To overcome the dearth of good PhD scholars, the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar becomes first such institute in the country to offer a PhD to a Bachelor of Technology graduate.To prevent B.Tech graduates from opting for jobs or going for M.Tech, IITGN yet another time pioneers in taking this bold step.Confirming the same, Dr Sudhir Jain, Director, IITGN said, “We did not get good PhD students as after B.Tech, most would either get lured to join big companies and the rest would join M.Tech. Of those who join M.Tech, the ratio of them opting for further studies becomes minimal due to various reasons. This was the main reason we thought to tap good B.Tech students for our PhD programme before they sit for an interview and give them option to explore the world of PhD with us.”B.Tech students from NITs and other select colleges and are among the top five rank holders in the department at the end of their third year will be able to apply for PhD at IITGN.We recognize the importance of creating opportunities for aspiring young learners to gain entry into the exciting arena of scientific research. The start early PhD fellowship is conceived to meet this need. The full-time residential fellowship is designed to enable budding engineers to gain early entry into the PhD programmes at IITGN. The aim is to put promising young undergraduate students from diverse disciplines on the fast-track mode of cutting-edge technological research in order to prepare them to participate in the process of nation-building, professor Jain added.REQUIREMENTSB.Tech students will require CPI/CGPA of not less than 6.0 at end of the third year No GATE qualification requirement For fellowship, with GATE score, Rs 35,000 per month will be given, without GATE score, Rs 25000 per month

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IITGN becomes 1st IIT to offer PhD to B.Tech grads