Student Achievements

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Dr Dipasree Hajra Microbiology and Cell Biology, got Saroj Chandrashekar Award.  

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  • Sruthi Sekar (advised by Bhavana Kanukurthi) has received an ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Honorable Mention for her dissertation titled “Near-Optimal Non-Malleable Codes and Leakage Resilient Secret Sharing Schemes”. Her dissertation makes fundamental contributions in our understanding of cryptographic primitives such as non-malleable codes, secret sharing schemes and randomness extractors. Sruthi’s doctoral dissertation work was done at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore under the supervision of Bhavana Kanukurthi and Manjunath Krishnapur.

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  • Ms. Suchi has won the Best Student Paper award under ‘Merit and Methodology Category’ at the Building Simulation Applications BSA2022 conference held at Bolzano Italy

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  • PMRF Showcase Commendable Research by PMRFs

    • Shubhankar Saha , Biological Sciences
    • Renu Raman Sahu, Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics
    • Tanuka Bhattacharjee, Electrical Engineering Department
    • Rohit Chowdhury, Computational and Data Sciences
    • Anwesha Barua, Centre for Biosystems Science & Engineering
    • Vanika Dhingra, Centre for Neuroscience
    • Gugulothu Sriram Bharath, Materials Engineering Department
    • Niranjan C S, Centre for Neuroscience
    • Shubham Kumar Jha. Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems
    • Mitali Shah, Centre for Biosystems Science & Engineering

    • Rishikesh Gajjala, Computer Science & Automation
    • Anand Krishna, Computer Science & Automation
    • Jawalkar Neha Prashant, Computer Science & Automation

    • Sakshi Gupta, Biological Sciences
    • Awantika Shah, Microbiology and Cell Biology
    • Mohammed Aamir Sadiq, Centre for Ecological Sciences
    • Shachee Swaraj, Microbiology and Cell Biology

    • Faizan Hijazi, Materials Engineering

    • Saurabh Kumar Srivastav, Physics
    • Srishty Aggarwal, Physics
    • Alankar Dutta, Astrophysics

    • Arvind Rameshwar, Department Electrical Communication Engineering
    • Nareddy Kartheek Kumar Reddy, Department Electrical Communication Engineering
    • Krishnan Namboodari K K, Department Electrical Communication Engineering
    • Nagabhushan S N., Department Electrical Communication Engineering
    • Arjun B S., Department of Electronic Systems Engineering

    • Arnab Dutta, Department of Organic Chemistry
    • Anumita bose, Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit
    • Sayan Ray, Department of Organic Chemistry
    • Pranay Kumar Maitra, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
    • Pankaj Kumar Chaturvedi, Department of Organic Chemistry
    • Komal Jaiswal, Department of Organic Chemistry
    • Soumi Dey, Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit
    • Sayan Shee, Department of Organic Chemistry
    • Ranit Banerjee, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
    • Debsena Chakraborty, Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

    • Akshay Bhimrao Chate, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Attada Phanendra Kumar, Aerospace Engineering
    • Lakshminarayanan Seshadri, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Chetan Bheema Venkata Teki, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Nikhil Malviya, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • First Year BS (Research) student Shreenabh M Agrawal, receives of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar Award 2021. Click here to see the award certificate. Click here to see the news item covering the award information. Click here to read about his other innovations and the appreciatory tweet by the Prime Minister, Shree Narendra Modi. Shreenabh has also presented his research at the ISDSI-Global Conference at IIM-Nagpur in December 2021. Click here to view the ISDSI-Global Conference 2021 participation certificate.
  • PhD student Prasenjit Ghosh gets 1st prize in Saransh – National Three-Minute-Thesis Competition for PhD students. In a world of fleeting attention spans, how do you communicate effectively? A typical PhD still takes about 5 years to complete. How do you communicate its thesis to a general audience in under 3 minutes? This is what the Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS) came up with. INYAS was founded by the INSA council in December 2014 with a vision to promote science education and networking among young scientists. Aptly named ‘Saransh’, the national-level competition was an opportunity for PhD candidates to talk about their research in under 3 minutes and 3 slides. ‘Saransh’ is an attempt to bridge the gap between budding scientists and the community at large. The finalists presented their talk to a jury of eminent academics and industry experts. Click here for video of the presentation.
  • PhD Student Ritika Chaterjee has been awarded the Prestigious Prof. Saroj Chandrasekhar Memorial Award, 2022. This award is instituted by the Chandrasekhar Foundation in memory of Prof. Saroj Chandrasekhar, who has made a significant contribution to tuberculosis research. This is an annual award presented to three women Ph.D. candidates for their doctoral thesis work.

  • PhD Student Pustam Raut from the Aerospace Engineering department,  has been  awarded the Hall of Fame & US$5,000 (₹3.75 lakh) by Google for his contributions to the safety and security of its Android ecosystem. He has discovered a High Severity bug/vulnerability and reported it to Google’s Android Security Team in 2021. Google’s Android Security Rewards (ASR) program has acknowledged his contributions on their Hall of Fame page. (Link: and  googlehof). They have also awarded me $5,000 USD for this work. The vulnerability, rated as High (S2), could lead to information disclosure with no additional execution privileges and no user interactions needed for exploitation. The vulnerability has been fixed and the AOSP versions 10, 11 & 12 have been updated with the 2022-02-05 security patch level.

