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SERB – FICCI Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research The official notification for the SERB – FICCI Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research has been released. THE FOCUS AREAS FOR THIS RANGE FROM SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING TO MEDICINE. INTERESTED AND ELIGIBLE INDIAN NATIONALS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE DETAILS ON THE SAME BELOW: By Diluxi Arya

Duration: 4 Years Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research scheme is a prestigious initiative of Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India to the advancement of university research engagements Consistent with industry requirement. The scheme encourages full-time PhD scholars to pursue research in”focus areas” identified by industries and of national priorities. You will find 100 slots of fellowships available yearly to researchers to pursue PhD in reputed tech and research institutions in India. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on behalf of SERB implements the scheme.

for Doctoral Research will be done after a rigorous selection Procedure Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) The IP ownership will be mutually decided by partnering academic institution, PhD scholar along with the sponsoring industry. SERB & FICCI will hold no right on IP (if any) generated out of the PhD research. Monitoring Mechanism

Awarded scholars will undergo periodic review on the progress of the Area of Research research work and achievement of Science, Technology, Engineering, milestones. Scholars will showcase their work during the review meetAgriculture, and Medicine ings. Eligibility

Application Process

The candidates for the Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Re- Only online applications through program website are going to be acsearch Scheme must: cepted. Don’t send any physical copy of the application and supporting • Indian National • Full-time PhD registered with documents. any academic or research institution offering PhD degree • Apply within 14 months of PhD admission/registration whichever date is earlier • Complete all required academic qualification in past • Have an industry partner to sponsor 50 percent of the fellowship (Rs.4lakhs per annum) Selection Process & Parameter Final selection for the award of SERB’s Prime Minister’s Fellowship

Candidates can apply to the SERB’s Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research Scheme at any time of the year at www.serbficci-iirrada.in Documents to be submitted • Recent Passport Size Picture • PhD Enrolment & Registration Certificate • 10th, 12th, Graduation & Post-Graduation Certificate • Scan of Other Degree / Diploma

• • • • •

Certificate (if applicable) Profile of host institute Bio-data of PhD Supervisor, not exceeding 3 pages Profile of Partner Company with Logo Bio-data of Industry Mentor, not exceeding 3 pages Undertaking from the Research

Supervisor and Head of the Organization of the Institute / University • Undertaking from the Industry Partner in the Research Project • Letter from the Industry Partner (on company’s letterhead) on the research problem and the future plans for implementation, if any


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Govt BIRAC Biotech / Life Science Job with Rs 50,000/- Salary in Make In India Cell Govt BIRAC Trainee Job for bsc and btech candidates. BSc & BTech Biotech and Life Sciences candidates can apply online for Management Trainee vacancies at BIRAC. Life Sciences & Biotechnology jobs for BTech & BSc candidates. INTERESTED AND ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES CAN CHECK OUT ALL OF THE DETAILS ON THE SAME BELOW: By Diluxi Arya

POST I Position: Management Trainee (Entrepreneurship Development) Position Code: SPED-01 No. of Posts: 01 Consolidated Emoluments: Between Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 50,000 de- 25.06.2019. pending on qualifications And expePOST II rience Job Description: To encourage en- Position: Management trepreneurship and innovation devel- (Make In India Cell) opment to strengthen the biotech secPosition Code: SPED-02 tor in India.

How to Apply: Significant — Candidates must mention the position code in the apTrainee plication.

No. of Posts: 03

Key Responsibilities: • Work closely together with Entrepreneurship Development team to implement entrepreneurship and capacity development programs • Help to conduct entrepreneurship training/workshops/meetings • Help in assessing entrepreneurship development programs • Prepare concise, well-written documents with appropriate business and technical terminology. • Work together with the teams for timely delivery of results.

Consolidated Emoluments: Between Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 50,000 based on experience and qualifications Job Description: To work in the Make in India Cell of BIRAC for coordinating the activities of Global-India Biotech Summit. Key Responsibilities: Coordinate and Provide all-around support to Head (SPED) and Make in India Cell team to steer the activities of Global-India Biotech Summit to be held in November 2019.

Qualifications: B Necessary Qualification: (B.Sc/B. Necessary Tech in Life Sciences/Biotechnology/ Tech/M Sc. /M Tech in almost any Pharma from a trusted and recognized domain of Life Science, Minimum 2 years of applicable work experience University / Institute. Desirable Qualifications: M.Sc/M. Desirable Qualifications: Expertise Tech/MBA from a reputed and recog- in MS Office, Demonstrated Writing nized institute is going to be favoured capabilities, superb communication skills in English, Experience in PubExperience: 1 year in entrepreneur- lic Relations, Event Organization ship development/public-private partnership activities in a private or pub- Age Limit: 30 years according to 25.06.2019. lic organization Age

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• The post is temporary and on contract basis initially for a period of six months and extendable for a maximum period of two years based on the requirement for the position. • Interested candidates should apply at vacancy.birac@nic.in the

prescribed format. (i) Application Proforma (ii) For details of job descriptions and qualifications please see BIRACDoc-II • Last Day for Application is 25th June 2019. Applications not on the format and received by post/ courier won’t be considered. • Notwithstanding anything contained herein or elsewhere; the decisions taken by BIRAC will be binding on all concerned.


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Mphil To Be Discontinued, New Research Oriented MSc Courses Under Modi Govt Draft of National Education Policy (NEP) was released by a committee headed by eminent scientist K. Kasturirangan last Friday with a recommendation to discontinue M.Phil degree, which is likely to affect many research scholars in India. THE DRAFT FORWARDED SUGGESTS CHANGING THE HIGHER EDUCATION PATTERN BY INTRODUCING A FOUR-YEAR BACHELOR’S DEGREE INSTEAD OF A THREE-YEAR COURSE. IT ALSO AIMS TO FORMULATE RESEARCH-ORIENTED MASTERS COURSES, THEREBY ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENTS OF AN M.PHIL DEGREE. By Preety Suman

The committee recommends the qualification required to do a Ph.D. now should either be a “Master’s deent education system does not offer gree or a four-year Bachelor’s degree much in terms of a research-orientwith research”. ed curriculum, which is a must for a Ph.D. degree. Under the current education system Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru – Mphil can be pursued after a MasUniversity (JNU), BHU are among ters degree which provides a student few universities in India that offer with a two-year window to take a substantive M.Phil degrees to stucall on whether they want to go for a dents with at least 20-30 seats present Ph.D. degree next or just proceed to next level – job after M.Phil. For students pursuing masters degree now, there are no essential requirements of doing a dissertation work or to submit a thesis, whereas M.phil evolves around more of research-oriented work & dissertation. The committee has suggested few alternatives for an M.Phil degree. • Different versions of Masters degree program can be introduced • Two-year duration Masters degree program – with 2nd year devoted completely to do research work for those who have completed a 3-year durations undergraduate program. • A 5-year duration – Bachelor’s/ Master’s program • There can be a 1-year Master Degree Program For Students completing a 4 -year bachelor’s course with research. The whole aim of this proposal for restructuring the current education system is to make it more liberal – says the committee. Indian Universities under the pres-

in each department per year. As per stats reported by the Print – JNU & Delhi University alone this year has provided 300 & 200 M.Phil degrees recently.

take on this proposal. Do you think its a wise decision – restructuring the higher education system – Mphil To Be Discontinued? What other changes you would like the Govt to add in the proposal? Do share your views If the draft is approved – this could below in the comment section. bring a drastic change in our education system. Do let us know your


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UGC May Discontinue Paper Publication Prior to PhD Thesis Submission It will no longer be mandatory for a PhD student in India to publish a paper in any reputed journal before he/she is awarded the PhD degree – if the recommendation forwarded to University Grants Commission (UGC) by a four-membered committee headed by Prof. P. Balaram is approved. AS PER CURRENT UGC REGULATIONS, IT IS ESSENTIAL FOR A PHD STUDENT TO PUBLISH AT LEAST ONE PAPER IN ANY PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL BEFORE THESIS SUBMISSION – BEFORE THE PHD DEGREE IS AWARDED. By Preety Suman

Head of the committee Prof. Balaram said that – his team has recommended to UGC that the mandatory rule of the need for paper publication for getting a PhD degree should be discontinued. The idea behind this recommendation is to ensure that institutions should have and implement internal standards & should be responsible for the quality of thesis produced.

publication prior to PhD. Scientific publishing field has undergone revolutionary changes since the past few years, so we must also strategize on how a work leading to a PhD degree He further added that – the Quality of should be communicated. a thesis from a PhD student should be collaboratively analyzed and impro- He suggested that instead, we should vised by the supervisors, examiners have the thesis chapters submitted to and the institutions. “If they are not preprint servers like arXiv or bioarXbothered then how can any regulation iv. Postdoc funding programs should improve quality? Can a circular from use these preprints submissions for Delhi applicable to all institutions im- evaluation and not value them any prove the quality of work?” less than paper publications. As per Prof. Balaram – Currently, Prof. VijayRaghavan assures that In India, supervisors & institutions following the way of Preprints inaltogether have outsourced the re- stead of the current UGC norms will sponsibility to journals to maintain & have several advantages. Streams improvise on the quality of doctoral work published, which is not acceptable. Since the time UGC implemented the rule of mandatory paper publication prior to thesis submission, the number of raptorial journals in India has drastically increased since 2011. The number of research papers published in these low-quality journals by PhD students has increased at an exponential rate. In a mail to The Hindu, Prof. K. VijayRaghavan – Principal Scientific Adviser to the Govt of India said that offered an alternative solution to UGC’s mandatory publication rule in a peer-reviewed journal. As per Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, In Today’s World, there is no need to follow the old school method of paper

like Engineering, humanities etc each have their own timelines, but when it comes to the natural sciences and life sciences stream-they are not on the fast track. It takes a long time for a PhD student comparatively to get a paper published in natural sciences and life sciences.

has no Effect on your PhD or postdoc degree. The proposed draft is yet to be reviewed and a final decision is awaited. While this recommendation of Discontinuation of Paper Publication- if approved, will definitely bring a sigh of relief to all the PhD students. It will not only ease up the burden of the paper publication they carry, but it will also make sure the PhD degrees are awarded on time.

