under its banner, many musical concerts, shows and functions have taken place, in association with After getting the education, students target an opportunity in SPICMACAY. The most recent ones being a Dance Recital the industry (even world class). This initiative is taken by and a concert by Dr. Prabha Atre.. the Placement Committee. Centre for Scientific and Industrial Consultancy (CSIC) is a window through which There has never been any activity on campus that does not companies interact with the academic community of IISc. need feedback. The Amenities Committee and the CSIC undertakes consultancy and student placements. Complaints' Cell are feedback providing platforms for the Placement committee is a student body which consists of students. They collectively present your views to the student placement representatives from all the departments management. of IISc. All the representatives coordinate the placement activities along with the CSIC. Among the student If you observe the campus now, you will find a buzz of representatives, two representatives are the single point activity everywhere. And in the midst, or rather at the core contacts for student council and two more representatives it, you will find the latest entrants to the campus, the BS/UG for the CSIC. students. With energy brimming in them, they come across


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as lively souls who share their energy with everyone. The UG Committee, with representatives from UG students too, coordinates with other committees and clubs on campus to organize extracurricular activities for UG students.

represented by the Foreign Students' Welfare Committee, which creates a circle of comfort for the incoming foreign students and their stay on campus though the completion of their degree.

Alongside, you will also find expats in our campus. They are

Students Council

Students' Council Governing Council Pramod Dharmesh Anuradha Council Steering Committee Sreevalsa, Hemanth, Kamana, Pankaj, Rajnish, Sarada, Swapnil, Saurabh Dixit, Saurabh Aggarwal, Sanjeeta, Debaleena, Vikram, Javed GS Executive Body Academic Kirtimaan, Durga Amenities Saurabh Aggarwal Placements Arjun, Poshit Nath Social Initiatives Adilakshmi, Ramya, Vineeth, Mahidhar Enviroment Sanjeeta, Ashoka, Rahul Hostel Sarada, Arvind, Keerthi Nation First Initiative Sunil, Amogh QIP Raghavendra UG Krishnan, Himani Cultural Rimjhim, Manish, Sharath Communications Javed GS, Rajnish Health Rajiv, Awanthi SSN Meenu, Kranthi Foreign Students' Welfare Shruti Womens' Welfare Anuradha Complaints Cell Avinash, Sarada Chairman General Secretary Women's Affairs

Football Club "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. are held with teams from across Bangalore at the IISc I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it ground. The club members are provided coaching by is much, much more important reputed former State or than that."- Bill Shankly National Level footballers for important tournaments. The football club of IISc or IISc Activities last term:Soccer Club actively takes part 1) Coaching by former Indian in various football tournaments player Nixon (Octoberconducted in Bangalore. The December 2011). club, consisting of about 40 2) Quarter finalists at Rotary members, is part of the club inter college tourney Karnataka C division football (December 2011). league. In addition to outside 3) IISc 7's Cup tournament. tournaments, every year we (January 2012). conduct the IISc 7's cup. A 4) Runners up at IIM-B inter futsal event is planned for this college tourney. (August year. 2012). Recently the club was runner's up at the intercollegiate tournament at IIM-B. The club also managed to reach the Conveners: quarter finals of the prestigious Rotary Club tournament. Akhil G (Aero), 2akhilg@gmail.com, +919980221848. The Gymkhana provides the members soccer boots, Naveen James (Civil), naveenjames7@gmail.com, jerseys and other amenities. For practice, friendly matches +919482519897.


