Prospective Student

Prospective Students and Post-Docs

Department welcomes students interested in pursuing a career in research and teaching and register for a Ph.D. degree. The Unit admits students for research leading to the Ph.D. degree. Minimum qualification for admission to the Ph.D. programme is a M Sc or equivalent degree in Chemical Sciences/ Physical Sciences/Materials Science or Graduates of 4-year Bachelor of Science programmes with at least a second class or equivalent grade. For those with a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics must have been a part of their undergraduate curriculum. The selection of students for the regular Ph.D. program is through successful qualification in NET/GATE/Inspire fellowships and interviews (conducted twice a year). Additionally, the Unit is open to admit students through the External Registration Program (ERP) of the Institute. The total intake of students through the Regular Ph.D. Program is approximately 15 per year. As per the Institute rules, SSCU does not directly admit students for Institute Ph.D. program.

In addition to student intake through the Regular Ph.D. Program, each year Int. Ph.D. students of the Chemical Sciences Division are also admitted to SSCU for pursuing Ph.D. The Int. Ph.D. of the Chemical Sciences Division students are highly encouraged to contact and discuss research topics with faculty members of the Unit.

Students admitted to the Unit (through Regular and Int. Ph.D. programs) are required to take courses within the Unit and in other departments of the Institute, as a part of the Ph.D. training programme. Students are also encouraged to deliver seminars during their Ph.D. studies.

During their tenure at SSCU, the Unit highly encourages participation of students in various academic activities including participation and presentation of their research work at top International and National conferences/workshops. Financial support for such visits are either funded via Institute or through Travel Schemes of the National Funding bodies such as DST, CSIR.

The Unit provides great opportunities for post-doctoral research via the Institute Program, sponsored projects or National programs such as DST-SERB-NPDF, UGC-DSK fellowships. Teachers from Colleges/Universities are also welcome to apply to funding schemes approved by National Funding organization for conducting collaborative research with Unit faculty members.

Information can be further obtained by writing to the Chairman of SSCU ( or to individual faculty members in whose area you are interested. The areas and the email addresses are available on the website of the department.