Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Prof. K. Kesava Rao
Contact: 91- 80 – 2293 2341

Kesava Rao obtained degrees in chemical engineering from IIT Madras (B.Tech, 1977), and the University of Houston (M.S., 1979; Ph.D., 1982). He was a lecturer at Princeton University from 1982 to 1983, and has been a faculty member in the chemical engineering department at IISc since November 1983. His research interests are (a) granular flow, and (b) treatment  of drinking water (primarily defluoridation).


Dean, Faculty of Science
Prof. Biman Bagchi
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Contact:  91- 80 – 2293 2926 / 2360 4538

Professor Biman Bagchi is internationally known in the area of physical and bio-physical chemistry, particularly in chemical dynamics and relaxation phenomena. Many of his papers have made large impact in science arena. He obtained his PhD from the Brown University, Rhode Island, USA and carried out post doctoral work both at the University of Chicago and the University of Maryland, USA. He has been in the Advisory Editorial Boards of many journals, including  JCP (AIP) , JPC (ACS), CPL (Elsevier)  and Chem Phys (Elsevier). He has received many accolades, like Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar award, 7th GD Birla award, Goyal Prize and TWAS Prize in Chemistry. He is an elected Fellow of four major academies. Presently he is serving as Dean, Faculty of Sciences, IISc, Bangalore.

In his academic career, Professor Bagchi published more than 430 papers in reputed journals. He also authored two well-known monographs published by the Oxford University Press (NY) and Cambridge University Press (UK). And a third major text on Statistical Mechanics is in the process of getting published. He has authored 21 major review articles that are partly pedagogical and influenced generations of physical and theoretical chemists. Journal of Physical Chemistry (ACS) brought out a Festschrift in 2014 (August) to felicitate Prof. Biman Bagchi on his 60th birthday.

 Dean, Undergraduate Program
Prof. P.S. Anil Kumar
Contact: 91- 80 – 2293 3558/3399/2632

P. S. Anil Kumar obtained a doctorate in Physics in 1998 from the University of Pune. He was a Dutch Technology Foundation Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Twente, in The Netherlands until 2000. Then he moved to the Max-Planck Institute of Microstructural Physics, Germany with a Max-Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship, and, subsequently, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship. He joined the Department of Physics of the Indian Institute of Science in 2004. His research interests are in Spintronics, Magnetic Nano-structures, Magnetotransport in Metallic Multilayers and Oxides, Topological insulators, Magnetic properties of ultra-thin ferromagnets etc

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program
Prof. Nagasuma Chandra
Contact: 91- 80 – 2293 3554/2825
91-80-2360-1552 / 2360-0683

Nagasuma Chandra obtained her PhD from the University of Bristol, UK, in 1992, under a Nehru Centenary British fellowship, in the area of structural biology. She then moved to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, initially as a postdoctoral fellow, and subsequently starting her own research group. Nagasuma Chandra is currently a Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and additionally affiliated with Bioengineering and Mathematical biology initiatives at the Institute.  She established the area of molecular systems biology and played a key role in the development of bioinformatics in the Institute. Her research is interdisciplinary involving computational modelling of complex biological processes to address fundamental questions about how genome-wide molecular networks respond to a variety of stresses and how that knowledge can be translated into biomedical applications. She is an elected fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences.