Indore: Those wishing to pursue doctoral research degree programme from Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) and haven’t applied as yet act immediately. Wednesday is the last day to submit application form online. However, the hard copy of the application form can be submitted to the RRCAT till May 10.

RRCAT is a Constituent Institute of the “Homi Bhabha National Institute” (HBNI), a Deemed University and invites students with appropriate qualifications to pursue PhD programme in various specialised areas of physics, chemistry and life sciences. As per the rules of HBNI, the PhD programme consists of course work of one year duration followed by research work of up to 4 years duration. The PhD 2014 programme will commence on August 1.

DAE Junior Research Fellowships will be offered to those selected for the pursuit of PhD. The fellowship amount is Rs16,000 per month for the first two years and Rs18,000 per month for the subsequent years, subject to satisfactory yearly progress.
Candidates wishing to do PhD in Physics should have MSc degree in Physics with a minimum of 60% overall marks, and have cleared Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST 2014) and/or CSIR-UGC NET in June/ December 2013 (JRF, not lecturership).

Candidates wishing to do PhD in Chemistry and Life Sciences should have MSc degree with minimum 60% overall marks, in chemistry or Life Sciences, and have cleared joint CSIR-UGC Net in June/ December 2013 (JRF, not lecturership). Those applicants who are completing the qualifying degree in summer of 2014 can also apply, provided they have minimum of 60% overall marks in the completed semesters. In the event of their selection, the final degree mark sheet would have to be submitted by November 1.

Continuation in the PhD programme will be subject to the candidate obtaining minimum 60% marks overall. 5 year integrated MS (of IISERs) will be treated at par with 5 year integrated MSc.

Selection process

The selection of the students for the PhD programme will be a two-step process:

1) Screening of the applications, followed by

2) Interview of the short-listed candidates by the selection committees at RRCAT.

The candidates selected in the interviews will be asked to report at RRCAT on July 14for the medical examination. The Physics candidates will visit all the guides of the PhD vacancies offered to get a thorough idea about the PhD topics offered. This process and the assignment of PhD topic to each candidate will converge by July 31. The Chemistry and Life Sciences candidates will be deputed to BARC Training School, Mumbai for their one year course work, and the Physics candidates will carry out their one year course work at BARC Training School, Indore, from the first week of August.

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