PhD Admissions - September 2018 Session

Advt No: RGCB/PhD/2018-2

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) invites application for admission to the PhD program (September 2018 session) in various domains of disease biology. Details of admission are as follows:

  1. Candidates with a post-graduate degree in Life/ Chemical/ Agricultural/ Environmental/ Veterinary/ Pharmaceutical/ Medical Sciences or with an MCI certified MBBS degree are eligible to apply.
  2. Only candidates who have completed their qualifying degree in all respects will be considered.
  3. Applicants with UGC/CSIR/ICMR/DBT/DST-INSPIRE/KSCSTE fellowships must have a first class in their qualifying examination. These fellowships must be valid till June 2019.
  4. Applicants, who do not have any fellowship, should have a minimum of 70% mark (CGPA - 7.0) for the qualifying degree.
  5. SC/ST candidates should have a minimum of 55% marks (CGPA-6.0) for their qualifying degree.
  6. A limited number of institute stipends will be available for those selected candidates without a research fellowship. This conditional financial support will be a subsistence allowance for an initial period of two-years during which they will be strongly encouraged to seek their own fellowships from external agencies so that the PhD program continues uninterrupted.
  7. All eligible candidates, irrespective of their fellowship status, will have to appear for a qualifying entrance test which will be conducted at RGCB for short listing candidates for the selection interview.
  8. TA/DA or accommodation will not be provided for the PhD admission procedures.
  9. Results of the qualifying test will be announced within one hour and selection interview for shortlisted candidates will begin on the same day.
  10. Upper age limit is 28 years as on September 01, 2018. Age limit will be relaxed for SC/ST/Physically challenged candidates as per Government of India regulations.
  11. RGCB is currently affiliated to the University of Kerala, Manipal University, Mahatma Gandhi University and Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS). Registration of the selected candidates will be as per the guidelines issued by these Universities for the award of PhD degrees.
  12. All selected trainees will undergo the mandatory three-month course work from October 2018 to February 2019.
  13. Only candidates who pass the course work evaluation will be allowed to register for PhD. A maximum of two attempts only is permitted to pass the course work evaluation. Candidates who are not successful in both attempts will have to exit the PhD program.
  14. Final allotment to specific laboratories will be decided after mutual acceptance by both mentor and student.

Application form and other details can be downloaded from click here. Applications along with prescribed fees (as a demand draft of Rs 1000/-) must be submitted to The Director, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram 695014, Kerala State, India. SC/ST candidates are exempted from paying the processing fees. Last date for receiving completed applications is September 1, 2018. Incomplete applications or those without processing fees will be rejected. Applications (scanned copies/pdf along with a photocopy of the processing fee DD) can also be submitted through Email: phd.admn@rgcb.res.in. All applicants must bring relevant original certificates, mark sheets and the demand draft (if not already submitted).

Applicants should note that the PhD program of RGCB is primarily designed to produce top class PhD holders who will drive future research programs in the country. Hence we would like to see our PhD holders continue in active research by proceeding for suitable postdoctoral assignments and then as research scientists or young entrepreneurs in biotechnology. RGCB does not view as its main mandate production of PhD holders primarily for teaching in colleges and universities, which may often need the PhD degree to be in a particular domain (such as Zoology, Chemistry or Botany). This may not be possible at RGCB where most degrees are granted in biotechnology or other interdisciplinary subjects. Candidates who wish to have career in teaching may find other universities or institutes where "subject-wise degrees" are given a better option. Applicants are advised to consider this aspect very carefully before applying for the PhD program.

Important Dates

September 01, 2018 [Saturday] Last date for receipt of applications at RGCB.
Septmber 16, 2018 [Sunday] Written examination at RGCB.
Septmber 16, 2018 [Sunday] Exam results will be announced by 2.30 pm and the names of candidates shortlisted for selection interview posted on notice boards and website.
Septmber 16, 2018 [Sunday] Selection interviews.
Septmber 17, 2018 [Monday] Selection Interviews.
Septmber 19, 2018 [Wednesday] Announcement of the final list of candidates selected as RGCB PhD trainees.
October 3, 2018 [Wednesday] Selected PhD trainees report to Office of Academic Affairs, RGCB.
October 3, 2018 [Wednesday] Mandatory Course Work Begins.

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Director

Contact

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