Pursue Ph. D. from IITs, Take IIT JAM

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Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test that is IIT JAM 2017 accepts applications from eligible candidates for admission in Integrated PhD Degree Programmes at the IIS’c Bangalore and M.Sc. for two years. It offers M.Sc. – PhD Dual Degree, Joint M.Sc.-PhD, and M.Sc. – M.Tech. M.Sc.-M.S. (Research)/PhD Dual Degree and Other Post – Bachelor’s Degree’s for the academic year 2017-18.

Joint Admission Test for M.Sc. or JAM 2017 will be held on 12th February 2017 at IIT’s such as Bhubaneswar (IITBBS), Bombay (IITB), Delhi (IITD), Gandhinagar (IITGN), Guwahati (IITG), Hyderabad (IITH), Indore (IITI), Jodhpur (IITJ), Kanpur (IITK), Kharagpur (IITKgp), Madras (IITM), Patna (IITP), Roorkee (IITR) and Ropar (IITRPR) for the academic session 2017-18

JAM 2017 is open for all nationals but foreign nationals will be required to satisfy the rules and regulations for the admitting Institutes for their admission.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission through JAM 2017                       

The candidates who qualify the JAM 2017 shall have to fulfill the following eligibility criteria for admission in IIS’c and IIT’s. Candidates should have at least 55% aggregate marks for General/OBC category candidates and at least 50% aggregate marks for SC/ST and PwD category candidates in the qualifying degree.

The eligibility conditions for various courses in PhD courses for IIT JAM 2017 are as follows:

  • Joint M.Sc.-PhD. in Geophysics requires bachelor’s degree with any two subjects from Physics, Mathematics and Geology for three years that is six semesters.
  • M.Sc.-PhD. Dual Degree in Energy requires bachelor’s degree with any one of the subjects among Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for two years that is four semesters, and from any one of the remaining two subjects for at least one year that is two semesters.
  • M.Sc.-PhD. Dual Degree in Environmental Science & Engineering requires bachelor’s degree with any one of subjects among Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for two years that is four Semesters, and at least any one of the two subjects for at least one year that is two Semesters.
  • M.Sc.-PhD. Dual Degree in Operations Research requires bachelor’s degree with Mathematics or Statistics as a subject for at least two years that is four semesters.

Important Dates

The important dates for JAM 2017 are as follows:

  • A candidate can register and apply online for JAM 2017 from 1st September to 4th October 2016 only.
  • Date of JAM 2017 Exam: 12th February 2017 (Sunday)
  • Session-I: 09.00 am to 12.00 noon [Test Paper – BL, MA, PH]
  • Session-II: 02.00 pm to 05.00 pm [Test Paper – BT, CY, GG, MS]

IIT Joint Admission Test 2017 Admission Procedure

Check out the following admission procedure through JAM 2017:

  • Admission to the above given academic programmes in IIS’c Bangalore and IIT’s for the academic session 2017-18 will be made on the basis of all India merit list of JAM 2017.
  • Candidates who qualify any test paper of JAM 2017 shall be eligible to apply for admission to all the academic programmes corresponding to that test paper, provided they satisfy the minimum educational qualification criteria as specified by the Institutes in which the admission is to be conducted.
  • After the declaration of the results the qualified candidates will be required to apply for the Organizing Institute that is IIT Delhi by specifying their preferences for the programmes for which the admission is meant for.
  • Candidates should know that being in the merit list of any test paper does not guarantee nor provides any automatic promise for admission in any institute.

How to Apply for IIT JAM 2017

The important information and the information brochure of JAM 2017 will be updated from time to time on the official website that is http://jam.iitd.ac.in/. The application fee can be paid online and the application fee is non-refundable.

  1. Sc., M. Tech and PHD Programmes in IIT’s Admission through JAM

The following are the full-time M.Sc., Joint M.Sc.-PhD., M.Sc.-PhD. Dual Degree and other post-bachelor’s degree programmes at different IIT’s in which admissions shall be made on the basis of the result of JAM 2017.

  • IIT Bombay (IITB) offers two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes in (i) Applied Geology, (ii) Applied Geophysics (iii) Applied Statistics and Informatics, (iv) Biotechnology, (v) Chemistry, (vi) Mathematics, and (vii) Physics.
    M.Sc.-PhD. Dual programmes degree in (i) Biotechnology, (ii) Energy, (iii) Environmental Science and Engineering, (iv) Operations Research, and (v) Physics. Both the courses will be awarded together after the successful completion of the degree.
  • IIT Kanpur (IITK) offers two-year Master of Science (M.Sc.) programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, (iii) Physics, and (iv) Statistics.
    Also offers M.Sc.-PhD. Dual Degree programmes.
  • IIT Kharagpur (IITKgp) offers joint M.Sc.-PhD. programmes in (i) Chemistry, (ii) Geology, (iii) Geophysics, (iv) Mathematics, and (v) Physics. The students will also have an option to leave and receive the M.Sc. degree after the completion of all academic conditions for the first four semesters.

As getting in one of the top colleges in India is no cake walk, we’d suggest that you prepare well for IIT JAM 2017!

IITs asked to provide Sanskrit as optional: Smriti Irani

A file photo of HRD minister Smriti Irani. Photo: Hindustan Times

A record picture of HRD minister Smriti Irani. picture: Hindustan times
New Delhi: The HRD ministry on Thursday stated IITs have been requested to offer Sanskrit as an non-obligatory situation or as a language path for college kids who wish to have a look at it.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Human useful resource improvement (HRD) minister Smriti Irani stated a committee headed by former CEC N Gopalaswami, had cautioned that IITs may additionallyfacilitate take a look at of technology and generation as reflected in Sanskrit literature, in conjunction with inter-disciplinary look at of Sanskrit and contemporary subjects.