Allowing PhD students to publish their articles to preprint servers will have a favorable effect on obtaining the training element completed with speedily and proceed to another step. This strategy has the value in The above news has been adapted which you assess the research work from work published at The Hindu. compiled rather than where it’s published. It will finally get published and peer-reviewed, but that process


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Teachers Without PhD / NET Cant Work From This Academic Year Vice Chancellor – M Krishnan of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) in a statement said that Faculties working at colleges who do not comply with the University Grants Commission (UGC) qualification criteria would not be able to continue with their job starting this academic year (2019-20) itself. ON THURSDAY A CIRCULAR WAS SENT TO ALL COLLEGES UNDER ITS AFFILIATION BY V CHINNIAN -THE REGISTRAR OF THE UNIVERSITY SAYING, “IT’S BEEN ADVISED TO ALL THE AFFILIATED COLLEGES THAT THE PARTICIPATION OF TEACHERS WHO DON’T HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS AS PER UGC NORMS WILL LEAD TO DISAFFILIATION OF THEIR COURSES. By Preety Suman

It’s known from the letters received from the colleges that these educators are still on the roster that’s against the HC order and the”university must enUGC norms as well as the orders of sure that all the affiliated colleges folthe High Court in the WP.No.2652 of low the court’s order. Regarding this, 2-14 dated 11.08.2014.” MKU has already sent many such circulars to the affiliated colleges. On “Hence, it’s informed that if collegThursday contempt request on this es continue the courses with teachers case will probably be heard by the who don’t have qualifications as per court. Before that MKU must obey UGC norms they will be held responthe order of the court.” sible for the lawful action by notifying the same prior to the HC in the Krishnan also added that at present contempt petition.” 10 percent of the teaching staff at MKU affiliated colleges did not have Krishnan told Express that it had qualification as per the UGC norms. been MKU’s duty to oblige by the As per the court order, they’ll be ter-

norms in terms of teacher qualification and remuneration paid to the This strict move follows the con- teaching staff. tempt proceedings being heard in the Madras High Court over non-com- Any colleges hiring for teaching post pliance of its 2014 order in a petition must ensure that the person’s qualififiled by one M. Anandakrishnan, in cation matches the UGC educational which the court directed the MKU, requirement & regulations – either a Manonmaniam Sundaranar Univer- Ph.D. degree or National Eligibility sity & the University of Madras to Test (NET) or State-level Eligibility guarantee adherence to UGC stand- Test (SET) qualification is required. Teachers Without PhD / NET qualifiards. cation shall not be appointed. Numerous colleges which run in self-financing mode defied the UGC minated.


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Notice: CSIR Revises Emoluments For CSIR Research Fellow / Associates Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (Human Resource Development Group), has released the notification for the Revision of emoluments of CSIR research fellows/associates. All of the details regarding the revision have been tabulated. Check it out below: COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC & INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP) CSIR COMPLEX, LIBRARY AVENUE, PUSA, NEW DELHI – 110 012 By Diluxi Arya

Sub.: Revision of emoluments of CSIR research fellows/associates The Governing Body (GB), CSIR in its 191st meeting held on 26th April 2019 considered and approved the proposal for revision of emoluments of CSIR research fellows/associates. Accordingly, the revision of emoluments effective from 01-01-2019, are as follows:

SI. No.

Existing emoluments (Rs.)

Research Fellowship/Research Associateship 1st two years | After 2nd year

Revised emoluments (Rs.)

1st two years

After 2nd year

1

JRF-NET

25000

28000

31000

35000

2

JRF-GATE (tenable in CSIR and its laboratories)

25000

28000

31000

35000

3

Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship (SPMF)

29000

34000

36000

42000

4

SRF-Direct

28000

28000

35000

35000

5

Research Associate-I

36000

36000

47000

47000

6

Research Associate-II

38000

38000

49000

49000

7

Research Associate-III

40000

40000

54000

54000

8

CSIR- chru Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (tenable in CSIR and its laboratories)

50000

65000

Research Fellowships in EMR Funded Projects 1

JRF*

12000

14000

31000

35000

2

RA

36000

36000

47000

47000

* JRF includes JRF-NET/LS/GATE, qualified candidates


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Introducing CSIR NET Fellow Grievance Redressal Portal CSIR HRDG – Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has released a notice regarding Grievance Redressal for CSIR NET fellows.

MOST OF THE TIMES CSIR NET CANDIDATES AFTER QUALIFYING THE EXAM ARE NOT SURE OF WHAT IS THE NEXT PROCEDURE, HOW TO GET THE CSIR NET CERTIFICATE, ETC. By Preety Suman

CSIR is here now with a Grievance Redressal wherein either you can call, drop a mail to the number & email ID mentioned below in order to get your queries answered. CSIR – HRDG HELP DESK – Grievance Redressal Portal is the place where you can ask your quesFor NET Exam/Certificate: Call: you may also call/mail: tions to CSIR. This initiative will help FOR CSIR NET FELLOWS 01125843504 Or Mail: nethelp2@ lakhs of CSIR NET aspirants resolve fellowship payment: csir.res.in their queries and questions which go 1. For Grievance Redressal Please For visit: http://hrdg.csir.res.in 01125842532 / 01125841581 unanswered. 2. For any assistance/clarification,

Fungus + Spider Gene: Formula To Kill Mosquitoes Mosquito Menace – Can it be ended once & for all? In order to stop lakhs of death casualties worldwide due to mosquito-borne diseases like Malaria & chikungunya – we will need to eradicate the mosquitoes – transmitter of lethal diseases. SCIENTISTS GLOBALLY HAVE BEEN USING GENETIC EDITING TOOLS IN ORDER TO WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE MOSQUITOES, BUT NONE HAVE MADE IT BEYOND LABORATORY TESTING. By Preety Suman

To provide the fungus a boost, the team engineered it to produce a toxin derived from the venom of the Australian Blue Mountains funnel-web spider – Metarhizium pingshaense, which kills mosquitoes far more quickly. The team then tested the fungus in a “MosquitoSphere,” that a screen-enclosed placing in West Africa made to mimic a village.

Now, Researchers at the University of Maryland, have genetically altered a fungus to produce a spider toxin that kills mosquitoes. And, in out of Lab testing the fungus was able to reduce the mosquito population present by up to 99%.

The transgenic fungus used caused the mosquito population demise within 45 days of time. And it is as good at killing insecticide-resistant mosquitoes as non-resistant ones, said researcher Brian Lovett.

According to a research paper published in the journal Science, the fungus used & modified by UMD researchers kills mosquitoes in the wild — but it isn’t particularly fast, meaning the mosquito still might have the time to infect someone with malaria.

This Fungus + Spider Gene testing was first of its kind. For the first time, researchers have analyzed a transgenic way of combating malaria outside of a laboratory setting. Although the testing was a success, some worry about the controversial use of genetic editing tool and fear the release of a

lethal genetically altered organism in ing of fungus might have problematic the environment which can cause un- negative public health effects and unknown issues. predictable ripple impacts on ecosystems, affecting pollinators, bats, and “This analysis raises several ur- bees. Like with all genetic engineergent concerns,” Dana Perls of the ing, this needs to be addressed with environmental group Friends of the fantastic caution.” Earth told NPR. “Genetic engineer-


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Scientific Papers Are Getting Harder To Read? – Voice of BioTecNika Pleasant and warm greetings to all the science enthusiasts present out there. If you have been an ardent follower of science and you work hard to keep yourself up-todate with all that it has to offer, I am sure you will agree to the fact that “Science papers are actually getting harder to read.” BELIEVE ME, IT IS NOT JUST YOU, EVEN THE WORLD STATISTICS AGREE TO THE FACT, THAT AS SCIENCE IS EVOLVING, THE DISCOVERIES ARE GETTING MORE COMPLEX AND DEFINITELY IT IS REFLECTING IN OUR JOURNALS. By Rashmi Sanyal

Hello and welcome back to Biotecnika’s very own – Voice of Biotecnika’s latest episode, where you will be exploring facts about why the claim is made so. Listen to the Podcast below to know Why Scientific Papers Are Getting Harder To Read? There is a beginning to everything but science is the backbone of all conception. It started even before the Universe chose to exist because it laid down the principles on which the world stands today. From eminent names – Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo, Edison, Mendel, Koch, Archimedes to the present day Jane Goodall, Late Stephen Hawking, Frederick Sanger and many more to come, all of them have worked hard in helping the world understand its surroundings. In the old days, all the findings were not preserved in a manner legible today, but as the days passed, the man figured out a way to save his data. The scientists took their predecessors to lead and began extending their research.

has seen a rapid pace of evolution and increasing depth, the journals, in turn, became harder to read. You still sound unconvinced.

Well, try picking up a journal from last century and pick one from the present times. You will find that the hard phrases and terms used in the present day make the read more impenetrable to the average human. Let alone the scientific facts or terms that make the flow heavy, even the grammar that is used seems to follow the pattern. This has been labeled as the general scientific jargon. Words like ‘robust’, ‘significant’, ‘furthermore’ and ‘underlying’ are more frequently used than the simpler synonyms used before. However, such word power alone does not suffice the claim. It has Now as data accumulated, it had to been seen that the sentences that are be well presented and documented, framed are more technically phrased to be easily accessed by all. Hence, and gets more difficult to analyze. started the science journals, where the findings could be announced and Many may argue that the research documented and even referred to article is meant for a scientist to learn when needed. Humans sound very or- and accumulate viewpoints. Very true, ganized. Yes, we are. But no matter but at the same time, the research artihow hard you try there will always be cle has to be read by an academician, a loophole left out. by a student, by any ordinary man As we accumulated more and more data, there cropped up a need to limit the number of words or repetitive concepts used or the amount of research published in one paper. So, the best way out was to briefly introduce the topic and then begin explaining one’s own research with as much factual and experimental support as possible. So far so good. But over the years what has happened is that as science

seeking answers for a pestering concept. Then, why be cruel to him? It is seen in more than 30% of the random abstracts, that the English used in the construction of sentences is even beyond a college graduate level.

The irony is that now, researchers are even beginning to devise a way to bring down the difficulty level and the complex nature of the text used. In other words, make it more legible

to every other man. Just because the science behind the working is getting more complex with every passing day, does not necessarily mean words and sentences should be getting longer as well. Neuroscientist William Hedley Thompson from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is of the opinion that, we may come up with a ‘readability index’, that could measure the clarity of the text used. Just how a language test score signifies the proficiency of a person in that subject, this would signify and be a measure of the article’s language proficiency. This, however, may be misused. It has to be accepted, that some science are very difficult to explain in simple sentence constructions. A lot of background data must be known to understand every concept penned. This, however, stands a concern for the general mass. His study concludes that its findings ‘are concerning for scientists and for the wider public as they impact both the reproducibility and accessibility of research’. But Maxim Grechkin, a computer scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle, isn’t convinced that reproducibility is affected. ‘It might actually be simpler to reproduce a paper that refers to concepts precisely by their jargon, rather than dances around it,’ he says. ‘Jargon is useful to succinctly convey a piece of shared information from one researcher in the field to another.’ A recent analysis even concludes that

one in every 300 of the words in journal articles are influenced by related Wikipedia pages. The decrease in the readability of the scientific excerpts is due to the change in the usage of words. It has also lead to an increase in the length of sentences. Words like ‘notes’ turn into ‘data’ and ‘observations’ turn into ‘results’. To make things worse, reading a paper actually becomes a tedious job and one may get tired or drifted away amidst the process. The challenge in easing this lies in the expertise of the author, the understanding of the subject and his literary skill set. There is no uniform standard that can be observed and hence the trouble. The abstract in some cases may be absolutely on a different line than the matter spoken about in the body content. All these boil down to the efforts made by the researcher. One must keep in mind to put their thoughts in a legible manner with continuity in the text. The easier it is to understand, the more people will access it and the more benefit it will add to mankind. As a part of the scientific fraternity, it is our responsibility to follow the same when we publish articles and papers. If you agree or disagree with these notions, please let us know by leaving your comments below, or by writing to us. Together we can build a better scientific platform that is informative and legible to the generations after us.


