Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, a Deemed to be University, has invited applications for admission to the PhD Programme in Science Education 2019.
Young people with interest in Science education and Mathematics education, flair for teaching and writing, curiosity about how students learn critical and analytical skills, commitment to improve education may take up the course. Science and Mathematics teachers and educators are also encouraged to apply. They would have to spend a minimum of two years at HBCSE and can undertake research while stationed at their parent institutions. This is a programme in education. It is not a pure or applied science research programme.
Areas of Research include (i) Teaching and learning of science and mathematics from primary to undergraduate level (ii) Innovative curricula and assessment methods, experimental problem-solving in science (iii) Development of scientific and mathematical thinking in students at school and college level (iv) Design and technology in the curriculum (v) Visual and spatial modes in learning (vi) Socio-cultural and gender factors in learning (vii) Science-Technology-Society-Environment Education (viii) Science of learning and new computational media (ix) Discipline-based education research in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, astronomy and environmental science education.
Eligibility: M.Sc. (in any subject), M. Tech or a Master’s degree (M.A/M.S.W) in any of the Social/ Behavioural sciences/Psychology/Linguistics/ Sociology/ Economics/ Anthropology, M.Ed. with a Science or Social Sciences/ Humanities undergraduate degree.
Applications can be submitted online at http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/admissions/ latest by March 31, 2019.
An application fee of Rs 100 for female candidates and Rs 600 for male candidates should be paid online or through DD in favour of ‘Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR’, payable at Mumbai.
Application can be submitted offline also. The form can be downloaded from http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/admissions/. The filled form along with one passport size photograph and the Demand Draft should reach ‘Graduate School Admissions - 2019, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai 400088’ by the last date.
A written test for eligible applicants will be held at Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bhopal and Guwahati (provisional) on May 19, 2019. The written test will be of three hours duration, and it will have two sections. The first section, to be answered in two hours, will contain a total of 90 multiple choice questions distributed among several subjects as follows: (a) 30 questions that test scientific literacy, technical comprehension, quantitative and logical reasoning (b) 20 questions on education, social sciences and cognitive sciences (c) 10 questions each on biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. The 10 questions in each subject will test the candidate's ability to apply concepts and reason with concepts in these subjects. The subject content covered by the questions will be up to the level of CBSE Std. XII. The candidate is expected to answer a maximum of 50 questions from section one in a time duration of two hours. There is no negative marking. However, in case more than 50 questions are attempted, the score obtained will be normalized (i.e., proportionally decreased) to a score corresponding to 50 questions.
The second section will have the following questions to be answered in one hour: (a) Describe briefly (in 300 words or less) any research topic of your interest related to science, mathematics or design and technology education. Provide arguments for why that research is important, and outline the possible educational outcomes of the research you have described (b) Describe your response (in 300 words or less) to any one of the given issues in education. (Issues will be given in the question paper) (c) Write short notes (about 150 words each) on any two of the topics given. (Topics will be given in the question paper.) Question papers and Answers of the Test for previous years is given at the link given at the application website.
Candidates who pass the written test will be required to appear for interview to be held in 3rd week of June, 2019. The final selection will be based only on the performance in the interviews.
Admissions are made initially for six months, renewable every six months up to a maximum of five years. Continuation is subject to completion of milestones as specified by the subject board.
Scholarships: Rs 25,000/- per month till registration; Rs 28,000/- per month post-registration; Additionally, 30% HRA is given in lieu of on-campus institute accommodation; Annual contingency grant of Rs 32000/- will also be given.