NISER offers a 5-year integrated M.Sc. Programme in basic sciences after 10+2 years of schooling (or equivalent). At present the institute has four major schools, namely Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. After successful completion of the academic requirements students are awarded a Master of Science degree in one of the four subjects: biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics. The programme has a balanced semester-based course structure with a flexible seamless curricula which emphasize interdisciplinary nature of science in the 21st century and promote exploration, innovation and research. Normally, selected students will be accepted in the school of their choice, subject to availability of seats. At the end of the first year, a student will have an opportunity to change to another school, subject to availability of a seat in that school.
The curriculum for the first two semesters (first year) is common to all students and specialization begins from the third semester. The core courses in the subject of specialization provide strong foundations in both theoretical and experimental aspects of the discipline. Even after specialization in second year, students are required to go through a certain number of courses in other desciplines. All students are required to go through a small number of compulsory courses in humanities, technical communication, history of science, environmental and energy sciences.
The fourth year of the integrated M.Sc. Programme is devoted to advanced courses in various sub-disciplines. In the fifth year every student will undertake a guided research project. The outcome of the investigation will be reported in the form of a thesis. Throughout the five-year programme, students will be encouraged to take up summer projects and visit reputed national laboratories and universities. Eminent scientists from India and abroad will be regularly invited to give colloquia/seminars and interact with the students. In short the curricula are designed to ensure depth in the area of specialization together with breadth of exposure and intellectual enrichment and to prepare the students for high level professional research and development career in national laboratories, universities and industry.
The academic session for fresh students generally begins in August every year.
Students seeking admission to NISER will have to appear for National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) conducted jointly by NISER & UM-DAE-CBS.
National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) is a compulsory test for students seeking admission to National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar and University of Mumbai - Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS), Mumbai. Both NISER and UM-DAE CBS were set up by Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India in 2007. The mandate is to train scientific manpower for carrying out cutting edge scientific research and for providing input to scientific programmes of Department of Atomic Energy and other applied science institutions in the country.The admission is purely based on NEST merit list. Students who are highly motivated to pursue higher education and research in basic sciences and their application are encouraged to apply. For details on eligibility criteria, number of intake and application process please visit NEST website (www.nestexam.in).
The fee structure for 5 year Integrated M.Sc. programme at NISER is as follows:
|A. One time payment at the time of admission|
|Admission fee||Rs 250|
|Grade card||Rs 150|
|Provisional certificate||Rs 200|
|Medical examination||Rs 200|
|Students' welfare fund||Rs 200|
|Hostel admission||Rs 500|
|Alumni association subscription||Rs 200|
|Career development programmes||Rs 200|
|Total :||Rs 2,150|
|B. Deposites payable at time of admission (Refundable)|
|Institute caution money||Rs 4,000|
|Library caution money||Rs 2,000|
|Total :||Rs 6,000|
|C. Semester fees|
|Tuition fee (Free for SC/ST students)||Rs 6,000|
|Laboratory fee (Free for SC/ST students)||Rs 1,500|
|Sports & internal activity||Rs 300|
|Medical fee||Rs 200|
|Hostel rent||Rs 1,000|
|Mess maintenance charge||Rs 1,000|
|Total :||Rs 10,500 (GEN,OBC) / Rs 3,000 (SC,ST)|
|D. Total fee to be paid by the student at the time of admission (A+B+C)|
|Students of General & OBC category||Rs 18,650|
|Students of SC & ST category||Rs 11,150|
The boarding costs (approximately Rs.2,500-3,000) in the institutes's canteen will have to be borne by the student.
SCHOLARSHIPS & INCENTIVES
As per the INSPIRE programme of The Government of India, all admitted students will receive a scholarship of Rs.5,000/- per month which should be sufficient to meet the above costs. Students will also receive a contingency grant of Rs 20,000/- annually to facilitate their academic pursuits.
There will be reimbursements for the Medical expenditures of the students.
Railway & Airfare concessions may also be availed during the major vacations.
NISER has been included in the list of a selected few institutions whose students directly qualify to receive scholarship under the Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) category of the INSPIRE programme launched by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.
All admitted students will receive a scholarship of Rs.5,000/- per month which should be sufficient to meet the course fees and boarding costs. Students will also receive a contingency grant of Rs.20,000/- per year to facilitate their academic pursuits.
Those performing exceedingly well in M.Sc. may have a chance to be absorbed in R & D units and autonomous research institutions of the Department of Atomic Energy.
Please refer to the Academic Calendar (2015-2016).
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