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Is Good CGPA in College Enough To Get Jobs in Biotech Sector? We often come across this debate where people are arguing about whether good CGPA is necessary to get a decent job in Biotech. But how much exactly this GOOD CGPA be and how does it define our capabilities wholly? WE ARE GOING TO DISCUSS SOME INTERESTING POINTS REGARDING THIS AND WILL TRY TO FIND OUT WHERE EXACTLY THE REALITY LIES IN THIS HUGE BIOTECH INDUSTRY. By Kajol Patel

This topic will also highlight the key aspects which a recruiter perceives before hiring a prospective employee. So, let’s jump into this topic which we as students and prospective employee should think about before applying for a job in Biotech. Think about it as a fresher applying in a conventional manner how will a recruiter judge you. He/she would want to know your CGPA in order to understand some aspects which are necessary for that job profile.

such a case usually, the CGPA does not matter much especially if the scientist is aware of your skills and other aspects which are required in the job.

Let’s be honest and find out the rea- But there is one important point to sons as to why some students score be noted. If this Scientist is working well than others: in renowned institutes like IISERs, IISC, IITs even if as much he/she a. Hard work and striking the right wants you to hire for the job on the bachord sis of the skill set that you have, there b. Being ambitious and disciplined is a minimum criterion of screening c. Being intelligent which is broadcasted by these instid. Working smart tutes. They basically consider the minimum CGPA as 3/5 i.e. 60% and and pretty much these are the things the major subject in the masters as a which a recruiter wants in a candi- filtering criterion. As there is a huge date when he/ she is hiring. So, if amount of competition for such jobs they come across such a CV having it will be better if we consider getting such good grades it is easy for them to good scores to start a promising cajudge the candidate in a shorter frame reer in a renowned institute. of time. But does that mean that a good CGPA is all they are looking Now let’s explore the scenarios for?? The answer is no. present in life science companies The other qualities that they are really interested in a prospective candidate includes – relevant experience and good recommendations. This holds especially true when someone is looking for a job in biotech. Biotechnology is a vast field and hence the job profile or the job description varies widely with each job advertisement. For example, if a candidate has done some project under a good scientist as his/her master’s project and if the candidate has really put good efforts and hard work to complete the project successfully there are high chances that this candidate might just get absorbed in this scientist’s laboratory. Provided if the scientist has good funds and job openings of course. In

Like if the candidate has a good practical knowledge that will be eventually reflected in getting the profits early. So, all in all, it matters whether you are applying to an institute or in a company. In order to increase the chances of getting selected for any biotech job, a job seeker having low CGPA alter the way in which he/ she seeks for a job. Like a CV with a low CGPA will most likely never get selected from the pile of resumes, especially for a fresher. But here a good network can work. On various occasions, the recruiter can get impressed by the engaging, ambitious and eager young people and may not put much stress on CGPA if these qualities are upfront. Sometimes a high recommendation from a credible recommender can work wonders while applying for a good biotech job profile.

Biotech companies are more interested in a candidate’s skill set and recommendations hence they usually do not put much stress on the CGPA. Their so-called “FUNDAS” is clear. They want a candidate to be decent in terms of discipline and motivation and most importantly in the cast of having a skill set. Hence, they usually seek out for candidates which can full fill these few criteria and they don’t like to invest their money, energy and time in hiring someone who just has good CGPA and not good practical knowledge.

One most important aspect to CGPA is it matters less and less as you get more and more experience and as you advance in your career. Like nobody asks a 45 years old executive what grade he had in his master right!! But the gist here is we should responsibly take this opportunity to learn and grow in our career to take up new challenges as it will help to advance in our career. It all comes down to learning whether you learn while you are in your college and get good CGPA or else work very hard after it to gain good knowledge and experience.

In companies, the profit is very important and is also directly related to the skill set that the employee has.

Having Low CGPA and still wants to excel in the Research Field

The next aspect is what if someone has low CGPA and still wants to pursue a good career in the field of biotech research. The path that fulfills this dream requires hard work. They say it’s never too late and it’s true thankfully in this case. National exams like CSIR-NET, GATE, SET, ICMR, ICAR also talk about the credibility of the candidates apart from the CGPA, recommendations and practical knowledge. Of these recognized exams, CSIR NET is a blessing for every life science student. It is one of the rare exams which can be taken by a candidate having at least 55% in the postgraduate exam. After clearing CSIR NET JRF a candidate has its own fellowship which is going to fetch him/her for 5 years with the required academic and research funds. This makes it much easier for any candidate to start a career in the biotech sector. One can do this by consistent participation in extracurricular activities in the volunteering work to reflect the discipline that he/she has. One can also do this by taking additional classes or courses to upgrade and polish their skill sets like courses on CRISPR, Next-generation sequencing, molecular biology tools, plant tissue culture techniques, etc.

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Scenarios present outside India: While being a citizen of India we can still get a decent job with the help of networking, internships, and recommendations, if someone wants to apply outside India it is a bit difficult with low CGPA. Companies and institutes are very clear about the minimum criterion for selecting the job seekers, of which CGPA is a major filtering criterion so CGPA of 3 and above out of 5 is usually the basic criteria to get selected for the next round of the selection process. Being a University student, one knows that 60% marks is the basic requirement to pass the graduation. Whether a good CGPA or not keep the following questions in your mind while applying for any biotech jobs:

1.What are the skill sets required for the job profile? 2. How do my background and qualifications align with the responsibilities and functions which are required in this job? 3. What is that which is needed most for the successful completion of the job profile? For this you can ask questions to the employer who is currently working in the same job profile eg; QA/QC and understand what all skills and qualities are important and how can I full these requirements? A creative resume can make wonders!!

Now resume writing is also an art! While writing the resume we need to paint it well. Usually, CGPAs lower than 3 shouldn’t be mentioned in the CV. Rather highlight your internship projects with the skills you have hands-on experience on, special projects, research experiences, poster presentations, and achievements, etc which will define the zest for this field. Hence in order to summarize in few words “Make the most of the opportunities present in front of you” something we keep on listening at every stage of our lives but how many of us really follow it?

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good CGPA will have better and vast opportunities already present, the low CGPA candidates will have to create opportunities for himself which means putting extra effort, time, energy, etc. If the approach is relevant and practical they can succeed too by putting extra efforts and setting realistic goals. And lastly in this rat race which is prevalent in almost all the field, “Learnings” and “Knowledge” are the two tools one should concentrate on just like Amir Khan had rightly stated in his movie 3 Idiots:

“Kamyab hone keliye nahin, kaabil hone keliye Padho!! Success ke Good CGPA can make the struggles peeche mat bhaago; excellence ka less but that does not mean that seek- peecha karo! Success jhak maarke ers of biotech jobs having low CGPA tumhare peeche aayegi !!!!” will fail. While the job seekers having


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Top 10 High Salary Life Science / Biotech Jobs – A Must Read

To earn a healthy & decent salary amount is the dream of every educated individual. This is practical indeed since living in a densely populated, developing country like India where you have to struggle each and every day to sustain your livelihood apart from supporting your family, where health issues might bother you now and then, the highest living costs in the big cities make it mandatory that you draw a good handsome salary in your job. “ DON’T LET MONEY RUN YOUR LIFE, LET MONEY HELP YOU RUN YOUR LIFE BETTER. ” By Dr. Nidhi Hukku

Undoubtedly a healthier working environment and job satisfaction are as much important as the money you get but a fair and decent salary amount gives you that motivation where you deliver the best you have. Some famous psychologists like Abraham Maslow and Frank Herzberg had given their respective theories why reasonable salary is essential for Job satisfaction. To begin with, Let’s Understand “What is Lifesciences?” And “Why one should study the Life sciences?”

could definitely look yourself as a Lecturer or Assistant Professor serving numerous students in colleges or Universities!

Life science comprises of applied biology fields like biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, etc. in addition to basic biology subjects. Life sciences broaden the knowledge about plants, animals, microbes, environment, human population, lab techniques and much more. This practical field enables to converge to nature by lending insights into the environment and the other living beings with which we share earth as our home. Various ecological and evolutionary studies that scientists carry out and implement to conserve our nature and world are empowered by Life sciences. Moreover, Life sciences contribute to health care as well by improving disease resistance by showing the path to develop novel therapeutics and unprecedented medical aids and devices.

Every Year many aspirants appear for the NET (National Eligibility Test) conducted by CSIR- UGC which provides the eligibility for Lectureship. You can attain dreams of guiding the paths of many students by entering into academics. Salary Details

Handsome salary is offered to lectures and assistant professors by the government. You can draw as much as INR 40,000 pm to 70,000. As per the UGC 7th Pay Commission Recommendations, the entry pays (INR 37400- 67000) for Lecturer and assistant professor Jobs could further be increased by a significant amount soon. In the private sector, you may earn starting from 30,000 per month as a faculty to 70,000 per month as an assistant professor depending upon But what about the prospects or ca- capabilities and relevant experience. reer opportunities for advancements This is one of the most stable High which Life sciences sector could of- Salary Life Science Jobs. fer as far as salary is concerned? Let’s analyze and have a look at the Top 10 2. Entering into research is always High Salary Life Science Jobs / Bio- a decent choice! If you have an analytical and inquistech Jobs which you can apply for. itive mind filled with intelligence and 1. Sculpturing up the careers of curiosity, possess serenity and patience as part of your personality then Students! Ask yourself! Do you carry that stepping into research is always under spark which can enlighten the stu- consideration. dents’ thoughts, passion for scintillating their lives, intention to shape up • As a research scientist, you will enjoy planning and conducting the careers of learners, and then you

experiments which can be taken up as a noble paying career. • You may find opportunities in various government or even commercial laboratories, food laboratories, higher education institutions or even hospitals research units. • As far as research areas are concerned you are available with options ranging from physiology, plant sciences, stem cell research, microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, biochemistry, and even pharmacology. • You will be expected to create experiments, analyze results and data and then communicate results via published papers in reputed journals.

national level examinations conducted by Department of Science and technology, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, Indian Institute of Sciences, Indian Institute of Technologies, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, etc. Several CSIR & ICMR affiliated organizations & even the Govt Organizations like DBT, Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, National Institute of Biologicals, NIN offer a handsome salary of up to Rs 1.5 to 2 Lakh per month to postgraduates with MSc degree & NET qualification having at least 4-5 years of experience in the relevant field. Research field will be our top pick for Highest Salary Life Science Jobs.

