IIT Ganghinagar PhD Admissions 2015 in Biological Sciences ~ helpBIOTECH

09 September 2015

IIT Ganghinagar PhD Admissions 2015 in Biological 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. programmes in Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, History, Language & Literature, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Epidemiology and Sociology. 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 from select colleges wishing to start on a direct Ph.D. programme after B.Tech.

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 at Institute level.

For discipline wise minimum eligibility criteria, please click here. The disciplines may use higher cut off levels for short listing. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PD categories would be eligible for relaxations, as pernorms, in the selection criteria.

Credits 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. Ph.D. students entering the programme will have to take total credits ranging from 88 through 120, out of which coursework credits (courses worth 4 credits each) can range anywhere between 32 through 64 credits, depending upon the previous degree attained by the student. Out of the minimum credits through coursework, a minimum of 12 credits are required to be completed through project-based courses.

Qualifying Degree

Minimum Credits through Coursework

Minimum Credits through Research

Total Minimum Credits for Graduation

B.Tech., BE or equivalent 4-year bachelor’s degree

64 52 120

MSc, MA or equivalent 5-year Master’s degree

44 52 100

M.Tech., M.E & M.Phil. or equivalent

32 52 88

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.

Continuing Doctoral Programme (CDP): This if for the candidates working in industry or 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, the admission is confirmed with the expected minimum 2 years of full time residential requirement on campus for completing course work and a major part of thesis work. After 2-years, the candidate may be permitted to go back to parent organization subject to significant progress in thesis work. Subsequently, the candidate is expected to complete at least 2 weeks of residency at the Institute for each semester all through the PhD programme. A certificate in support of the candidature must support the application. Click here for more details about the programme.

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

  • Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science with NET/GATE Qualification or Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (B.Tech/B.E.) with NET/GATE Qualification or Post Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (M.Tech/M.E. etc) : Rs. 25,000/- per month.
  • Qualifications mention at (i) above with two years of Research Experience: Rs. 28,000/- per month.


  • 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.
  • A support of up to US$ 12,500 may be considered in deserving cases to do research work at the best Universities/Labs abroad for a period of 4 to 6 months.
  • 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.
  • 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. A candidate can receive only one of the mentioned two additional fellowships. Payment of assistantship is subjected to a candidate complying with the prescribed norms and work output.

Know Our Students

IIT Gandhinagar has been quite successful in attracting some of the brightest minds in the country for our Ph.D. programmes. You can see the background of our existing Ph.D. students here.

Research Areas [Admissions to Semester I (2015-16)]


Tentative Intake

Broad Area of Research

Biological Engineering


Cell Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, DNA Regulatory Mechanisms, Biomolecular Simulations, Neuroscience, C. elegans neuronal transport, Cytoskeleton and transport system, Epigenetics, Cellular Mechanism of DNA Damage, Nucleic Acid Biophysics and Quadruplex DNA Targeting, Protein misfolding in Alzheimer Disease, Peptide therapeutics, peptide/protein aggregation mechanism.

Chemical Engineering


Process Safety, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Multiphase reactions, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Fine Powder Processing, Surface modification,  Polymer Processing, Smart Polymeric Systems, System Identification, Non-linear Dynamics, Waste Water Treatment, Process Systems Engineering, Colloids and Interfaces, Rheology



Computational Chemistry, Molecular Dynamics; Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Discovery: Infectious diseases ( H pylori) and Cancer (Kinases), Chemical Biology of Cancer: Targetting DNA damaging mechanism involving Kinases; Asymmetric Supramolecular catalysis / Asymmetric Organocatalysis; Synthesis of photoresponsive π-conjugated materials; Bio-inorganic chemistry, elctrochemistry, enzyme-inspired catalysts design, small molecule activation for renewable energy research; spectroscopy of gold nanoparticles, plasmon-enhanced spectroscopy; Bio-conjugates of boron based dyes: synthesis and bio-imaging applications; Development of anti-inflammatory drugs; design of sulfonylurea-based metalloenzyme inhibitors; synthesis of cyanine dyes; development of nanobiocatalysts for environmental applications.

Civil Engineering


Dynamic response of fine grained soils, Liquefaction and Cyclic Instability in Soils, Constitutive modeling of frictional materials, Numerical Modeling of Geotechnical Structures, Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Modeling of hydrologic extremes (droughts and floods), Real time drought monitoring using remote sensing, Climate change impacts on water resources, Ground motion characterization, Spatial variability of ground motion, Seismic protective systems, Structural performance assessment, Behaviour of irregular buildings under seismic excitation, Performance-based design of masonry-infilled RC frames, Characterization and development of seismic isolation hardware, Seismic isolation of nuclear power plants in India, Blast-resistant design, Confined masonry buildings, Multi-physics study of structures under fire, GPU algorithms for structural control, Large Scale Hydrologic Modeling, River hydraulics, Transients in pipes, Transients in open channels, Capacitive Deionization for water desalination, Neutron Imaging, Membrane Filtration

Cognitive Science


Mind Perception, Action and Perception, Curiosity, Consciousness and Cognition, Attention, Affective Computing, Motor Control and Learning, Movement Disorders, Brian Lateralization, Decision Making, Neuroinformatics, Sequence Learning, Category Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, Serious Gaming, Road Safety.

