IIT Gandhi Nagar PhD Admissions 2013 in Life Sciences ~ helpBIOTECH

18 March 2013

IIT Gandhi Nagar PhD Admissions 2013 in Life Sciences

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IIT Gandhinagar is looking for bright and dedicated young scholars interested in research to join us as Ph.D. scholars. Currently, we offer Ph.D. programme in several disciplines in Engineering (Biological, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering), Sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) and Humanities & Social Sciences (Cognitive Science, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, South Asian Studies and Social Epidemiology). Prospective students satisfying the eligibility criteria are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the research areas of our faculty members for suitable match of interest. IIT Gandhinagar also offers a Start Early Ph.D. Fellowship with additional financial support for exceptionally qualified undergraduate students wishing to start on a direct Ph.D. programme.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria
At least 55% marks or 5.5 CPI marks in M.A./M.Sc./B.Tech./M.Tech.or equivalent degree in appropriate branches. Above mentioned eligibility criteria is minimum and the disciplines may use higher cut off levels for short listing.Candidates belonging to SC/ST categories would be eligible for relaxations, as per norms, in the selection criteria. For discipline wise minimum eligibility criteria, please click here.

Course Work Requirement
IIT Gandhinagar strongly believes in value addition through course work. There is a significant number of course work a Ph.D. student needs to do depending on his/her background.

Residential Requirement
Ph.D. programme is fully residential. The regular candidates will have to stay on campus. For external candidate the minimum residential requirement is normally one year. For candidates under Faculty Development Program, currently 2 years of residency requirement after completion of 1 year of advanced admission is followed.

Admission Categories
Regular(RR): Fulltime residential research candidate.

External (ET): Candidates serving in research institutions/industry. External candidates may furnish their employers consent (see Annexure 1) at the time of interview. The candidates under this category may require an additional supervision at their parent institutions.

Faculty Development Program (FDP): Candidates working as a faculty in any educational institution. In this category the candidate is given advance admission with 90 days of residency requirement in 1st year and on successful completion of 1st year, 2 years of residency to complete the program. A certificate in support of the candidature must support the application (see Annexure 2).

The Institute may club together the External and Faculty Development Programs to a Continuing Doctoral Programme, with one year of residency requirement in the first phase and at least two weeks of residency in the Institute per semester. The program may also provide an opportunity for advance admission with a preparatory period of one year.

Financial Support
Students joining the Ph.D. program as regulars (RR) will be considered for Institute Fellowship based on the following norms:

Students with B.E./ B.Tech. / B.Arch / B.Sc.(Engg)/ M.Sc. / M.A. / M.Com. degrees or equivalent, who have qualified GATE or National Level test (UGC / CSIR / NBHM / DBT etc.), will be considered for monthly assistantship of Rs.16000/- for the first 2 years and enhanced rate of Rs.18000/- for the remaining 3 years.

Students with M.Tech. / M.E. / M.Arch. / M.Sc.(Engg) or equivalent/ M.Phil./ M.B.B.S / MD / MS degrees and Management students with a combination of M.B.A. and Engineering/ Technical background will be considered for monthly assistantships of Rs. 18000/- for the first 2 years and enhanced rate of Rs.20000/- for the remaining 3 years.

Full time PhD students are encouraged to present their research work at international conferences. Financial support of up to Rs. 2.00 Lakhs for the entire duration of the programme is available. Additional funding may also be provided.

Over and above the monthly assistantship, an additional fellowship of Rs. 5,000/- per month is provided to the candidates ranking within the top 5% in any relevant National level qualifying examination. Candidates who have obtained at least one of their previous degrees from a premier institution like IIT, IISc etc. can be considered for an additional fellowship of Rs. 10,000/- per month.

Candidates joining for the Ph.D. program through start early Ph.D. fellowship will receive an additional fellowship of Rs. 10,000/- per month in case GATE qualified. Payment of assistantship is subjected to a candidate complying with the prescribed norms and work output.

Tentative Discipline Wise Intake of Ph.D. Students for Admissions in July 2013


Tentative Intake

Broad Area of Research

Biological Engineering


Peptide and Protein Engineering, Cancer Biology and Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Waste Water Remediation, Biomaterials, Material Science

Chemical Engineering


Atomic thin nano materials, Graphene and Inorganic nanosheets, Energy storage devices, Smart materials, Polymer Nanocomposites, Polymer gels, polymer processing, biomimetics, smart materials, colloids and interfaces, systems engineering with focus on waste water treatment, microfluidic systems, and energy efficient industrial plants, Particle engineering for powder processing, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Engineering aqueous drug nanoparticle suspensions and microbubble suspensions from pharmaceutical and biomedical applications



Heterogeneous catalysis, Methane activation,CO2 Conversion/ Energy, Hydrogen Production, Nano-structured Materials, Peptide synthesis, biochemical analysis of peptides and proteins, Protein engineering, Medicinal chemistry, Drug Discovery, Chemical Biology

Civil Engineering


Dynamic response of fine grained soils, Constitutive modeling of frictional materials, Modeling of hydrologic extremes (droughts and floods), Real time drought monitoring using remote sensing, Climate change impacts on water resources, Spatial variability of seismic excitation, Efficient structural forms / energy devices for improved seismic performance, Dynamics of buildings with complex configuration, Structural health monitoring, Structural rehabilitation and retrofitting, Community sensor networks for structural monitoring

Computer Science & Engineering


Computer Vision

Humanities and Social Sciences


Cognitive science, translation studies, sociology/demography, social epidemiology, south Asian literature and new media

Electrical Engineering


Microelectronics, Signal Processing, Fiber Optics, Power Systems, Electrical Machines, VLSI, Biomedical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


Fluid mechanics, Heat transfer, Energy systems, Dynamics and Control

Materials Science & Engineering


Thin film solar cells, Phase Transformations in Thin Films, Joining of Materials, Protein-Lipid Interactions



Elliptic partial differential equations, Nonsmooth Optimization



Networks and statistical physics of Complex systems, Condensed matter theory, Theoretical Physics, Gravitation, Quantum theory in Curved Space time, Black hole thermodynamics,  Detection of gravitational waves, G-Wave Astronomy,  Quantum Gravity Phenomenology.

Admission Procedure
Admission is generally offered on the basis of an interview, which is supplemented by a written test if necessary. All candidates called for the Test/Interview are paid to and fro single second-sleeper class railway fare by the shortest route from their place of residence to the Institute/ venue of the Test / Interview. The railway ticket must be produced in support of the claim for reimbursement.

Important Dates

Last date for submitting applications - 05 April 2013
Web announcement of short-listed candidates for interview - 12 April 2013
Test/interview for Ph.D. admissions - 28 April 2013 – 03 May 2013
Web announcement of selected candidates - 14 May 2013
Last date for payment of fees - 07 June 2013


Application Procedure
All applications must be submitted online. If you are applying for more than one discipline, please submit a separate application for each discipline, using the same login ID. You need to furnish hardcopy of the application form with photograph and all the documentary evidence in original (testimonials, certificates, publications, work experience and research/professional experience) at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected.

  • There is NO application fee.
  • You NEED NOT send the hard-copy of the application form.

For further information, http://www.iitgn.ac.in/phd.htm


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