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3. If observing those minute entities is your passion, Microbiologist Research scientists who have com- should be the option! pleted their masters in relevant fields can work as JRF/SRF in government If you are keen to work in and offer laboratories obtaining INR 25, 000 your services in health care, perhaps (for initial 2 years and INR 28,000 this is the true niche for you. You will (for the remaining period). be liable for testing food samples or alike, or diagnosing the diseases thus After clearing the Joint CSIR/UGC be ready to make a difference in comJRF (Conducted by Council of Sci- mon people‘s life by adopting microentific research) individual becomes biology as a career. entitled to fellowship grant of INR 31,000 and INR 35, 000 which have In general, the role of Microbiolbeen considerably raised from the ogists is to ensure the safety of food, previous amounts 25,000 and 28,000 developing green technologies, exby the Indian government in the year ploring the role of microbes in the 2019. This revised fellowship amount is applicable to candidates passing the

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environment besides treating and preventing diseases. Being a microbiologist you may enter any one of the following fields like hospitals, diagnostic labs, food analysis labs, research labs or even renowned food companies. Common people are certainly going to admire you when you will declare whether a particular food item is worth consuming! Now that adds up to self-esteem. Being a Microbiologist, you can set foot into: A. Biotechnology, Biochemical pharmaceutical, and Agrichemical companies. B. Companies manufacturing food and beverages C. Health Care or beauty care products manufacturing units D. The Food Standard Agency can be accessed Salary Details: The average Salary a microbiologist obtains in India is around 3 to 10 lakhs per year. He/ she will be eligible to get increments with experience. The Journey from a microbiologist post to a senior microbiologist post will be a learning curve, especially for freshers. At senior microbiologist post, one can earn as high as 1.2 Lakh per month with the right kind of skill sets, experience, and work dedication. 4. Like playing with Molecules? If you are keen to interact with molecules controlling life like DNA, RNA, and proteins or have an interest in exploring more about chemical processes in living organisms. Opting to be a biochemist can satisfy your quench for the right kind of career. What do biochemists need to do? Biochemists along with Biophysicists study the fundamental principles behind biological processes like growth, heredity, and diseases. As a biochemist you can contribute towards the development of a novel drug against deadly diseases or you may work as a part of a diagnostic team in a hospital analyzing the specimens of patients using computer-aided equipment. Biochemists can find openings with the Federal Government and in Private Laboratories Salary Details: You can expect a salary between Rs 28,000/- pm to Rs 85,000 pm depending upon qualification and skills.

A PhD Degree is always preferred in any of the Life science sector jobs. It not only gives you a direct entry into a Biopharma company or Govt Organization, but the starting salary is also pretty high comparatively. 5. Shaping imagination to words! If you have those instincts indicating you excel in penning down the scientific facts in an impressive and expressive manner, leaving a broad impact on readers then definitely go for scientific writing as a career option. What Scientific writers do? Scientific writers inscribe research articles for scientific and technical journals, scientific news, and professional publications for media. There should be a depth in their writing which should be entirely professional, flawless, concise and accurate. They are expected to attend academic and press conferences, visit research establishments, design literature or company reports for magazines and journals. Scientific writers could get employed in government and private national and international organizations. Salary Details: Scientific writers are paid decent amounts starting from 20,000/- pm to 70,000/- pm or even more depending upon experience and expertise. This filed offers you to climb up to the post of a senior editor or even editor in chief pretty soon if you have the right writing skills to amass the crowd. This profession also gives you the ease of freelancing and working at the comfort of your home in some cases. 6. Interested in creating new varieties of plants? Go for choosing Plant Breeder/ Geneticist as your career if developing new, disease resistant or drought-tolerant varieties of plants is your field of interest. What Plant breeders do? Plant breeders work on scientific projects and techniques for improving plants exhibiting desirable traits. They develop procedures to improve existing plant varieties or create novel varieties which excel in appearance and yield, resistance to diseases, other characteristics. The may get employed in a commercial, research or academic setups. They may work either in the public sector or private sector with the aim of conducting re-

search to discover new plant breeds as well as various breeding combinations. For plant breeders, to produce an enormous amount of crops with few resources available remains on their responsibilities list.

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& SSC also conducts exams for hiring Food technologists. This is one of the most consistently paying High Salary Life Science Job. Food technologist job openings are frequently posted at Biotecnika from the following companies – FSSAI, CSIR-CFTRI, IIFPT, CIAB, GNDU, ITC Foods, Britannia, TUV SUD, Cargill and many more.

A bachelor’s degree in biology, botany or related field is the basic requirement. Certification in plant breeding provided may add up to career opportunities further. One can enhance prospects by pursuing doctorate pro- 8. Fascinated by playing the role grams in plant breeding as well as of Quality Checker? plant genetics. If you consider yourself good at asSalary Details: A plant breeder may sessing and scanning the processes, receive a decent amount existing in procedures, and eminence of prodbetween Rs 25,000 pm to 80,000 pm ucts, you can certainly take Quality depending on qualifications and ex- control or Quality assurance in conpertise. Pay is often performance re- sideration for a career. lated. With the stepping –in of multinaTop institutes recruiting for Plant tional companies in India the job opBreeder post are – ICRISAT, IARI, portunities have become more monPAU, GBPUAT, CSIR-NBRI, NBP- ey-spinning for people interested in GR entering into quality control department. In this sector, an individual has 7. Love contributing to serve can- to ascertain that products meet threshdid food to the nation? olds of adequacy. This job profile requires management and procedures to It will be a wise decision to wel- preserve and enhance the quality of come food technologist as your ca- products or services. Any deviation reer where you could find yourself from the established standards has to involved in developing manufactur- be detected and worked on. Mainteing processes to modify existing food nance of Quality of Products & serproducts. Besides that checking and vices, implementation of validated improving safety and quality of food analytical methods, an inspection of right from the raw material stage up raw material and all related testing to the finished product is their prime procedure need to be cross-checked. accountability. Manufacturing, processing, preserving and packaging of Salary: In terms of High Salary food articles all occupy space under a Life Science Jobs – QA/QC is the food technologist function. Alongside most sustainable and the job openings he will research current consumer are also numerous. Average salary market available and work on devel- may fall in between Rs 28,000 pm oping new improvised products. to 60,000 pm. Nevertheless, experience intensely influences the income. A food technologist may serve in So you may expect to receive higher the public sector, apart from that lu- amounts gradually with work expericrative offers are available from mul- ence. tinational companies involved in the food industry, Various divisions are Freshers can apply for QA / QC Jobs subsequently existing which may be at Zydus Cadila, Pfizer, Lupin, Noscrutinized according to concern and vozymes, Pepsico, Aurobindo Phardesire. A food technologist may be ma, Bisleri, Dr. Reddy. Keep checkplaced in hospitals, food or beverage ing our job section for latest openings. processing companies, packaging industries, Food Labs, Restaurants or 9. Ready to put up your potential even he may turn up as food inspector in a unique way? ensuring the food quality being produced. The post of a Toxicologist is an apt kick starter for you if you are exhilSalary: The starting salary for a arated in monitoring and evaluating food technologist is Rs 30,000 pm the impact of toxic materials, potento Rs 35,000 pm and it may reach as tial new medicines and radiation on much as high as Rs 1 Lakh to 1.5 lakh pm with experience and proficiency. Freshers can easily get into Govt Sector Food Technologist Job by qualifying Exams like FSSAI Exam, UPSC Next Page>>>>


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the human health, animal health, and our environment. Genetic toxicologists and computational toxicologists work in a team to conduct laboratory and field studies and carry out risk assessments making out substantial contribution to public safety. One could consider stepping into clinical, CROs (Contract Research Organization), forensic, pharmaceutical sector or even University. Salary: Initial salary for any postgraduate can range from between Rs 25,000 to 40,000pm. One can expect a salary reaching up to a lakh per month with experience and specialization. Top-notch universities in India, FSSAI, IVRI, Jamia Hamdard, Aditya Birla, SSC, AAU recruit for Toxicologist post frequently. 10. Want to get the essence of nature? If leaping in the lap of nature excites you, pick up the zoologist as a career option. Zoologists are those who study the ecosystems, impacts of biotic and abiotic factors on animals.

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Nowadays when the environment is deteriorating every day due to human impact which eventually affects the wildlife, zoologists collect data samples from the wildlife to investigate the effects of disease-causing agents Salary: Zoologists are getting decent salaries starting from Rs 25,000 pm which may rise to 1,00,000 pm with experience. Zoological Survey of India, SSC, Wildlife Institute of India, DRDO & National Health Mission is some of the top hiring organizations for Zoologist post. So, here we are with the list of Top 10 High Salary Life Science Jobs. The life sciences sector can offer big salaries along with opportunities to enhance the quality and standard of life with its visible applications in academics, agriculture, medicine, pharmaceutical, and food science industries. It’s about making the right choice here. “Remember all things are possible for those who believe”

How To Get PhD From IIT – Eligibility, Exams, Admission & Interview Procedure

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are the premier Institutions of India dedicated for scientific and technical education. These are public institutions for higher studies declared as institutions of national importance and committed their powers, duties, and framework for governance as per the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961. BY 2018 THE INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY ACT, 1961 HAS LISTED DOWN TWENTY-THREE SUCH INSTITUTES. By Dr. Nidhi Hukku

Every IIT is autonomous, connected to each other through a common IIT Council, which supervises their administration. The Minister of Human Resource Development acts as the ex officio Chairperson of the IIT Council. Every science student in India aspires to hold an academic degree from IIT and have this question in mind – How To Get PhD From IIT? The Eligibility Criteria, Exams to be written for the same & what is the interview procedure! Below article throws light on the PhD admission procedure at IIT. There are 23 IITs in Total in India – their names along with their locations

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IIT Kharagpur IIT Bombay IIT Madras IIT Kanpur IIT Delhi IIT Guwahati IIT Roorkee IIT Ropar

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IIT Bhubaneswar IIT Gandhinagar IIT Hyderabad IIT Jodhpur IIT Patna IIT Indore IIT Mandi IIT (BHU) Varanasi IIT Palakkad IIT Tirupati

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IIT Dhanbad IIT Bhilai IIT Goa IIT Jammu IIT Dharwad

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neering and science. Although Biosciences was not one of the primary domains of IIT curriculum, in the recent era the advance in biosciences has definitely had a major impact on the world academic sector. These days biosciences are not limited to studying only classical topics such as taxonomy, histology, physiology, and anatomy. The emerging branches of biosciences such as molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, genetics, instrumentation have been expanding continuously and has an immense scope of innovative research as well as potential application in various sectors such as medicine, pathology, healthcare, etc. So the huge demand for the scientific study has now lead the inclusion of bioscience and allied branches as one of the primary departments in IITs. But currently, only some IITs provide courses for biological sciences. So, Students who are interested in obtaining a PhD in biosciences subject from IIT, they have to screen the IIT institutes lists which provides a degree in biosciences. Eligibility Criteria To Get PhD From IIT Academic excellence is the key factor required for admission into IITs. The eligibility may differ from institution to institutions slightly but minimum criteria remain more or less uniform such as Master’s degree M.Tech. or M.Sc. in relevant field with minimum CGPA 6.0 or equivalent percentage for unreserved candidates and 5.5 CGPA or equivalent percentage for reserved category students. A National level fellowship such as DST-INSPIRE, CSIR-UGC NET JRF, DBT JRF, ICMR JRF, ICMR JRF, GATE qualification is another essential requirement for admission into IIT apart from a relevant academic degree. Merely having the requisite qualification does not guarantee a seat in IIT. These are the eligibility criteria for applying to different IITs. The interview may be conducted in multiple rounds (usually 2). The final selection is based on performance in the interview. For a candidate having the previous degree from NIT or IIT with CGPA more than a cut-off, set by the respective institute (usually 7.00-8.00), the requirements of national fellowship and the written test could be exempted. They can be directly shortlisted to appear in the interview.

