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► National Brain Research Centre, Gurgaon, M.Sc/Ph.D courses, Admissions 2017, Application Invited

The National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Gurgaon has released an admission notification inviting candidates to apply for its Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes. The candidates can obtain the application form both online and offline for its Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes in neurosciences for the commencing academic session 2017.
Eligibility criteria

Educational qualification:

MSc programme: The candidates interested in applying for this programme must be holding a Bachelor's degree or equivalent, in any branch of Science such as life sciences/physics/ chemistry/mathematics/statistics/computer applications/pharmacy/veterinary science/ psychology/engineering/technology/medicine, from a recognised institute/university.
Those with at least 55 per cent (50 per cent for SC/ST/PH candidates) marks or equivalent grade from secondary (class 10) examination onwards will be considered.
The candidates appearing for final year of the qualifying examination are also eligible to apply.

PhD programme: The candidates interested in applying for this programme must be holding a Master's degree or equivalent in any branch of science, such as life sciences/physics/ chemistry/mathematics/statistics/computer applications/pharmacy/veterinary science/ psychology, from a recognised institute/university or a minimum of four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in engineering/technology/medicine from a recognised institute/ university.
The candidates appearing for final year of the qualifying examination are also eligible to apply.

Selection procedure:
The candidates will be selected on the basis of Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) exam conducted by the institute.

How to apply:
The candidates can obtain the application form both online and offline.

Important dates
The last date of receiving applications (online/offline) at NBRC is  March 31, 2017.
The last date of receiving requests for hard copy of application form is February 15, 2017.
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► Physics Training and Talent Search (PTTS) 2016, for UG and PG students

Physics Training and Talent Search (PTTS) 2016
This program is fully funded by Infosys Science  Foundation

What is PTTS?

Physics Training and Talent Search (PTTS) is a training program for undergraduate and post graduate students. The first program of its kind was held at Kuvempu University, Karnataka for about 50 BSc III year students selected across India, with funding from several research Institutes and science academies in 2015. This program was highly successful and motivated to continue it.

Aim of the programme 

  1. To train motivated undergraduate students to understand and apply physics concepts in both theory and   experiments
  2. To provide a platform for motivated students to interact with peers and experts in the field
  3. To identify talented students and nurture their talent for a research career in Physics

a) Difference in teaching methodology
b) Emphasis on proper foundations in physics
c) Identify talented students from rural, colleges and smaller universities, who may not have access to good education. (Students from IISERs, IITs and Central Universities will be given low priority.)

The programme is modelled along the lines of highly successful Mathematics Training  and Talent Search (MTTS) programme that has trained several mathematicians in India since 1993. For details visit .

Other similar programmes in Physics are the Advanced B.Sc. (Physics) Programme in Ahmedabad, the REAP programme in Bangalore [] and STIPAC: Summer Training in Physics and Chemistry at IGCAR, Kalpakkam. Coordinators of PTTS have been associated with the programmes at Ahmedabad and Kalpakkam.

Details of the Programme for 2016

PTTS 2016 is for BSc / Integrated MSc III  year students who are highly motivated towards research.

Structure of the PTTS Programme
Every working day, there will be two lectures of 90 minutes duration in the forenoon followed by two tutorial sessions of 90 minutes duration in the afternoon.   The schedule will also include experimental sessions. :
Quantum Mechanics
Experimental Physics
Resource Persons:
This will be announced later.To bring students in contact with scientists, all the courses will be taught by faculty doing research at either universities or research institutes. There will also be guest lectures on topics of current research. There will be a session on career prospects in physics.  

Methodology of training
Unlike in traditional lectures, in this programme classes will be interactive in nature.  Students will be asked questions, and will be encouraged to ask questions in the lectures. They will be asked to come to the blackboard to solve a problem or explain a concept during tutorials.  There will be an emphasis on clarifying students’ understanding of fundamental principles.  Assignments for the afternoon tutorials will include problems and discussion questions based on the topics discussed in the morning.  Students will be encouraged to discuss the solutions among themselves with the teacher playing more the role of a facilitator. An appropriate syllabus will be developed keeping in mind the college syllabus in different parts of the country.  The experimental physics course will be structured so as to make students think of how to propose and design an experiment, and to identify errors in obtaining and interpreting the data.  They will not be given a pre-designed experiment with instructions. The emphasis in both theory and experiments will be on training students to think independently. Motivated students will learn to enjoy doing physics.
Selection Process
  • About 50 students from all over India will be selected. 

