National Institute of Science Education and Resaerch, Bhubaneshwar
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 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.
Admission is through a National level entrance test called NEST.
NISER will admit students for Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. programme in various schools through appropriate entrance tests. Candidates with B.Sc. and B.Tech. degrees, can join this programme if they pass through the selection procedure.
B.Sc. students will be required to take 12 courses and carry out an M.Sc. level project before he/she joins the Ph.D. research stream. All Ph.D. Scholars will be required to qualifying written and oral comprehensive tests and candidacy examinations before submitting the thesis. The thesis will be examined by external reviewers. It has to be publicly defended and the candidate will be declared successful before award of the Ph.D. Degree.
This program will be introduced in near future.