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Throwball Club Let’s climb high on our aspirations; the achievement will The passion with which each team prepares for this follow its steps!! tournament is palpable during the matches. The spirited -Dedicated to the only women’s tournament challenging teams and the overwhelming crowd make the tournament lively with great fun and enjoyment. The Throw ball is not just about winners and runners-up are catching and throwing the felicitated by Gymkhana ball, rather it is doing the during the annual prize same along with the most distribution function. Apart difficult task of following the from the tournament, the rules. Playing according to club also organizes friendly the rules makes this game a matches among the teams most challenging one. at various occasions to keep The Throw ball club is an the spirit of the game alive. infant club of IISc, For this fresh and new Gymkhana. It was started in academic year the club has 2006 and since then, it has certain plans apart from been glowing in bright colors conducting the “big because of the active tournament”. The club is participation of women from planning to form an official different departments in IISc. college team and organize Since it is the only women's tournament all women of IISc friendly matches and tournaments by inviting other make use of this platform to exhibit their talents of companies and colleges. This invites innovative ideas and sportsmanship, team spirit and also individual excellence. participation by all experienced and new students that could The big event of this club is the Annual Women’s Throw ball help in the development of the club. All players and tournament which is usually conducted during February- interested students are free to send in their ideas to the March every year. coordinator of the club. The games are played on the Throw ball court near the Gymkhana grounds. The team consists of 5+2 players with Convener: P.Chandhini, DESE (formerly CEDT), one allowed guest player. chandhini.p@cedt.iisc.ernet.in

Rhythmica Music is not merely an art form. While it is the way of life for some, it serves as a source of peace and inspiration for many others. In fact, it is at times, the voice of feelings. If the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is to be perceived as a diminutive world where research is the way of life, then it is the IISc music team, Rhythmica, that brings in the musical element that contributes to keeping the life in the campus ‘alive’. Rhythmica, is the official music team in IISc and functions under the Gymkhana Music Club. It was founded by a th handful of music-enthusiasts in the campus on 15 August, 2002. The group performs four times every year – namely – the August show, the Diwali show, the Founder’s Day show (in March) and the June show. The auditions for joining the

group are held on an annual basis – every year around September. Since the group does not favour a given genre, all forms of music are encouraged within the group as long as the performance is feasible. The group is, in general, expected to perform at all public, formal events in IISc. Also, the group does not restrict membership to the students of IISc; we also include staff, professors, spouses and children of the staff as Rhythmica group members. The group has over fifty members from diverse cultural backgrounds making it one of the largest and richest platforms for performing arts on campus and also, giving the phrase ‘unity in diversity’ a whole new meaning. Club Conveners: Mayank (Aerospace Engg.), Madhwan (Materials Engg.). Contact: rhythmica@gmail.com


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Photography Lovers @ IISc The photography club of IISc (Gymkhana) as the name suggests, is a group of photography enthusiasts from IISc. The club is open to all those who have an inclination towards photography and enjoy clicking, either to preserve the moments, for the fun of it or as a serious hobby. We are not a platform of professionals, though we have some members no less than pros. Our primary objective is advancing the Art of Photography and providing an ideal learning platform for everyone to help grasp the science behind the magic shots. We strongly believe it is the photographer and not the camera that makes an image compelling.

We have regular meets, photo-walks, discussions and conduct sessions on various aspects of making a good photograph. We believe in sharing our thoughts and are frank about our opinions; we learn through constructive criticism of photographs and experiences of photographers and mentor each other. If you have any unanswered questions about photography, small or big, you now know who to ask. Shoot them to photographyclub.iisc@gmail.com. How do you become a member? Find us at www.fb.com/groups/photography.lov ers. If you do not use Facebook, we are also at http://photographyclubiisc.blogspot.in. Join us – read the rules of the club, start posting your photographs; you will receive rest of the updates from there. We welcome all the freshers and would love to see a lot of participation. Conveners: Deepthi Indukuri (CeNSE), Vikas Navratna (MBU).

The club conducts regular contests and a panel of judges selects the best photographs which are displayed during one of the two exhibitions we conduct each year (the contests are open for the next exhibition Oct/Nov – check our group to know how you can participate). Apart from the exhibitions we also try to cover all the student events in campus and do oblige to other feasible requests.