  • The selection of students will be by a committee consisting of the coordinators. 
  • Students from colleges and smaller universities, who may benefit the most from the exposure to a programme such as PTTS, will be preferentially selected. 
  • Selection will be based on the performance in any standard examination such as the National Graduate Physics Examination (NGPE), NTSE, KVPY, academic performance at school and college level, teacher's recommendation, your responses in the application form, etc.
  • The students have to write a 250 word essay " Why I want to attend this program".
Teachers when giving recommendation letters are encouraged to assess the students for high motivation, analytic ability, how quick they are in understanding concepts, curiosity and eagerness to ask questions in class.
How to apply
Download the Application form here .

Please email the filled application form to or send it by speed post to the address in the form.
Download the Teacher's Reference form here .  

Your teacher should email the filled Reference form to or send it by speed post to the address in the form.
Last date for receiving the application (by email or speed post):


Dates of the Programme
09 December to 24 December, 2016
Travel and accommodation
Students selected for participation will be provided to and fro 2 AC train fare from residence/institution to Mysore. Free boarding and lodging will be provided at the venue.
Students successfully completing the programme will be given a certificate and resource materials such as books.

Regional Institute of Education, Mysore 570006, Karnataka  (

Contact details
Email: 2016ptts @ gmail .com

Address for correspondence: 
Mr. Santhosh Kumar
Assistant Professor (Physics)
Department of Education in Science and Mathematics (DESM)
Regional Institute of Education
Manasagangothri, Mysore - 570006
Mobile: 0740 610 20 55

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► IIT Gandhinagar, Ph.D, Online Application invited, 2016, Apply online, NO application fee

     IIT Gandhinagar is looking for bright and dedicated young scholars interested in research to join us as Ph.D. scholars. Currently, IIT Gandhinagar offer Ph.D. programmes in Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, History, Language & Literature, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Epidemiology and Sociology. Prospective students satisfying the eligibility criteria are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the research areas of IIT Gandhinagar's faculty members for suitable match of interest. IIT Gandhinagar also offers a Start Early Ph.D.  Fellowship with additional financial support for exceptionally qualified undergraduate students from select colleges wishing to start on a direct Ph.D. programme after B.Tech.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
At least 55% marks or 5.5 CPI marks in M.A./M.Sc./B.Tech./M.Tech. or equivalent degree in appropriate branches. Above mentioned eligibility criteria is minimum at Institute level.
For discipline wise minimum eligibility criteria, please click here. The disciplines may use higher cut off levels for short listing besides giving due consideration to the way questions are answered in the application form. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PD categories would be eligible for relaxations, as per norms, in the selection criteria.
Credits Requirement
IIT Gandhinagar strongly believes in value addition through course work. There is a significant number of course work a Ph.D. student needs to do depending on his/her background. Ph.D. students entering the programme will have to take total credits ranging from 88 through 120, out of which coursework credits (courses worth 4 credits each) can range anywhere between 32 through 64 credits, depending upon the previous degree attained by the student. Out of the minimum credits through coursework, a minimum of 12 credits are required to be completed through project-based courses.
Qualifying Degree Minimum Credits through Coursework Minimum Credits through Research Total Minimum Credits for Graduation
B.Tech., BE or equivalent 4-year bachelor’s degree 64 52 120
MSc, MA or equivalent 5-year Master’s degree 44 52 100
M.Tech., M.E & M.Phil. or equivalent 32 52 88
Residential Requirement
Ph.D. programme is fully residential. The regular candidates will have to stay on campus. For external candidate the minimum residential requirement is normally one year. For candidates under Faculty Development Program, currently 2 years of residency requirement after completion of 1 year of advanced admission is followed.
Admission Categories
Regular(RR): Fulltime residential research candidate.

Continuing Doctoral Programme (CDP): This if for the candidates working in industry or as a faculty in any educational institution. In this category the candidate is given advance admission with 90 days of residency requirement in 1st year and on successful completion of 1st year, the admission is confirmed with the expected minimum 2 years of full time residential requirement on campus for completing course work and a major part of thesis work. After 2-years, the candidate may be permitted to go back to parent organization subject to significant progress in thesis work. Subsequently, the candidate is expected to complete at least 2 weeks of residency at the Institute for each semester all through the PhD programme. A certificate in support of the candidature must support the application. Click here for more details about the programme.