Application Procedure The IITs offer admission to various PhD programs twice in a year. The two sessions are July-August also called as autumn semester and December- January also named as spring semester.

most every branch of the subject such as in biological disciples questions will comprise of topics such as biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, instrumentation, and common laboratory techniques. • The cut-off mark of the test depends on the number of students appearing the test and the no of candidates required to be eliminated. There is no fixed rule for that. If the number of students is less than thirty all of them might be interviewed.

The notification for the autumn session application is out in the month of Mar-Apr followed by an interview in May and admission by the end of July to start the course in August. Similarly, notification for the spring session application is out in the month of Sep-Oct followed by an interview in December and admission by the Interview Procedure For PhD Adend of December to start the course mission at IIT in January. So students must stay alert to check the official website for the • Though the written test is the updated information regarding the adpreliminary screening for selectmission in respective institutes. ing suitable candidates, the final selection is solely based on the One of the smart ways to get notifiperformance of the candidate in cation regarding admission is to subthe interview. scribe Biotecnika so that the students • The interview panel consists of get alert about each and every admisall the faculty members of the sion update without fail. respective department /center or school. PhD from IIT – Admission Proce- • Since you are facing eminent dure scientists across the country you cannot be totally unafraid, but The PhD admission procedure is being bold and confident with online. Before applying read very your response is the key factor to carefully the instructions to the candipass the interview successfully. dates and information brochure as the • It is okay not to know the anprocess may vary from institute to inswer of all the questions being stitute. Within the deadline, students asked but the way of responding have to apply with all the required is vital. Generally, the interview information. So it is recommended starts with an introduction, so to keep softcopies of all the essenbe skillful enough to introduce tial academic documents ready as yourself in such a way to imper the instructions mentioned in the press the interviewers. information brochure. Though hard • Try to overcome your nervouscopy need not be sent it has to be proness while responding. Someduced at the time of interview. So a times the question could be recopy should be saved for future corregarding your research interest or spondence. On the date of declaration your favorite topic. of the shortlisted candidates, students • Make sure your research interest can check their status. The students should not something completewill also be notified via email or their ly outside the institute research application portal. domain. It should be something achievable with the facilities Preparation Tips for the IIT Writprovided by the institute and ten Test & Interview similar to other ongoing research work there. • Countless students apply for • PhD admission at IIT. So to • shorten the list for the interview • Ensure that whatever topic you a written test is conducted as the mention you are absolutely thorpreliminary step for elimination ough about it. For instance, if of candidates. you say biochemistry then ab• Usually, the written test is consolutely you should be confiducted for one hour having muldent regarding the biomolecule, tiple choice questions. structure, importance, function, • Questions usually covered from etc. More specifically the amino very basic concepts to check the acid structure, relevant properdepth of knowledge of the stuties, etc should be known to you. dents in basic topics. You may mention it is molecu• Questions will be asked from allar biology, so have all the clar-

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ification related to replication (enzymes, important sites), etc, transcription factors, detail process, and enzymes, etc. Also list down the most common type of instruments and their applications in different laboratories such as FACS in the cell biology lab and documentation in the molecular biology lab, etc. Also be very clear regarding your Master’s Dissertation thesis or any other project work, starting from objective to materials and methods, result in the discussion part. Don’t try to answer something that you don’t know. If you are unable to answer any question politely say that you don’t have any knowledge regarding this. It is definitely better accepted than talking something irrelevant. Keep your posture proper, be confident yet humble while answering. Another important thing to keep in mind during the PhD admission interview at IIT is – having knowledge regarding the research domain and the faculty profile of the institute. Sometimes during the interview itself, they might ask you about your preferred faculty and why you are interested to join the faculty’s lab. You can justify yourself only if you have the detail information regarding the faculty profile, his past publications, his ongoing research activity, etc. Hence it is always recommended to prepare a list of one or two faculty of the institution who share similar research interest with you. This could be one of the most important factors in successfully making through the interview.

PhD Procedure at IIT • Once you are selected the offer letter is sent by email. • Students are admitted to respective departments. • Though you are admitted to the PhD program at IIT, the official registration is yet to be done. • Another important aspect of the PhD program is coursework. Every PhD student has to take up subjects meeting the required credit points for one semester. • The theory paper has to be stud-

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ied and examinations conducted in those papers have to be cleared by the students. • The registration of PhD may need successful clearance of a comprehensive viva or presentation of the research work by the student. • The duration of the PhD work allowed is a minimum of 2 years to maximum extendable to 7 years. But the financial assistantship can be availed by the student is maximum for 5 years. • After the end of the research work, the thesis has to be submitted along with the synopsis. The thesis is reviewed and evaluated by prominent scientists from other reputed institutions. If the review is successful thesis can be submitted. The Ph.D. degree at IIT is awarded in recognition of great achievements, independent research, and application of scientific knowledge by the student for solving the technical and scientific problems. The creative and productive inquiry is the elementary concept underlying the research work. Before the award of the degree, students have to face the PhD viva where they need to explain their research

work to external faculty members. Upon successful completion of PhD viva, the degree is presented in the following convocation. The students are provided hostel accommodation where they enjoy all type of comfortable lifestyle amenities. In order to keep the students uplifted and motivated to work, spring fest, tech fest are hosted by the institute which also serves as a platform for cultural exchange.

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through a teaching assistantship. So as other working professionals say from industries can join in sponsored category provided their expenditure is contributed by the respective sponsors. Apart from that part-time PhD are also provided for working professionals. The detail guidelines for each type of program can be obtained from the institute brochure. So a student has the liberty to choose any program

to enter IIT that best suits his/her career. This article briefly explains How To Get PhD From IIT. Being part of the most prestigious institution in the country demands a good academic profile, strong enthusiasm, true dedication, and a creative mind.

Future Career Prospects After Completing PhD from IIT. Enrolling for PhD in IIT can also open the path for a student to work as a visiting student or intern in international institutes also. This might be facilitated through a student exchange program or through a collaboration of the supervisor with international institutions. IITs are flexible in providing doctorate degree to a different category of students through programs such as a full-time research scholar who has own fellowship (by any funding agency such as CSIR/UGC/DBT/DST etc) or with institute assistantship. Similarly, working professionals from the academic field can join

Top 10 Do’s & Don’t For The Day Before Any Examination

‘Examinations’ – one of the most dreaded parts of our academic life. Started since the school days and is never-ending, this is the complain we all have. We all wait for that one day when we won’t have to fear about failing or qualifying. THE EXAMINATION GHOST SEEMS NEVER TO LEAVE US, RIGHT? WELL, WAKE UP, LEAVE THE GHOST BEHIND, FACE THE FACT WITH COURAGE. EXAMS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO PULL YOU DOWN OR SHAKE YOUR CONFIDENCE. By Ms. Somhrita Pal

It a procedure to evaluate yourselfa process for self-analyzing and improving. It is a competition with our own selves. If you have improved yourself, you will perform better than the previous attempt. If so then you have qualified. However, if there is no urge in you-you are bound to fail. That’s it-a very simple equation.

will lead to self-evolution. And re- we compare how Do’s & Don’t BeSo what are you fearing for? It is all member, there is no limit for self-per- fore Examsmuch we have studied with others. After exams, we compare in you. The study is a part of gaining fection. how much we have scored with reknowledge and knowledge is life. So Stop comparing! This is a common spect to others. Remember each and don’t shrink, face attempt as many examinations as possible because that mistake we all do. Before our exams, everyone has a different potential and

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prepare well and do well, this is the only principle we all should follow. There are many Do’s & Don’t Before Exams, which every candidate must know about. The key to success in any competitive exam is to prepare well. Your preparation time ends on the day before your exams. On the eve before the examination, know one thing – the effort has been given and the hard work is done. Your revision has come to an end and now is the time to calm your nerves and ensure that you’re all set to enter into that exam hall well rested and confident in your ability to write a wonderful paper. There is only one mantra for you- whenever you’re feeling nervous, remember ‘You can and you will’.

tables/diagrams/charts etc., which no matter how much you study always gives you that incomplete feeling. This is the time to give a final check on those topics. Do only that much which is possible within that time. Don’t overstress. 3. REST WELL– Many people think that sacrificing sleep is the best way to use their study time so that they can study more. But a study shows that the best way we consolidate new information is by getting sufficient rest.

I recommend this: when you return home, take a little nap before you start to study (20-30 minutes). Then start fresh. Go to bed early and get a regular night of sleep 6.5-8 hours. If you skimp on sleep, you will never So, here is a list of Top 10 Do’s & really feel fresh, and will most likely Don’t For The Day Before Any Ex- feel irritable, distracted, and tired. amination: 4. HEALTHY EATING– These 1. NOTHING NEW– There is one are small things which go unnoticed. important rule for running a marathon You should eat healthy, with a nice is not to do it in new shoes. The log- mix of good carbs, proteins, and fats. ic of ‘nothing new’ in sporting events It would probably be best to avoid a can be extended to studies as well. If massive carb as that will make you you have not studied a topic yet, don’t sleepy, especially the morning of the study it on the eve of examination. exam. It is advisable to avoid taking That will only increase the stress. on too much caffeine as well. 2. REVISION OF HARD TOPICS– There are always some topics/

5. SOLVE QUESTIONS– Solve questions at the end of the chapter,

especially the mathematical ones, or the aptitude questions. Go through the formulas and the sample sums that you have solved previously. That will help you recall the tricks behind solving those sums.

