The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was founded in 1909 by a visionary industrialist, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, “ .. to provide for advanced instruction and to conduct original investigations in all branches of knowledge”. True to his vision, IISc has become internationally renowned as a premier institution of higher learning and advanced research in science and technology. J.N.Tata envisaged that the Institute should work “.. in particular, in such branches of knowledge as are likely to promote the material and industrial welfare of INDIA”. IISc has been interacting informally with industry since its inception through individual contacts. This interaction was given institutional backing with the establishment in 1975 of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Consultancy (CSIC). The role of CSIC is to strengthen, promote and streamline the interaction between IISc and industry. CSIC helps IISc faculty to stay tuned to the needs of industry while enabling the industry gaining access to the expertise and facilities available invarious department and centres of the Institute.