  • Jagriti Singh, PhD student, CeNSE, receives Best Presentation Award, National Science Day (DST/STIN, Young Research Fellow)As part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, Science, Technology and Innovation Talks (STIN 2021) by Young Research Fellows was being organized on National Science Day by International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad during February 25-26, 2021 on virtual platform. Young Research Fellows carrying out research in the field of Materials Science and Engineering participated in the national level competition and presented their work in the form of a presentation on their project/research work. Best presentation award was facilitated to Ms. Jagriti Singh, CeNSE, IISc, along with 2 other scholars. Her talk was entitled “The optical Wrestle: Why is black Silica better than black Si”
  • Kumari Sushmita, receives DST AWSAR “Awardees of Best Stories” under Ph.D. Category. DST organizes AWSAR (Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research) to popularize and unleash the spirit of science communication among young scientists and take the research happening within the laboratories to the general people.Ms. Kumari Sushmita’s popular science story, Polymer-based-hybrid Material as ‘Electromagnetic Kawach’, was selected as one of the best stories under the Ph.D. category. It is based on her Ph.D. research work at CeNSE, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. The recent surge in electronics usage has led to a new kind of problem, electromagnetic interference (EMI), which necessitates finding alternate materials that offer ease of processing, design flexibility, lightweight, and ease of embedding/integrating with existing systems. This story talks about mitigating EMI by developing robust shields (electromagnetic absorbers) using polycarbonate-based hybrid materials and its current challenges.
  • Pulkit Sinha gets second place in first ever Quantum Computing Challenge of the International Collegiate Programming Contest. In the event, participants were tasked to design quantum circuits that output certain specific states. These corresponded to certain basic operations we would want to implement in a real quantum computer. The participants were ranked on basis of the score obtained, which was itself derived from the relative “costs” of the circuits. Here, “cost” was a number assigned to the circuits for which the formula was devised (by the organizers) to closely approximate the various inefficiencies, error rates, and additional resources consumed by the quantum circuit had it been run on an actual quantum computer. The goal for the participants was to make this specific cost as low as possible, which corresponded to making the respective circuits more efficient. To check whether the circuit was correct, all of them were checked through simulators. Click here for details
  • Ms. Shruti Soni, from Dr. Bhushan Toley’s group, has been awarded the DST-AWSAR award (third prize) in the Ph.D. category for writing a popular science story on her Ph.D. research work (Non-invasive, low-cost paper-based glucose detection using saliva as the sample). DST organizes AWSAR (Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research) program to popularize and unleash the spirit of science communication among young scientists. Her popular science story titled “Pain-free way to manage your sugar rush” addresses an essential aspect of diabetes management that presently includes invasive and painful methods of monitoring blood sugar levels. The story suggests a more user-friendly diagnostic bodily fluid that can be collected in a non-invasive and pain-free manner and can be used to monitor glucose levels.

  • Krisnakantha Sada, a final year student at MRC, has received the 2021 ICDD Ludo Frevel Crystallographic Scholarship from the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD, USA). He is one of the 6 scholar globally (and only Indian) to receive this honour.

        • Mr. Rajesh Srinivasan, PhD student in  the Department of Instrumentation and Applied Physics, has been selected for the prestigious Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award (GYTI), 2020. The accolade is for the project to develop a cost-effective method to count CD4 cells and to tackle the HIV condition in rural parts of India.

          CD4 (T-cell) count is important to determine HIV infection condition in an individual. Conventional techniques are expensive and could not be accessed in resource-limited regions. This project has been designed with a motive to develop a cost-effective method to count CD4 cells and to tackle the HIV condition in rural parts of India. Basic automated Haematology analyzers are commonly available in rural diagnostics labs. By utilizing the analyzer’s capability to count cells and combining our technology of target cell separation, it is possible to count CD4 cell levels with minimal handling procedure. The highlight of this work is the 3-step process diluting whole blood, incubating it with antibody conjugated SPIONs (superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles) and analysis using the hematology analyzer. With these three simple steps, it is possible to determine the CD4 cells count to monitor HIV condition. This technique will create a significant impact in the society by reducing the deaths due to HIV and decrease the rate of new infections. The motivation for this project is to develop a low cost CD4 counting method for HIV infected patients in resource-limited settings like rural parts of India. The major element to reduce the cost of the test is eliminating the need for flow-cytometer. The next important part that is actually a frugal innovation is using the automated hematology analyzer (replacing the flow-cytometer with hematology analyzer). These hematology analyzers are a common clinical laboratory instrument, hence the total cost of the test reduces to less than 150 (INR) from the current testing cost of 2000(INR).

