Endowed chairs for the Faculty

  • ABB
  • AMRUT MODY
  • ASTRA
  • DRDO Chair (for Associate Professor)
  • Gore Subraya Bhat Chair for Digital Health (for Associate Professor)
  • HAL CHAIR
  • KSIIDC
  • Mindtree Chair (For Associate Professor)
  • MSIL
  • PRATT & WHITNEY CHAIR
  • PROF. RAMAKRISHNA RAO
  • PROF. SATISH DHAWAN
  • Revati and Satya Nadham Atluri Chair (for Associate Professor)
  • TATACHEM
  • TATA TRUSTS CHAIR

Established during 1996 by the Asea Brown Boveri Limited, Bangalore, has instituted a Professorial Chair called “ABB Chair” at the Institute in the area of High Voltage Engineering, Power Systems and Power Electronics.  The Chair is for a period of 3 years from the date of award or upto superannuation, whichever is earlier.  Nominations of Professors from the Division of Electrical Sciences are considered for this award.

  • Prof. K Parthasarathy, Electrical Engineering,1996-97
  • Prof. M S Naidu, Electrical Engineering,1997-2000
  • Prof. R S Nema, Electrical Engineering,2000-01
  • Prof. K R Padiyar, Electrical Engineering,2001-03
  • Prof. G R Nagabhushana, Electrical Engineering,2003-04
  • Prof. H P Khincha, Electrical Engineering,2004-06
  • Prof. V Ramanarayanan, Electrical Engineering,2006-09
  • Prof. P S Sastry, Electrical Engineering,2012–15
  • Prof. K Gopakumar, Electronics Systems Engineering,2015-18
  • Prof. L Umanand – Electronics Systems Engineering, 19/09/2018-18/09/2021

Established during 1995 by the Unichem Laboratories Limited, Bombay, in the area of Chemical Sciences. Nominations of Professors from the Division of Chemical Sciences are considered for this award.

  • Prof. S S Krishnamurthy, Inorganic &Physical Chemistry,1995-98
  • Prof. S Chandrasekaran, Organic Chemistry,1998-01
  • Prof. S Ramasesha, Solid State Structural Chemistry Unit,2001-04
  • Prof. Biman Bagchi, Solid State Structural Chemistry Unit, 2004-07
  • Prof. K L Sebastian, Inorganic &Physical Chemistry,2007-10
  • Prof. K B R Varma, MRC,2011-13
  • Prof. P K Das, Inorganic Physical Chemistry,2011-13
  • Prof. Binny J Cherayil, Inorganic & Physical Chemistry,2015-18
  • Prof. Aninda J Bhattacharyya, Solid State Structural Chemistry Unit, 19/09/2018 – 18/09/2021

Established  during the year 1985  by the ASTRA Zeneca India Pvt. Limited, Bangalore, in the area of Biological Sciences. The Chair is for a period of 3 years from the date of award or up to superannuation, whichever is earlier.    Nominations of Professors from the Division of Biological Sciences are considered for this award.

  • Prof. V Sasisekharan, Molecular Biophysics Unit,1985-87Prof. J D
  • adayatty, Biochemistry,1987-88
  • Prof. V S R Rao, Molecular Biophysics Unit,1988-90
  • Prof. N R Moudgal, Biochemistry,1990-91
  • Prof. M Vijayan, Molecular Biophysics Unit,1991-94
  • Prof. P R Adiga, Biochemistry,1991-94
  • Prof. N Appaji Rao, Biochemistry,1991-94
  • Prof. MadhavGadgil, Centre for Ecological Sciences,1991-94
  • Prof. T Ramasarma, Biochemistry,1991-92
  • Prof. P S Sastry, Biochemistry,1992-95
  • Prof. P V SubbaRao, Biochemistry,1994-97
  • Prof. K P Gopinathan, Microbiology & Cell Biology,1994-97
  • Prof. K R K Easwaran, Molecular Biophysics Unit,1994-97
  • Prof. P Balaram, Molecular Biophysics Unit,1997-2000
  • Prof. A Surolia, Molecular Biophysics Unit,2000-03 (Joint Award)
  • Prof. M R S Rao, Biochemistry,2000-03 (Joint Award)
  • Prof. Rabindranath Nayak, Microbiology & Cell Biology,2003-06
  • Prof. DipankarChatterji, Molecular Biophysics Unit,2006-09
  • Prof. ManjuBansal, Molecular Biophysics Unit,2009-12
  • Prof. Sandhya S Visweswariah, Molecular Reproduction Development & Genetics,2012-15
  • Prof. C Jayabaskaran, Biochemistry,2015-18
  • Prof. Dipshikha Chakravortty – Microbiology & Cell Biology, 19/09/2018 – 18/09/2021

Established in 2018, with a grant from DRDO, for Chair Professorship at associate professor level in the Division of Mechanical Sciences.

