(Admission) Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology : Ph.D Program Admission Session 2011-12

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology

Admission of Ph.D Program in Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology

To be an international hub of biotechnology, providing the right combination of research & development with the dedication, transparency and creativity of a truly academic research center combined with the power of innovation, IPR driven programs and business transformation to deliver discovery for India. This will be accompanied by another highly profitable and critical spin off – highly trained manpower.

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) has major research programs in Human, Animal & Plant Disease Biology. Applications are invited from Postgraduates in Life Sciences. Biotechnology, Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences for our Ph.D program, currently affiliated to University of Kerala. General category applicants must have a consistent First Class track record and a valid Research Fellowship from UGC/CSIR/ICMR/DBT/DST-INSPIRE and should be less than 28 years of age as on June 1 of 2011.


  • Post graduation in Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences and medicine graduates.
  • Applicants must have a consistently First class academic track record (no less than 60% aggregates) and a valid research fellowship from UGC, CSIR, ICMR and DBT or eligibility to apply for INSPIRE. Candidates with other fellowships are advised to contact the Dean to confirm eligibility.
  • Candidates awaiting final exam results can also apply. However only those candidates with a valid pass certificate will be allowed to appear for the selection interview.
  • Candidates without valid fellowships need not apply.

Selection Process:

  • Students who meet the eligibility criteria will be invited to RGCB for a personal interview and faculty interaction. The total time for interview and discussion will last for a period of five days for candidates who are shortlisted. No TA or DA will be paid for attending the interview or discussions with faculty. There will be a personal interview first by a committee where the candidates will be evaluated in their subject of specialization, knowledge of research methodology, instrumentation and laboratory calculations, overall knowledge in applications of biotechnology, general research aptitude and ability to comprehend & solve research questions as well as presentation & communication skills.
  • Each selection committee member will make his or her own evaluation. The average of all such evaluation sheets will be consolidated and a shortlist will be prepared. Only those candidates who meet a minimum criteria will be shortlisted. The names of the shortlisted candidates will be informed on the second day of the interview. All shortlisted candidates will have to stay in Trivandrum for a further period of 4 days to interact with the faculty.
  • During the next fourdays the students will hold personal discussions with the faculty. This would start with a group interaction where each faculty member, who have vacancies for PhD students, will talk to the students on their research interests and what they are looking for in a student. The students can then opt to have further personal one-to-one discussions with the faculty of their choice. They are encouraged to opt for as many members of the faculty as possible for these discussions to increase their chance of getting a placement. At the end of these discussions only those students, who find a perfect match with the faculty by mutual consent, will be declared as selected and will be given admission for the PhD programme. To finalise the selection, both the faculty and student have to sign a selection form. Once this selection has been made and documented, neither the student nor the faculty would be permitted to change their option.

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