CHAPTER 28

Indian Institute of Science: Its Origin and Growth, 1909–47

Malathi Ramanathan and B.V. Subbarayappa

A slow initiation into Western science and technology was an integral part of the colonial history of India. For the Indians, the issue was not only one of gradually transforming their economy through modern science and technology, but also of establishing modern science as a vital force in society. This realization, in turn, was to set off a chain of local responses to Western science, with tremendous implications for India.

The last quarter of the nineteenth century was distinct in the advent and growth of modern science in India. Among other developments, it witnessed the emergence of a few Indian pioneers, like Mahendralal Sircar, ...

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