Music Club, Gymkhana, IISc The Music Club is one the official clubs under Gymkhana, IISc. This club is for the music enthusiasts of IISc. It consists of the Music Room (with musical instruments) in SAC, Rhythmica (which is the official music team of the club) and also responsible for arranging coaching sessions for organizing coaching classes for vocalists/instrumentalists. Music Room houses a variety of musical instruments, and anyone who is a Gymkhana member have access to room subject to the guidelines of the Music club. Rhythmica is the official team of the Music Club. It's just like cricket or football club which has their official IISc teams and special selection trials are held every year for the selection of new people. Hence special auditions are held the beginning of each academic year for recruiting new members to Rhythmica. The team appoints its own

conveners who are responsible for the smooth functioning of the group. The group gets the financial backing from Gymkhana for the expenses regarding all the shows, and is also responsible for performing on important occasions like Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Diwali, Founder’s Day etc. Coaching classes are held under the Music Club based on the number of people interested to learn a particular form of music, vocals or instrumental. Updates of activities conducted by the music club can be found at: http://www.iisc.ernet.in/iiscgym/index.php?option=com_cont ent&view=article&id=64&Itemid=2 Club Conveners: Korak (Aero): koraksarkar@aero.iisc.ernet.in Raman (CSA): ramans@csa.iisc.ernet.in


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Gymkhana Corner The Great Days Celebrations committee of IISc conducted KV-IISc students. Prof. N. Balakrishnan (Associate Director, sports competitions on the eve of Gandhi Jayanthi, between IISc) graced the event. Sep 22 and Sep 25 at Gymkhana. The event details and results were made available to The winners were awarded prizes on Gandhi Jayanthi at Voices by Mr. C. P. Poonacha (Sr. Sports Officer) and Mr. Choksi Hall, following a music program by Rhythmica and Gregory A. (UDC, Gymkhana). Event Badminton Tournament

Category

First Place

Second Place

Students (Men’s Singles)

Ritupan

Rajamitra

Krishnayan Basuroy Raja Mitra

Ritupan Arka

Rati

Rakshitha

Lalitha Pratibha Krishna Basu Neha Bhutan

Neha Smriti Raja Mitra Rakshitha

Prof. Joy Kuri

Harish Dhagale

Harish Dhagale Kuruvilla Varghese Bopanna

Sairam Sampath Vardhan

(S/o C. P. Poonacha, Gymkhana)

(S/o Prof. Jayanth Kumar, CIVIL)

Students (Men’s Doubles) Students (Women’s Singles) Students (Women’s Doubles) Mixed Doubles (Open) Staff and Faculty (Men’s Singles) Staff and Faculty (Men’s Doubles)

Children Doubles (Boys) below 10th Standard

Children Doubles (Girls) below 10th Standard

Table Tennis Tournament

Students (Men’s Singles) Students (Men’s Doubles) Students (Women’s Singles) Staff and Faculty (Men’s Singles) Staff and Faculty (Men’s Doubles)

Carrom Tournament

Staff (Men’s Singles) Staff (Men’s Doubles)

Throw Ball Tournament

Staff & Students (Women)

Running Race

Boys (8th & 9th Standard) Boys (7th & 8th Standard) Boys (6th Standard)

Deekshith

Varun

(S/o Sudharshan, Unit IA, C.O.)

(S/o Mr Chandrasekhar, Secu. Officer)

Nivedita

Apala

(D/o Mahantesh, CIVIL)

(D/o Amaresh, CPDM)

Manavi

Ushnaa

(D/o Anjula, MGMT)

(D/o Prof. Joy Kuri, CEDT)

Anupam Ghosh

Abhay Sharma

Anupam Ghosh Divyanshu Joshi

Prabhu Chandran Abhijeet Mitra

Vanlal

Amrutha

Sudhama Unit – IB, C.O. Sudhama Upendra Syed Sibghatulla, CPDM T. Sridhara, Library P. Sampath, MECH P. Chandhini, CEDT Kavita, MS Vasantha Lakhsmi, CIVIL Srivalli, Health Centre Akanksha, CSA Pramila Bai, Accounts Subha Sony Bopanna