  • Prof. D. Roy Mahapatra, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engg.,  01/07/2018 – 26/12/2021
  • Prof. Saptarshi Basu, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engg., 01/07/2018 – 26/12/2021

Established in 2021, with an endowment from Mr. Sameer Bhat, Co-founder eClinicalWorks, Boston, USA, for Chair Professorship at associate professor level for faculty in any department working in the broad area of Digital Health.

Prof. Sai Siva Gorthi, Associate Professor, IAP,  01/03/2021 – 29/02/2024

 M/s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangaluru has endowed a full time resident chair professorship, which is called “HAL Chair” at IISc to promote research, development and academic work in new and emerging in aerospace technologies.  This chair will be awarded to a distinguished academician of the rank of Professor in the department of Aerospace Engineering who is conducting research in various areas related to aerospace technologies, providing technical consultancy, facilitating training programs and addressing any other mutually agreed activities relevant to the aerospace industry.

  • Prof. K P J Reddy, Department of Aerospace Engineering 2017-2018
  • Prof. Debasish Ghose  Department of Aerospace Engineering 01/08/2018 – 31/07/2021

Established during 1985 by the Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation in the areas related to Energy and Mechanical Sciences. The Chair is for a period of 3 years from the date of award or up to superannuation, whichever is earlier.  Nominations of Professors from the Division of Mechanical Sciences are considered for this award.

  • Prof. R Kumar, Chemical Engineering,1985-87
  • Prof. A K Rao, Aerospace Engineering,1987-89
  • Prof. N S LakshmanaRao, Civil Engineering,1989-90
  • Prof. G N V Rao, Aerospace Engineering,1990-93
  • Prof. S Ranganathan, Materials Engineering,1991-94
  • Prof. A Sridharan, Civil Engineering,1991-94
  • Prof. M L Munjal, Mechanical Engineering,1991-94
  • Prof. S Sathyanarayana, Inorganic &Physical Chemistry,1991-92
  • Prof. D P Sen Gupta, Electrical Engineering,1992-95
  • Prof. H S Mukunda, Aerospace Engineering,1993-96
  • Prof. K T Jacob, Materials Engineering,1994-97
  • Prof. T S Nagaraj, Civil Engineering,1994-97
  • Prof. Y V R K Prasad, Materials Engineering,1994-97
  • Prof. A V Krishna Murty, Aerospace Engineering,1997-2000
  • Prof. B Dattaguru, Aerospace Engineering,2000-03
  • Prof. R Narayana Iyengar, Civil Engineering,2003-05
  • Prof. M K Surappa, Materials Engineering,2006-09
  • Prof. Jayawant H Arakeri, Mechanical Engineering,2009-12
  • Prof. P PMujumdar, Civil Engineering,2012–15
  • Prof. T G Sitaram, Civil Engineering  2015 – 18
  • Prof. S. Gopalakrishnan Aerospace Engineering, 19/09/2018 – 18/09/2021

Established in 2018, with an endowment, from M/s. Mindtree Limited, an IT major headquartered in Bangalore, for Chair Professorship at associate professor level in the Division of EECS.

  • Prof. Vijay Natarajan, Associate Professor, CSA, 01/11/2018 –  31/10/2021

Established during 1985 by the Mysore Sales International Limited in the area of Physical Sciences. The Chair is for a period of 3 years from the date of award or up to superannuation, whichever is earlier.  Nominations of Professors from the Division of Physical and Mathematical Sciences considered for this award.

  • Prof. P S Narayanan, Physics,1985-86
  • Prof. K P Sinha, Physics,1986-88
  • Prof. T V Ramakrishnan, Physics,1988-90
  • Prof. N Kumar, Physics,1990-93
  • Prof. N Mukunda,Centre for High Energy Physics,1991-94
  • Prof. R Rajaraman,Centre for High Energy Physics,1991-94
  • Prof. E S Rajagopal, Physics,1991-94
  • Prof. M A Viswamitra, Physics,1991-93
  • Prof. Phoolan Prasad, Mathematics,1993-96
  • Prof. S V Subramanyam, Physics,1993-96
  • Prof. Anil Kumar, Physics,1994-97
  • Prof. P L Sachdev, Mathematics,1994-97
  • Prof. J Pasupathy, Centre for High Energy Physics,1994-97
  • Prof. J Ramakrishna, Physics,1997-2000
  • Prof. A K Sood, Physics,2000-03
  • Prof. H R Krishnamurthy, Physics,2003-06
  • Prof. Rohini M Godbole, Centre for High Energy Physics,2006-09
  • Prof. Rahul Pandit, Physics,2009-12
  • Prof. Chanda J Jog, Physics,2012–15
  • Prof. B Ananthanarayan, Centre for High Energy Physics,2015-18
  • Prof. VasantNatarajan, Physics,2015-18
  • Prof.  S Asokan, IAP 14/10/2018 – 13/10/2021

Established during 2008 with the endowment from M/s. United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney Division. This chair will be awarded to an outstanding individual who can provide leadership and carryout application or science-based research work in areas of relevance to the donor industry.

