IIT Bhubaneswar
Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar
Admission into Ph.D. Programme

Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar invites application for admission to Ph.D. Programme from eligible candidates for the year 2021-22(Autumn Semester) in the following categories:
(1)Institute Scholar     (2)Sponsored Scholar     (3)Project Scholar (Projects running at IIT Bhubaneswar)

Opening date for online application : 10th March, 2021
Last date for submission of online application : 20th April, 2021 11:00 PM

1) School of Basic Sciences:

Biosciences Thrust Areas in Biophysical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology
(i) Protein Chemistry & Spectroscopy, Structure-Function Elucidation of Various mycobacterial and mammalian Small Heat Shock Proteins, virulence and pathogenesis of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, exploration of therapeutic potential of peptides, Investigation of Amyloid Fibrillation and their significance in preventing different amyloid diseases
Thrust Areas in Cancer Biology
(i) Role of AAA+ ATPases in cancer (ii) Cancer drug discovery (iii) Gastrointestinal (gastic/stomach, pancreatic and colorectal) cancers and gut microbiota (iv) Role of probiotics as biotherapeutics for colorectal cancer prevention
Thrust Areas in Chemical and Molecular Biology
(i) Structure function studies on peptide or protein binding G-protein Coupled Receptors, Molecular and Cellular Biology
(ii) Rational Design of Peptide / Protein as Therapeutics (Antimicrobial / Antiviral / Anti-inflammatory)
(iii) Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Chemistry Thrust Areas in Biochemistry and Biophysical Chemistry
(i) Protein Chemistry & Spectroscopy, Structure-Function Elucidation of Various Small Heat Shock Proteins Related to Different Diseases (Cataract, Leprosy and Tuberculosis).
(ii) AAA+ATPase, Screening and validation of Antibacterial and Anticancer drugs
Thrust Areas in Inorganic Chemistry
(i) Synthesis and Coordination Aspects of Homo and Heterometallic Complexes; Metal Based Anticancer/Imaging Agents; Functional Materials and Luminescent Materials; Nanoparticle Based Sensors.
(ii) Biomedicinal Chemistry: T1, T2 and paraCEST based MRI contrast agent; Ionic Liquids: Applications in energy storage devices like Lithium Ion Batteries; Flourogenic and Chromogenic Chemosensor: Sensing and Bioimaging of cations, anions and some hazardous and explosive molecules/ions; Coordination Chemistry: Synthesis of [nxn] grid complexes of 3d/4f metal complexes and their magnetochemistry and Emission properties; Bioinorganic perspective of coordination complexes: Stabilization of unusually high oxidation states of metal ions.
Thrust Areas in Organic Chemistry
(i) Heterocyclic Chemistry, Asymmetric synthesis using chiral pool approach; Enantioselective catalysis and new reaction methods; New molecular entities with biological properties; Dipolar Cycloadditions; C-H functionalization, Pericyclic reactions, Metathesis, Umpolung chemistry, Radical chemistry, traditional & newer functional group transformations for application in marine alkaloids synthesis, terpenoids and polyketide based natural products, Anticancer and Antimicrobial activities of plant-derived natural products.
(ii) Carbohydrate Chemistry, novel synthetic methods development, Bioactive Natural and Unnatural Products synthesis
(iii) Supramolecular Chemistry, Molecular Recognition through Solid State; Metal- Organic and Covalent Open Frame (MOF and COF) Compounds.
(iv) Polymer chemistry: Synthesis of Chiral Polymers and their applications in chiral induction; Synthesis of Achiral and Chiral Resins and their applications in synthesis; PIL stabilized metal nanoparticles and their applications; Polyelectrolyte-DNA interaction studies; PILs for gas separation membranes; Synthesis of MIPs and resins for nuclear waste treatment; Synthesis of (RAFT derived) ionic, pH, temperature and solvent responsive homo- and block copolymers towards their self-assembling for drug delivery.
(v) Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Peptides using CD, Fluorescence, ITC and NMR. Redesigning known drugs for other Therapeutic applications.
Thrust Areas in Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
(i) Molecular modelling; Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations.
