The PhD program at NCBS accepts candidates with a Masters in any Basic Science discipline or a basic degree in any applied science such as Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science. Candidates are invited to apply in response to advertisements issued by the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai appearing nationally in the last week of August/first week of September every year. All applicants are required to take a written test conducted in December. Candidates who have qualified the CSIR/ICMR/Gate exam are also required to apply for this entrance test for admission to the PhD program at NCBS.
The test assesses basic analytical skills and +2 level mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. There is no specified syllabus, nor do we give out sample question papers. NCBS sends out an application package to students who qualify the written test for the next phase of the selection procedure. Performance in the written test, together with the information requested in the application package is used to short-list candidates for interviews at Bangalore in May/June. Interviews typically comprise two rounds. The details of these will be provided to candidates short-listed for the interviews. The new academic year begins in August. Students are eligible to register for a PhD at the TIFR Deemed University typically 1.5-2 years from the date of joining, after meeting coursework requirements and passing a comprehensive examination.
NCBS offers state-of-the art facilities for modern biology (see, Research Infrastructure at http://www.ncbs.res.in) and comfortable housing for students selected into the program. Student life at NCBS is enriched by a range of seminars, meetings and workshops. This provides opportunities for our students, to interact with students and faculty from other research institutions and Universities in the country and abroad. Student participation in international meetings and workshops both within the country and outside is actively encouraged with every effort made to provide full or partial support for travel. NCBS offers an in-house course program to its graduate students, which is supplemented by international courses conducted on our campus. We also have active collaborative research programs involving student exchanges, with laboratories across the world.
Our research programs cover a wide range of disciplines (New NCBS Website - Faculty), including Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, including Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Chemical Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Neuroscience. In addition, we actively encourage research initiatives that span multiple disciplines including the physical sciences. Such interactions have led to the establishment of the Integrated Biology (iBio) program (see Academic Programs, NCBS web site). This initiative encourages students with backgrounds in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics to apply their knowledge to understanding concepts in biology. Preference for this program is indicated at the time of the interviews. More recently, we have initiated joint programs with medical schools in the country. Our ties with the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore on whose campus we are located, remain strong with ongoing research collaborations. With the energy of youth and the vigorous admixture of inputs from diverse backgrounds, the Centre is kept in ferment, receptive of new ideas and striving to build on accomplishments.
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