“In consonance with the suggestions, IITs were asked to offer Sanskrit as an elective challenge or as a language route for college students who wish to observe the language,” Irani stated.

Responding to another query related to IITs, Irani said although 2,463 teaching positions in thoseinstitutes had been vacant as on 1 September 2015, studies students, contract adjunct and touringfaculty more than adequately compensated for these.

Parliamentary panel ‘anguished’ at shortage of school in IITs, IIMs

Observing that the situation continues to be “grim” with no improvement appearing imminent, the panel has suggested beginning the hiring process before a post falls vacant. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/ Mint

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IITs look to nurture start-ups, host companies’ R&D centres

Around 40 start-ups work out of the IIT Madras research park. In the next six months, that number is slated to go up to 200.

Around 40 start-ups work out of the IIT Madras research park. In the next six months, that number is slated to go up to 200.

Tanuj Jhunjhunwala, 24, quit his job in a multinational car maker to return to his alma mater, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, to start an underwater robotics company. A year on he is gung-ho about his decision.

“IIT Madras gave me space, helped in business strategy and provided mentoring. The brand IIT, and its alumni network helped me in networking and getting possible clients,” said Jhunjhunwala, co-founder of Planystech.com. “Now, I have a couple of clients for whom we are doing underwater robotic inspections—and the credit goes to my IIT.”

Planystech is one of around 40 start-ups working out of the IIT Madras research park. In the next six months, their numbers are slated to go up to 200. Along with the start-ups, IIT Madras will also host some 75 research and development centres of established companies—three times their current number.

IITs across India are focusing on nurturing start-ups and housing the R&D centres of established firms in order to forge closer industry-academic collaborations and promote the government’s Make in India manufacturing campaign.

“There are two key purpose of this—better industry-academia relations in teaching and learning, and help start-ups and innovation,” said Krishnan Balasubramanian, dean of industrial consultancy and sponsored research at IIT Madras.

Balasubramanian said the second phase of the research park is almost over and that he is hopeful of building a better innovation ecosystem at IIT Madras. “Companies can do joint research, give consultancy work, make use of the labs if required and mentor young companies wherever there is a possibility,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about IIT Madras during the Start-up India event last month and promised to help set up seven such facilities across the country.

According to IIT Madras, several IITs and National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are in touch with them to develop similar facilities in their campuses.

Like IIT Madras, IIT Delhi too is setting up facilities worth over Rs.450 crore and authorities at the IIT said that other than housing dozens of R&D centres, it aims to house nearly 100 start-ups. “The HRD (human resource development) ministry is giving us some money and we are raising some more funds from companies and through sponsored research works,” said Suneet Tuli, dean of R&D at IIT Delhi.

Both IIT alumni and outsiders with a good business proposal can operate and obtain these facilities. “It just needs to be a good executable idea. For companies, we like those having a definite plan,” said Tuli.

The institutes say these are not simple incubation centres that are already in operation but much bigger facilities that will operate as not-for-profit registered firms. “Educational institutions’ research often don’t translate to commercial products. The effort now is to change that—if companies can coexist with an IIT, you will see more tangible products. We are very strong in sectors like aviation, telecom, semiconductors, etc., and after we put in place a facility like IIT Madras, we can hope to see more prototypes and products outside the lab,” said Kameshwari Mangalampalli, chief operating officer of IIT Bombay’s research park.

“By the next financial year (April 2016 to March 2017), we are hoping to start a centre that can house several companies. At least four have already signed expression of interest agreements with us. It will help in research, consultancy as well jobs for our student,” Mangalampalli said, adding that a permanent research park will be ready by 2018, which will house over 30 R&D centres in a 250,000 sq. ft area that will be scaled up to 1 million sq. ft over a period of time. “The aim is not to develop a rental model but innovation model that has multiple benefits,” she added.

Likewise, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur have also started the process of setting up similar facilities, and IIT Madras says NIT Tiruchirappalli too is interested in setting up one.

So are IITs only eyeing private companies for such collaborations? Not exactly, said Siddhartha Panda, associate dean (industrial collaboration) at IIT Kanpur. “We have a tie-up with BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electronics Ltd), ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd), Indian Railways, etc., among others,” said Panda.

Firms are certainly not complaining. “The Applied Materials-IIT Bombay partnership combines Applied’s leadership in materials engineering with IIT Bombay’s research expertise to create one of the most comprehensive industry-academia collaborations in the world. It serves as a great benchmark of how a global innovation-focused company and a leading research university can work together to provide foundational skills for a developing industry. We are proud to be at the forefront of creating a strong ecosystem in India to support the growth of domestic semiconductor manufacturing,” Om Nalamasu, senior vice-president and chief technology officer of Applied Materials Inc., said in a post on the IIT Bombay website. It has come as an anchor client for IIT Bombay’s research park initiative.

Similarly Titan, which makes watches, jewellery and lifestyle products, has opened an innovation hub at IIT Madras that it says “will have the opportunity to tap into the research wealth of one of the leading technology institutions in the country. The IITM Research Park will enable Titan to leverage the specialized expertise of the faculty and students and to utilize their facilities, labs, etc.”.

Jhunjhunwala of Planystech said the co-habitation has a multiplier effect. “While start-ups get to see bigger firms, students do go there for internships, part-time jobs and a bigger exposure. You also get to see internal industry stalwarts giving lectures, sharing success stories and sharing their thoughts on new ones. It’s a win-win for start-ups, IITs and companies.”