Monday, September 07, 2009

The New Indian Express on IISc's proposed UG program

Shamsheer Yousaf has a couple of stories on the proposed UG program at IISc.

The Indian Institute of Science’s (IISc) much-anticipated Undergraduate (UG) programme is most likely to be held at the institute’s Bangalore campus, and not at its proposed campus at Chitradurga.

This is part of a series of changes that the Institute incorporated into the original plan to bring on board faculty members who had expressed reservations on the programme.

On April 2, Express had reported that there was a proposal to start a 4-year Bachelor of Science (BS) programme at the IISc’s upcoming campus at Chitradurga.


  1. Anonymous said...

    this is indeed a good development. there are premier role model instis across India for UG & PG Enggr. and PG Science programs. But none for UG Science.

    In particular as rightly mentioned in the express buzz article -

    "...The IISc’s UG programme, which will combine science and engineering along with a sprinkling of humanities, is being touted as a model that the central and state universities can follow..."

    This is the model followed by some good/famous liberal art colleges in US (e.g. Harvey-Mudd), many of the students who go on to populate the ivy leagues.

    In fact their interesting philosophy is called as Mudd Mix

    "...Start with an intense, yet comprehensive, group of core classes that gives you the perfect balance of science, math, and engineering, no matter which of those wind up being your major. Add a healthy dose of humanities and social science so you know how your work fits into the world (and so you can have the occasional conversation with a civilian). Top it off with a bunch of extra-curriculars that build your leadership and teamwork skills. Instant Mudd..."

    More here

  2. Anonymous said...

    But the fact that it is not in Chitradurga is slightly disheartening. Too much concetrations of excellent instis in the metro is not good for multiple reasons.. Diversifying the location of centrally funded instis to tier-2 cities can help in the growth of surrounding regions in many ways. Though one can claim maybe this is what State funded good instits should be doing.