(ii) Development and application of multi-configurational Quantum Mechanical Methods to study energetics and dynamics of bound and transient states; Investigation of photochemical reactions in the non-adiabatic ("beyond-Born- Oppenheimer") realm; Computational modelling of chemical reactions using quantum mechanical (QM) and mixed quantum mechanical - molecular mechanical (QM/MM) methods; Investigation of bacterial resistance toward beta-lactam based antibiotic drugs using QM/MM methods.
Physics
Thurst Areas:
(i) Accelerator based atomic, molecular and surface physics: Experimental Atomic-Molecular-Surface Physics, Molecular Electronics, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, nanomaterial, Biomolecules, Ion beam engineered quantum materials for energy and sensing applications, Design and fabrication of Accelerator based systems, Applications of energetic ion beam in atomic, molecular and surface phenomena, Synchrotron radiation based research, High energy charged particles use and associated instrumentation developments, Structural application, modification of materials and health/medical applications
(ii) Atomistic Modeling and Molecular Simulations: Large Scale Quantum Simulations of Nanostructures, Quantum Transport in Graphene and 2-Dimensional mLayered Structures, Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Mechanics, Modeling of Biological Systems, Biophysics, Energy Materials, Magnetic Materials, Materials Modeling using Machine Learning.
(iii) Experimental Condensed Matter Physics:
(a) Surface and Interface Physics: Growth, modification and novel applications and related fundamental and applied physics aspects leading to Quantum devices and technology. This includes, microscopy methods (use and development of novel methods), such as SEM, TEM, AFM, STM, Small angle X-Ray, XRD,, Raman, UV- Vis,), Synchrotron Radiation research, Ion beam applications
(b) Strongly Correlated Electron Systems: High-temperature Superconductor, Multiferroics, and magnetoelectrics, topological phases of matter; Magnetism at the nanoscale, Anomalous Hall Effect in quantum materials, Bio Magnetism, 2D dilute magnetic semiconductors
(c) Materials growth related Energy, Quantum technology and Strategic areas.
(d) Device Physics: Fabrication, testing and prototyping of low-dimensional, nanostructurtual and quantum phenomena based devices and associated electronics, mechanical design of novel devices, Energy storage materials and devices, Flexible and Stretchable Devices, Biosensors, Neuromorphic devices and networks, photovoltaic and solar cell device, Light Emitting Devices
(e) Energy storage materials and devices, Flexible and Stretchable Devices, Biosensors, Neuromorphic devices and networks, 2D materials, TMDs and heterostructures.
(f) Soft condensed Matter, 2D dilute magnetic semiconductor, photovoltaic and solar cell device, Light Emitting Devices, Bio Magnetism.
(iv) Experimental High Energy Physics: Rare B and charm decays
(v) Nanophotonics and Plasmonics: Coupling Photonic nanostructures to Nanowaveguides and resonators; Semi-Classical and Quantum Interferometers; Structured Light; Flexible and Wearable Photonics; Instrumentation for Industrial Applications; Agriphotonics; Optical Devices; Biosensing
(vi) Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics/Statistical Mechanics: Quantum Dissipation & Decoherence, Open quantum system, Quantum Transport, Nonequilibrium Phenomena like study of first passage properties (Classical & Quantum ), persistence and related topics, Topological Order, Integrable systems
(vii) Theoretical High Energy Physics: Classical and Quantum Gravity, Mathematical Physics, String Theory, Black Hole Thermodynamics and Phase transitions, AdS/CFT Correspondence, Quantum Field Theory and gauge theory, Mathematical aspect of QCD
Mathematics Complex Analysis, Complex Dynamics and Fractals, Functional Analysis, Vibrational inequalities, Complementarity problems, Algebra, Combinatorial Matrix Theory, Spectral Graph Theory, Data mining, and Portfolio Analysis, Soft Computing, Optimization Theory, Numerical Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Bio-fluid dynamics, Computational Fluid dynamics, Numerical Methods for PDEs, Probability Theory and Random Matrix Theory, Queueing Theory, Stochastic models, Applied Probability, Control of Queues

