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The i3c BRIC-RCB Ph.D. Programme in Biosciences

The new i3C BRIC-RCB Ph.D. programme is expected to include highly talented students from backgrounds in the broad fields encompassing biotechnology, medicine and engineering. There will be two proposed tracks of entry into the programme.

Track I

Number of seats: Up to 70

Fellowship emoluments: As per extant fellowship norms of the respective funding agency

Educational qualification: Indian/ international (e.g. TWAS) students with an MSc/ MTech in any of Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, MPharm, MVSc, MBBS or an equivalent degree would be eligible to apply. An aggregate score of 55% or an equivalent grade in the preceding qualifying degree examination would be a necessary qualification (with a 5% relaxation for SC/ST/OBC- NCL/differently-abled allowed as per extant statutory norms). Four-year undergraduates from all of the above disciplines are also eligible as per UGC guidelines.

Selection Criteria:

Admission to the i3C BRIC-RCB Ph.D. programme in biosciences would require qualification in a national level fellowship examination such as the DBT-BET, CSIR-JRF, UGC-JRF, ICMR-JRF, or similar, which provides a five-year valid fellowship for pursuing a Ph.D. tenable at any of the iBRICs, RCB or ICGEB. Eligible applicants will be screened and shortlisted for interviews to be conducted around June-July each year.

Track II

Up to ten additional fellowships are likely to be instituted to encourage engineering (BTech/BE) and medicine graduates (MBBS) to apply to the programme. Undergraduates in any branch of engineering (BTech/ BE) or medicine (MBBS) with 55 % aggregate marks in the preceding qualifying degree examination would be a necessary qualification (with a 5% relaxation for SC/ST/OBC-NCL/differently-abled allowed as per extant statutory norms). The selection process will involve a separate written examination and/or an interview.

Allotment of institution and Ph.D. supervisor

The selected students will be assigned iBRIC institutions and Ph.D. supervisors along with their admission offer. The assignment of supervisors and iBRIC institutions will be made based on the interview merit scores and the students’ preferred research areas and supervisors, which would be submitted by the student prior to the interviews. It is expected that about five students from the programme will join each iBRIC/RCB/ICGEB in the first year, totaling about 75 students. All students inducted into this programme will receive their Ph.D. degree from RCB.

Registration and enrolment

The selected students will take admission at the assigned institutions and report to RCB Faridabad for registration and the first semester of coursework. A one-page description of the Ph.D. project, prepared in consultation with the assigned supervisor in a prescribed format, would need to be submitted along with the registration. Selected students will be housed at RCB- administered accommodation for the first semester, during which all campus facilities available to RCB students will be made available to the selected students. These include twin shared, off- campus leased accommodation, transport to and from the campus, meal facilities in the mess and cafeterias, access to campus medical facilities, and access to library, IT, and sports facilities.