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March 3, 2009

Integrated PhD programme in materials science at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research


Research Programmes

Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit
Engineering Mechanics Unit
Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Unit
Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit
New Chemistry Unit
Theoretical Sciences Unit

Integrated PhD programme in materials science at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research.

Candidates with an M Sc., B E, B Tech, M E, M Tech or MBBS are eligible to apply; the specific requirements for each Unit are listed below. They should have at least 50% in their highest University examination, and should also have qualified in the GATE / UGC - CSIR - NET, JRF / ICMR, JRF / JEST / or any other advanced entrance examination. Candidates with a Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/ Medicine, however, do not require a qualifying exam. (Typically the selected candidates are either CSIR qualified or have GATE/JEST percentile score of 90 or above).


Ph D students receive scholarships of Rs. 12,000-14,000. (Typically, perhaps 20% of this goes towards paying hostel and mess fees, while the annual tuition fee is Rs. 4,000) Students are automatically enrolled in a Group Insurance Scheme and a comprehensive medical scheme and have access to an on-campus doctor, as well as to medical facilities elsewhere.

Funding for travel to international conferences is also available; our students have recently attended conferences in countries such as Korea, Iran, France, Singapore, the United States of America, Japan, Sweden, and Italy.

Integrated PhD programme in materials science at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research.

JNCASR has a bright and diverse student body. At present, there are more than 142 students registered in the various academic programmes of the Centre. While the majority of these students are pursuing Ph. D. degree, we also have students enrolled in our Integrated Ph. D., M. S. / M. S. (Engg.) programmes. The student population at JNCASR is drawn from across the length and breadth of the country; in addition, we frequently have foreign students visiting the Centre under various exchange programmes.

The majority of new students joining the Centre during the August semester each year are admitted, based on their performance in interviews carried out in the early summer. Certain programmes also consider admitting students halfway through the academic year (i.e., at the start of the January semester). In order to be eligible for consideration in these interviews, students have to meet various academic criteria, as specified below. Admission in these programmes is fairly competitive.

All students who are admitted to the Centre’s programmes receive stipends that are more than adequate to cover their tuition and living expenses, including hostel fees, etc

We generally expect students to take less than five years to complete a regular Ph. D. programme. Students who are admitted to the Integrated Ph. D. programme also get an M. S. degree, typically two years into their programme of study.

In addition to carrying out research, students take a combination of required and elective courses. The majority of courses are held on-campus, and taught by the Centre’s faculty members. However, students can also choose to attend a few courses at other scientific institutes in the Bangalore area. In addition to regular academic courses, there are also seminar courses, and we have recently introduced a course on scientific writing. After completing two years in their Ph. D. programmes, students have to pass an oral comprehensive examination, where they present and are quizzed about their research, as well as the material covered in their coursework.

Since 2002, the Centre is recognized as a “Deemed University” by the University Grants Commission, and students’ degrees are awarded directly by JNCASR. Since the inception of the Centre, 89 degrees have been awarded; these include 58 Ph. D.’s, 17 M. S. degrees (Integrated Ph. D.), 14 M. S. (Engg.) and 1 M. Sc. (by research - Biological Sciences).

Students who are alumni of the Centre have gone on to enjoy successful academic careers, and are currently spread out across the world.

Assistant Academic Coordinator,
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research,
Jakkur P.O.,
Bangalore - 560064 , India
E-mail :
Phone : 91-80-22082777
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Integrated PhD programme in materials science at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advance Scientific Research

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