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– Relax and take breaks during your hectic study timetable. Use this time to refresh yourself, take a walk, listen to some songs, or play a sport. It will help you stay focused and feel fresh. Once you feel fresh try to recollect what you have learned. Pick up any 6. GO OFFLINE- Switch off your topic. This helps to revise. phones the day before your exam. Whatsapp, Facebook, Do’s & Don’t 10. PLAN THE DAY OF YOUR Before Examsand other social net- EXAM – Before you retire to your working will distract you. You need bed, organize all the Do’s & Don’t to concentrate on your studies com- Before Examsthings that you need for pletely. the next day-the hall card, pens, pencils, erasers, etc., even the clothes that 7. GROUP STUDY– If you have you are going to wear the next day. someone or a group of friends who Think about how you are going to is/are in the serious study then you proceed with our exam-which units to can revise your topics by a discussion answer first followed by which unit. with them. Each can explain a differ- Know your strong points and take up ent topic and the other will listen. But questions from that area. In this way, be careful, there should be only pos- you will build confidence. Set the itive talk. In this way, if one has not time that you are going to allocate to studied a topic well then by listening, each section. Set the alarm clock so will get a chance to revise again. that you don’t arrive late to the examination hall. 8. SMART WORK IS BETTER THAN HARD WORK – It is not So here we are with the list of Do’s how many hours you sit with your & Don’t Before Exams. In the end, I books, rather you need to measure would just want to say- Don’t stress the amount of focused study you’re yourself, give your best and leave the doing. Avoid the distraction of mind rest. The greatest weakness lies in (switch off the TV or mobile phones), giving up. The definite way to sucset your time table in the early hours ceed is to try just one more time. So of the morning or late at night. when you are so close to victory don’t think of giving up now. Stay positive, 9. REJUVENATE YOURSELF work hard and make it happen.


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NASI Scopus Young Scientists Awards 2019

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lsevier has launched the NASI Scopus Young Scientists Awards 2019 which is in conjunction with The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). There are special categories that an Indian National can apply for. Over a 100 awards have been given, so interested and eligible candidates check out details on this opportunity below: The Scopus Young Scientist Awards, initially established by Elsevier in 2006, is a part of an Elsevier’s international initiative to encourage early career researchers in their quest to advance the frontiers of science across a wide assortment of subjects. In 2009, India formally embraced the program over its own scientific community through Elsevier’s cooperation with The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI). The program honours outstanding young researchers in India who are building their careers in academic research, helping them gain recognition for their work. As of 2018, 106 winners have been announced. The NASI – Scopus Young Scientist of the year will receive: • A citation & a plaque • Cash prize of INR 75,000 Overview: The 13th NASI Scopus Young Scientist Awards will have 5 multi-disciplinary categories that are aligned with national missions of Make in India, Digital India, Healthy India and Clean India. If your research (both basic and applied) is empowering or can be a helpful technological tool for the above mentioned national missions, do not forget to mention it in your application as it can give your application an additional weightage. Award Categories: The Awards for 2019 will be presented the following 5 multi-disciplinary categories: • WOMEN IN SCIENCE: To recognize India’s most promising women researchers who have demonstrated excellence in scientific field. Female applicants only. • AGRICULTURE, PLANT

SCIENCES AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT: To recognize India’s most promising researchers who are working in the field of AGRICULTURE and are committed to developing sustainable models that help in increasing food security and improving the quality of life of people living in rural areas. • E N V I R O N M E N T A L L Y SOUND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: To recognise India’s most promising researchers who are working in the field of EARTH, OCEANOGRAPHIC, ENVIRONMENTAL and ECOLOGICAL STUDIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES and ECOSYSTEM and are contributing to protecting our planet and conserving its natural resources. • BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH AND HEALTHCARE: To recognize India’s most promising researchers who are working in the field of MEDICINE AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES and are making groundbreaking contributions toward improving health and wellbeing of citizens. • INNOVATION IN ENGINEERING AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES: To recognize India’s most promising researchers who are working in the field of ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY and are harnessing it to drive disruptive and sustainable growth, with a potential for high industrial and/or societal impact. Eligibility: • An Indian citizen, residing and working in India • Has completed at least PhD/MD or equal degree • Has to be born on or after January 1st, 1979 • Female only application for Women in Science Award Category Activity entered for this award must have been: • undertaken no more than five (5) years prior to the closing date of entries • published in one or more respected, externally-refereed scientific journal(s), book(s) or equivalent electronic publication(s) and the publication must index in Scop-

us How to Apply: Each male applicant must apply only under one category. A female applicant can apply under Women in Science and one other category. She/He must submit both the Application Form and the Nomination Form, complete in all respect with the supporting documents, to Elsevier latest by 15th June 2019. extended to 30th June 2019 **Please note that you can send the complete application to the address below: Aparajita Verma Marketing Manager – South Asia Elsevier Research Solutions 14th Floor, Building No: 10B DLF Cyber City, Phase II, Gurgaon 122002, India Applications, complete in all respect with the supporting documents and received latest by 15th June 2019,

extended to 30th June 2019 will be judged by a panel of subject experts from India’s academic community on criteria as: • Quality and number of publications • Nature and uniqueness of research • Outcomes of research • Impact on society • Vision of the researcher Contact: If you would like more information about the NASI-Scopus Young Scientist of the year award, please get in touch with: Aparajita Verma Marketing Manager, South Asia Elsevier-Research Solutions Sales Tel : +91 124 477 4632 | aparajita. verma@elsevier.com The last date for physical receipt of the application is 15th June 2019, extended to 30th June 2019


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IBSE, IIT Madras Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Doctoral Fellowships

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BSE offers Post-baccalaureate Fellowships & post-doctoral Fellowships to exceptional graduates, who are desirous of pursuing a 1-2 year research internship at the the interface of biology and engineering at IBSE, IIT Madras. Check out more details on the same below: About IBSE IBSE is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to pioneering innovative approaches and algorithms that integrate multi-dimensional data across scales, to understand, predict and manipulate complex biological systems. IBSE comprises faculty, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students from many departments across IIT Madras. IBSE is also an integral part of Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBCDSAI). The interdisciplinary research at IBSE spans four main domains – Machine Learning, Network Biology, Metabolic Modelling, and Systems Theory with active partnerships with the following: • Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI, Faridabad) • ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT, Chennai) • National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS, Bangalore) • inStem Center for Chemical Biology and Therapeutics (inStem CCBT, Bangalore) • National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG, Kolkata) • Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai • University of Sydney (through Innovations in Biomedical Engineering and Medicine Research Alliance) • University of Heidelberg (through Big Data Cotutelle programme) IBSE organizes symposia, colloquia, and workshops to bring together leading global scientists in the fields of systems or computational biology or genomics/large data analysis. Last year, IBSE organized its first international symposium titled “From Genotype to Phenotype: Computational Approaches to Understand Biological Systems”. Over the last two years,

IBSE Colloquia has been given by Victor de Lorenzo (Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Spain), Anurag Agrawal (CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India), Michael Knop (Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie der Universität Heidelberg Heidelberg, Germany), and John Tsang (Systems Genomics and Bioinformatics Unit, Laboratory of Immune System Biology). IBSE Post-baccalaureate Fellowships IBSE offers Post-baccalaureate Fellowships to exceptional graduates, who are desirous of pursuing a 1-2 year research internship at the interface of biology and engineering at IBSE, IIT Madras. Eligibility • Candidates must have completed their Bachelor’s degree within the last two years • Candidates must have demonstrated academic excellence throughout their undergraduate Shortlisting Criteria • Academic pedigree, performance in Bachelor’s degree • Proficiency in programming (high-level languages, preferably Python/R/MATLAB) • Contribution to open-source projects will be a plus Benefits • Work in a highly interdisciplinary environment, with eminent faculty in Systems Biology and Data Science • Monthly fellowship of ₹40,000 (consolidated) • Access to state-of-the-art high-performance CPU/GPU computing infrastructure • Funds to attend a national conference every year • Regular colloquia by international experts and workshops Areas of Research • Application of systems genetics approaches in India specific clinical datasets • Network and community detection in multi-omic data • Metabolic modelling for diseases

• Application of Machine Learning algorithms in clinical data • Process analytics and systems theory for metabolic modelling and optimization • Application of NLP in biological data analysis

• Ph.D. research area and list of publications, if any • Proficiency in programming (high-level languages, preferably Python/R/MATLAB) • Contribution to open-source projects will be a plus

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• Apply to ibse.projects@gmail. com with following details: • Latest CV describing your academic record, list of programming languages known, level of proficiency and certification if any (attach a single PDF or link to Dropbox/Google Drive/ OneDrive) • A short research proposal (300500 words) listing preferred research areas • IBSE Faculty Mentors (ibse. iitm.ac.in/ibse/team/) you are interested in • Deadline for application: 30 June 2019 • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed the following month

• Work in a highly interdisciplinary environment, with eminent faculty in Systems Biology and Data Science • Monthly emoluments of ₹45,000 (plus HRA) • Access to state-of-the-art high-performance CPU/GPU computing infrastructure • Funds to attend a national conference every year • Regular colloquia by international experts and workshops

IBSE Post-doctoral Fellowships IBSE offers post-doctoral fellowships to exceptional doctorates, who are desirous of pursuing 1-2 year research to initiate long-term research goals at the interface of biology and engineering at IBSE, IIT Madras. Eligibility

Areas of Research • Application of systems genetics approaches in India specific clinical datasets • Network and community detection in multi-omic data • Metabolic modelling for diseases • Application of Machine Learning algorithms in clinical data • Process analytics and systems theory for metabolic modelling and optimization • Application of NLP in biological data analysis

• Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. within the last two years • Candidates must have demonstrated academic excellence Shortlisting criteria • Academic mance

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How to Apply: • Apply to ibse.projects@gmail. com with following details: • Latest CV describing your academic record with publications list, list of programming languages known, level of proficiency and certification if any (attach a single PDF or link to Dropbox/ Google Drive/OneDrive) • A research proposal (500-750 words) listing preferred research areas • IBSE Faculty Mentors (ibse. iitm.ac.in/ibse/team/) you are interested in • Deadline for application: 30 June 2019 • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed the following month

PhD Studentships Biotech / Life Science @ Imperial College, London

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xclusive opportunity to do phd biotech in london with Imperial College offering studentships in the year 2019-2020. Interested candidates can check out all of the detail regarding the phd studentship offer, the eligibility, the degrees acceptable, the application procedure, timeline and more below: The Royal British Legion Centre for Blast Injury Studies (CBIS) at Imperial College London is housed within the leading Department of Bioengineering, attracting outstanding students and researchers from around the world. The Centre is comprised of multidisciplinary collaborations involving military medical officers and civilian scientists and engineers who tackle difficult research problems using a clinically-led strategy. Assessing the effects of blast injury develops and advances in treatment, recovery and rehabilitation from injury when enhancing reduction and encouraging understanding of complex trauma. Students will gain from an extremely stimulating environment where they tackle a range of additional training and development opportunities as part of their Centre’s PhD cohort. Funded PhD Opportunities Please, see below for current opportunities. To find out more about the projects listed below, please contact the supervisor(s) related to the project in which you’re interested.

Details on eligibility and how to apply may be found in the drop-down sections below. For any general enquiries not covered on these webpages, please contact cbis@imperial. ac.uk. • Project Title: In vitro and in vivo models of inappropriate bone formation • Supervisor(s): Dr Claire Higgins • Closing Date: 04 July 2019 In vitro and in vivo models of inappropriate bone formation Heterotopic ossification is the inappropriate formation of bone in soft tissues of the body in response to a blast (high energy shockwave induced) event. Work in the centre has focused on separating out the direct effect of the shockwave on cells, with the effect of the systemic response the body has to an injury. Using a shocktube to create single 165kPa shockwaves, we have identified methylation specific changes in gene promoters, which we have correlated with excess bone deposition in an in vitro system. One of these differentially methylated genes is a novel therapeutic target, which we believe can be used to prevent heterotopic ossification. Using ATAC-Sequencing, we have also found chromatin rearrangements in this target which lead to ossification. In this PhD project, we want to use advanced molecular biology approaches to investigate the validity of this therapeutic target, using both in vitro and in vivo models of heterotopic ossification.

