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Last date for receipt of request for application form is May 25, 2007
Mumbai, May 3, 2007
Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (UM-DAE CBS)
Admission to 5-yr MSc (Integrated) Programme - (Physics)
The University of Mumbai and Department of Atomic Energy have jointly set up a new autonomous Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences in Mumbai, that will offer a 5-year MSc (Integrated) programme I basic sciences. UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai is envisioned to be an international class centre for high quality teaching embedded in a vibrant research environment, with some of the best teachers and scientists from the University and other major institutes in the city (TIFR, BARC, IIT Bombay) on its faculty, UM-DAE CBS will be a residential institution with suitable accommodation and boarding facilities, New buildings with modern amenities and state-of-the–art technical facilities are being built in a few years in the Kalina campus of the University of Mumbai. Till then, the Centre will operate from a temporary location at Kalina campus. For the academic year 2007-08, UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai will admit students in Physics stream only. Other streams will be started in subsequent years.
UM-DAE CBS will have a modern, flexible and seamless curriculum that emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of science and promotes innovation and research. The curriculum for the first two semesters will include physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology; specialization will begin with the 3rd semester. The students admitted to CBS will receive a scholarship of Rs. 3,000/- p.m. and a suitable book grant. Those performing exceedingly well in MSc may have a chance to be absorbed in R&D units and autonomous research institutions of the Department of Atomic Energy.
There will be 20 seats in the first year (in Physics stream only) with reservations as per Govt. norms. The admission will be very selective and students who are highly motivated to pursue higher education and research in science and its applications are encouraged to apply.
The academic session for the first batch of students will start in September 2007.
Eligibility for admission to UM-DAC CBS: (i) Qualification: 60% marks for general category and 55% for SC/ST category in aggregate (or equivalent grade) in Class XII (or equivalent) examination, from any recognized Board in India. Students who have passed the qualifying examination I 2006 or are appearing in 2007 are eligible to apply. Where only Letter grade is given by the Board, a certificate from the Board specifying equivalent percentage marks will be required. In the absence of such a certificate the decision of the UM-DAE CBS Admission Committee will be final.
(ii) Age Limit: Candidates born on or after 01 Oct. 1982 are eligible to apply, relaxable by 5 years for SC/ST candidates.
Admission Procedure: A National Entrance Screening Test (NEST) will be conducted at a number of centres in India on Sunday, 29 July 2007 under the supervision of Homi Bhabha Centre for Science. Education (TIFR), Mumbai. The test will consist of five sections: (1) General (compulsory), (2) Mathematics, (3) Physics, (4) Chemistry and (5) Biology. Of sections (2-5), which will carry equal weightage of marks, any three will have to be selected. The questions will be of objective type designated to test comprehension and analytical ability of the candidates. Based on the NEST score a limited number of students will be called for interview at Mumbai. Students who are Kishore Vaihyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) Fellows of those who have qualified in the Indian National Olympiad Examinations (2007) organized by HBCSE (TIFR) in different subjects will be called for interview without going through NEST, provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria for admission and send their applications along with application fee at the same address as given below. Final selection for admission will be made only on the basis of performance in the interview.
Application form with information brochure can be downloaded from the following websites: www.mu.ac.in/cbs ; www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/cbsnest and www.tifr.res.in/~cbs or obtained free by sending a self-addressed envelope of size 30cm x 24cm affixed with postage stamp of Rs.15/- to Chief Coordinator. NEST-2007, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR), VN Purav Marg, Mankhurd, Mumbai – 400088. Last date for receipt of request for application form is May 25, 2007. Completed application form along with application fee should reach Chief Coordinator, NEST-2007 at the above address not later than June 8, 2007.
Application Fee: Rs. 500/- for general category and Rs. 250/- for SC/ST and female candidates, in the form of Demand Draft in favour of Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, payable at Mumbai.
Please note NEST 2007 is a common test for admission to UM-DAC CBS, Mumbai and NISER, Bhubaneswar. However, applications for the two institutes are separate.
Chairperson (Admissions Committee, UM-DAE CBS)
The Hindu dt: May 3, 2007
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