Tata Memorial Centre Mumbai Announces PhD Admission (JRF 2023) ! Fellowships @ 31K per Month

The Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), an autonomous Grant-in-aid Institution of the Department of Atomic Energy, has invited application form for awarding Junior research Fellowships (JRF) 2021 for PhD in Life Sciences.  The TMC is comprised of the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) and the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH).

TMC offers PhD degree program in Life Sciences and is affiliated to the Homi Bhabha National Institute (Deemed University). The research programs at ACTREC amalgamate both fundamental and translational approaches to answer questions related to cancer biology, cancer prevention, and disease intervention. The studies comprehend basic tumor biology and elucidation of myriads of networks involved in cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, metastasis, carcinogenesis, stem cell biology, biochemistry, cancer genomics, genetics, epigenetics, pharmacology, and therapy resistance.

Eligibility Qualifications: M.Sc./ M. Tech (Applied Biology / Biochemistry / Bioinformatics / Biophysics / Biotechnology / Botany / Life Sciences / Microbiology/ Molecular Biology / Zoology or related Biological Sciences); M.V.Sc. and M.Pharm from a recognized University, with  55% aggregate marks. Those awaiting results may also apply. As per HBNI guidelines, candidates with < 55% aggregate marks cannot be considered for an interview or admission to the program. Candidates who have done post-graduation course of only 1 year duration are not eligible. Final admission into the Ph.D. program is subject to the candidate satisfying HBNI eligibility criteria as mentioned above.

JRF Benefits: Stipend: Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of Rs. 31000/+ 27% HRA per month (HRA is applicable only in case if hostel facility is not opted), which get converted into SRF based on fellow’s performance in the 3rd year. Limited hostel facility is available on first come, first served basis for the new entrants for a period of one year.

Key Dates & Application Fees:  The closing date for online application is 30 November 2022.

Application fees should be paid online, and the fees for male candidates is Rs 750/- and for female candidates is Rs 500/-, while SC/ ST/ OBC (caste proof should be attached) and physically handicapped candidates with minimum 40% disability (disability proof must be attached) are fully exempted from paying fees.

Online Examination: A list of eligible candidates for the Online Objective Entrance Exam will be displayed in last week of December ‘22 on the ACTREC website. The Online Exam will be conducted on January 08, 2023 from 9 AM – 12 noon in 10 Examination Centers located in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, and Varanasi (center allotment details will be uploaded on the ACTREC website ahead of the exam date).

Eligibility for Direct Interview (Online application for ACTREC JRF2023 is mandatory):

  • Candidates holding valid Junior Research Fellowships awarded after qualifying in a national level written entrance test conducted by CSIR/ UGC/ ICMR/ DBT or other recognized agencies.
  • Candidates who receive external fellowship intimation by May 15, 2023 must send their proof of the award by e-mail [jrf2023@actrec.gov.in] to seek direct interview dates.
  • Qualified Joint Graduate Entrance Examination for Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS) candidates who are eligible for ACTREC PhD program will be shortlisted and displayed on the ACTREC website in due course of time.

For further details about eligibility conditions, how to apply and other details, the candidates should refer the Admission Notification, uploaded on the official website of  TMC Mumbai,

Seven IITs Open PhD Admission January 2023 with Institute Fellowships

In India there are 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). These Institutes of National Importance (INIs) are dream destination for PhD Scholars. These research universities offer Institute Fellowships as per Ministry of Education norms.

As on 01 October 2022, there are Seven IITs which have opened PhD Admission for January 2023 session.

List of IITs Open PhD Admission for Semester II 2022-23:

  • IIT Tirupati – 17 October 2022 (Closing Date)
  • IIT Guwahati – 18 October 2022 (Closing Date)
  • IIT Hyderabad – 14 October 2022 (Closing Date)
  • IIT Kharagpur- 11 October 2022 (Closing Date)
  • IIT Ropar- 10 October 2022 (Closing Date)
  • IIT Bombay – 25 October 2022 (Closing Date)
  • IIT Gandhinagar – 09 October (Closing Date)

IIT Tirupati Announces PhD Admission January 2023 with Research Assistantship

Tirupati, 01 October  2022: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Tirupati, an Institute of National Importance, has announced PhD & MS (Research) Admission for January 2023 Intake.

Financial Assistance is available (Half-time Teaching/Research Assistantship – HTRA) as per the norms of MoE or other funding agency.

 Categories of Admission (PhD): (a) Regular full-time scholars; (b) Research scholars under the external registration programme (Sponsored).

Key Dates:

Opening date for online application – 26 September 2022 (Monday)

Closing date for online application – 17 October 2022 (Monday)

Written Test/ Interview – 07 November 2022 (Monday) to 30-11-2022 (Wednesday)

IIT Hyderabad Announces PhD Admission January 2023 with Institute Fellowship

Hyderabad, 30 September 2022: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, invites applications for PhD programmes for the session January 2023. There are 17 departments where PhD programmes are offered. Institute Fellowships are offered to Full Time PhD Scholars.

