Knowledge is Power:

Providing facilities to do research in the Pure Sciences has become very necessary. Our brilliant youth go outside the country to do research and settle there. Until we check this trend, India can't make real progress in any field. Hence the attempt to establish the Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (PPISR) under the guidance of many eminent scientists of this country. More the investment by the nation in science and technology, stronger the country will evolve. All well wishers of this country are approached hereby for all possible assistance to this project, so that India may better serve the world. I pray for divine guidance. May the Lord grant necessary strength to develop this institute for the benefit of the nation and the world.


HH Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji Founder, PPISR

The ancient Indian seers were indeed pioneering scientists, who investigated the spiritual laws underlying this wonderful physical world we live in. Inspired by this idea of a spiritual basis for scientific investigation due to these ancient scholar-saints, my beloved Guruji and illustrious predecessor, HH Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji, conceived of and constructed Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (PPISR), to serve as the crest jewel from among the Poornaprajna family of schools and institutes founded by him. He envisioned for fundamental scientific research to be undertaken here in the same free spirit of curiosity, and for applied research to be pursued with the similar intent of contributing to the welfare of the world, that had marked the investigations of those ancient Upanishadic rishis. Under the diligent stewardship of the present administration, headed ably by the Director Prof. A. B. Halgeri and the Secretary Prof K. Srihari, PPISR has witnessed over the years considerable growth in terms of producing our first batch of PhD students, who are now well placed in postdoctoral positions, improved research output in general terms, both qualitatively and quantitatively, and also in terms of infrastructure and laboratory development, assuring me that our institute is very well poised to fulfill Swamiji's vision for it, and emerge as a center of excellence in research, benefitting both Indian science and students in their service of the world community.Through my numerous interactions with the scientists, staff and students at PPISR, I have sensed that we have progressed steadily from our the status of a nascent institute to one where we have established definite directions in terms of academic goals, as witnessed by the many invited talks and publications of our faculty members and their students. The increased demand for entry into our institute necessitated increasing our hostel facility, which has been accomplished thanks to the generous support of our Trustee members. I have every reason to believe that the stewardship of the institute is in the hands of truly dedicated people who are well poised to deliver Swamiji's vision for Indian science and the community of Indian students. By the Grace of Lord Sri Krishna, may PPISR fulfill its destiny where scientists are empowered to pursue both pure and applied sciences for the benefit of the country and the world!

H H Sri Vishwapriya Theertha Swamiji
Chairman, AMEF

As the Pontiff of Sri Admar Mutt, Udupi, His Holiness Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji, fulfilling his religious duties, simultaneously maintained, unusual for the head of a spiritual organization, a keen interest in promoting science, in interacting with scientists and sometimes even attending classes and lectures. He was keen on bridging the two systems of scientific and spiritual knowledge. Even though he founded about 30 Poornaprajna Institutions or schools all over the Country, Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research established in Bidalur, Bengaluru during 1998 was considered as a crest jewel among them, as the tangible symbol of love of a Saint for the Science. He envisioned PPISR as a forum for Scientists to pursue uninterrupted research and to provide training to young researchers.When H.H. Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji attained the Lotus Feet of Lord Sri Krishna, H.H. Sri Vishwapriya Theertha Swamiji, the present Pontiff of Sri Admar Mutt, Udupi, the President of AMEC and Chairman of AMEF, took up the task of guiding us through this journey that is simultaneously sacred and scientific. With the completion of the construction of the Bharat Ratna Prof C. N. R. Rao Laboratory for Materials Science and the successful completion of the doctoral work of the First Batch of our students, the first concrete step along the path laid by H.H. Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji has been achieved. With generous support from our Trust members and voluntary donors, a new hostel facility to accommodate 20 more students has been completed, which would enable us to meet the increased demand of research students. This current year witnessed many milestones, which include PPISR crossing the 174 publications in peer-reviewed journals of international repute, an achievement that is especially significant considering that it was achieved in a shorter time and with fewer faculty members when compared to many other better known institutes. In PPISR's journey in pursuit of the noble vision set forth by H.H. Sri Vibudhesha Theertha Swamiji and guided by H.H. Sri Vishwapriya Theertha Swamiji, all activities of PPISR are being funded mainly by AMEF. It is our fond hope that more members from the Corporate World and the General Public would come forward to contribute their mite to furthering this noble cause of research in the fundamental and applied sciences.


Dr. K. Srihari

Professor (Rtd), UAS, Bengaluru

Hon. Secretary, AMEC and AMEF

Thank you for visiting the web site of Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (PPISR). PPISR has been established by H. H. Sri Vibudhesha Teertha Swamiji with the aim of nurturing and promoting original curiosity driven fundamental research in the basic sciences as well as the applied sciences and it is being enthusiastically carried forward by the present Chairman of PPISR H. H. Vishwapriya Teertha Swamiji.  I had the privilege of taking this responsibility as the Director of this Institute from 15th February 2010 onwards.  It gives me immense satisfaction that over the years; the Institute has made tremendous progress in many areas.  It has now become an academy of innovative science and applied research. PPISR is climbing the ladder of success steadily in a highly competitive scientific research and is coming into limelight on the national and international stage by maintaining the uniqueness in the research field. The Institute has chosen contemporary frontier areas of research in the fields of materials science and catalysis, biological science and theoretical Sciences. PPISR is successfully forging ahead a fruitful academia-industry partnership by innovating, designing and developing novel multifunctional materials that have wide-ranging applications in catalysis, nanotechnology etc. Since its inception, the Institute has published 174 research papers in international peer reviewed journals in all above areas of sciences. 

We have taken up several industry projects sponsored by GTC Technology, USA,  Shell India Pvt Ltd, HPCL R&D, etc.  Several new areas of research have been initiated through the government agencies sponsored project like DBT, DST, VGST, BRNS & DRDO etc. We have taken several collaborations with reputed institutions from both India and abroad. 

The science outreach programmes with an aim of Today’s Science for Tomorrow’s scientist have been successfully conducted with our Poornaprajna School students in Bengaluru in order to create interest in basic science in young minds. We are also provided opportunities for young talented students to carry out research projects for MSc and MTech students.

Based on our ongoing research projects, many of our students and faculty members have presented research papers at various National and International Conferences and have won best presentation awards. Several distinguished Professors and scientists from both India and abroad visited our Institute and have given lectures.

The infrastructure is being constantly upgraded to meet the academic requirement for carrying out scientific activities.

.We were able to achieve these developments with the unstinted support and blessings from H H Sri Vishwapriya Theertha Swamiji and also enthusiastic support from the management of Admar Mutt Education Foundation and Trustee members, and also with the support of all faculty members, students, and staff of PPISR.


Dr. A. B. Halgeri