IISERs and NISER leadership comparison

December 11th, 2008

(The following is compiled from various sources including wikipedia.)

IISER Kolkata

Director:  Prof. Sushanta Dattagupta, Physics

  1. Ph.D. (Physics), Brookhaven National Laboratory, St. John’s University, New York, 1973
  2. M.Sc. (Physics), Calcutta University, 1967
  3. B.Sc.(Physics Honours), Calcutta University, 1965
  1. Lecturer in Physics, Presidency College, Kolkata (1968-69)
  2. Post-Doctoral Fellow, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh (1973-75) & Senior Research Associate, University of Alberta (1975-76)
  3. Scientific Officer, Materials Science Laboratory, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (1976-81)
  4. Reader, School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad (1981-86)
  5. Professor, School of Physical Sciences, JNU, New Delhi (1986-99)
  6. Dean, School of Physical Sciences, JNU, New Delhi (1987-89 & 1993-95)
  7. Director, S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Salt Lake, Kolkata (8 Feb. 1999 to 8 Apr, 2005)
  8. Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata (2006 -)
  9. Honorary Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (2003 – )
  10. Honorary Professor, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (2005 – )
  1. Elected Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (1992)
  2. Elected Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi (1994)
  3. Elected Fellow, The National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad (1995)
  4. Elected Fellow, The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, (TWAS) (1999)
  5. Elected Fellow, West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology (2000)
  1. Young Scientist Medal, Indian National Science Academy (1977)
  2. Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, tenured at the Institute for Solid State Physics, Juelich, Germany
    (1984, May-July 1985, December 1987, January-June 1997, 2002 and 2003)
  3. Research Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (1987-89)
  4. Associate, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (1985-91)
  5. Senior Associate, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (1992-1997)
  6. Visiting Associate, Darwin College, Cambridge University (May-July 1993)
  7. Bibharani Devi Prize of Calcutta University (2002)
  8. DAE Raja Ramanna Award of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (2002)
  9. Sisir Kumar Mitra Medal and Lecture of the Indian Science News Association (2004)
  10. Distinguished Lecturership Award for 2005-2006, Materials Research Society of India
  11. Swamy Atulananda Endowment Award Lecture, Ramakrishna Mission (2005)
  12. L.A. Meera Memorial Lecture (2005)
  13. Meghnad Saha Memorial Award of the National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad (2005)
  14. C.V. Raman Birth Centenary Award, 93rd Indian National Science Congress (2006)    [ Photograph ]
  15. Visiting Fellow under the Distinguished Scientist Visitors’ Programme of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel (2007-2008)
  16. J. C. Bose Fellowship of the Department of Science & Technology, India (2006-2010)


Director: Prof. K. N. Ganesh, Chemistry

1967-1972 B.Sc and M.Sc (Bangalore University)

1972-1977, Ph.D (Delhi University)

1977-1980, Ph.D (Cambridge University, UK)

1981-1987, Scientist, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad 1987-2006, Scientist, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune

1994-2006, Head, Division of Organic Chemistry (Synthesis), NCL, Pune ()

Since July 2006, Professor and Director, IISER Pune

1985: Science Academy Medal for Young Scientists, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.

1993: Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore

1998: CSIR Bhatnagar Award in Chemical Sciences

1999: Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, Delhi

2004: Silver Medal, Chemical Research Society of India, Bangalore

2005: TWAS Prize in Chemical Sciences

2005: Elected Secretary, Biomolecular Chemistry Division, Sub Committee, IUPAC

2006: JC Bose Fellowship, Department of Science and Technology, India

2006: Fellow, Academy of Sciences for Developing World (TWAS), Trieste

IISER Mohali

Director: Prof. N. Sathyamurthy, Chemistry

He completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Annamalai University. Sathyamurthy moved to the United states to where he obtained his Ph.D degree at Oklahoma University in 1975. He further carried out postdoctoral research in nobel laurate J.C.Polanyi’s lab. After that Sathyamurthy joined Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur as a lecturer in 1978. Sathyamurthy became professor in 1985.

 Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences, Trieste, Italy 2005

IISER Bhopal

Director: Prof. Vinod K. Singh, Chemistry

B.Sc.   1978   D.A.V College, Azamgarh
     M.Sc.  1980   Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
     Ph.D.   1986   M. S. University Baroda (Supervisor:Dr. Sukh Dev)
                        (Malti-Chem Research Centre, Nandesari)

 Post doctoral:

    *       University of British Columbia, Canada 1986 – 1987(Advisor: Professor J. P. Kutney)
    *       Harvard University, U.S.A 1987-1990 (Advisor: Professor E. J. Corey, Nobel Laureate)


Director     SPA Bhopal    
06.10.08 – present

Umnag Gupta Chair Professor
    IIT Kanpur
June 1, 2007 – present

IIT Kanpur
September 2001 – to-date

Associate Professor 
IIT Kanpur
May 1997 – September 2001

Assistant Professor
IIT Kanpur
December 1990 – May 1997

Senior Scientist 
Neurogen, USA
March – December, 1990

*      Umang Gupta Chair Professorship (June 1, 2007 – to-date)
    *      Vigyan Ratna Award of U.P. (2006-2007)
    *      Ramanna Fellowship (2006)
    *      Bhagyatara Award (2006)
    *      Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences (2005)
    *      Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award (2004)
    *      Prof. R.D. Desai 80th Birthday Commemoration Award (2004)
    *       Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India (2004)
    *      CRSI Bronze Medal (2003)
    *      Rajib Goyal Prize (2002)
    *       Prof. N. S. Narsimhan Endowment Award (2002)
    *       Swarnajayanti Fellowship Award (1998)

IISER Tiruvanthapuram

Director: Prof. E. D Jemmis, Chemistry

Eluvathingal D. Jemmis was born in Chevoor, Kerala and educated at the village school. After obtaining B.Sc. (University of Calicut; University College, Trivandrum and St. Thomas College, Thrissur) and M.Sc. (  Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur) Jemmis moved to Princeton University in 1973 to work with Prof. Paul von Rague Schleyer. During the formal Princeton years moving along with his supervisor, Jemmis spent a semester at the University of Munich (Fall, 1974) and four semesters at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg (1976-77). After several collaborative projects with his supervisor and Professors Lee Allen and John Pople, a Ph.D. degree was received from Princeton in 1978. A two year postdoc at Cornell University (Prof. Roald Hoffmann) followed. In 1980 Jemmis joined the then fledgling School of Chemistry,University of Hyderabad where he became a Professor in 1990. After 25 years in Hyderabad, Dr. Jemmis accepted an invitation from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and joined the Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry of IISc.

Jemmis was elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (1992), the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi  (1998), the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad (2003) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Trieste, Italy (2004) and received many awards and honours (see biodata for details) including the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR, New Delhi (1994). Dr. Jemmis was awarded the J. C. Bose National Fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, in 2006.

NISER Bhubaneswar

Director: Prof. T. K. Chandrashekar, Chemistry

B.Sc.       :       1976, Mysore University, Karnataka
M.Sc.      :      1978 Mysore University, Karnataka
Ph.D.      :      1982 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (Supervisor: Prof. V. Krishnan)
Post-Doctoral      :      University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA 1982-1984
Res. Associate      :      Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA 1984-1986

1986 July – 1987 March Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, I.I.T.Kanpur
    * 1987 April – 1991 February Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, I.I.T. Kanpur
    * 1991 March – 1995 November Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, I.I.T.Kanpur
    * 1995 November – 2003 Nov Professor, Department of Chemistry, I.I.T. Kanpur
    * 2003 December onwards Director, RRL, Trivandrum


 1      McKnight Fellowship, Michigan, USA, 1984 – 1986

2     Homi Bhabha Award for Excellence in Research – 1993

3     Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship: 1993 – 1994

4     Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad – 1996

5     Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore – 1999

6     CRSI Bronze Medal for Significant Contributions in Chemistry – 2000

7     Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Chemical Sciences for the year – 2001

8     Fellow of Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi – 2002

9     Professor P. Ray Memorial Award, Indian Chemical Society, Kolkata – 2002

10     Chemito Award – 2003

11     J.C.Bose Fellowship for the year – 2006

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