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June 2, 2009

MA in Development Studies – IIT Guwahati – Admissions

MA in Development Studies – IIT Guwahati – Admissions 2009

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati invites applications for admission to the Master of Arts (MA) programme in Development Studies, starting in July 2009, as per details of information indicated below.

Categories of Students for MA Programme in Development Studies

The Institute admits MA students under the following categories:

I) REGULAR (FULL -TIME)
These are students who work full-time for their MA degree.

II) SPONSORED (FULL-TIME)
A candidate in this category is sponsored by a recognised R&D organisation, academic institution, governmental organization, NGO, development agency or industry for doing MA in the Institute on a full-time basis. The applicant must be a regular employee of his/her organisation with at least two years of experience at the time of admission and be engaged in professional work in the discipline in which admission is sought. He/She will not receive any financial support from the Institute. Sponsorship letter (Form I) must be attached with the application.

Note: The word `Form’ used under this section refers to the forms as specified in the Application Form for Admission to MA Programme.

Eligibility for Regular MA Candidates
A Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years duration or its equivalent from a recognised University, in any discipline with a minimum average of 50 % marks or 5.5 CPI in a 10-point scale [ 45 % or 5.0 CPI in a 10-point scale, for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Person with Disability (PD) candidate].

Candidates appearing in their final Bachelor’s Degree examinations are also eligible to apply, provided they (a) obtain a minimum aggregate of 50% Marks (45% for SC/ST/PD) in their first and second year of university examinations taken together, and (b) they appear in all their qualifying degree examination subjects by 24-07-2009. If selected, such candidates shall be admitted provisionally; and they will have to furnish the results of their qualifying degree examination latest by 01-09-2009 - failure to which their admission shall get automatically cancelled.

Eligibility for Sponsored (Full-Time) MA Candidates
Same as for `Regular’ candidates, but also fulfilling additional conditions specified for Sponsored (Full-Time) candidates, as indicated under “Categories of Students for MA Programme”.
Reservation of Seats for SC, ST, OBC and PD categories: As per Govt. of India rules.

Financial Support
(For regular students, who are Indian nationals)

Institute Merit-Cum-Means (MCM) Scholarship is awarded to MA students (regular category) of the Institute with parents’ income not exceeding Rs.2,00,000/- per annum, for a period of 2(two) years. A maximum of 25% of the MA students belonging to general category who fulfill the income criterion and the merit criterion are eligible for the scholarship. The merit criterion for General category students is: (i) a CPI of 6.5 for 2nd year or (ii) 60% marks in the qualifying examination for the 1st year of the MA programme. Students are not considered for MCM scholarships if they have passed their +2 examination from non-govt. schools with annual fees more than Rs.30,000/- (Thirty thousand).

The Merit-cum-Means Scholarship consists of:
a) For general category: Tuition fee waiver and Rs.1000/- per month for four months per semester

b) For SC/ST category: Concession of tuition fee exemption will be admissible to all SC/ST students irrespective of
their parents’ income. For SC/ST students with parents’ income not exceeding Rs.2,00,000/- per annum, following
additional benefits will be admissible:
i) Free messing (Dues of only basic menu),
ii) Exemption from Hostel room rent and
iii) A pocket allowance of Rs.250/- per month
The above facilities are awarded for four months per semester and for two semesters.

Application Procedure

Application forms with details can be downloaded from http://www.iitg.ernet.in/

Application forms and Information Brochures can also be obtained from the Deputy Registrar (Academic), Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati - 781 039, Assam, personally or by ordinary Post. To receive application forms by post, send a request along with a self-addressed unstamped envelope (24cm x 15cm size). Request for form must be sent in an envelope super-scribed with ‘Request for MA Application form’.

Filled in application forms complete with copies of mark sheets/certificates and other testimonials and a DD for Rs.150/- (Rs.75/- for SC/ST/PD candidates) drawn in any nationalized bank and payable at Guwahati, in favour of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, should be sent to the Head, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati – 781 039, Assam, to reach on or before 3 June 2009. The words “Application for MA admission” should be written on the top of the envelope for sending the completed form.

Selection

Applicants satisfying the eligibility requirement will be assessed for selection through a written test. The written test aims at assessment of knowledge about contemporary issues in the field and sensitivity to social issues, expressed through written analysis in English.

Important dates
Last Date for issuing Application Forms ► By Ordinary Post – 21 May 2009, In Person – 22 May 2009

Last Date for receiving Application Forms ► 3 June 2009

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