Integrated M Sc Ph. D Programme (after 10+2+3)
The primary aim of the integrated PhD programme being introduced at NIPST under the aegis of Mahatma Gandhi University is to identify talented and dedicated Bachelor's science degree holders with interest in plant science and a keen sense of scientific enquiry, and to motivate them to pursue high priority research in frontier areas of plant science. The programme is introduced in a way similar to such programmes at national institutes of repute (IIT's and IISER's) and is expected to lead to high quality research output in the form of quality publications and patents in Plant Science as well as to promote entrepreneurship in plant-based eco-technologies.
The 'Integrated M Sc Ph D Program consists of a flexible postgraduate programme and Ph D research, an internship-type laboratory training (wherein ample opportunities exist for the candidate to acquire basic experimental skills and familiarity with advanced techniques for research), research project to demonstrate attainment of a high degree of scientific ability followed by advanced research on a specific topic leading to Ph. D thesis in a plant based technology.
Candidates with Bachelor's degree in all branches of basic and applied or professional programmes in biological sciences under the 10+2+3 systems are eligible to apply for admission to Integrated M Sc Ph D program in Botany and Plant Science Technology. Candidates with Bachelor's degree in Physics or Chemistry may be considered only if they exhibit unique talents in bioscience. However, such candidates should have studied Biology in their +2 levels or bachelors level as one of the subjects.
Those in the final year of their qualifying examination and awaiting results are eligible to apply for entrance examinations. However, they should have acquired all the requirements of the award of their qualifying degree, including all examinations, dissertation or projects, viva-voce, and should produce the complete mark-lists at the time of joining.
Annual student intake: maximum of 5-10 students (initially) depending on the availability of suitable candidates (maximum strength is fifty scholars over a period of five years).
The test will consist of a thematic objective (50% weightage)-cum-comprehensive (50% weightage) test followed by a selection interview to test their aptitude for scientific research and experimental skill in plant science.