        • Mr. Sukanta Nandi, , Ph.D. student, Department: Instrumentation and Applied Physics, receives Dr. K. V. Rao Scientific Society Research Award in Physics. The 20th KVRSS Science Award event was held online on 16th September where Mr. Nandi was awarded the first prize in the Physics category. The award is presented by Dr. K.V. Rao Scientific Society, a non-profit organization with the head office stationed at Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The research awards are presented to young scientists (Research Scholars and Doctorates), below 30 years of age, from various branches of basic sciences every year. The award carries a cash award of Rs. 20,000/- only and a trophy for the winner and a cash award of Rs.10,000/- only and a trophy to the runners-up in each category- Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics.

          Title of presentation : Spray Coating of Two−Dimensional Suspended Film of Vanadium Oxide−Coated Carbon Nanotubes for Fabrication of a Large Volume Infrared Bolometer. A vanadium oxide−coated multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) based suspended bolometer was fabricated by novel spray coating and transfer method. The obtained temperature coefficient of resistance of suspended bolometer was ~486% higher than that reported in the literature for WCNT bolometer. Suspension of the CNT film reduces thermal link with the environment and thus effectively improves the bolometric performance. The developed fabrication technique also allows to attain a thin continuous transparent film of CNT with more than 95% transparency in a wide optical spectrum at room temperature. Spray coating of nanometre scale thick film thus provides a versatile platform to bring highly tuneable device performance on any kind of transparent and flexible substrates.

          This work thus provides further insights into bolometric performance of MWCNT−based sprayed suspended bolometer. Further, the spray coating of such films together with the transfer technique opens avenues for developing high performing, large scale flexible devices. Reference: Nandi, S. and Misra, A., 2019. Spray Coating of Two-Dimensional Suspended Film of Vanadium Oxide-Coated Carbon Nanotubes for Fabrication of a Large Volume Infrared Bolometer.ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12(1), pp.1315-1321.


        • Anil Vishnu G. K., a Ph.D. student at the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering (BSSE), jointly supervised by Prof. Hardik J. Pandya (DESE) and Prof. Annapoorni Rangarajan (MRDG), has been selected for the prestigious Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award (GYTI), 2020. The accolade to the team is for the project focused on developing a portable diagnostic platform for rapid label-free phenotyping of breast cancer. In the case of breast cancer surgery, the current protocol to assist the surgeon in determining surgical margin involves intra-operative frozen section examination which requires the surgically removed sample to be sent to the pathology lab. This process is time consuming, requires the expertise of a skilled personal (Oncopathologist), and further suffers from poor sample preparation leading to inconclusive diagnosis. To aid the surgeon and the oncopathologist in rapid diagnosis as well as surgical margin assessment inside the operation room, we have designed and developed a portable diagnostic platform. The platform is integrated with microchips, electronic modules, actuators, and firmware for control and data acquisition in a label-free manner. The electrical, thermal, and mechanical modalities of the breast biopsy tissues are measured and analyzed for delineating normal from cancer. After studying a large cohort of samples, the team envisages this platform to be used inside the operation room for rapid surgical margin assessment.A provisional patent for the invention has been filed at the Indian patent office.

        • Khantesh Agrawal, PhD student in the department of Chemical Engineering, has got the folowing prizes in conferences over the last year. Overall, he has won about 1 lakh in prize money so far!
        • Dr Oindirla Kanjilal [PhD, 2018, Department of Civil Engineering] receives Alexander Von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship [Tenable at Technical University at Munich for 24 months]. Details can be found @ A further update
        • Disha L Dinesha, receives POSOCO Power Systems award 2019
          • MSc student Disha L Dinesha of Department of Electrical Engineering, receives POSOCO Power Systems award 2019 in Masters Category for her thesis titled “Application of Semi Analytical Methods for Large Power System Simulations”
        • Apeksha Madhukar has been selected for NRDC National Budding Innovators Award – 2018
          • Phd Student Apeksha Madhukar of Department of Electrical Engineering, has been selected for NRDC National Budding Innovators Award – 2018, for her invention “A novel way of reducing gaseous pollutants by solid industry waste supported by electrical discharges: Removal of waste from waste”.
        • Ms. Ritambhara Gond,  has received the 2019 Electrochemical Society (ECS) Summer Fellowship.
          • Ms. Ritambhara Gond, a final year Ph.D. student working under Prof. Prabeer Barpanda at the Materials Research Centre (MRC), has received the 2019 Electrochemical Society (ECS) Summer Fellowship. Ritambhara is one of only two global recipients of this coveted fellowship. The Electrochemical Society (ECS, USA) offers this fellowship each year to graduate students involved in electrochemistry related research. This prestigious fellowship comes with a financial reward of USD 5000.”
        • James Clerk Maxwell Writers Prize 2018 (Runner Up) awarded to Dr. Sumit Bahl
          • Sumit Bahl was a PhD student of Prof. Kaushik Chatterjee in the Department of Materials Engineering  and graduated last year. He recently received this award for his paper in Philosophical Magazine
        • Navjot won the second prize at the national-level Falling Walls Lab India competition