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IIT Kharagpur – MTech/MCP-PhD Programme

Applications are invited for admission to Joint M.Tech/MCP-Ph.D Programme for the academic year 2017-2018 at IIT Kharagpur. Applications have to be submitted ONLINE only. The website for ONLINE Application Form is open from March 29, 2017 to April 21, 2017. Hard copy of application is NOT required.

The Joint MTech/MCP-PhD Programme:
Department of Biotechnology:
Biotechnology program in IIT Kharagpur was initiated in 1986 with the introduction of an M.Tech Course in Biotechnology with the generous support from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. The program bred excellence in the spheres of teaching / training and research. The wide appreciation of the program in the country and abroad led to introduction of an undergraduate course in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering in 1994, and an independent Department in 1999, with B.Tech (Hons.), Dual degree M.Tech, Two years M.Tech, Ph.D and Post-Doctoral activities. In the M Tech course, a balanced exposure (both in theory and in practice) of modern biology and bioprocess engineering is given. The achievements in Industry-Institute collaborative research, process / product / equipment development, patent and technology transfer on inventions are indicative of the excellence of the program. The faculty has strong interaction with reputed Institutions of national and international importance. The Department has state-of-the-art facilities in Cell and Molecular Biology, Structural Biology (Macromolecular crystallography), Plant Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Fermentation, Biochemical Engineering, Downstream Processing, Bioinformatics, r-DNA Technology, Bio-separation, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Genetics, Protein Chemistry, Proteomics, Genomics. The Department offers M.Tech degree in:
BT Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
Course Content:

Core Subjects: Bioseparation Technology, Immunotechnology, Biotechnology of Plant Metabolites, Recombinant DNA Technology.

Electives: Aspects of Biochemical Engineering, Process modeling and simulation, Secondary Metabolism in Plants and Microbes, Protein Engineering, Immobilization Technology, Biophysics and Instrumentation in Biology, Quality control in Biotechnology, Bioprocess Plant and Equipment Design, Crop Breeding and Biotechnological Application, Transgenic Technology, Statistical Techniques in Computer Programming, Data Warehousing and Data Mining, Object oriented programming, Industrial relations, Total Quality Management, Development of human resources, Interpersonal communication.

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Lecture classes are supported by well planned laboratory experiments in Animal Cell culture, Immunotechnology, Bioseparation and Bioprocess Technology, Plant Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA Technology.

Areas of Research: Bioprospecting healthcare metabolites and nutraceuticals from plants and microbes, Production and analysis of transgenic plants; Hydrogen production by bacterial fermentation;Bioprocess development modeling and optimization; Microbial and microalgalbiorefinery; Biofuels and value added products; Microbial fuel cell; Marine biotechnology; Biomaterials for tissue engineering; Characterization of virus infecting tasar silk worms; Gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic system; Lectin and mushroom glucans as immunomodulators; Biomicrofluidics for single cell Biology and multiplex diagonostic development, Proteomics and protein-protein interaction; Monoclonal antibody production, recombinant protein production in plant, animal and microbial cells; Metagenomics ; geomicrobiology, bioremediation; Functional genomics of bacterial cell wall; Mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance; baceterial biofilm formation and its inhibition;Biofilim structural Biology and protein crystallography of important proteins from M.tuberculosis and S.aureus; Structure based inhibitor/drug design; Structural bioinformatics. DNA repair mechanisms in response to topoisomerase I poisoning, DNA repair mechanisms in kinetoplastid parasites, Regulation of gene expression in protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytica and E. invadens. Study of signal transduction in trophozoite and encysting Enatamoba.


The programme is open to candidates of all categories with Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture/M.Sc or equivalent professional degrees (AMIE etc.) and having valid GATE score.

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Make sure that your GATE marks are above the cut-off marks of your category and GATE paper.

Eligibility criteria:

(1) For institutes awarding degree based on aggregate marks secured in all years of the qualifying degree:
(a) GE/OBC: Min. of 60% marks (or a CGPA of 6.5 on a 10 point scale)
(b) SC/ST/PwD: Min. of 55% marks (or a CGPA of 6.0 on a 10 point scale)

(2) For institutes awarding degree based on aggregate marks secured in the final two semesters or final year of the qualifying degree:
(a) GE/OBC: Min. of 60% marks (or a CGPA of 6.5 on a 10 point scale)
(b) SC/ST/PwD: Min. of 55% marks (or a CGPA of 6.0 on a 10 point scale).

All selected candidates, graduating in 2017 have to produce the original certificates and mark sheets of the final qualifying degree by 31st October, 2017. Seats are reserved for OBC/SC/ST candidates and persons with disability (PwD) as per Government of India rules.

B.Tech students graduating from any of the IITs in 2017 or graduated in 2016 having CGPA 8.0 or above may be admitted to the Post-Graduate programme without GATE score. However, they have to follow the formal process as indicated in the website.

Please note that candidates seeking admission to the above programmes under sponsored category, have to apply separately. These candidates are advised to visit the institute website for details on the admission procedure.

Application Procedure:

Application for Joint MTech/MCP-PhD (JMP) programme is to be submitted by an ONLINE process only by accessing the “Apply Online” link. The link will be available from 29thMarch 2017 to 21st April 2017. Fee payment has to be made online only and all the necessary qualifying certificates and documents have to be uploaded online at the time of submitting the application.

Hardcopy of the application and documents are not required.

The admission will be based on either GATE Score only or GATE Score (70 % weightage) and a personal interview (30 % weightage). Personal interview will be held to test the following: (a) Motivation and aptitude for the Programme (b) Suitability for the department/centre (c) Skills in basic science, engineering, and relevant areas. Personal interview will be conducted at IIT Kharagpur only. Please see the selection criteria for individual specializations before filling up the online application form.

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Important Note: For specializations where admission is based on both GATE score and interview, a candidate who fails to appear for the personal interview will not be considered for admission in that specialization.

 Important Dates:
Commencement of online Application Form submission 29th March 2017 (Wednesday)
Website Closure for submission of online Application Form 21st April 2017 (Friday)
Issue of call letters to Interview candidates 29th April 2017
Release of 1st offer to direct admission candidates 1st May 2016
Last date of acceptance of 1st offer To be announced later
Window for interviews 8th May to 10th May 2017 (Monday to Wednesday)
Release of 2nd offer including interviewed candidates To be announced later
Last date of acceptance of 2nd offer To be announced later
Date of Registration 14th July 2017 (Friday)

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