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November 27, 2009

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)

Biotechnology Colleges in India

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Eligibility Criteria-General Applicants

A First Class or above with 60% marks or equivalent Grade Point Average in all examinations: 10th, 12th, Degree and Post-graduate course.

Age of less than 28 years as on June 1, 2010.

Should hold a valid Fellowship from UGC/CSIR/ICMR/KSCSTE/ Category A of DBT. Mere NET qualification is not sufficient.

Eligibility Criteria-SC/ST Applicants

Relaxation of criteria of First Class is available for SC/ST candidates. Marks of 50% or above or equivalent Grade Point Average in all examinations: 10th, 12th, Degree and Post-graduate course is sufficient.

Age relaxation by up to five (5) years is also available for SC/ST candidates.

No processing fees need be remitted by SC/ST candidates

SC/ST candidates should attach a copy of the Caste Certificate from a competent authority to prove their status.

All SC/ST candidates should hold a valid fellowship from UGC/CSIR/ICMR/KSCSTE/ Category A of DBT. NET qualification alone is not sufficient.


Students studying for the Final semester may also apply. However, at the time of selection interview they should be able to demonstrate that they have received marks or GPA equivalent to a First Class in the Masters Degree examination.

Students must also produce proof of having been selected for JRF position at the time of interview. If the award letter is not received, a copy of the Hall Ticket showing the roll number and the corresponding number from the website of the agency awarding the fellowship is sufficient.

The PhD program of RGCB is affiliated to the University of Kerala.  All selected candidates will be registered in the appropriate Department of the University of Kerala and will have to follow the rules, regulations and guidelines of the University.  All selected candidates for the PhD program have to successfully undergo a 3 month coursework and lab rotation in RGCB in addition to any requirement imposed by the Kerala University before they are assigned to a laboratory or a research program

No TA/DA will be paid to the candidates appearing for interview. They will have to make their own arrangements for accommodation while coming for the interview. The interview may go on until late and the candidates may not be able to leave Thiruvananthapuram on the same day and in such cases it is the responsibility of the candidate to make arrangements to stay in the city or leave later, as the case may be.

Please note that fulfilling the minimum requirements stipulated in the advertisement would not automatically entitle a candidate for selection. The decision of the Centre shall be final and binding in this regard. Canvassing in any form and/or bringing in any influence, political or otherwise, will be treated as a disqualification.

Prescribed Fees:

There is a fee of Rs. 500 (Rupees Five hundred only) for all general candidates. A Demand Draft drawn in favour of Director, RGCB and payable at Thiruvananthapuram should be enclosed along with the application. The name of the candidate and the telephone number should be written in pencil behind the DD. SC/ST candidates are exempt from paying any fees.

How To Apply:    

Candidates interested in applying should download the application form, fill it completely and send it along with the required fees to:

Office of the Dean,

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology

Thycaud P.O.

Thiruvananthapuram 695014

The completed application forms with the required attachments should reach the centre on or before December 14, 2009. Please super-scribe the envelope as "Application for the Ph.D. Programme-January 2010" Self attested copies of the Mark sheets and proof of Date of Birth and Award of Fellowship must be attached along with the application. SC/ST candidates should attach a copy of Caste Certificate also along with the application. All original documents should be produced for verification at the time of Interview. Names of shortlisted candidates will be put up on the RGCB website and will also be notified by email by December 21, 2009. A selection interview will be held at RGCB on Monday, January 11, 2010.

For further details or any clarifications, please write to

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)

Poojap Pura
Phone-No: +91- 471-2341716

Last date for receipt of application: 14th December 2009.

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