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 2022-23 (Spring Session) in the following categories:

  1. Institute Ph.D. Scholar
  2. Sponsored Ph.D. Scholar
    1. Sponsored by External Organization
    2. Sponsored by GoI Fellowship
    3. Sponsored by Research Project under IIT Bhubaneswar

Opening date for online application : 16th November, 2022
Last date for submission of online application : 04th December, 2022 11:45 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.
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, Quantum Computation and Quantum Error Correction.
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; Atmospheric Aerosols and Climate; Energy and Climate; Urban Weather and Climate; Ocean Biogiochemistry; Machine learning applications in Climate Sciences.
Geology Structural Geology; Landslides; Hydrogeochemisty; Geothermics; Environmental Geochemistry

3) School of Electrical Sciences:

Computer Science Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Internet-of-Things & Cyber-Physical Systems, Multi-Robot Systems, Distributed Systems & Algorithms, Computer Vision & Visual Surveillance, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Software Defined Networks, Cryptography and Network Security, Formal Methods for Testing and Verification, Languages & Compilers, High Performance Computing Architecture.
Electronics and Communication Engineering Integrated Circuits and VLSI Systems, Semiconductor devices, Antennas and Arrays, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Biomedical Signal Processing, Cognitive Radio, Digital Signal Processing, Image and Video Processing, Computer Vision, Information Theory and Coding, RF and Microwave , Multimedia, Communication Systems, Optical Communication, Fiber Sensors, Speech Processing, Wireless Communications.
Electrical Engineering Renewable Energy Systems, Micro-Grid and Smart-Grid, Power System Protection, Power Quality, Power System Operation and Planning, Power Electronics and Drives, Control System, Electric Vehicle, High Voltage Engineering.

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, Transportation Economics, Financial Economics, Behavioural Economics, Energy Economics & 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,Eco Lit, Memory Studies .
Psychology Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurolinguistics, Consumer 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: Dynamics of Soil and Foundation, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Soil-structure Interaction, Ground Improvement, Offshore Geotechnology, Environmental Geotechnics
4. Transportation Engineering: Public Transportation, Travel Behaviour Analysis, Traffic Engineering, Intelligent Transportation System, Performance Based Geometric Design of Highways, Road Safety, Characterization of Alternative Materials for Road Construction, Bitumen Rheology and Ageing of Bitumen, Sustainable Design of Low Volume Roads, Transportation Geotechnics, Clogging Evaluation of Pervious Concrete Pavements, Urban Heat Island Effect and Mitigation through Cool Pavement Technologies.
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, Atmospheric Radiation, 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. Dissimilar high strength alloy welding, Hot wire TIG welding of super alloys, Modelling of arc welding processes, residual stress and distortion control in welded structures, TIG cladding and laser treatment for cutting tool life enhancement, Residual stress control in multi-metallic wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM), LVOF and HVOF based TBC and wear resistance coating, Modelling and Friction stir welding (FSW) of Al and Mg alloys, FSW tool design, residual stress control in friction stir welded joints, investment casting of high temperature alloys, manufacturability and synthesis of in-situ MMC of Al and Mg alloys.

 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, Nonlinear dynamical systems' control in iron and steelmaking; Application of AI techniques; Processing, Characterization and Modelling of High Entropy Alloys; Light weight High Entropy Alloys; Metal - Metal composites; Specialty alloys for marine applications; Coatings for technological applications, Corrosion of advanced materials, Powder metallurgy of nanocrystalline materials, Surface engineering; Perovskite solar cell materials; Piezoelectric polymer composite for energy harvesting; 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;

Minimum Eligibility Criteria for Application:
An interested candidate meeting the below listed category wise minimum eligibility criteria may apply for the PhD programme. The minimum eligibility criteria do not guarantee either shortlisting or selection, for the admission. Applications not meeting minimum eligibility criteria will be rejected without any intimation and the application fee will not be refunded.
The minimum eligibility criteria refer to the minimum academic qualification to be met by the applicant at the time of applying for the admission. Relaxation up to 5% marks in all academic examinations is permitted only for SC/ST/PwD candidate categories, over General/OBC(NCL) categories, as per Govt. of India (GoI) guidelines. This is applicable to applicants under both Institute and Sponsored PhD Scholar categories.
Candidates possessing the minimum eligibility criteria are eligible to receive Institute Research Assistantship or UGC/CSIR-NET Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) or any other doctoral fellowship offered by Govt. of India (GoI), as applicable, on joining the PhD programme.
Category 1 - Institute PhD Scholar:
Institute PhD Scholar refers to the PhD student who receives Institute Research Assistantship sanctioned the Ministry of Education (MoE) and offered through the institute. Eligibility criteria for different schools are as follows.

Programme wise Eligibility Criteria:
Programme Eligibility Criteria
All Engineering Schools 
 (School of Electrical Sciences, School of Infrastructure, School of Mechanical Sciences, School of Minerals, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering )

  1. M. Tech./ME or equivalent degree in appropriate disciplines, with minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale). The candidate must be GATE qualified in an appropriate discipline.
    B Tech/BE or equivalent degree in appropriate disciplines with minimum 70% marks or 7.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale). The candidate must be GATE qualified in an appropriate discipline.
  2. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) required in all other examinations from Class 10 onwards. A single relaxation up to 5% marks in secondary/higher secondary/equivalent is permitted.
School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management 

  1. Minimum of 55% marks or 6.0 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in Master’s degree in appropriate Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines.
  2. Minimum 55% marks or 6.0 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) required in all other examinations from Class 10 onwards. A single relaxation up to 5% marks in secondary/higher secondary/bachelor’s degree/equivalent is permitted.
  3. The candidate must be GATE or CSIR-UGC NET (LS) qualified in an appropriate discipline.
School of Basic Sciences