Key Dates:

The application deadline 14 October 2022.

Application portal will be live from 28 September 2022, till 14 October 2022.

IIT Guwahati Opens PhD Admission for 393 Seats December 2022 Session

Guwahati, 28 September 2022: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, an Institute of National Importance, has announced  PhD Admission for December 2022 Session.

Total Number of PhD Seats: The total number of PhD Seats available are 358 for the December 2022 session. Special Seats for Ph.D Programme under CSIR/UGC JRF Scheme are 45.

The PhD Programmes are available for the following types: Regular and Full Time, Sponsored and Full Time, Employed and Part Time, Self-Financed and Full Time, Self-Financed and Part Time, Project Staff and Full Time, Project Staff and Part Time, External and Part Time, and Self-Financed and Full Time Foreign Students.

IIT Kharagpur Opens PhD Admission Spring Semester 2022-23 with Institute Assistantship

Kharagpur, 23 September 2022: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, an Institute of National Importance, has opened PhD Admission for Spring Semester  2022-23. Regular PhD candidates will receive Institute Research Assistantship.

Key Dates & Application Fee:

Commencement of Online application form submission                – 21 September 2022

Website closure for submission of online application form –  11 October 2022

Last date for receipt of hard copy of completed application (for Ph.D through Project category only) at the Academic (PGS&R) Section-  13 October  2022

Written Test and Interview to be conducted in the respective Departments/Centres/Schools (for shortlisted candidates only)-  14 November  2022 to 21 November  2022

IIT Ropar Announces PhD Admission with Institute Fellowships for January 2023 Session

Ropar, 21 September 2022: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar, an Institute of National Importance, has released PhD Admission notification for Semester-II, Academic Year 2022-23.  Regular PhD Scholars will receive Institute Fellowships.

PhD Admissions are available in the following categories: Regular (Institute Research Scholars), Direct PhD, External PhD, Part-Time PhD, PhD for Project Staff, and PhD for IIT RoparStaff.

Key Dates: Last Date of Receipt of Online Applications is 10 October 2022.

IIT Bombay Announces PhD Admission for Spring Semester 2022-23 ! Monthly Fellowships @ INR 35K

Mumbai, 28 September 2022: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has announced PhD Admission for Spring Semester 2022-23. The online application portal will open from 09 September 2022. The PhD classes will commence from 02 January 2023.

PhD Admission is available in the following categories:

Teaching Assistantship (TA) [Financial support as per MHRD norm]

Research Assistantship (RA)

Teaching / Research Assistantship Through Project (TAP/RAP)

Fellowship Award (FA)

Sponsored Candidate (SW)

Self-financed – Indian Nationals, including those on Study Leave (SF)

Self-Financed Foreign Nationals (FRNSF)

Foreign Nationals with Indian Council for Cultural Relations Award (ICCR)

Institute Staff of IIT Bombay (IS)

Project Staff (PS)

External (EX)

College Teacher (CT)

Key Dates:

Availability of application forms – 09 September  2022

Last date for submission of completed application forms for Spring Semester – 25 October 2022

IIT Gandhinagar Announces PhD Admission Sem II 2022-23 with Institute Fellowships

Gandhinagar, 10 September 2022: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar, an Institute of National Importance, has announced PhD Admission for Semester II 2022-23. Regular(RR) and Continuing Doctoral Programme (CDP) are available.

Students joining the PhD program as regulars (RR) will be considered for Institute Fellowship based on the Ministry of Education norms.

Key Dates:

The application submission deadline is 09 October 2022

Announcement of shortlist (tentative) – 17-20 October 2022

Written Examinations/Interviews (tentative) -04-15  November 2022

Application Fees: Rs. 150/- (SC/ST/PD Category), Rs. 300/- (Others)

VIT Opens PhD Admission Dec 2022 with Fellowship for Vellore, Chennai, AP and Bhopal campuses

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), an Institute of Eminence (IoE) under Govt of India-Private Category, has Announced VIT Research Admission December 2022 for Admission to PhD progarmmes. VIT offers research programmes in various Schools at Vellore, Chennai Campuses and VIT-AP (Amaravati)  & VIT-Bhopal.

In VIT-Vellore & Chennai and VIT-AP campuses only Internal Full Time [IFT] category is offered. In VIT-Bhopal both Internal Full Time [IFT] and External Part Time [EPT] categories are available.

VIT will conduct VIT Research Entrance Examination [ VITREE ] for admission to PhD Programmes for its various campuses & group institutes: Vellore, Chennai Campuses and VIT-AP (Amaravati)  & VIT-Bhopal.

