Staff

NAME E-MAIL ADDRESS PHONE
Janardhanan Pillai jp@ces.iisc.ernet.in A-Wing 22933106
Yashwant G. Kanade kanade@ces.iisc.ernet.in CES library 22932786
Lakshmi R. rlaxmi@ces.iisc.ernet.in CES office 22932506 ; 23600985
Madhu Padmavathi madhu@ces.iisc.ernet.in CES office 22932506 ; 23600985
Raghavendra Rao rrao@ces.iisc.ernet.in CES office 22932506 ; 23600985
Basavaraj basu@ces.iisc.ernet.in CES office 22932506 ; 23600985

Janardhanan Pillai

 

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Job Title:

Technical Officer

 

It was on 21st April 1986, I came to CES to report for work. I had an offer of the post of Computer Programmer in Environmental Information System (ENVIS). It is a very memorable day. As soon as I met Prof. Madhav Gadgil who was the founder chairman, he took me around the department, introduced to everyone and I felt very much at home. It was his warm welcome and cordial environment that he provided made me to continue in CES and joined the CES core team in 1990. When I joined CES, we had just two personal computers, one PC with just two floppy drives and another one with one floppy drive and one hard disk. That was all the in-house computing facility we had. And I was given the charge of the computer room. We had one hour slot allotment to use those computers and that too the users had to book one week in advance! The booking program was one of the programs that I wrote during my early days in CES.

It is interesting to look back and make a note of the developments in the personal computing environment. By late eighties, we got many more desktop personal computers. We had to go for open tender even to buy one desktop PC during early nineties. We got our own e-mail server in CES as early as 1992, when many other departments on campus did not have one, thanks to the then tech savvy chairman Prof. Raghavendra Gadagkar. The developments in personal computing and computer network were very fast in nineties and we kept ourselves in sync with that. All our rooms/labs got connected to computer network and almost every staff/student has got one desktop/laptop computer with network. I played a major role at every step of development, getting the first email server and make it working, getting computer network installed and managing it etc. Also I started teaching computer programming as part of the Population theory course some time in nineties. And when it was realised that more extensive coaching was required in programming, the programming course was made one full semester course as a pre-requisite for the Population Theory course. And I enjoy teaching.

 

 

Yashwant G. Kanade

 

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Job Title:

SGO (Librarian in charge)

 

It is my great pleasure to join CES, start professional carrier in 1983 and work with magnificent personalities like Prof.Madhav Gadgil, Prof.Raghavendra Gadagkar, Prof.N. V. Joshi, Prof.R. Sukumar, Prof.NHRavindranath, Dr.D. M. Bhat, Dr. T.V. Ramachandra and the entire CES research faculty and team. Initially I was posted at CES IISc Research Field Station at Sirsi, the assignment involved water flow measurement in the Bedti and Aghanashini rivers. Later I was associated in plant diversity work, biomass productivity and study of phenology in the Western Ghats and Human ecology and economic use of plant materials. From 1990 I have been assigned the responsibility of managing the CES Library. I have actively participated in the departmental ENVIS Programme.

My current interests include: Promotion of reading habits in India especially amongst the rural poor; Citation data analysis for life sciences; Information seeking behavior of Ecologists; Use of E-books; Developing Cyber Libraries; Evolution of Information resources and multimedia services for Ecologists; Evaluation of hybrid library based on user satisfaction.

Scientific contribution exceeds 15 research papers published in national and international journals and those presented at national and international conferences and seminars. I am one of the recipients of ASIS&T International best paper award in 2006 at Austin, Texas, USA. I have been training library and information science students and professional personnel.

 

 

R Lakshmi

 

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Job Title:

CES Office Staff

 

I have been assisting all CES faculty and Chairmen in the CES office since 1985. In fact I would like to say that I have interacted with all the faculty of CES. First of all I would like to share my feelings that I always feel CES is my HOME. I was given lot of freedom in my work which enabled me to learn a lot and gain experience. Any lapse on my part was not dealt severely but every mistake made me wiser. I am really thankful to the entire faculty for being so kind and understanding. Given anopportunity I would like to be at CES during my entire service at IISc.

 

 

Madhu Padmavathi

 

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Job Title:

CES Office Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raghavendra Rao

 

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Job Title:

Field Assistant

 

I joined Centre for Ecological Sciences in the year 1987. I had the privilege of working with all the Chairmen of CES. During my 22 years of service I have learnt many things in the administration and obtained valuable training from them. Discipline, punctuality, wisdom, treating others well are some of the important things that I got trained in. Our faculty members and the Chairmen always guide me to finish the task in a successful way. Today I am able to do all my assigned well to their satisfaction. OUR Chairmen have given me best facilities for my work andencourage me to learn new things. It is a great privilege working under such wonderful faculty members. My only wish is to continue working in CES even after my retirement.

 

 

Basavaraj

 

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Job Title:

Field Trainee