2) School of Earth, Ocean & Climate Sciences: 

Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences Satellite and Physical Oceanography; Ocean Dynamics; Monsoon; Extreme Weather Events; Atmosphere and Ocean Modeling; Aerosols; Energy and Climate; Urban Weather and Climate.
Geology Ore Geology; Structural Geology; Mechanics and physics of earthquakes and landslides; Rock Mechanics; Near surface geophysics, Microgravity and Engineering geophysics, Micropalaeontology, Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Hydrogeochemisty, Geothermics, Environmental Geochemistry, Coal Geology

3) School of Electrical Sciences:

Computer Science Wireless Sensor Networks, Multimedia Wireless Sensor Networks, Cyber-Physical Systems, Intelligent Multi-Robot Systems, Internet-of-Things, Trustable Distributed Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Complex Networks, Computer Vision, AI for Visual Surveillance, Computer Vision for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Software Defined Networks, Game Theory for Security, Trusted Computing, Networks and Security, Cryptography, Testing and verification of AI/ML based systems, Model driven Software Engineering and DSLs, Software Testing, Formal methods: Specification, verification and synthesis, Distributed Algorithms, Time-Varying Network Algorithms.
Electronics and Communication Engineering AI Hardware Accelerators, Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI, Antennas and Arrays, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Biomedical Signal Processing, Cognitive Radio, Computer Vision, Digital Signal Processing, Digital VLSI, Fiber Wireless Networks, Hardware-Software Co-Design, Image and Video Processing, Information Theory and Coding, Internet of Things, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Medical Image Analysis, Microwave Communication, Multimedia, Next Generation Communication Systems, Optical Communication, Radar and Sonar Systems, RF Circuits and Systems, Speech Processing, Wireless Communications, Wireless Sensor Networks, Wireless/RF CMOS VLSI Design.
Electrical Engineering Power Systems, Power Transmission and Distribution Protection, Power Electronics and Drives, Power Quality, Renewable and Distributed Generation, High Voltage Engineering, System Modelling and Control, Smart Grid, Power System Operations, Control System and Electric Vehicle.

4) School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management:

Economics Open macroeconomics and Natural Resource Economics. Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Management and Climate Change and Rural Development, Mining Economics, Financial Management, Health Economics
English Commonwealth Studies, Indian Diaspora Literature, Travel Writings/Autobiographies/Memoirs, Indian Writing in English. Postcolonial World Literature, Native North American Literature, Indigenous Literature Written in English, Indian Writing in English, ELT, Cross-cultural Communication, Business Communication.
Psychology Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurolinguistics, Positive Psychology and Psychology of Personality, Clinical Psychology, Consumer Behaviour, Cyber psychology (online Behaviour)

5) School of Infrastructure (Civil Engineering):

1. Water Resources Engineering: Hydraulics, Hydrology, Watershed Management
2. Structural Engineering: Structural Dynamics, Concrete Technology, Mechanics of laminated composites, Solid and Structural Mechanics, Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction. Structural health monitoring optimisation, Retrofitting of heritage structures, Non-local theory and constitutive modelling.
3. Geotechnical Engineering: Soil Dynamics, Soil-structure Interaction, Ground Improvement, Offshore Geotechnology, Environmental Geotechnics.
4. Transportation Engineering: Transportation Planning, Public Transportation, Assessment of Transportation Infrastructure, Traffic Engineering, Intelligent Transportation System, Performance Based Geometric Design of Highways, Road Safety, Materials for Sustainable Road infrastructure Development, Pavement Analysis and Design, Low Volume Roads, Transportation Geotechnics, Thermally conductive pavements, Pervious concrete pavements.
5. Environmental Engineering: Water and Wastewater Treatment, Solid Waste Management, waste to Energy Sustainable natural wastewater treatment.