Computer Science & Engineering


Computational Complexity, Data Mining, Social Networks, Algorithms for Massive Data, Machine Learning, Design and Analysis of Cryptographic Algorithms, Multi agent systems, Database systems, Algorithms for Algebraic and combinatorial problems, Computer Vision, Computational neuroscience, neuroinformatics, serious gaming.

Earth Sciences

Earth Surface Processes, River Science, Remote Sensing and GIS

Humanities and Social Sciences


South Asian Literature, South Asian History, Gujarat: Society, Politics, Literature, Partition Studies, Ageing/Gerontology, Social Demography, Public Health, Social Determinants of Health, Language, Identity and Politics, Bengali Literature, History of North East India, Democracy and Civil Society, Translation Theory and Practice.

Electrical Engineering


Asynchronous Circuits, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Architecture, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Control Systems, Human Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Nanoelectronics, Optical Sensors, Pattern Recognition, Photonics, Power Systems and Renewable Energy, Signal Processing, Soft Computing, VLSI Design, Nanophotonics, Plasmonics and Metamaterials, Computational Electromagnetics, Image and Video Processing, Multimedia Forensics and Security.

Mechanical Engineering


Dynamics and control of flexible multibody spacecraft with earth remote sensors; guidance, navigation and control for rendezvous and docking of spacecraft

Materials Science & Engineering


Structure & property of material interfaces, Thin film solar cells, Transparent Conductors, Nanotoxicology, Heat transfer and material flow modelling, Finite element modeling of core disassembly, Self-cleaning materials, Fusion peptides, Design of antibiotics.



Analytic Number theory, Theory of partitions, modular forms and q-series, Tannakian Group Schemes, Moduli Spaces, Vector Bundles, Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Geomtry, Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes, Elliptic Partial Differential Equations, Nonlinear Analysis.



Nano-science, Physics of Surface and Interfaces, Growth and Characterization of Nanomaterials and Organic Thin Films, Phase Transition and Structural Re-organization of Nanomaterials at Surfaces and Interfaces, Gravitation, Black hole thermodynamics, Quantum Field Theory in curved spacetime, High Energy Physics, LHC phenomenology.

Note: Category wise reservations on overall available seats will be followed as per Government of India norms.

Admission Procedure
Admission is generally offered on the basis of an interview, which is supplemented by a written test if necessary. The Institute will invite a limited number of candidates for a written test and interview based on the academic records, statement of purpose, etc. The final selection will be mainly based on academic credentials, written test and/or interview.

The written test is generally based on the topics related to general aptitude (logical reasoning, analytical and numerical ability, etc.), writing skills, and basic courses of various disciplines at undergraduate level. The candidates who do not qualify in the written test need not appear for interview. The reserved category candidates will be given due relaxation in cutoff marks as per the norms.

The candidates called for the Test / Interview will be reimbursed any amount exceeding Rs.750/- for 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. For example, in case of total railway fare of Rs.1400/- the candidate will be reimbursed Rs.650/-. It is required to produce evidence (railway ticket) in support of the claim.

In addition to the announced admission cycles with prescribed deadline of application, the Institute also considers applications any time of the year in case of exceptional candidates. Based on the qualifications of the candidates and the need of the discipline concerned, applications received are processed through duly constituted selection committees at regular intervals.

Important Dates
Phase I

Application form submission deadline - 25 September 2015
Web announcement of short-listed candidates for written test and/or interview - 09 October 2015
Written test and/or interview - 30 October to 02 November 2015
Web announcement of list of selected candidates - 20 November 2015


Tentative dates of the PhD (Regular and Start Early) interviews (Phase I).

Tentative Date of the Interview Discipline
30 October 2015 (Friday) Biological Engineering, Physics, Earth Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Cognitive Science.
31 October 2015 (Saturday) Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering.
01 November 2015 (Sunday) Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering
02 November 2015 (Monday) Computer Science & Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Material Science & Engineering.

Application Procedure
All applications must be submitted online. If you are applying for more than one discipline, please submit a separate application form for each discipline. You can download a copy of the submitted application form from the application submission portal. 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, you may contact us at academics@iitgn.ac.in


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