Admission Notice for Integrated MS-PhD (August 2019 session)
National Institute of BioMedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani is initiating an Integrated MS-PhD program starting August 2019. Students admitted into the program will have to undergo mandatory Master’s coursework during the first two years. This includes Master’s projects to be carried out in research lab(s) under the mentorship of NIBMG faculty, during the third and fourth semesters.
After the completion of coursework, students eligible to continue for Ph.D. shall undertake thesis research and can submit her/his thesis not earlier than 5 years from admission and no later than 7 years from admission.
Applications are invited from eligible candidates for admission to the Integrated MS-PhD program at National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG, Kalyani, West Bengal) for the session starting in August, 2019. The broad areas of research pursued at NIBMG are:
A) Biomedical Genomics and the functional implications in the context of:
- Infectious disease
- Chronic disease
B) Computational Biology and Statistical Genomics
Indian nationals with minimum 55 % aggregate marks (or an equivalent grade point average) in Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Biological Sciences are eligible to apply. Students from the SC, ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), and PWD categories shall be given a relaxation of 5% marks. Students in the last year of their Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply, provided they can produce a proof of having secured the minimum aggregate marks at the time of interview.
Candidates applying for admission into our Integrated Ph.D. program (2019) would need to qualify one of these 3 exams (in the current year), according to the screening cutoffs to be determined by NIBMG.
1) Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS conducted by NCBS/TIFR): Exam held in December 2018
2) JAM 2019 (Joint Admission Test for M.Sc., 2019 conducted by IIT Kharagpur) for Biology (BL)
3) Joint Admission Test for M.Sc., 2019 conducted by IIT Kharagpur) for Biotechnology (BT).
Candidates who fulfill the minimum eligibility conditions and have appeared for any of the above exams may apply online and will be shortlisted for interview if their scores in JGEEBILS (December 2018) or JAM 2019 (BL) or JAM 2019 (BT) are higher than the cutoffs to be determined by NIBMG. Final selection will be based exclusively on the candidate’s Interview performance.
Number of seats:
At most 10 students will be selected for admission annually. There will be reservation of seats for students from SC, ST, OBC and PWD classes in accordance with the regulations of Govt. Of India in this respect. Certificates from relevant authorities will need to be provided as proof before the interview.
The course curriculum has a blend of theoretical courses, practical (hands-on) lab courses, and projects in research labs. The first semester courses will focus on basic biology such as Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Principles of Genetics etc. Second semester will introduce Human Genetics and Genomics, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and the biology and genetic aspects of human diseases such as cancer, infectious and complex diseases. Each student can undergo “research rotations” in upto 3 labs of their choice during the first year. Third semester includes few courses such as Research Methods, Scientific Communication, advanced genomics courses in addition to a part-time research project under an assigned supervisor. The 4’th semester consists completely of full time research project under an assigned supervisor. Those eligible to continue into Ph.D. shall generally continue Thesis research in the same lab from the 5th semester.
The students admitted to the program shall receive a fellowship of Rs. 16000 (rupees sixteen thousand only) per month for the first 2 years of the program. After completion of the course work (first two years of the program), students shall undergo comprehensive evaluation by a Review Committee. On being recommended for continuation in the PhD program, the student shall be awarded the NIBMG Ph.D. fellowship JRF/SRF (equivalent to the doctoral fellowships offered from different funding agencies as per the relevant Govt. of India guidelines), for up to 5 years. Continuation of fellowships will be contingent upon maintaining satisfactory performance in coursework and research.
If a student wants to discontinue the course after completion of Master’s coursework at the end of semester 4, they can do so after successful completion of a Master’s Thesis at the end of Semester 5. Students opting out of program will be eligible for an MS degree only after securing a CGPA of at least 6.5 (out out 10) and satisfying all other Institute requirements as stipulated by competent authority.
Fees: There are no application fees (only online applications are accepted through https://apply.nibmg.ac.in ).
An academic administration fee of Rs. 5,000 would be payable by each student at the start of each semester. For each of the first 3 semesters, there will be a tuition fee of Rs. 6000 payable at the start of the semester. A monthly fee of Rs. 2500 will be charged for the hostel accommodation. For those continuing in the program with a Ph.D. fellowship (JRF/SRF), only House Rent Allowance as applicable will be deducted. Medical fees (currently Rs. 250 per month) is also deducted from fellowship. A one-time fee of Rs. 10,000 would be applicable during Ph.D. Thesis submission.
Application Procedure for NIBMG Integrated MS-PhD:
Please apply online via web link https://apply.nibmg.ac.in/ (no other form of application will be accepted). Please indicate online whether you belong to a reserved category or the general category.
Online application will be accepted until 5 PM of 12th June 2019.
Short-listed candidates will be called for a formal interview for the final selection (List of Short-listed candidates for interview shall be published on NIBMG website on 14th June 2019).
Interviews will be held on the 26th of June, 2019.
Contact Details: Co-ordinator, Integrated Ph.D. Program, Phone: +91-33-29772151, Email: email@example.com