  • Prof. Gopalan Jagadish, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IISc, 01/08/2016 – 31/07/2018
  • Prof. R V Ravikrisna – Department of Mechanical Engineering, IISc, 01/08/2018 – 31/07/2021

The Council in its meeting held on 28/12/2013 has instituted, the following two chairs in the memory of Prof. Ramakrishna Rao, former Professor & Chairman of the Dept. of Instrumentation out of the donation of  ` 1.0 crore  received from Mr. Apparao Mallavarapu, Chairman & Managing Director, Centum Electronics Ltd., Bangalore:

  • Prof. Srinivasan Raghavan, Centre for Nanoscience & Engineering, 2014-17
  • Prof. Ambarish Ghosh, Centre for Nanoscience & Engineering, – 2017-2020
  • Prof. Shankar Kumar Selvaraja, Centre for Nanoscience & Engineering, -01/08/2020 – 31/07/2023

Two chairs – one for institute faculty and one visiting chair institued during 1996 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the field of Engineering Science, which has relevance to Space Science & Technology. The Chair is for a period of 3 years from the date of award or up to superannuation, whichever is earlier.   Nominations of Professors from the Engineering Faculty are considered for this award.

  • Prof. M A Ramaswamy, Aerospace Engineering,1996-97
  • Prof. K P Rao, Aerospace Engineering,1997-2000
  • Prof. S M Deshpande, Aerospace Engineering,2000-03
  • Prof. N Balakrishnan, Aerospace Engineering,2003-06
  • Prof. B N Raghunandan, Aerospace Engineering,2006-09
  • Prof. P R Mahapatra, Aerospace Engineering,(Joint Award)
  • Prof. M SeetharamaBhat, Aerospace Engineering,2009-12
  • Prof. C R L Murthy, Aerospace Engineering,(Joint Award)
  • Prof. K P J Reddy, Aerospace Engineering,2012–15
  • Prof. RanjanGanguli, Aerospace Engineering,2015-18
  • Prof. D Nagesh Kumar – Civil Engineering – 19/09/2018 – 18/09/2021

Established in 2018, by the alumnus Prof. Satya N Atluri (ME, Aero, 1967) for an Associate Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences.

  • Prof. Rishikesh Narayanan, Associate Professor, Molecular Biophysics, 06.10.2018 – 05.10.2021

Established during 1991 by the Tata Chemicals Limited in the areas of Chemical, Materials and Electrical Sciences. The Chair is for a period of 3 years from the date of award or up to superannuation, whichever is earlier.  Nominations of Professors from the Divisions of Chemical and Electrical Sciences are considered for this award.

  • Prof. V Krishnan, Inorganic &Physical Chemistry,1991-94
  • Prof. V Rajaraman, Supercomputer Education &Research Centre,1991-94
  • Prof. M A L Thathachar, Electrical Engineering,1991-94
  • Prof. T R Kasthuri, Organic Chemistry,1991-92
  • Prof. K J Rao, Solid State &Structural Chemistry Unit,1992-95
  • Prof. N Viswanadham, Computer Science & Automation,1992-95
  • Prof. K M Madyastha, Organic Chemistry,1994-97
  • Prof. G S R SubbaRao, Organic Chemistry,1994-97
  • Prof. B S Sonde, Electrical Communication Engineering,1994-97
  • Prof. Y V Venkatesh, Electrical Communication Engineering,1997-2000
  • Prof. J Gopalakrishnan, Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit,2000-03
  • Prof. K Chattopadhyay, Materials Engineering,2003-06
  • Prof. S B Krupanidhi, Materials Research Centre,2006-09
  • Prof. A G Samuelson, Inorganic & Physical Chemistry,2009-12
  • Prof. P Vijay Kumar, Electrical Communication Engineering,2012–15
  • Prof. N Surya Prakash, NMR Research Centre,2015-18
  • Prof. Vinod Sharma, Electrical Communication Engineering, 14/10/2018 – 13/10/2021

Established during 2016 with the endowment from the Tata Trusts. Three Chairs were set up under the endowment, named as J.N. Tata Chair, J.R.D. Tata Chair and Homi Bhabha Chair. These Chair Professorships are not limited to any specific research field and are aimed at recognizing academic achievement at the highest international level.

J N Tata Chair

  • Prof. D.D. Sarma, SSCU,  01/10/2017 – 30/09/2020
  • Prof. Umesh Varshney,  MCB, 01.10.2020 – 30.09.2023

Homi Bhabha Chair

  • Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy,  PHY, 01/10/2017 – 30/09/2020
  • Prof. S.K. Satheesh, DCCC, 01.10.2020 – 30.09.2023

JRD Tata Chair

  • Prof. Kumaran, CH Engg., 01/10/2017 – 30/09/2020
  • Prof. Pradip Dutta, M.E., 01/10/2020 – 30.09.2023