Established June 2004

 Chairman, Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar


Associate Faculty
Dr. H. N. Chanakya
Centre for Sustainable Technologies
Prof. S. Ramakrishnan
Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Visiting Faculty
Amrita Shah
Columnist & Writer
Dr. Uday Balakrishnan
Former Registrar, IISc,
Member, Postal Service Board, Govt. of India
Prof. Tejaswini Niranjana
Senior Fellow CSCS,
Lead Researcher HEIRA, Bangalore




Prof. Rajan Gurukkal
Sundararajan Visiting Professor,
Former Vice Chancellor,
M. G. University, Kottayam, Kerala



The Centre for Contemporary Studies, a relatively new experiment at the Institute,  endeavours to bring to the campus some of the best practitioners of different disciplines in the human sciences, such as philosophy, sociology, economics, law, literature, poetry, art, music, cinema etc. These scholars, drawn from all over the world, visit and lecture at the Institute and some are in residence for periods ranging from a few days to several months. Students, faculty and staff of the Institute as well a number of people from other institutes in Bangalore attend these lectures.  The aim of this experiment is to forge useful and meaningful interaction between the natural sciences and human sciences with special focus on understanding the diverse research methodologies of different disciplines and create opportunities to rethink the foundations of our own disciplines - often the opportunity to criticise the methodological foundation of another discipline leads to a re-examination of the foundation of one’s own discipline. In addition to such one-off lectures, the Centre offers (presently, once in two years), a one-semester course entitled “The Production of Knowledge – A comparison of Natural and Social Sciences”. The Centre has now moved to the former JNCASR building near the Health Centre.

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Forthcoming Events

1. India and the Classical World in the Light of History: Commercial Relations, Diplomatic Missions, Art and Science

Speaker: Fabio Scalpi
Former, Professor, Indian and Central Asian Philosophy
Religions and History of the Sapienza
University of Rome

Day and Date:Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: CCS Seminar Hall, IISc

Tea/Coffee will be served at 3.30 pm

Abstract: East and West have maintained constant contacts in the course of history to the extent that an Italian Orientalist, Giuseppe Tucci, recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1976, summarized this cultural reality in a concise formula, ‘Eurasia, a Continent’. Consciously shared ideals were often established through commercial relations, routes information contained in geographers’ and explorers’ reports, exchanged artistic and scientific knowledge, embassies between political powers. The Lecture will be focused on the multifaceted connections that India entertained with the Classical World of ancient Greece and Rome, which were to continue in the following centuries through the activities of travelers, merchants, adventurers, professionals, and missionaries.