In a collaborative effort with UNESCO, the Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) has officially opened admissions for the MS-PhD degree program for the academic session 2024-25. As an institution of National Importance under an Act of Parliament by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, RCB ensures a high standard of education and research in the field.

Admission Details:

Application Deadline: April 30, 2024

Entrance Test: Graduate Aptitude Test in Biotechnology (GAT-B)

Application Process:

  • Indian applicants must register online for the GAT-B conducted by the National Testing Agency.
  • Following the GAT-B, candidates are required to submit a separate online application to RCB.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Indian and foreign students with a graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or medicine are eligible.
  • Final-year students expected to graduate by August 2024 can also apply.
  • A minimum of 60% aggregate marks in Bachelor’s degree is required, with a 5% relaxation for SC, ST, OBC (non-creamy layer), and PwD categories.
  • Eligible students need to take the GAT-B for selection.

Selection Process:

  • Shortlisted candidates will undergo an interview.
  • Selection is based on performance in both GAT-B and the interview.
  • Up to 20 students meeting the criteria may be admitted, with reservations as per statutory norms.

Fellowship Details:

  • Admitted Indian and foreign students will receive the RCB Ramachandran-DBT fellowship of INR 16,000 per month for the first 2 years.
  • Afterward, Indian students are required to qualify for junior/senior research fellowships offered by CSIR, ICMR, DBT, or other funding agencies.

For Foreign Students:

  • Upon completion of the MSc component, the performance of foreign students will be evaluated.
  • Positive recommendations from the Student Advisory Committee will lead to the award of the RCB-DBT International Doctoral Fellowship.
  • The amount is currently INR 37,000 per month for Junior Research Fellowship and INR 42,000 per month for the Senior Research Fellowship.

Application Fees:

  • The article does not provide information about the application fees for MS-PhD admission.

Important Note:

  • Applicants are encouraged to read the full admission details and requirements on the official website.
  • Keep track of updates from the Regional Centre for Biotechnology for any changes in the admission process.

This collaboration between RCB and UNESCO opens up exciting opportunities for aspiring researchers in the field of biotechnology. Prospective students should seize this chance to contribute to cutting-edge research in a globally recognized institution.