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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Academic Affairs
Admission to PhD Programme to start from July 2017

Applications are invited for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme starting in July 2017. The departments/centres and areas in which these programme will be offered are:

Dept. of Biosciences and Bioengineering : All areas of Biosciences and Bioengineering/Biotechnology

Categories of PhD Students 

The Institute admits PhD students under the following categories:

  1. i) REGULAR

A student in this category works full-time for his/her PhD degree.  He/she receives assistantship from the Institute or fellowship from CSIR/UGC or any other recognized funding agency.

The following are the criteria for receiving assistantship from the Institute:

  • B.E./B.Tech. or equivalent with valid and qualifying GATE score [valid and qualifying CEED score (for Dept. of Design)] above the prescribed cut off level.
  • M.Sc. or equivalent with GATE score above the prescribed cut off level/NET(JRF)/INSPIRE qualification.
  • M.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences or equivalent with NET qualification.
  • ME/MTech/MDes or equivalent.
  • GATE/CEED/NET/INSPIRE score/certificate requirement is exempted for a candidate with Master’s (M.A./M.Sc.) degree from an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) with minimum CPI of 8.0 OR a Bachelor’s (BTech/BDes) degree from a Centrally Funded Technical Institution(CFTI) with minimum CPI of 7.0] OR ME/MTech/MDes or equivalent
  1. ii) SPONSORED (FULL-TIME)

A student in this category is sponsored by a recognized R&D organization, academic institution, government organization or industry for doing research in the Institute on a full-time basis. He/She must be a regular employee of the sponsoring organization with at least one yearof professional experience in the respective field. The Institute does not provide any assistantship/fellowship to such a student. Sponsorship letter (Form I) must be attached with the application.

iii) SELF-FINANCED (FULL-TIME)

A student in this category works full-time towards the PhD Programme. The Institute does not provide any assistantship/fellowship to such a student.

  1. iv) PROJECT STAFF

This category refers to a student who is working on a sponsored project in the Institute and is admitted to the PhD Programme to work on a full-time or part-time basis. The remaining duration of the project at the time of admission should be at least one year. If the project gets completed before the student completes his/her PhD Programme, his/her category will be converted to that of SELF-FINANCED unless he/she is granted an assistantship/fellowship from the Institute or any other agency. No Objection Certificate (Form II) must be attached with the application.

  1. v) PART-TIME

A student in this category is a professionally employed person (including the staff of IIT Guwahati), who pursues the PhD Programmewhile continuing the duties of his/her service. He/She must be a regular employee of the sponsoring organization with at least one year of professional experience in the respective field. The Institute does not provide any assistantship/fellowship to such a student. A No Objection Certificate from the Head of the Institution/Organisation in which he/she is employed (Form III) must be enclosed at the time of application.

  1. vi) EXTERNAL

This category refers to a student employed in an R&D organization/academic institution/industry having adequate research facilities. The research work leading to the PhD degree may be carried out largely in the parent organization of the candidate under a Local Supervisor from the organization but with the overall guidance provided by a faculty member (Institute Supervisor) of the Department/Centre in which he/she is registered. He/She must be a regular employee of the sponsoring organization with at least one year of professional experience in the respective field. The Institute does not provide any assistantship/fellowship to such a student. A certificate from the Head of the sponsoring Institution/Organisation in which he/she is employed (Form IV) must be enclosed at the time of application.

Note:  The word `Form’ used under this section refers to the forms as specified in the Application Form for Admission to PhD Programme.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission into PhD Programme

Minimum CPI or Percentage of marks in the qualifying degree, with specific requirements for different streams, have been indicated below:

Note: (a) For eligibility for financial assistance for regular category candidates, please see the section “Financial Support” below.

(b) Minimum experience required for Sponsored (Full-time), Self-Financed, Part-Time, and External categories of candidates, have also been indicated below.