Research Fellowship Benefits: All Internal Full-Time scholars admitted into PhD programme will get a fellowship of Rs.31,000/- per month (GATE Qualified above 60 Percentile).

Key Dates: The closing date for submission of online application is 10 November 2022.

The application fee is Rs 1200 /-.

List of Schools where PhD programmes available:

School of Advanced Sciences (SAS) – Physics , Chemistry, Mathematics, Data Science

School of Sciences and Languages(SSL)

School of Bio Sciences and Technology(SBST) – Bio Sciences and Biotechnology, Life Sciences

School of Civil Engineering(SCE)

School of Chemical Engineering(SCHEME)

School of Computer Science and Engineering(SCOPE)

School of Electrical Engineering(SELECT)

School of Electronics Engineering(SENSE)

School of Information Tech. & Engineering(SITE)

School of Mechanical Engineering(SMEC)

School of Social Sciences & Languages(SSL)/ School of Social Sciences & Humanities

VIT Business School(VITBS)

VIT School of Design (V-SIGN)

For details regarding qualifications, how to apply and other details, the candidates should refer the official website of VIT.

UGC withdraws mandatory research publication before PhD thesis submission to enhance quality

UGC has done away with mandatory publication of a research paper before the final submission of PhD thesis by scholars. Another major reform is allowing students to join PhD programmes upon completion of their four-year undergraduate degree. Dispelling apprehensions about these regulations adversely affecting the quality of research work being done currently, educators insist that these steps will help improve the standard of PhD research.
Improving quality is main

Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson, UGC, says, “Some people erroneously think that mandatory publication of a research paper before the submission of a PhD thesis decides its quality. On the contrary, high-quality PhD thesis work leads to quality publications.”
In a recently conducted study featuring 2,573 research scholars across central universities and IITs, UGC has found that mandatory publication has not helped universities maintain research quality, as about 75% of the submissions are not in quality Scopus indexed journals.
India is amongst the top few nations in terms of the number of research papers we publish annually, says BJ Rao, vice-chancellor, University of Hyderabad (UoH). “However, the quality of work being done or the journals where these papers get published is not at par with global standards,” he adds.
Kumar says that since publication of a research paper is a time-consuming process, making it mandatory to publish a research paper puts undue pressure on students. “If the quality of research work is monitored properly, students can start writing papers well before the submission of PhD thesis. By the time the student submits the PhD thesis, a couple of papers may get accepted.”
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Uma Shanker Pandey, research supervisor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Calcutta, says, “During graduation, students are given an orientation in conducting research, correct methodology, and related tools. However, now colleges will have to impart a more structured format of introducing students to their journey as a PhD scholar.”
Imparting soft skills such as writing research papers is also a major responsibility for institutes, adds Rao. “Research guides and committees will now be responsible to ensure that the topic of research that is chosen by scholars is unique and has the potential to get published in quality journals,” he adds.
Kumar explains that to improve the quality of PhD work, the current process of getting the PhD thesis approved needs to be strengthened. “PhD work starts with mentoring, which makes a supervisor and student partners in maintaining quality. Also, every semester, students make presentations to the Research Advisory Committee to get feedback on research quality. Next, the PhD thesis is sent to two external examiners who send feedback suggesting corrections. Finally, the student must defend the work before a viva-voce board,” he says. At every stage, checking and maintaining quality is now going to be the main focus.
Increase in research
With students being given the option to take up a PhD immediately after graduation, there may be an increase in the number. “A change in mindset is needed to understand that cutting down the number of pre-PhD years will not adversely affect a scholar’s ability to do quality research. Research is an interest-driven activity, which will be enhanced if students are given the right guidance at every step,” says Rao.

UGC considers scrapping rule on publishing research for PhD

The University Grants Commission (UGC) plans to do away with the mandatory requirement of publishing research papers in peer reviewed journals for the submission of PhD thesis, officials said. The commission will allow higher education institutions to formulate their own rules and regulations on the matter. The reason for doing so is because many PhD students were resorting to publishing their articles in so-called predatory journals — basically those that publish articles in return for a fee, without adequate due-diligence of the sort academic publications are expected to ensure.

The commission is currently making amendments to the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedures for Award of Ph.D Degree) Regulations, 2016. Under the 2016 regulations, it was mandatory for PhD scholars to publish at least one research paper in a UGC refereed or peer reviewed journal before the submission of the dissertation/thesis for adjudication.

Under the new, 2022 regulations, the commission will replace the term mandatory with “strongly recommended”. The quality assessment of Phd degrees will be a responsibility of the universities and they are free to come up with their own guidelines in this regard

“This mandatory requirement led to a “journal business” in India. Making anything mandatory does not improve the quality of research. Therefore, UGC is now considering doing away with this requirement while strongly recommending research scholars to publish the research outcomes of their PhD in peer reviewed journals, apply for patents, and present in conferences,” UGC chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar told.

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