  1. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in Master’s or equivalent degree in appropriate disciplines.
  2. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) required in all other examinations from Class 10 onwards. A single relaxation up to 5% marks in secondary/higher-secondary/bachelor’s degree/equivalent is permitted.
  3. The candidate must be GATE or CSIR-UGC NET (LS) qualified in an appropriate discipline.
School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences

  1. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) in Master’s or equivalent degree in appropriate disciplines.
  2. OR
    B Tech/BE or equivalent degree in appropriate disciplines with minimum 70% marks or 7.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale).
  3. Minimum 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA (in a 10-point scale) required in all other examinations from Class 10 onwards. A single relaxation up to 5% marks in secondary/higher-secondary/bachelor’s degree/equivalent is permitted.
  4. The candidate must be GATE or CSIR-UGC NET (LS) qualified in an appropriate discipline.

GATE / NET Disciplines for PhD admission

School Name GATE Discipline UGC-CSIR-NET (LS) Discipline
School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management

  1. Economics
  2. English
  3. Psychology
  4. Philosophy
  1. Economics
  2. English
  3. Psychology
  4. Philosophy
School of Electrical Sciences

Electrical Engineering

  1. Electrical Engineering (EE)
  2. Instrumentation (IN)
  1. Electronic Science (Code-88)

Computer Science and Engineering

  1. Computer Science and Information Technology (CS)
  1. Computer Science and Applications (Code-87)

Electronics and Communication Engineering

  1. Electronics and Communication Engineering (EC)
  2. Instrumentation Engineering (IN)
  3. Electrical Engineering (EE)
  1. Electronic Science (Code-88)
School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences

  1. Geology (GG)
  1. Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  1. Atmosphere and Ocean Science (AS, CE, CS, GG, IN, ME, XE, PH, MA)
  1. Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean and Planetary Sciences
  2. Physical Sciences
  3. Mathematical Sciences
School of Infrastructure

  1. Civil Engineering (CE)
School of Mechanical Sciences

  1. Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  2. Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
School of Minerals, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

  1. Metallurgical Engineering (MT)
  2. Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  3. Engineering Sciences (XE)
  4. Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)
School of Basic Sciences

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Mathematics
    1. MA (Mathematics)
    2. ST(Statistics)
    3. CS (Computer Science and Engineering)
  4. Biosciences
    1. Biotechnology
    2. Life Sciences
  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Mathematics
    1. MA (Mathematics)
    2. ST(Statistics)
    3. CS (Computer Science and Engineering)
  4. Biosciences
    1. Life Sciences
Category 2 - Sponsored PhD Scholar:
There are three types of sponsored PhD scholars in the institute. Eligibility criteria for each of these categories are as follows.

1. Sponsored by External Organization:
PhD scholars joining under this category do not receive any financial support from the institute. They must be in continuous service for at least three (3) years in any one of the following categories of 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.
  5. Established industries.
Candidates under this category need not be GATE or CSIR-UGC NET (LS) qualified. All other academic qualifications under Section 1.1 apply to these candidates. Candidates must submit Sponsorship Certificates as per the prescribed format at the time of application; otherwise their applications will not be considered.

2.Sponsored GoI Doctoral Fellowship (CSIR—UGC, DST-INSPIRE, DBT, ICMR etc.):
Candidates having CSIR-UGC NET (JRF) or any other doctoral fellowship offered by GoI are eligible to apply under this category. PhD scholars joining under this category receive financial support from respective GoI doctoral fellowships. They must meet the same minimum academic qualification applicable for Institute PhD Scholar as under Section 1.1.These candidates need not be GATE qualified.

3. Sponsored Research Project under IIT Bhubaneswar:
Persons who possess the minimum prescribed qualifications as mentioned in Section 1.1 and are already working in a sponsored project of the Institute as JRF/SRF/equivalent availing minimum fellowship as that of Institute PhD scholar shall be eligible for applying to the Ph.D. program under this category. These candidates must be GATE/CSIR-UGC NET (LS) qualified.

For this category of candidates, the followings also apply:
  1. They receive assistantship from the fund available in the project under the personnel/manpower budget head (to be referred as Project Fund now onwards) and the fellowship amount is at least equal to that of Institute PhD scholar.
  2. The remaining period of the project fund (in a single project) as well as the remaining tenure of the same project should be at least 2 years from the date of enrollment in the PhD program in the Autumn/Spring Semester as per the academic calendar (if selected).
Category 3 - Joint MSc-PhD Students of IIT Bhubaneswar(Only for autumn semester admissions) :

(Refer to MSc regulation – Modalities for Enrolment in PhD Programme for more detail)

This programme is applicable for bright and motivated students pursuing MSc programmes at IIT Bhubaneswar. Applicants must have completed third semester. Students securing CGPA >= 8.5 after their third semester are automatically shortlisted for appearing the selection test for joining the PhD programme in the following Autumn semester. They are required to submit a declaration towards joining the PhD program within two weeks of declaration of the third semester result. Students who have not submitted the said declaration in time will not be considered for selection test.
Their selection test will be conducted along with the Autumn semester PhD admission of the institute. There will be a discipline wise cap of 10% of the sanctioned strength (rounded upward) on the number of students who can avail this option. They will be enrolled for the PhD programme in the Autumn semester, if selected after the selection tests.

Application Fee (Non-refundable):
For General, General (EWS) and OBC Candidates : Rs. 500/- (Rupees Five Hundred Only)
For SC/ST/PwD Candidates : Rs. 250/- (Rupees Two Hundred Fifty Only)
  • 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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