Alagappan Unit – IA, C.O. Alagappan Badrinath

(S/o C. P. Poonacha, Gymkhana)

Prajwal (S/o Sudharshan, Central Office)

Ajay Prasanna (S/o Dr. Ganeshan, Phy)

Third Place

H. Byla, AERO K. Shivashankar, CAOS Sri. Mani, MBU Sneha V, CES Revathi R, F&A Saraswathi G, F&A Geetha R, CEDT Vineetha, Gymkhana Krishana Veni, Library Lakshmi Vijayasree, ECE Sankalp (S/o Karunakar Nanda, MRC)

Deekshith (S/o Sudharshan, Central Office)

Abhishek

Nikhil

(S/o Nagakrishna, CEDT)

(S/o Nagaraj, F&A)

Aadhavan (S/o T. Abhivandan, MATERIALS)

Ankit (S/o Ramachandra, MECH)

K. Vijayanth Reddy (ECE/CeNSE)


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IISc Cricket Club IISc cricket team provides everyone in IISc, viz, student, RA/JRF/SRF/PA and faculty a unique opportunity to pursue their favorite game. We are a registered cricket club under Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) in the name “ IISc Gymkhana” and we participate in various tournaments organized by KSCA. The tournaments include KSCA Metro Shield, YSR tournament, KSCA Intercollegiate etc. IISc Gymkhana is ranked no: 3 among 48 teams in the KSCA Division IV. All those who are interested are utmost welcome and you can join the club at any time. All you need to do is to come to the cricket ground around 5.30pm and talk to the Coach or Captain of the team. Whether you have played earlier or not played is not at all a criteria for joining the club. All those who have a passion for the game, who think they are mentally tough enough to compete with other professional clubs participating in various tournaments organized by the KSCA; you have reached at the right place. Hope to see some of you in the ground. Facilities Provided: 1. A huge cricket ground with matting wicket, sightscreens, score-board, boundary marker Flags and covers. 2. A flood-lit practice pitch made of concrete having matting top and surrounded with nets. 3. Full cricket kit comprising of bats, balls, stumps, bails, batting pads, batting gloves, helmets, thigh guards, arm guards, abdomen guards, keeping pads, keeping gloves, first-aid etc.

Activities done last year: 1. Net practice sessions every evening. 2. Participated in Metro Shield 2011 organized by Karnataka State Cricket Association. 3. Organized the second edition of IISc Centenary Cricket Cup (ICCC) ,2012, inviting the best college teams from Bangalore (Christ University, Presidency College, Surana College, etc). 4. Organized the Interdepartment Tennis Ball Cricket Tournament IISc Gymkhana Cup 2012. 5. Played in the YSR trophy tournament which is the most popular tournament in KSCA's annual program. Achievements: 1. Highest ranked team in the history of IISc. 2. Entered the superleague stage of the metro shield tournament for the 3rd consecutive year (2010,2011,2012) since 1997 3. Won the inaugural edition of IISc Centenary cricket cup, 2011 4. Won the second edition of IIM-B cricket tournament, 2012 For more information, please visit http://cricket-iisc.blogspot.com

Cricket conveners Ashith Shyam (shyamashi@gmail.com) Syam Venugopal (syam.venugopal@gmail.com)

UG Astro Club “If at first an idea does not sound absurd, there is no hope for it’’ - Albert Einstein Ever thought about any such absurd ideas or ever wondered “What enigma the cosmos poses beyond the limits of the sky visible to us?” or “Are there parallel Universes hosting people similar to our own race?” or "How we came into existence?" The UG Astro club promotes the interests of undergraduate students in the fields of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology. The planned activities are: Lecture Series Documentaries Amateur Astronomical activities

Student Presentations Video conferencing with eminent scientists of this field Excursions Inter-college events Meetings cum activities are conducted every Friday 6pm to 7pm in the UG Lecture Hall. Undergrads interested in being a part of the club can send a mail to the Club Email Id or can drop a line to the conveners. Memberships are open only till the 15th of December.

