Ṛta Center for Science Innovation - RV University


Rta Centre for Science Innovation is an interdisciplinary hub dedicated to advancing research and education at the intersection of science and computational methodologies. With a primary emphasis on collaborative research and science education, the centre spans various domains of research, including but not limited to:

  • Material discovery using Machine learning and Deep Learning.
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • Computational study in sensor development.
  • Computational study in genomics and biophysics
  • Dynamical Systems and simulation, Bifurcation Theory, Computational physics; Probabilistic motion planning in robotic navigation.
  • Application of Machine learning and deep learning for Astronomical study
  • Science and Technology of Music

Research Grant

The centre has received a research grant of 30 Lakhs from Department of Science and Technology in the area of Sensor development using nanomaterial.

In addition to research, the Centre will also offer educational programs, such as undergraduate and graduate courses, seminars, workshops, and certificate programs, to help.

  • Exploring Science 1
    This course is offered in B tech first semester. The objective of this course is to nurture a strong scientific mindset and temperament in students. It covers a wide array of subjects spanning different scientific domains, encompassing scales from cosmology and astronomy to earth sciences, including ecology, environmental sciences till nanoscience and quantum physics. The overarching aim is to promote a holistic comprehension of scientific principles and cultivate a curiosity-driven approach to inquiry across diverse scientific disciplines.
  • Exploring Science 2
    This course is offered in B tech second semester. The course extends over a semester and adopts a project-based learning approach. Students have the opportunity to select projects from a broad spectrum of scientific domains, including space technology, healthcare, assistive technology, home automation, smart cities etc. Each project is designed to incorporate an engineering dimension with a demand on understanding the scientific principles guiding the working of the model but also apply and implement engineering concepts. This interdisciplinary approach ensures students acquire a holistic understanding of both the scientific and engineering facets within their chosen projects.
  • Minor course in Space technology
    The primary focus of this course lies in exploring the application of Computer Science within the domain of Space Technology. It delves into how computational methodologies, algorithms, and technologies contribute to and enhance various aspects of space-related endeavours. Topics may include data analysis from space missions, satellite communication systems, spacecraft control and navigation algorithms, and the utilization of artificial intelligence for space exploration. The course aims to provide students with a specialized understanding of the intersection between Computer Science and Space Technology.

Community service

The centre places a significant emphasis on community service, specifically geared towards enhancing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in rural schools. This involves deploying individuals to various schools in rural villages, where the primary objective is to inspire and empower students, fostering a genuine interest in STEM education. Recognizing the importance of extending educational opportunities to underserved areas, the centre is dedicated to instilling enthusiasm for STEM subjects among students in rural communities.


On February 23rd, an important milestone was achieved as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was officially signed between RV University and Adventure in Science India (AISI), an NGO affiliated with Adventures in Science, USA. AISI is dedicated to enhancing STEM education in rural schools across different regions of India. This collaboration signifies a shared commitment between RV University and AISI to contribute towards the improvement of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, particularly in rural areas of the country.


Events Conducted:

  • As a part of National Science Day celebration, students of RVU joined hands with AISI to conduct hands on experiments session at Smt Vasanthi Venugopal English School
  • Distinguished guest lecture by DR Umamaheshwaran R, former director of Human Space Flight Centre, ISRO, Bangalore on National Science Day.
  • Book Launch of “Thirty Pioneering Scientists from India” (Book written by RV University students)
  • Distinguished Public lecture by Prof P C Deshmukh Professor of IIT Tirupati.
  • Distinguished Public lecture by Dr V Radhakrishna, Head, Instrumentation Division of Space Astronomy Group, U R Rao Satellite Centre, ISRO.
  • Guest lecture by Dr Anand, Scientific officer at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
  • Guest lecture by Shankar Narayanan Viswanathan, Senior Director, Ola Electric

Visits organized for various places of Scientific interest

1.Visit to Indian Music Experience Museum
2. Visit to Visvesvaraya Technical Museum
3. Visit to Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
4. Visit to Bannerghatta Biological Park on the occasion of National Wild Life Week

Workshops and exhibitions conducted

Workshop on Foraging activity by Dr R Ganeshan from Ashoka Trust for research in Ecology and Environment.


Nature’s Palette done in collaboration with Centre for sustainable development

Upcoming events:

1. Community service to enhance STEM education in rural schools of Mysore.
2. Distinguished guest lecture by ISRO scientist

Guest Lecture Delivered by the members:

  1. Dr Baishali Garai delivered a lecture as a resource person for the “Hands-on Workshop on Research Methodology, Technical Writing and LaTeX” organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Dayananda Sagar University in collaboration with the DSU ACM student chapter on 21st July -22nd July 2023.
  2. Dr Baishali Garai delivered an invited talk at the National Workshop on Scientific Presentations and Methodology organized by Centre for Clean Environment, VIT Vellore on 9th Oct 2023.
  3. Dr Baishali delivered a talk on “Technical Writing for the Future: A Workshop for Final Year Undergraduates’” on October 17, 2023, organized by the Department of Electronics and Communication, BMS Institute of Technology and Management, Bangalore.


Prof P C Deshmukh
V University Chair Professor
Dr Sanjay Chitnis Dr Sanjay Chitnis
Dean SoCSE

Faculty Members

Dr. Baishali Garai
Associate Professor, SoCSE (Director)
Prof P C Deshmukh Prof. P C Deshmukh
RV University Chair Professor
 Dr. T Hongray Dr. T Hongray
Assistant Professor, SoCSE
Dr. Durgarao GutallaDr. Durgarao Gutalla
Assistant Professor, SoCSE
Dr Shabbeer Basha Dr. Shabeer Basha
Associate Professor, SoCSE
Dr Merin ThomasDr. Merin Thomas
Program director, Minor Studies and Associate Professor, SoCSE
Ananya Paul Ananya Paul
Assistant Professor SoCSE
Mr Amruthesh BhatMr. Amruthesh Bhat
Teaching Assistant
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