Financial Support
Students joining the Ph.D. program as regulars (RR) will be considered for Institute Fellowship based on the following norms:

  • Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science with NET/GATE Qualification or Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (B.Tech/B.E.) with NET/GATE Qualification or Post Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (M.Tech/M.E. etc) : Rs. 25,000/- per month.
  • Qualifications mention at (i) above with two years of Research Experience: Rs. 28,000/- per month.
  • Full time PhD students are encouraged to present their research work at international conferences. Financial support of up to Rs. 2.00 Lakhs for the entire duration of the programme is available. Additional funding may also be provided.
  • A support of up to US$ 12,500 may be considered in deserving cases to do research work at the best Universities/Labs abroad for a period of 4 to 6 months.
  • Candidates who have obtained at least one of their previous degrees from a premier institution like IIT, IISc etc. can be considered for an additional fellowship of Rs. 10,000/- per month.
  • Over and above the monthly assistantship, an additional fellowship of Rs. 5,000/- per month may be provided to the candidates ranking within the top 5% in any relevant National level qualifying examination. A candidate can receive only one of the above mentioned two additional fellowships. Payment of assistantship is subjected to a candidate complying with the prescribed norms and work output.
Know IIT Gandhinagar's Students
IIT Gandhinagar has been quite successful in attracting some of the brightest minds in the country for IIT Gandhinagar's Ph.D. programmes. You can see the background of IIT Gandhinagar's existing Ph.D. students here.
Research Areas [Admissions to Semester II (2016-17)]
Discipline Tentative Intake Broad Area of Research
Biological Engineering 08 Cell Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, DNA Regulatory Mechanisms, Biomolecular Simulations, Neuroscience, Motor Control, Motor Learning, Movement Disorders, Cancer Biology: Cancer therapeutics, Cellular Mechanism of DNA Damage, Nucleic Acid Biophysics and Quadruplex DNA Targeting, Peptide therapeutics, peptide/protein aggregation mechanism, Structural biology of proteins, Intracellular and neuronal transport, Regulation of molecular motors, neurodegenerative diseases, Axonal transport in C. elegans
Chemical Engineering 12 Chemical Reaction Engineering, Multiphase reactions, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Polymer Processing, Smart Polymeric Systems, System Identification, Wastewater Treatment, Process Systems Engineering, Colloids and Interfaces, Rheology, Powder processing, Process Safety, Thermodynamics of interfaces, Statistical Mechanics, Molecular Simulations.
Chemistry 08 Porphyrins and BODIPYs as Red Emitters; Asymmetric Organocatalysis, Asymmetric Synthesis of Bio-active Molecules; Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery; Quantum Chemistry; Design and synthesis of photoactive compounds; Peptide Chemistry; Peptidomimetics; Synthesis and spectroscopy of gold nanoparticles; Self-powered micro and nanoscale systems, integrated nano-bio devices
Civil Engineering 12 Dynamic response of fine grained soils, Liquefaction and Cyclic Instability in Soils, Constitutive modeling of frictional materials, Numerical Modeling of Geotechnical Structures, Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Modeling of hydrologic extremes (droughts and floods), Real time drought monitoring using remote sensing, Climate change impacts on water resources, Ground motion characterization, Spatial variability of ground motion, Seismic protective systems, Structural performance assessment, Behavior of irregular buildings under seismic excitation, Confined masonry buildings, Multi-physics study of structures under fire, GPU algorithms for structural control, Large Scale Hydrologic Modeling, River hydraulics, Transients in pipes, Transients in open channels
Cognitive Science 08 Mind Perception, Action and Perception, Curiosity, Consciousness and Cognition, Attention, Affective Computing, Motor Control and Learning, Movement Disorders, Brain Lateralization, Decision Making, Neuroinformatics, Sequence Learning, Category Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, Serious Gaming, Road Safety
Computer Science & Engineering 08 Computational Complexity, Algorithms, Data Mining, Algorithms for Massive Data, Machine Learning, Social Networks, Social Choice Theory, Computer Vision, Computational Neuroscience, Neuroinformatics, Game Theory, Mechanism Design.
Earth Sciences 04 Earth Surface Processes, River Science, Remote Sensing and GIS
Humanities and Social Sciences
