Centre for Brain Research, IISc

Endowment

The Pratiksha Trust and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have established a Centre for Brain Research in Bangalore. As part of this collaboration, The Pratiksha Trust will grant a sum of Rs. 225 crore over a period of 10 years towards the establishment and functioning of the Centre.

Pratiksha Trust is a charitable trust established by Kris Gopalakrishnan and Sudha Gopalakrishnan. Pratiksha Trust supports education, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship initiatives targeted towards the poor and focuses on creating systemic changes in society.

 

Interview with Kris Gopalakrishnan
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Ms. Sharwaree Gokhale

Death ends a life, not a relationship
Tributes on the First death anniversary of Ms. Sharwaree Gokhale
Brain research in India gets a helping hand from a dying wish The Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, received a generous endowment from former IAS officer Ms. Sharwaree Gokhale who passed away on 15th January 2016. In her will, Ms. Gokhale donated a major portion of her estate to CBR. Her contribution would help progress our understanding of the most complex organ that we know of - the human brain. Ms. Gokhale joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1974, where she went on to work for 36 years under the Maharashtra state cadre. During her time as an IAS officer, she undertook several public service projects, including effectively managing the swine-flu pandemic in Maharashtra. She was also instrumental in implementing the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan programme under the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government, aimed at universalisation of elementary education in Maharashtra. She was admired by her peers for her incisive analytical ability and principle approach to solving problems. Her passion and dedication was recognized by the state, and in 1979 she became the first woman to become the District Collector in the state of Maharashtra, breaking long held traditions and conventions. Her dedication towards public service and the realization that human progress required investment in scientific research, motivated her to make this donation to CBR. As a public servant, Ms. Gokhale indeed dedicated her life to improving the life of others. With her donation, she continues to contribute to the progress of human kind even in her death.