Ph.D. Programme notification by National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
National Chemical Laboratory (NCL):
National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), a premier research laboratory under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (http://www.csir.res.in) is engaged in world class research in chemical and related sciences. NCL (http://www.ncl-india.org, http://www.ncl.org.in ) is a major knowledge based laboratory devoted to research. National Chemical Laboratory trains a large number of students in the chemical/physical/biological and allied disciplines. NCL provides a vibrant academic atmosphere enabling inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary areas of research to flourish. Opportunities are available to do research in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Advanced Functional Materials, Materials for Solar Energy, Nanomaterials, Polymer Science & Engineering, Green Chemistry, Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis, , , Structural biology, Proteomics, Plant Tissue Culture, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, etc.
NCL has excellent facilities and equipments for carrying out research in the above areas. NCL also subscribes to print and online versions of most of the important scientific journals. Students will have ample opportunities to attend conferences andpresent their work. NCL have many reputed scientists including Nobel Laureates as guests round the year and have talks and discussions by them.
Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR):
The Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR) is established with a view to maximize the number of qualified researchers and professionals in the domain of science & engineering, who will be equipped with the skills of innovation and interdisciplinary integration. AcSIR is envisaged to emerge as a world class institution of national importance. The AcSIR would impart course instructions and award degrees in frontier areas of science and technology. The Academy will use the infrastructure facilities, scientific manpower and other resources of for teaching and research. Taking advantage of ’s state of the art infrastructure and unique human resource, the AcSIR would work towards bridging the gap that exists today between academics and societal applications.As part of the academic programme of AcSIR, students are required to undertake a project for 6-8 weeks, related to rural areas and the theme of the project should be related to the -800 programme. The aim of the project is to interact with people from rural areas, understand their problems and suggest ways for improvements in the areas of energy, education, environment, , health, food, water, etc. In addition, two subject proposals to be prepared by selecting topics of high relevance and novelty, and will have state-of-the art review, methodologies, recommendations etc. One of the proposals can be related to a research topic leading to and the second proposal in related areas. Students must pass a comprehensive examination designed to test the overall comprehension of the student in the various subjects
Research Areas in NCL:
- Mathematical & System Biology
- Microbial and Mammalian Cell Culture
- Molecular Host-pathogen Interactions
- Molecular Marker Technology
- Plant Tissue Culture
- Structure-function and Crystallography of Biomolecules
The research groups in NCL are supported by several high quality resource centres e.g. High Performance Computing facilities, Centre for Materials Characterization, Central NMR facility, Catalyst Pilot Plant, Combi-chem-bio Resource Centre and Digital Information Resource Centre. NCL has an active research program leading to Ph.D. degree in all the above mentioned areas. It provides a stimulating atmosphere, which fosters creativity and encourages innovative thinking and research.
Theprogram consists of flexible course work, laboratory training, research project to demonstrate attainment of a high degree of scientific ability which is followed by advanced research leading to a thesis on a specific topic. The program is normally completed in 4-5 years. During the first year, the students have to go through a course work covering basic and advanced topics. The students are encouraged to take courses in inter-disciplinary areas. Apart from the subject courses, short courses in scientific communication and laboratory safety are mandatory for all the students. As part of the program, the student is expected to give at least two seminars.Various awards, for best research work, best publication, travel grant to attend conferences abroad,etc are provided to Ph.D. students. Additional incentives will be available for interdisciplinary research. Excellent hostel facilities with mess, gymnasium, wi-fi and internet access are available for regular NCL students. More hosteland student recreation facilities will be coming up for the benefit of research students.Admission for the program in science will be done in the month of June and December. Advertisements will be placed in national newspapers and those who are interested in joining NCL may give their first preference as NCL in the application form. Admission is through an initial screening of the applications followed by personal interview. The admission requirement for the program in the science stream is MSc in any branch of science and the students should have qualified for a UGC/ / /ICMR/BINC/INSPIRE or any other Fellowship.The number of students to be selected in the areas of physical, chemical, and will depend on the vacancies that will exist for each of the disciplines. The selected JRFs will be eligible for a fellowship and House Rent Allowance (HRA) as admissible under rules and a Contingency grant. On completion of two years, JRFs could be upgraded to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) based on an assessment. The total tenure including the fellowship period shall not exceed 5 years.
Application procedure and interview schedule : Candidates applying to theprogram who fulfil the requirements may apply online at the NCL/AcSIR website. The list of candidates eligible for appearing interviews, after initial screening will be uploaded on the NCL/AcSIR website. The interviews will be held during June 21-23, 2011 at NCL. List of selected candidates under different disciplines will be announced after the interviews. Students may consider staying back in Pune for two to three days more after the interviews, so that in the event of their selection, they may complete the counselling and selection of research guides. Counselling will be held on June 24, 2011, at 10:00 AM. Details of counselling will be announced at the time of the interviews. The selected candidates are required to join for research on or before July 31, 2011. No TA/DA will be paid for attending the interview.
Deadline : 31.07.2011