Club Conveners: K.Siva Prasad (B.S. First Year) Pritish Patil (B.S. First Year) Club email: ugastroclub.iisc@gmail.com


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Enchanting IISc: A Place to Caress the Essence of Science “Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are? Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky.” Looking into the ornate sky, lost to the melodious cosmic music of the 13.7 billion year old expanding universe, for the first time ever I felt the environment around me engage in an enormous cosmic dance. As the atoms of my own body vibrated in harmony with the music around me, the vigilant physicist in me insinuated that everything around me, ranging from the gleaming main building (called the Faculty Hall) of the Indian Institute of Science to the beautiful Elune responsible for its illumination, were made up of vibrating atoms and molecules, and these consisted of particles which intermingled with one another by creating and obliterating, disappearing and reappearing in weird ways, as time changes its units from seconds to minutes and from minutes to hours.

theories imposed on us through long and mind-numbing sermons, was slowly materializing into the cold night’s air. As thoughts started to race in my mind, the tick-tock of my timepiece reminds me of the inexorable passage of a quantity never reclaimable. A precious quantity that flows for nothing: but to expose the limit of our existence, the one that flies by while we are dancing at a party and crawls while we are waiting for our girlfriend to get ready. An element of nature, that still is an effective way to mock scientists from the times of yore, be alive somewhere their ghouls. The reference to “Ghouls” reminds of the great men who once trotted along the same path I cycle through every day for attending my classes. Illustrious men like C.V.Raman, Vikram Sarabhai and the likes, who still owe a silent gratitude to the place we call our home. Those eminent men who taught us - “there are no great men in this world; only great challenges ordinary people rise to meet”.

As this feeling of mutual associations continued, the esoteric language of the celestial bodies became as lucid to me as my own words to you. Convoluted by the abstruse voice of these celestial beings the enigma posed by the proliferating cosmos slowly unfolded.

It’s now time to brace up; take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go. We must remember the three sentences of success by Shakespeare: “Know more than the others”, “Work more than the others” and “Expect less than the others”, towards which the institute has always shown fidelity. Welcome to the place where dream meets destiny!!!

The beauty of nature, which has been veiled from us thanks to the clichés of graphs, diagrams and mathematical

K.Siva Prasad (BS First Year)

24 x 7 Water Complaints Hotline Number A complaint cell is created in the campus to receive and attend to complaints round the clock (24X7) exclusively related to water supply and waste water (sewage) drainage. The complaint cell may be contacted on Phone No.22932655 (if calling from an IISc extension number, dial 2655). If, for some reason, this number is not reachable and the complaint is of a nature that requires immediate attention, the concerned engineer may be contacted at 9880540775. Mr. Vasu, Engineer, CCMD may be contacted for reporting any issue related to the functioning of the complaint cell, on phone number 22932204 (if calling from an IISc extension number, dial 2204) during office hours.

Voices is Growing! If you wish to join Voices, or wish to contribute an article, or have any comments, write to us at voices.iisc@gmail.com. Voices Team K. Vijayanth Reddy (ECE/CeNSE) Editor-in-Chief, Manish Gautam (CIVIL) Working Editor, Arjun Shetty (ECE/MRC), Arpita Mondal (CIVIL), Bodhisatwa Chaudhuri (CNS), Gokul D (EE), Ruchi Thakur (AERO), Siva Prasad (BS First Year). Publisher: Archives and Publications Cell, IISc. Printed by Navbharath Press, Bangalore on behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, VOICES, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

November 2012  

November 2012 issue of Voices

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