06 South Asian Literature, South Asian History, Gujarat : Society, Politics, Literature, Partition Studies, Ageing/Gerontology, Social Demography, Public Health, Social Determinants of Health, Language, Identity and Politics, Bengali Literature, History of North East India, Democracy and Civil Society, Translation Theory and Practice
Electrical Engineering 15 Adaptive Signal Processing, Asynchronous Circuits, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Architecture, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Computational EM, Control Systems, Estimation Theory and System Identification, High Performance Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Image and Video Processing, Machine Learning, Modern Semiconductor Devices, Multimedia Forensics and Security, Nanoelectronics, Nanophotonics, Optical Sensors, Pattern Recognition, Plasmonics, Photonics, Power Systems and Smart Grid, Semiconductor Device Design, Signal Processing, Soft Computing, VLSI Design.
Mechanical Engineering 12 Experimental, Analytical and Computational Research in the areas of Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Energy Systems and Dynamics & Controls
Materials Science & Engineering 12 Structure & property of material interfaces, Thin film solar cells, Nanotoxicology, Heat transfer and material flow modelling, Numerical modelling of diffusion bonding, Self-cleaning materials, Fusion peptides, Design of antibiotics
Mathematics 08 Algebraic Geometry, Analytic Number Theory, Commutative Algebra, Partial Differential Equations, Probability Theory and Stochastic Process, Nonlinear Analysis.
Physics 02 Growth and Characterization of Nanomaterials and Organic Thin Films, Phase Transition and Structural Re-organization of Nanomaterials at Surfaces and Interfaces, X-Ray Crystallography
Note: Category wise reservations on overall available seats will be followed as per Government of India norms.
Admission Procedure
Admission is generally offered on the basis of an interview, which is supplemented by a written test if necessary. The Institute will invite a limited number of candidates for a written test and interview based on the academic records, statement of purpose, etc. The final selection will be mainly based on academic credentials, written test and/or interview.
The written test is generally based on the topics related to general aptitude (logical reasoning, analytical and numerical ability, etc.), writing skills, and basic courses of various disciplines at undergraduate level. The candidates who do not qualify in the written test need not appear for interview. The reserved category candidates will be given due relaxation in cutoff marks as per the norms.
The candidates called for the Test / Interview will be reimbursed any amount exceeding Rs.750/- for to and fro single second-sleeper class railway fare by the shortest route from their place of residence to the Institute /venue of the Test / Interview. For example, in case of total railway fare of Rs.1400/- the candidate will be reimbursed Rs.650/-. It is required to produce evidence (railway ticket) in support of the claim.
In addition to the announced admission cycles with prescribed deadline of application, the Institute also considers applications any time of the year in case of exceptional candidates. Based on the qualifications of the candidates and the need of the discipline concerned, applications received are processed through duly constituted selection committees at regular intervals.
Important Dates
Application Form Submission Deadline - 02 October 2016
Announcement of Shortlist - 17 October 2016
Written Test and/or Interviews - 04-07 November 2016
Announcement of Results - 21 November 2016
Joining - December 2016
Written Test and/or Interview Dates (Tentative).
Date of Written Test and/or Interview Disciplines
04 November 2016 (Friday) Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
05 November 2016 (Saturday) Chemical Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
06 November 2016 (Sunday) Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering
07 November 2016 (Monday) Chemistry, Cognitive Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences
Application Procedure
All applications must be submitted online. If you are applying for more than one discipline, please submit a separate application form for each discipline. On successful submission of the application form, a confirmation screen will appear with a link to download the submitted application form. Please save the application form. You need to furnish hardcopy of the application form and all the documentary evidence (copies of testimonials, certificates, publications, work experience and research/professional experience) at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  • There is NO application fee.
  • You NEED NOT send the hard-copy of the application form.
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► Joint Admission Test for M.Sc., IIT JAM 2017

Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. 2017

Organizing Institute : IIT Delhi 

 The last date for JAM 2017 online application has been extended up to 05.00 PM of 13th October 2016 (Thursday)

IITs and IISc are institutions of national importance and are well known, the world over, for quality education in engineering, science & technology and research in frontier areas. The aim of IITs and IISc is to build a sound foundation of knowledge, pursue excellence and enhance creativity in an intellectually stimulating environment. The vibrant academic ambience and well-equipped research infrastructure of IISc & IITs motivate the students to pursue Research and Development careers in frontier areas of basic sciences as well as interdisciplinary areas of science and technology.

Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. (JAM) is being conducted from 2004 to provide admissions to M.Sc. (Four Semesters), Joint M.Sc.-Ph.D., M.Sc.-Ph.D. Dual Degree, M.Sc.-M.Tech., etc. Programmes at the IITs and Integrated Ph.D. Degree Programmes at IISc for consolidating Science as a career option for bright students. These postgraduate programmes at IITs and IISc offer high quality education in their respective disciplines, comparable to the best in the world. The curricula for these programmes are designed to provide opportunities to the students to develop academic talent leading to challenging and rewarding professional life. 

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► NCBS JGEE 2017 Application invited, Joint Graduate Entrance Exam

Joint Graduate Entrance Exam 2017 at NCBS

The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) has invited applications for Joint Graduate Entrance Exam 2017 is a shared entrance examination for several institutions doing research in biology and interdisciplinary life sciences. The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research coordinates the examination. All participating institutions use the JGEEBILS score along with other inputs as part of their admission process.

Eligibility for Joint graduate entrance exam 2017

PhD Programme: Interested candidate must have done Masters in Basic Science or Bachelors in Applied Science. These include M.Sc. (Ag.), B. Tech, B.E, B.V.Sc. B.Pharma (4 yrs. course), MBBS, BDS, M.Pharma.
Students with training in Physics or Chemistry are encouraged to apply to the programmes.
Integrated Ph.D/M.Sc by Research Programme: Interested candidate must have done Bachelors in any Basic Science.
M.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation: Indian nationals who have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (with a minimum of 50% in core subjects), less than 35 years of age as on 1st July 2015 and a strong interest in wildlife research and conservation. Graduate nationals of Central, South and Southeast Asian countries, with similar qualifications, are also eligible to apply.
Students who expect to complete their degrees by July 2017 are eligible to apply.
Selection Procedure for M.Sc and PhD Program through JGEEBILS 2017
All applicants are required to appear for the written test conducted at different centers nationally. The test will cover basic topics in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
There is a separate written test for the M.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation covering topics on general knowledge, analytical and quantitative skills, wildlife biology and an essay on a conservation issue.
The NCBS and DBS admission process for PhD/Int. PhD programmes are common up to the Entrance Test. Separate interviews will be held at Bangalore and Mumbai.
The DBS conducts a single interview in Mumbai in February/March 2017 NCBS interviews are in two stages held over a three day period. These are typically Scheduled in May/June 2017.
The TIFR Nationwide Entrance Examination (GS-2016) for Biology is also called the Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS).
Test Timing
Date of Test, Sunday, December 11th 2016
Morning Session: 09:30 am to 12:30 pm
  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Computer & Systems Sciences
Afternoon Session: 02.30 pm to 04:30 pm
Biology (PhD, Int. PhD and MSc by Research).
Students who appear for the tests in Physics or Chemistry and would like to be considered for a Biology Programme must indicate this on their answer script. They are not required to appear for the Biology test as well although they can choose to do so by applying separately online.
Examination Centres
The written examination will be held on Sunday, December 11th 2016 in the following cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Haldwani, Hyderabad, Indore, Jammu, Jaipur, Kanpur, Kolkata, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Srinagar, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam.
No walk-in candidates will be allotted
Application Fee (Non-refundable)
For Male Applicants – Rs.600/- for applications submitted online and Rs.650/- for applications sent manually by post.
For Female Applicants – Rs.100/- for applications submitted online as well as for applications sent manually by post (Please see the walk-ins section on this website).
Application Fee can be paid online by Net banking/Debit/Credit Card or through DD. After successful payment transaction, please login to your account on our website by using your reference code as your user id and check the payment status of your application.
Normally, online payments are received within 2 working days and an auto email is sent by the system acknowledging the payment. If your transaction has been successful and your account has been debited and you do not receive the acknowledgement email within 7 days and your payment status is not updated in your account, you may write to the email ids as given in the “contact us” section.
Demand Draft: Demand Draft (DD) must be drawn on State Bank of India in favour of National Centre for Biological Science payable at Bangalore.
Instructions for downloading/printing of hall tickets will be intimated by email only after receipt of application fee/approval of fee waiver.
How to Apply Joint Graduate Entrance Exam 2017
Applications must be submitted online to Students from remote areas who do not have access to internet may apply manually.
They may send a request for an application form (without DD) along with a self-addressed stamped (Rs.20/-) envelope (size 25 cm x 17 cm) super-scribed “GS-2017” to the following address “Admission Section, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research GKVK, Bellary Road Bangalore-560065”.
The completed application form must be sent along with Demand Draft (DD) and two passport size photographs (one pasted on the application and one stapled to it).
Important Dates for JGEEBILS 2017
Last date for Application: October 10th 2016
Date of JGEEBILS 2017 Exam: December 11th 2016 (Sunday, 02.30 pm to 04.30 pm)
Results of the Nationwide Entrance Examination: January 31st 2017
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