6) School of Mechanical Sciences:

Mechanical Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Turbulence, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Large Eddy Simulation, Fluid-structure interaction, Aero and hydrodynamic propulsion, Heat Transfer, Inverse Heat Transfer, Two Phase Heat Transfer, Bio-Heat Transfer, Thermal System Optimization, Radiation Heat Transfer in Participating Medium, Conjugate Heat Transfer, Thermal energy storage system, modelling of cryopreservation, Acoustics, Composite Materials, Sandwich Structures, Fracture Mechanics, Composite Materials, Smart Composite Structures, Vibration, Solid Mechanics, Robotics, Biologically inspired robotics, Human assistive devises, Industrial Noise Control, Condition Monitoring, Multiscale methods for Fracture, Molecular Dynamics; Fracture in Multiphysics problems; structural dynamics, Non-linear elasticity, Mechanics of inflatable structures, Experimental modal analysis, Sensors, Conventional Machining, Modelling & Simulation of Machining Process, Sustainable Machining, Machining of Super alloys, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Cellular Manufacturing, Reverse Engineering, Laser Material Processing, Laser based additive manufacturing/cladding, Pulse Heat Transfer in Manufacturing Analysis Non-conventional Machining, Hybrid machining techniques, Machining of ceramic and hard materials, Surface texturing, Micro-machining and Tribology.

 7) School of Minerals, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering: 

Minerals, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Additive Manufacturing, Phase-field modelling of microstructural evolution; Advanced composite materials, Biomaterials and Biomechanics; Aluminium-based alloys and composites, Recycling of aluminium alloys, Semisolid metal processing, Tribology of aluminium alloys; Process metallurgy, Iron and Steel Making, Non-ferrous Extractive Metallurgy, Stainless steel and Ferroalloy Production, Process Optimization, Chaos control and dynamic process control, Application of AI techniques; Processing, Characterization and Modelling of High Entropy Alloys; Coatings for technological applications, Corrosion of advanced materials, Powder metallurgy of nanocrystalline materials, Surface engineering; Development of materials characterization facilities, Energy materials, Batteries, Eletro-spraying, Multi-ferroic oxide solar cells and Conventional solar cells. Ab-initio studies in functional and energy materials, Thermoelectric materials, Thermal and electrical properties of nanostructured materials, Doping modulation and compositional tailoring in materials; Friction Stir Welding, Hybrid joining; Recrystallization behaviour and grain boundary engineering, Severe plastic deformation of light metals and alloys, Strain-rate sensitivity in metals and alloys, Superplasticity, Virtual characterization using crystal plasticity based finite element modelling

 
(A) Eligibility Criteria for Institute Scholar:
Candidates who possess the qualifications as mentioned below are eligible for admission into the Ph. D. Programme for full-time with Institute Research Assistantship or UGC/CSIR-NET Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or any other doctoral fellowship offered by Govt. of India (GoI), as the case is applicable. A relaxation of up to 5% marks in all academic examination levels is permitted for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
 
(B) Eligibility Criteria for Sponsored Scholar:
The sponsored candidates are not eligible for Institute Research Assistantship; but they must meet the same requisite standards of marks/grades in their qualifying degree and other examinations as mentioned above. They must also be in continuous service for at least three (3) years in any one of the following organizations, where appropriate R & D facilities exist:
  1. Departments and Ministries of the Government of India or any other government organization.
  2. Established industrial research and developmental organizations.
  3. Recognized autonomous bodies and public undertakings.
  4. Recognized universities/colleges.
(C) Eligibility Criteria for Project Scholar:
The scholars working in sponsored research projects at IIT Bhubaneswar can apply for the Ph.D Programme if they meet the applicable eligibility criteria for admission and have at least two years of fellowship tenure remaining, counting from the academic session or semester in which they are seeking admission. If such a candidate intends to be considered for Institute Research Assistantship after the tenure of the project is over, he/she must present a valid GATE score at that point of time or provide the evidence of a valid GATE score used in the year of admission into M.Tech. or equivalent programme.

