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IISc. to sport a swanky look; plans a Rs. 200-crore makeover

Divya Gandhi

Four state-of-the-art laboratories and two hostel blocks to come up


Construction of new laboratories will be completed in 18 months

Elements of the aesthetic look of stone buildings to be maintained


Bangalore: The 100-year-old Indian Institute of Science, the pride of Bangalore, will look younger, smarter and fit for the GenX in science by 2009.

In what its Director P. Balaram acknowledges as “the biggest modernising project that IISc. has ever seen”, the institute will have four state-of-the-art laboratories and two modern multi-storeyed hostel blocks — all worth a whopping Rs. 200 crore, spread across 10,00,000 sq. ft. This will come from a special central grant of Rs. 100 crore and from the 11th Plan allocations.

The IISc., reputed for its unique style of construction, will attempt to retain elements of the aesthetic look of the stone buildings in the makeover.

Construction of the new laboratories has begun in the northern part of the campus, and will be completed in 18 months.

“We have identified areas where labs are needed quickly,” said Prof. Balaram. “These include physics and high energy physics labs; building to house four major biology departments; an aerospace engineering building; and an interdisciplinary lab that will include one for nanosciences and nanoengineering. The new labs will cost Rs. 140 crore.”

A new visitors’ hostel will also come up in order to encourage top researchers from around the world to visit IISc. and collaborate with students. A new digital library will also come up.

Hostel blocks

In the second phase of the construction, two seven-storeyed hostel blocks will come up and radically perk up the residential experience for students.

The girls’ and boys’ hostels will together accommodate 1,000 students. It will be built at a cost of Rs. 60 crore. The sprawling 1.4 lakh sq. ft. hostel complex will have basement parking, a security area, landscaped surroundings with cycling paths, and a solar water heating system. The complex will be fully accessible for the disabled. A complex of four floors with the dining room on the ground floor will also have guest rooms for visiting families of students. It will come up in the western part of the campus where four blocks were demolished in 2002.

“Right now, there are 16 hostel blocks, 11 for boys, five for girls. Many of these hostels are 50 to 60 years old and fast becoming uninhabitable, with falling plaster, leaking ceilings and bathrooms. The maintenance cost of these are going up,” explains Arun M. Umarji, Chairman, Council of Wardens.

The new hostels are in anticipation of the increase in intake, including the increasing number of girls joining the institute. “Currently there are 443 and girls and 1,800 boys. But the gap in this ratio is fast closing,” Prof. Umarji said.

“The only way to protect the verdant environs and retain the open spaces is to go vertical,” he said. To accommodate the new hostels, three hostels will come down early next year, and students will have to move to temporary accommodation.

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