Issue 2009

The See-Saw factor – Rishi Raj Trivedi

Introduction of modified genes into the human genome to compensate for aberrant, i.e. nonfunctional, mutated or genes which cause disease is called gene therapy. Theoretically, a normal allele of the defective gene can be inserted into the somatic cells of the tissue affected by the disorder. Gene therapy is the technique which is trying to put this theory to practice. […]

Psychoactive Drugs and What Makes Them So Hazardous – Kirandeep Kaur

Psychoactive Drugs and What Makes Them So Hazardous – Kirandeep Kaur

Psychoactive drugs are chemicals which alter the normal functioning of the brain by suppressing or stimulating the Central Nervous System. These are known to cause temporary changes in behavior, mood and consciousness. While these drugs can be used therapeutically to treat both physical and psychological disorders, they have become notorious for their recreational use; especially […]

What makes IISERs different? – Mohit Satish Tanga

What makes IISERs different? – Mohit Satish Tanga

If we were to compare, a rather small number of young Indians choose pure science over technology as a career option. Technical institutes were created to produce world-class technocrats on a large scale and they managed to draw the attention of the masses. The technical institutes produced minds which catered to the technological requirements of […]

From the Editor’s Desk – Mohit Satish Tanga

From the Editor’s Desk – Mohit Satish Tanga

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali completed its first academic year in April 2008. This past one and a half years have been eventful and interesting because we, the first batch were the lucky ones to see and participate in the building of an institution. New challenges and great opportunities awaited […]

Galileo and the Telescope – Dr. Ramandeep Johal

Galileo and the Telescope – Dr. Ramandeep Johal

Nearly four hundred years ago, an instrument called a spyglass was causing rumours across Europe for its wondrous abilities. Galileo Galilei was visiting his friend Paolo Sarpi in Venice when he heard about the miraculous power of the spyglass, a long tube fitted with glass lenses that enabled one to see distant objects as if […]

The Being of Science by Vikesh Siddhu

The Being of Science by Vikesh Siddhu

We humans naturally have the tendency to pose questions in order to understand the environment around us. A small child always tries to explore his environment, he is persistently inquisitive, he tries to answer questions himself. When he fails in this quest, he consults his parents or someone who knows the answer to his questions. Through this fundamental process of […]

Students’ Activities Unplugged

Sameep Chandel Dr. C.N.R Rao Awardee, 1st semester – 2007 I joined the institute not because it is a science institute, for both the streams, science and technology were equally new to me. I joined IISER because I believed it would definitely provide quality education and produce world class students. The Institute itself was new, […]

Message from Dean (Students)

Message from Dean (Students)

One fine morning a group of students came to me saying that they intended to bring out a ‘Student magazine’ comprising of general articles,poems, short stories etc. I was so thrilled with their resolve that I immediately responded, “please go ahead; sooner the better and let it be a student’s magazine in the true sense […]