Programme wise Eligibility Criteria:
Programme Eligibility Criteria
Ph.D. (Engineering) 
 

  1. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in M. Tech./M.E. or equivalent degree in appropriate discipline with a  valid GATE score in the year of admission into the M. Tech. programme.
    OR
    B. Tech./B.E. or equivalent degree in appropriate discipline with minimum 70% marks or 7.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) with a valid GATE score or having secured a UGC/CSIR-NET JRF. All candidates must have a consistently good academic record. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
    OR
    Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in Master of Science or equivalent degree in appropriate discipline with consistently good academic record and a valid GATE score or having secured a UGC/CSIR-NET JRF. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
  2. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in 10 point scale) is required in all other examinations. A single relaxation up to 10% marks either at Xth or XIIth level examination or equivalent is permitted.
Ph.D. (Basic Science) 

  1. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in the Master’s or equivalent degree in appropriate discipline with consistently good academic record. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
  2. Minimum 55% marks or 6.0 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in the Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree in appropriate discipline with consistently good academic record. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
  3. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) is required in all other examinations. A single relaxation up to 10% marks either at Xth or XIIth level examination or equivalent is permitted.
  4.  The candidate must have a valid GATE score or have secured a UGC/CSIR-NET JRF.
Ph.D. (Geoscience)

  1. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in the Master's or equivalent degree in Geology/Geophysics/Earth Science. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
  2. Minimum 55% marks or 6.0 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in the Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree in appropriate discipline with consistently good academic record. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
  3. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) is required in all other examinations. A single relaxation up to 10% marks either at Xth or XIIth level examination or equivalent is permitted.
  4.  The candidate must have a valid GATE score or have secured a UGC/CSIR-NET JRF/INSPIRE.
Ph.D. (Climate Sciences)

  1. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in the Master's or equivalent degree in Physics/ Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Oceanography/ Meteorology/ Marine Science/ Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences/Earth Science/ Mechanical/ Civil/ Electrical/ ECE/ Geoinformatics/ Remote Sensing/ Computer Science. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
    OR
    B. Tech./B.E. or equivalent degree in appropriate discipline with minimum 70% marks or 7.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) with a valid GATE score or having secured a UGC/CSIR-NET JRF. All candidates must have a consistently good academic record. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
  2. Minimum 55% marks or 6.0 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in the Bachelor of Science or equivalent degree in appropriate discipline with Mathematics as a compulsory subject. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
  3. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) is required in all other examinations. A single relaxation up to 10% marks either at Xth or XIIth level examination or equivalent is permitted.
  4.  The candidate must have a valid GATE score in Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences (XE-H) or Valid GATE from other appropriate disciplines or have secured a UGC/CSIR-NET JRF/INSPIRE, or any other National Fellowship.
Ph.D. (HSS&M) 
 

  1. Minimum 55% marks or 6.0 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in the Master's degree in appropriate discipline. Provisional certificate is acceptable.
  2. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) is required in all other examinations. A single relaxation up to 10% marks either at Xth or XIIth level examination or equivalent is permitted.
  3. The candidate must be UGC-NET(JRF and LS) qualified.

N.B. 5% relaxation of marks in all academic examination would be granted to the SC/ST/PwD candidates compared to the General/OBC (NCL) candidates. This is applicable to all candidates.

 
Application Fee (Non-refundable):
For General and OBC Candidates : Rs. 500/- (Rupees Five Hundred Only)
For SC/ST/PwD Candidates : Rs. 250/- (Rupees Two Hundred Fifty Only)
N.B.
  • Application Fee (Non- refundable): USD 50 for all category (Foreign Nationals).
  • Application fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances.
  • Female candidates are exempted from payment of application fee.
 
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