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

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     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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