PhD in Engineering

For admission to the PhD Programme in Engineering departments, a candidate must satisfy one of the following criteria:

i) Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Medical Sciences/Veterinary Sciences/Pharmacy in a relevant
area with a minimum Cumulative Performance Index (CPI) of 6.5 or 60% of marks.

ii) Four-year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Medical Sciences or equivalent in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 7.5 or 70% of marks.

iii) Four-year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or equivalent in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 7.0, from any of the Centrally Funded Technical Institutions . Details of the Institutions can be seen from http://mhrd.gov.in/technical-education-1

iv) A candidate having a Four-year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology or equivalent in a relevant area, with a Postgraduate Degree in Management Science(Finance) or MBA with Finance specialization or equivalent, is also considered for admission in the area of specialization `Construction Management’, of the Department of Civil Engineering. The candidate should have a minimum of 6.5 CPI or 60% marks in Bachelor’s level and 6.5 CPI or 60% marks in the postgraduate degree.

v) A candidate having MSc degree with Mathematics as a subject at bachelor’s level is also considered for
admission in the Department of Civil Engineering. The candidate should have a minimum of 7.5 CPI or 70%
marks in Master’s level with consistent first class at other levels.

vi) A candidate having a Two-year Master’s degree (after completion of 4-year Bachelor’s degree) or three-year Master’s degree (after completion of 3-year Bachelor’s degree) in Engineering/ Technology/Science in a relevant area with minimum Cumulative Performance Index (CPI) of 6.5 or 60% of marks,
Or
A candidate with a Two-year MSc degree (after completion of 3-year Bachelor’s degree) in a relevant area with minimum CPI of 7.5 or 70% marks,

is also considered for admission in the Department of Biotechnology.

vii) Postgraduates in Computer Science (ALCCS) from Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), with a minimum Cumulative Performance Index (CPI) of 6.5 or 60% of marks, are also eligible to apply for admission in to PhD programme in Computer Science and Engineering

viii) A regular student of IIT Guwahati who is continuing his/her MTech studies and having a minimum CPI of 8.0
at the end of second semester may be enrolled in the PhD programme of the Department in the beginning
of his/her third semester of study. Such students can receive only PhD Degree.

ix) A student of IIT Guwahati who is continuing his/her BTech studies and having a minimum CPI of 6.5 at the end of sixth semester may be enrolled in the PhD programme of the Department in the beginning of his/her seventh semester of study. Such students can receive dual BTech and PhD Degree. Both the degrees will be awarded after completion of PhD degree.

PhD in Science

For admission to the PhD Programme in Science departments, a candidate must satisfy one of the following criteria:

i) Master’s degree in Science in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of marks.

ii) Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Design in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 6.5 or 60% of
marks.

iii) Four-year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Design/Science from an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)/Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 7.0.

iv) Four-year Bachelor’s degree in a related area in Engineering/Technology/Design/Science (from other than IITs/IISc) in a relevant area with a minimum CPI of 7.5 or 70% of marks.

ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS FOR CANDIDATES STILL TO APPEAR IN QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS

Candidates still to appear in their qualifying degree examinations may also apply, provided they appear in all their qualifying degree examinations and complete all requirements for their degrees before 13-07-2017. If selected, such candidates shall be admitted provisionally, and they will have to furnish the results of their qualifying degree examinations latest by 20-08-2017. Further, they must fulfill the minimum requirements of marks/CPI, and other conditions like valid GATE score/CEED score/NET or INSPIRE certificate (as may be applicable) etc., as mentioned under eligibility criteria for respective programmes. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements, shall automatically result in cancellation of admission.

Application Procedure:

Step 1:

Please get a print-out of the `Guideline for Filling-up Online PhD Application Form’, by visiting the concerned website given below.

Step 2:

For filling-up Online Application Form, first of all, please keep ready with you the following documents (including scanned soft copies of some of the documents, as specified below, to be available in your computer or CD or Pen Drive for direct uploading). Otherwise, you may have difficulty in completing on-line submission of your application form.

 (i)   A SCANNED SOFT COPY of your recent coloured photograph of size more than 15 KB but less than 80 KB (4.5 cm. x 3.5 cm.) with file type jpeg or jpg or gif only, for direct uploading in to the Online Application Form. Please note that uploading of your coloured photograph is mandatory.

