Statue of JN Tata with a model of the Main Building of IISc in his hand. Tata died in 1904 before the Institute came into existence (Courtesy: APC)


A young Maharaja with his mother, the Regent Queen of Mysore State. (Courtesy: APC)

The Indian Institute of Science was founded in 1909 as a result of the joint efforts of Jamsetji Nussarwanji Tata, the Government of India and the Maharaja of Mysore.

Tata conceived of a university of science in 1896 that would work for the benefit of India, and in 1898, created an endowment for establishing such an institution.

The Government of India decided to locate the Institute in Bengaluru, where the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, donated over 370 acres of land for this initiative.

The Institute was formally vested in 1909, the foundation stone was laid in 1911, and the first batch of students started their studies the same year

Directors of IISc

M W Travers Nov 1906–June 1914
Alfred Bourne Oct 1915–Mar 1921
Martin Onslow Forster Nov 1922–Mar 1933
C V Raman April 1933–July 1937
Jnan Chandra Ghosh Aug 1939–Dec 1948
M S Thacker Sept 1949–Aug 1955
K Sreenivasan Aug 1955–Mar 1957
S Bhagavantam Mar 1957–Dec 1962
S Dhawan Dec 1962–July 1981
S Ramaseshan Aug 1981–July 1984
C N R Rao Aug 1984–July 1994
G Padmanaban Aug 1994–July 1998
Goverdhan Mehta Aug 1998–June 2005
P Balaram July 2005–July 2014
Anurag Kumar Since August 2014


Joint/Associate/Deputy Directors

S Ramaseshan
Joint Director
G Padmanaban
Deputy Director
A Sridharan
Deputy Director
M Vijayan
Associate Director
N Balakrishnan
Associate Director


Officiating/In-charge/Acting Directors

Alfred Hay
Officiating Director
June 1914–Oct 1915

Mar 1921–Nov 1922

B Venkateshachar
July 1937–July 1939
E V Ganapathi Iyer
Acting Director
Nov 1947–Sep 1949
K Sreenivasan
Acting Director
Aug 1955–Mar 1957
D K Banerjee
Acting Director
April 1971–Mar 1972