Projects: how many studentships are available and for which projects? We’re currently inviting applications for a single CBIS studentship position. If you’re considering applying for a PhD studentship within the Centre, please visit the under section titled ‘Application: am I qualified and, if so, how can I apply?’ For more info. Funding: what does a CBIS studentship cover?

ition fee rates. Application: am I eligible and, if so, how do I apply? Candidates that meet the College’s PhD programme entry requirements are eligible to apply. |Entry on the PhD programme demands an undergraduate degree at 2:1 level or greater and, generally, a master’s degree with merit or higher (or even non-UK equivalent) in engineering, or some of the physical sciences or math.

Studentships cover three years of Home-EU tuition fees and provide a 3-year, tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council United Kingdom rate (Number 16,999 per annum for 2019-20). Additionally, a generous allowance is provided for research consumables and conference attendance.

To apply to the CBIS PhD program, please see the College’s admissions web pages to look at the instructions. When creating an account on the submission platform, or when beginning a new application, pick ‘Doctoral’ as the Course Type and choose ‘Bioengineering Research (CBIS)’ as the Academic Program. Your application ought to be submitted no later than 04 July 2019.

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Within the”Supporting Documents” area of the online application portal, you’ll have to upload a personal statement of up to 2 pages which covers the below points. {This is supposed to be uploaded in the”Research Proposal” section. • Why you want to undertake a PhD within the Centre for Blast Injury Studies; • Your reasons for your preferred topic area(s) and supervisor(s); • A description of your experience so far would make you a perfect candidate to take on a PhD from the Centre. The deadline for applications is currently 04 July 2019. Following this date, applications will be sent to the supervisors for review. We’ll then contact you to let you know whether you’ve been shortlisted for the interview. For general information about CBIS, its activities and opportunities, please contact us at cbis@imperial.ac.uk. Prerequisites for Graduate Studies All entry conditions listed in the published prospectus in addition to on our online class lists are in regard to UK qualifications only and represent the minimum requirement required to be considered for entrance. Programs often do request greater than our minimum requirements, as a result of demanding and aggressive nature of the programs. If You Would like to apply for a Masters degree that the College minimal requirement is a UK Lower Second Class Honours level. Nearly all programs have greater requirements, typically a minimum of a UK Upper Second Class Honors. For entrance to some PhD, MPhil, MD (Res) or EngD research programme that the College would generally expect you to maintain or achieve a Master’s degree along with a Bachelor’s degree at UK Upper Second Class Honours Level. For information about our minimum entrance requirements for global qualifications please see our official Country Index. All entrance requirements are invented by Imperial College London and are unique to the College. Please be aware that fulfilling academic requirements doesn’t guarantee entrance, it’s just one of the variables

SCHOLARSHIP & ADMISSIONS taken into consideration when se- prescribed level plus a Master’s delectors make their choice: additional gree for research. elements such as suitability for your program, competence in English (you • Aligarh Muslim University need to have passed a College-ap- • All India Institute of Medical proved English evaluation ), applicaSciences ble work experience and testimonials • Andhra University will also be significant. • Banaras Hindu University • Bangalore University Note for research (PhD) applicants • Christ University (from 2008) • Guru Nanak Dev University If you are applying for a postgradu- • Indian Institute of Science, Banate research degree and are asked to galore present formal evidence of English • Indian Statistical Institute language ability, you will need to • Jadavpur University fulfill the Imperial College London • Jamia Millia Islamia Postgraduate English Requirement. This involves taking the Imperial College London initial English assessment (English Assessment 1) as soon as you start your PhD studies. After this assessment, internal classes (which are free of charge) may be recommended, and you may be reassessed at a later stage to evaluate your progress. The aim of this requirement is to help and encourage you to work on your English language skills and to ensure that you receive the necessary support to complete your PhD successfully and communicate your work in the wider academic community. For more information please see the Centre for Academic English website. While every effort has been made to ensure that this information is upto-date, Imperial College London can accept no liability for any inaccuracies or alterations of which it may be unaware. Eligibility for Indian Students: To be considered for admission to a Master’s e.g. MSc, MRes, MBA etc, applicants should normally have completed a four year Bachelor’s degree from a mainstream university (state/federal or ‘deemed’ institution) passed with a final mark of 75% or CGPA 8.5+. Applicants graduating from one of the elite Indian Institutes of Technology should have completed a four year Bachelor’s degree passed with CGPA 7+. Applicants for research should hold a four year Bachelor’s degree passed at the prescribed level and also be in possession of a Master’s degree, passed at the same level. From the Indian universities listed below, we will accept a three year Bachelor’s degree with 75% or CGPA 8.5+ for Master’s entry, and a three year Bachelor’s degree passed at the

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ICMR – NIRRH PhD Programme Admissions 2019 – Apply Online

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he notification and application portal for the ICMR-NIRRH PhD Admissions 2019 has been released. Interested candidates with a background in any branch of life sciences like Biochemistry /Biotechnology /Microbiology/ Zoology / Bioinformatics/Biophysics etc are encouraged to apply for the NIRRH Admissions Programme 2019. ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health Jehangir Merwanji Street, Parel, Mumbai 400 012 Advertisement No. 1/NIRRH/PhD 2019 Admission to PhD Programme – 2019 National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Mumbai, is a premier Institute of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The Institute invites applications from highly motivated students having a consistently good academic record in Modern Biology for enrollment in PhD programs. The thrust areas of research include Fertility Regulation, Infertility and Reproductive Disorders, HIV /STIs/RTis, Maternal and Child Health, Immunology and Microbiology, Reproductive cancers, Osteoporosis, Genetic Disorders, Stem Cell Biology, Structural Biology, Bio.informatics and Reproductive Toxicology. The Institute is associated with the University of Mumbai for the award of PhD degree in Life Sciences, Applied Biology and Biochemistry. WHO CAN APPLY: 1. Candidates who a.re Indian citizen and with Postgraduate degree in any branch of Life Sciences (Biochemistry /Biotechnology /Microbiology/ Zoology /Bioinformatics/Biophysics etc.) or MBBS or MD degree from India with at least 60% or equal Grade Point Average (GPA) from higher secondary (10+2) onwards for General and OBC category and 55 percent for SC/ST/Differently-abled candidate in aggregate (or equivalent grade). If CGPA isn’t based on 10 point scale candidates must provide a statement issued by the respective University indicating conversion of CGPA to percent. Candidates, who have appeared or are appearing for

the qualifying exam in the academic year 2018-19 and results are awaited, a.re also eligible to apply. However, such applicants will need to submit the proof of qualifying marks at the time of the interview or if selected at the time of admission. Kindly note that registration for the PhD degree at Mumbai University will happen only after meeting the eligibility criteria of Mumbai University. AND 2. The candidates must have cleared at least one of the following examinations Either PhD entrance test (PET) conducted by the University of Mumbai in the subjects of Life Science /Applied Biology /Biochemistry/ Microbiology/ Zoology/ Biophysics/ Bioanalytical Sciences/Biomedical Engineering/ Molecular Biology. GATE (Life Sciences/ Biotechnology)/ SET (Biological Sciences/Life sciences)/ CSIR-UGC NET ORF or LS) / JRF examination conducted by national agencies such as ICMR/ DBT/GPAT OR Valid DST-Inspire fellowship AGE LIMIT: Upper age limit is 28 years as on 5th July 2019 for General Category. Age relaxation of up to 5 years (33 years) for SC/ST/Differently Abled/Women applicants and up to 3 years (31 years) for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates will be granted. RESERVATION: Will be according to the UGC rules followed by the University of Mumbai. HOW TO APPLY: Application form available at the NIRRH website should be duly filled and submitted online on or before 05th July 2019. A printed copy of the application form should be submitted along with a nonrefundable Demand Draft for Rs. 300/- (exempted for SC/ ST and differently abled candidates, providing they submit supporting documents) drawn in the favour of “The Director, NIRRH” to “In-charge, Post Graduate Studies, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, Jehangir Merwanji Street,

Parel, Mumbai 400012, so as to reach on or before 15th July 2019. The envelope should be marked as “NIRRH

Ph.D. 2019”. Incomplete applications and applications received after the closing date will be disqualified.


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Govt, MHRD Navodaya Vidyalaya PGT & TGT Biotech Biology Jobs 2019

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Sc candidates with a background in Botany/Zoology/Life Science/Biosciences/ Genetics/Micro Biology/Bio Technology/Molecular Bio/Plant Physiology are encouraged to apply for Post Graduate & Trained Graduate Teacher vacancies at Ministry of Human Resource Development. Interested candidates can check out all of the details below: NAVODAYA VIDYALAYA SAMITI Ministry of Human Resource Development (Department of School Education & Literacy) (Govt. of India) (Regional Office) Bay No. 26-27, Sector 31-A, CHANDIGARH – 160030 NOTICE FOR EMPANELMENT/ENGAGEMENT OF TEACHERS AND FEMALE STAFF NURSE ON CONTRACT BASIS

POST I Name of the Post: Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) – Biology & Biotechnology Remuneration Offered: • PGTs — (Normal station Rs.27500/- Per Month, Hard station Rs.32500/- Per Month) • PGT (Food Production & Beverages) Rs. 26250/-Per Month • PGT FMM (Financial Market Management) Rs. 26250/- Per month • TGTs- Normal station Rs. 26250/-Per Month, Hard station Rs.31250/- Per Month • Female Staff Nurse- Rs. 20000/Per Month Essential Qualifications (Biology): M.Sc.with 50% marks or above and B.Ed. Botany/Zoology/Life Science/Bio Sciences/Genetics/Micro Biology/ Bio-Technology/Molecular Bio/Plant Physiology provided that applicant had studied Botany and Zoology at Graduation level.

Essential Qualifications (Biotechnology): M.Sc.with 50% marks or above and B.Ed. M.Sc.(Bio-Technology or Biochemistry or Genetics or Microbiology or Life Sciences) (Condition of B.Ed. is not required) POST II Name of the Post: TGT – Science Remuneration Offered: • PGTs — (Normal station Rs.27500/- Per Month, Hard station Rs.32500/- Per Month) • PGT (Food Production & Beverages) Rs. 26250/-Per Month • PGT FMM (Financial Market Management) Rs. 26250/- Per month • TGTs- Normal station Rs. 26250/-Per Month, Hard station Rs.31250/- Per Month • Female Staff Nurse- Rs. 20000/Per Month Essential Qualifications (Biology): Bachelor degree in relevant subject with 50% marks or above in aggregate as well as in the concerned subject during all the years of study and B.Ed. i) For TGT (Science)- Botany, Zoology and Chemistry. ii) The candidate should have studied Botany, Zoology and Chemistry during all the three years of study in graduation. iii) In case of such Universities which provide for only two subjects in the final year of graduation, the candidates should have studied any of the two subjects out of Botany, Zoology and Chemistry in the final year of examination and all the three subjects, viz. Botany, Zoology and Chemistry in the Ist and 2nd years of graduation. iv) In the case of Honours Degree in any of the above mentioned three subjects, the candidate must have studied the other two subjects in the First and Second year of the course. v) Candidate should also have secured 50% marks in aggregate individually in all of these subjects during all the years of study. vi) Candidates should have secured 50% marks in aggregate in the graduation degree also.