IF A SCANNED COPY OF YOUR COLOURED PHOTOGRAPH IS NOT UPLOADED, YOUR ON-LINE APPLICATION MAY BE REJECTED.

(ii)  A copy of your Date of Birth(DoB) Certificate (this will be required, if DoB is not mentioned in your Class X/XII Pass Certificate/Mark Sheet);

(iii) If applicable, A SCANNED SOFT COPY of your Caste Certificate [including OBC(NCL) Certificate as per format prescribed below)], in image format like jpeg or jpg or gif only, of size more than 80 KB but less than 200 KB, for direct uploading in to the Online Application Form. Please note that OBC(NCL) certificate should be issued by the competent authority on or after 01-04-2016.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU APPLY AS  SC/ST/OBC(NCL) CANDIDATE, BUT DO NOT UPLOAD A SCANNED COPY OF THE APPROPRIATE CASTE CERTIFICATE, YOUR CLAIM FOR CONSIDERATION UNDER RESERVATION CATEGORY MAY BE REJECTED; AND YOU MAY BE CONSIDERED UNDER GENERAL CATEGORY.

(iv)   If applicable, A SCANNED SOFT COPY of your `PwD’ Certificate, of size more than 80 KB but less than 200 KB, for direct uploading in to the Online Application Form..

v) If applicable, the appropriate Form in original relating to candidate’s Category [ i.e. Sponsored (Full-Time)/ IITG’s Project Staff/ Part-Time/ External (Sponsored) etc.] – as per format prescribed below.

(vi) SCANNED SOFT COPIES of (a) Pass Certificate (Original/Provisional) and (b) Consolidated Mark Sheet of the Qualifying Degree, size more than 80 KB but less than 200 KB, for direct uploading in to the Online Application Form.

If you are not in a position to upload scanned copy of your qualifying degree pass certificatedue to reasons beyond your control, if called for Written Test and/or Interview, you will be allowed to personally submit the same in the concerned Department/Centre on the day of Written Test and/or Interview.

BUT, IF YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED YOUR QUALIFYING DEGREE PROGRAMME, AND DO NOT UPLOAD SCANNED COPY OF THE CONSOLIDATED MARK SHEET, YOUR ON-LINE APPLICATION MAY BE REJECTED.

THOSE APPEARING IN THEIR FINAL EXAMINATION will need to scan and upload only the Mark Sheet of previous semester/year of the Qualifying Degree; and this is MANDATORY.

Please note that, if called for Written Test and/or Interview, the candidate will have to produce the Originals as well as Attested copies of all the documents relating to educational qualifications (from Class X onwards). This is also applicable for the result awaited candidates, except that along with other required documents they will produce Original as well as attested copies of all Mark Sheets up to the previous semester/year of the Qualifying Degree.

(vii) if applicable, A SCANNED SOFT COPY of your GATE/CEED/NET/INSPIRE Score Card/Certificate, of size more than 80 KB but less than 200 KB, for direct uploading in to the Online Application Form*.

(viii) if applicable, attested copy of Certificates relating to your  professional experience etc.

(ix) Demand Draft : Demand Draft is NOT REQUIRED now. It will be required for a candidate only and only if he/she is called to appear in Written Test and/or Interview.

In other words, if a candidate is shortlisted and called** to appear in Written Test and/or Interview, only then he/she will be required to arrange a Demand Draft for Rs.150/- (Rs.75/- for SC/ST/PwD candidates), from any nationalized bank, in favour of INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GUWAHATI, payable at Guwahati.

Note:   * If you are yet to receive the original GATE/CEED/NET/INSPIRE Score Card/ Certificate, at least get the downloaded version of the same  from the concerned website.

**  Instead of waiting to receive the call letter, you may keep on visiting and seeing updates in the website of the department/centre in which you are applying for admission.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE NOW NOT REQUIRED TO SEND HARD COPIES OF ANY APPLICATION RELATED DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING THE DOWNLOADED ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM OR ANY DEMAND DRAFT, TO THE INSTITUTE.

