Ph.D at IIST: Apply by December 4
Kochi: Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, under the Department of Space, Government of India, located at Thiruvananthapuram, has invited applications for admission to the Ph.D. Programme starting in January 2016, in the areas of Aerospace Engineering, Avionics, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Humanities.
Applicant should be an Indian citizen
Applicants with Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology, Master’s Degree in Science, Master’s Degree in Humanities or Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technology are eligible for specified Programmes.
Those with Master’s Degree in Engineering/Technology must have secured first class or equivalent in the Master’s degree. They must have pursued their Master’s degree on the basis of qualified GATE score. Those with MS in Engineering or equivalent from leading foreign Universities with outstanding academic record or MS by Research with outstanding academic record can be considered without GATE. Those with Integrated Master’s degree or Dual Degree in Engg/Tech from IITs and IISc with minimum CGPA 9.0/10 can be considered without GATE.
Those with Master’s Degree in Science must have Master’s Degree in the relevant area with first class or equivalent. They must have qualified UGC/CSIR NET/JEST or GATE in the relevant disciplines.
Those with Master’s Degree in Humanities must have Master’s Degree in the relevant area with first class or equivalent. They must have qualified UGC NET -JRF in the relevant disciplines.
Outstanding persons with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with an excellent academic record and aptitude for research may be considered for direct admission to the Ph.D. Programme. Such applicants must have secured CGPA of 9.0/10 or better and a valid GATE score of 675 or better. B. Tech students from IITs with CGPA better than 9.0/10 do not require GATE.
Applicant should be below 28 years as on 30th November 2015. Age relaxation is applicable as per Government Rules.
Those awaiting results in the final year/semester are also eligible to apply, if they have qualified for GATE/NET as required. Such applicants may be screened in for Test/Interview based on the marks obtained by them until the current year/semester. Based on their Test/Interview performance, these applicants may be provisionally selected subject to production of the provisional certificate of obtaining the qualifying degree with required percentage of marks by the date stipulated in their provisional admission letter. If they fail to produce the provisional/ degree certificate by this date their admission offer will be withdrawn and the offer may be given to next eligible applicant in the waiting list.
In exceptional cases, a provisionally selected applicant may be allowed to join IIST without submitting the provisional/degree certificate on the stipulated date of joining, subject to (a) the applicant’s completion of all the requirements for the award of the qualifying degree including all examinations, project works and viva voce, at the time of joining (b) production at the time of joining, a Course Completion Certificate issued by the competent authority in the University/Institute specifically confirming that all examinations, project works and viva voce for the qualifying degree are completed. If the above condition is satisfied, the applicant can be given provisional admission with the undertaking that all pending certificates, mark sheets, degree certificates (Original or Provisional) will be submitted to IIST latest by 30th April 2016, failing which the admission stands cancelled. For such applicants who are provisionally admitted to the IIST Ph.D. Programme as above, no fellowship is paid during the period before the required certificates are submitted. However, on regularization of admission following the submission of all required documents before the stipulated date, the applicant will be paid fellowship with retrospective effect from the date of joining.
Applicants who are employed in Government/Semi Government/PSUs/Autonomous Bodies need to produce a ‘No Objection Certificate (NOC)’ from the current employer at the time of Interview.
The Research Plan for January 2016 PhD Admission showing the Department, Department code, Research Area and eligibility is given in the Notification at http://www.iist.ac.in
Research Fellowships are as per Government of India norms. The scholars will be required to assist the Departments in tutorials / practical or related academic activities normally limited to 6 hours per week. The scholars will have to pay fees and charges for the services provided by the Institute like boarding / lodging / medical facilities etc., as per IIST rules.
How to apply
Applications can be submitted online at https://www.iist.ac.in/ latest by December 4, 2015. Applicants are advised to enter GATE score through which Master’s Degree has been pursued and the best GATE score if the applicant possesses more than one GATE score.
Application fee is Rs. 250/- per Department code (for SC/ST/PWD and Women applicants - Rs.125/- per Department code). If the applicant is eligible and wishes to apply for more than one Department code, he/she has to submit the application and application fee for the respective Department codes separately.
Last date for payment of application fee and uploading the challan is 8.12.2015. All the applicants have to bring the Bank challan copy of the respective Department code at the time of the interview as proof.
SC/ST/OBC/Persons with Disabilities (PWD) applicants shall upload in the website, the relevant certificate before the prescribed date.
From the eligible applicants, a short-listing will be done, taking into account their applicable GATE/NET scores.
List of short-listed applicants for written test or interview will be displayed in IIST website by December 15, 2015. Depending on the number of applicants who have applied, the final selection is based on an interview, which will be conducted at IIST, Thiruvananthapuram during first week of January 2016. In case of very large number of applicants being shortlisted for Ph.D. admission, a written test will be conducted for shortlisting applicants for the interview. Selected applicants will be intimated within a week after the final interview. Results will also be displayed in the IIST website on 11th of January 2016.
Outstation applicants will be reimbursed to and fro sleeper class train fare/bus fare by shortest route from the place mentioned in the application to Thiruvananthapuram, or actual fare paid (whichever is less) for attending the interview. The applicants are advised to make their own arrangements for their stay at Thiruvananthapuram, at their cost.
For more details, visit http://www.iist.ac.in