NB: i) Preference will be given to the CTET qualified candidate (Paper-II) for TGTs only conducted by CBSE ii) In absence/non-availability of above candidates preference should be given to those candidates who had worked earlier in Central Govt. Organization. iii) Retired teachers up to the age of 65 years may be engaged subject to their fitness and willingness. iv) 50 % Marks is required in total for 3 years in the subject concerned at Graduation level i.e. total of 1st ,2nd , and 3rd year in graduation as well as subject combination as the case may be, for TGTs (English, Hindi, Maths, Social Science, Urdu, Punjabi and Marathi) as per Samiti instructions. It is not necessary to have 50 % marks every individually in the subject(s) of graduation. How to Apply: Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (residential co-educational school system under Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Ministry of HRD, Govt. Of India), organize Walk-In-Interview for empanelment and engagement of Teachers (all subjects) and Female Staff Nurse, only on a contract basis for the academic sessions 2019-2020 against vacancies arising from time to time in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab & UT Chandigarh. Application formats along with other pertinent details are available on the Site of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Regional Office, Chandigarh https://navodaya.gov.in/nvs/ro/Chandigarh/en/home/index.html and venue Principals, JNV Una www.jnvuna. org for Himachal Pradesh State, JNV Chandigarh www.jnvchandigarh.in

for Punjab State, and JNV Jammu-1 www.jnvjammu-1.co.in for JNVs of J&K State. JNVs being residential in nature makes it compulsory for its Teachers and Female Staff Nurse to reside in the Vidyalaya campus to attend residential school responsibilities together with their routine duties. Boarding and Lodging will be provided as available at the JNV site. The walk-in-interview for engagement of PGTs only on contract basis will be conducted at the Cluster level. The Cluster venue is given below: – HP Cluster — JNV Una – Punjab Cluster — JNV Chandigarh – J&K Cluster — JNV Jammu-1 Similarly, the verification of documents for empanelment/engagement of TGTs, Misc. Category Teachers and Female Staff Nurse on contract basis are also being conducted at the Cluster level. Accordingly, the venue Principals JNV Una i.e. JNVs of HP cluster, JNV Chandigarh for JNVs of Punjab Cluster and JNV Jammu-1 for JNVs of J&K Cluster. Interested/ eligible applicants may download the application format from the website of Regional Office and Venue JNVs as mentioned previously or the formats will also be available at the venue station. The candidates can submit an application to the Venue Principal only for empanelment/engagement. No application will be entertained at the Regional Office. The candidates are advised to annex self-attested testimonials in support of his/her age, qualification, experience along with the application form as the merit list

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will be prepared at Cluster level on the basis of their scholastic achievements only. It’s pertinent to mention that the interview will be conducted for PGTs just and no interviews will be conducted for TGTs, Misc. Category female and teachers Staff Nurse. The Merit List of those stated cadre will be prepared on the basis of educational qualification and experience only. The cut-off date for determining the eligibility will be 01.06.2019.

Nurse just on working days from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. The candidates that have applied for the post of PGTs have to Appear prior to the Interview Board after confirmation of documents at the venue.

The candidates that have applied for the post of TGTs, Misc. Category Female and teachers Staff Nurse are needed for verification of documents By Verification team available at the The dates of submission of appli- venue. cations at the office of the Venue Principal in which the applicants The candidate can please note:wish to apply w.e.f. 25.06.2019 to 27.06.2019 for PGTs and 28.06.2019 • The candidates are advised to bring all original documents, to 01.07.2019 for TGTs and Misc. Category Teachers and Female Staff where He/she has applied for the

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post for verification/interview. The candidates need a set of testimonials photocopy. The station will be allotted at Cluster level by the Venue Principal Strictly on the basis of merit list prepared for each post. The candidature of the chosen candidate may also be considered in Additional Cluster in case the empanelment of these post is exhausted in the Cluster where he had applied for. Applications of the applicants are accepted on the prescribed Formats only by the concerned venue. No application will be entertained by post as it is a walk-interview, therefore, all applica-

tions are accepted in person only So that confirmation of documents can be finished at venue station only. Important Dates: • PGT (Biology, History, Geography Economics): 26.06.2019 • PGT (Commerce, Computer Science, Bio-Tech., Financial and Marketing Management, Beverage and Food Production): 27.06.2019 • TGT (Science, SS, Urdu, Marathi, Punjabi): 29.06.2019

Govt DST Forest Dept Research Associate / JRF / SRF Job 2019

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epartment of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India is hiring msc life sciences candidates for research associate / senior research fellow / junior research fellow vacancies. Interested and eligible candidates can check out all of the details on the same below: POST I Name of the Post: Research Associate- III No. of Posts: 01 Project Name: Climate vulnerability and risk assessment/ Development of District level Climate actions for SAPCC/ NDC/SDG/ Accessing Climate funds Upper Age Limit: 35 years Remuneration: Rs. 40,000 per month Essential Qualification: • Doctorate in Life Sciences / Climate Science OR • First Class Masters Degree in Life Sciences / Environmental Sciences with a minimum of Five years of Research experience in the same fields. Desirable Qualification: • Work experience in Climate Change vulnerability and risk assessment/Adaptation and Mitigation/

• Work experience in the government sector/NGO’s/ Donor agencies /Research Institutes • Experience in Office administration POST II Name of the Post: Senior Research Fellow No. of Posts: 01 Project Name: Climate vulnerability and risk assessment/ Development of District level Climate actions for SAPCC/ NDC/SDG/ Proposal Development, Monitoring and Evaluation Upper Age Limit: 25 years Remuneration: Rs. 28,000 per month Essential Qualification: First Class Masters Degree in Life Sciences/Environmental Science/Geography. Desirable Qualification: 1. Work experience in Biodiversity / Climate Change related issues. POST III Name of the Post: Junior Research Fellow No. of Posts: 01 Project Name: Field Studies and surveys/ Data Analysis / Report preparation, Modeling Upper Age Limit: 25 years

Remuneration: Rs. 25,000 per month Essential Qualification: First Class Masters Degree in Life Sciences/Environmental Science/Geography. Desirable Qualification: 1. Work experience in Biodiversity / Climate Change related issues. How to Apply: • The applications could be sent in the prescribed format with all details through email @ accmsociety@gmail.com • The final date for receiving of applications is 24th of June, 2019 until 4.00 P.M.

• In the event of large numbers of applications, the selection process may necessitate screening through written test and/ or personal interview. • No travelling allowance or Dearness Allowance will be awarded to applicants appearing for such test/ interviews. • The offer for a variety of positions is strictly on a contractual basis for a period of 1 (one) year. • The remuneration is subject to deduction of Taxes at applicable rates • HRA @10% will be payable Deadline: 24th of June, 2019 until 4.00 P.M.


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Govt MoEF Zoological Survey of India Research Fellow Post

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SI JRF job vacancies for life sciences and zoology candidates. Junior Research Fellow posts for msc life sciences and zoology candidates at Zoological Survey of India. Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) jobs for msc zoology / life sciences candidates. Check out all of the details on the same below: Position Name: Junior Research Fellow (JRF) No. of Posts: 01 Name of Project: “Understanding the impact of Forest Fire on Faunal Resources of North Eastern States for Conservation and Management” Tenure of the Project: Appointment will be initially for a period of one year and extendable. Essential Qualification: M. Sc. In Zoology / Life Sciences / Environmental Science or equivalent from a recognized University. Desirable Qualification: Experi-

ence of working in the Himalayan region, entomofauna, wildlife, Knowledge of Computer and basic field, data collection, field photography etc. Upper age limit: 28 yrs. On the date of the interview. Fellowship: Rs.16,000/- P.M. + H.R.A. as permissible. General Instructions: • The above posts are only temporary and co-terminus together with the project. • The upper age limit is as on the date of interview. The age limit may be relaxed in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/ women according to GoI rules. • Candidates appearing for the walk-in-interview are needed to register from 10:00-11:00 AM on the day of interview at ZSI, M-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata — 700 053. Candidates must bring the duly filled-in application with attested true copies of testimonials of qualifications, expertise, date of birth etc. along with copies of mark sheets of

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examinations. All original documents must be produced at the time of registration. The initial offer of appointment to the candidates are going to be on a purely contractual basis up to 30th May 2020 originally and it could be extended for an additional period(s) according to additional project extension and satisfactory performance of the candidate. The chosen candidate should join immediately or at a short notice. No TA/DA will be provided to the candidates for appearing for the interview. The application form may be

downloaded from the Zoological Survey of India site http:// zsi.gov.in and full of application with details to be submitted at the time of registration. • The Director, Zoological Survey of India reserves the right to rejection or selection of any candidature and cancellation of the walk-in-interview. • Candidates can also send an electronic copy of the application to lalitganga@gmail.com. Date, Time & Venue of Interview: June 26th, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Zoological Survey of India, M-Block, New Alipore, Kolkata – 700 053.

Govt Tea Board of India BSc Life Sciences Project Jobs 2019

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Sc & BSc candidates with backgrounds in Life Sciences / Botany / Microbiology can attend the walk-in-interview for Project Assistant vacancy at Tea Board of India. Tea Board is hiring msc & bsc life sciences candidates for project vacancy. Check out all of the details on the same below:

Salary: Rs. 15,000/- per month. Qualifications:

Name of Post: Project Assistant

• Essential Qualification: B.Sc. (Ag.) /B.Sc. (Hons.) in Life science (Microbiology/Botany) • Desirable Qualification: M.Sc. (Ag.) / M.Sc. (Microbiology/ botany) Candidates with experience of research work in tea will be given preference.

No. of Posts: 01

How to Apply:

Project Name: “Development of Microbial Inoculants to Improve Growth and Productivity of Darjeeling and Assam Tea” Duration: Purely on temporary basis originally for a year which can be extended based on performance Age Limit: Not more than 35 years as on 01.01.2019

• No TA/ DA will be paid for the interview. • The above post is purely temporary/ contractual and does not entitle the appointee to any claim, implicit or explicit for absorption in the service of the Board. Date, Time & Venue of Interview: 03.07.2019 at 11:00 AM at Quality Control Laboratory (QCL), Tea

Park, Bhola More. (Behind NJP Railway Station) Siliguri-735135,

West Bengal +91- 0353-2695016.


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