IF YOU ARE SHORTLISTED AND CALLED BY THE CONCERNED ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT/CENTRE FOR WRITTEN TEST AND/OR INTERVIEW,  THEN ONLYYOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PERSONALLY BRING ALL SUCH DOCUMENTS IN ORIGINAL (ALONG WITH A SET OF DUPLICATE COPIES).

Step 3:

Please:

(i) enter in to the zone of Online Application Form by visiting the concerned website given below; and

(ii) fill-up the Online Application Form [by going through  the `Guideline for Filling-up Online PhD Application Form’ ] and submit ( i.e. execution of `Final Submit’ function);

(iii) Upload your photo and other relevant documents as explained at points (i), (iii) and (vi) under Second Step above.

YOU CAN UPLOAD THESE DOCUMENTS ONLY AFTER SUCCESSFUL SUBMISSION OF ONLINE APPLICATION FORM [i.e. only after (not before or simultaneously) successful execution of `Final Submit’ function).

YOU ARE AGAIN REMINDED THAT UPLOADING OF DOCUMENTS AS STATED AGAINST POINTS (i), (iii), (iv), (vi) AND (vii), WHEREVER APPLICABLE, UNDERSECOND STEP ABOVE, SHALL BE MANDATORY. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLY TO THIS REQUIREMENT, YOUR APPLICATION MAY BE REJECTED.

Step 4:

Please:

(a) take a print-out of your filled-up Online Application Form; and

(b) also keep a copy of your Filled-up Online Application Form saved in your computer or a CD or a Pen Drive (if the computer does not belong to you) for your future reference.

Step 5:

After getting the print-out of your Online Application Form, you may put your signature with date on the print-out of your filled-up Online Application Form.

YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SEND THE SIGNED HARD COPY [DOWNLOADED COPY] OF YOUR APPLICATION FORM TO IIT GUWAHATI NOW@.

Note: @    Please note that, if you are called to appear in Written Test and/or Interview, then onlyyou will be required to submit (i) all these documents (including your signed and filled-upOnline Application Form), PLUS (ii) the required Demand Draft in original [as explained at point (ix) under `Second Step’], in the Department/Centre in which you are applying for admission.   .

 FURTHER, IF YOU ARE INTENDING TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO PHD PROGRAMMES OF MORE THAN ONE DEPARTMENT/CENTRE, you will be required to follow the entire process COMPLETELY SEPARATELY for each of the concerned departments/centres.

 LASTLY, PLEASE NOTE THAT, IN CASE OF ANY MISTAKE, YOU CAN EDIT AND CORRECT CONTENTS OF YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION FORM, UP TO ITS LAST DATE FOR SUBMISSION   [ i.e. UP TO 5.00 P.M. OF 17-04-2017] ONLY.

Table of Important Links:

Guideline for filling-up Online PhD Application FormFor downloading/taking print-outs of the Guideline, please visit our website given below: https://auto.iitg.ernet.in/phd/downloads/guideline_phd.pdf
Online Application FormFor getting access and filling-up Online Application Form, please visit our website given below: https://auto.iitg.ernet.in/phd
Formats for Certificates (As may be applicable)For downloading/taking print-outs of the required certificate formats (as may be applicable for you), please visit our website given below:
OBC (Non-creamy Layer)https://auto.iitg.ernet.in/phd/downloads/OBC_Certificate_Format_IITG.pdf
Format for Candidate’s Category Certificate
Form I – for Sponsored (Full-Time)https://auto.iitg.ernet.in/phd/downloads/PHD_Sponsored_Full_Time.pdf
Form II – for IITG’s Project Staffhttps://auto.iitg.ernet.in/phd/downloads/PHD_Project_Staff_Form.pdf
Form III – for Part-Timehttps://auto.iitg.ernet.in/phd/downloads/PHD_Part_Time.pdf
Form IV – for External (Sponsored)https://auto.iitg.ernet.in/phd/downloads/PHD_External.pdf

Important Dates:

Starting of online application process from 10.00 a.m. of 22 March 2017 onwards.

Closing of online application process ► by 5.00 p.m. of 17 April 2017.

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