Each academic year is broken into two semesters. The first semester courses start in the first week of August and the courses and their assessments are over by the 31st of December. The second semester courses start in the first week of January and they (including their assessment) end by the 15th of June.
Graduate students at IMSc typically spend the first 3-4 semesters doing coursework in preparation for research. The assessment for each course is continuous and consists of several written assignments or problem sets. Every course will hold a final exam with a written component covering the entire course material. A course may also have a midterm exam and any other form of evaluation at the discretion of the instructor.
Although the preparatory coursework is intensive, students often begin to explore research problems on their own, using seminars, scientific meetings and the opportunity to interact with both Institute members and our many visitors as opportunities to do so. It is expected that students will identify a research supervisor whose interests match theirs most closely and investigate the possibility of working with them.
Following the completion of coursework, students undergo a comprehensive exam to qualify as PhD candidates. Integrated PhD students will often have to complete an extra semester of coursework before they take the comprehensive exam. The details of the exam vary across disciplines and students should consult the respective Deans for more information.
Students are required to choose a thesis supervisor among the institute faculty and register for their PhD by the end of the second year.
Students at IMSc are awarded degrees by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI). Students will be required to complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Dean, HBNI in the appropriate subject.
Students are encouraged to to give a seminar on a topic of their research once every year beginning from the second year.
A monitoring committee is set up for students once he/she joins the program. This committee consists of the Dean or Course coordinator, HBNI as well as faculty members chosen from those involved in teaching during the first two semesters. Once the student chooses his/her supervisor, the monitoring committee is replaced by a doctoral committee appointed by the Dean, HBNI together with the prospective adviser. The monitoring committee will evaluate the progress of the students at least once every semester. Every student, once he/she enters the PhD program is evaluated once every 6 months by the Doctoral Committee.
Computer Usage and Accounts
To get an account on the IMSc system, contact the System Administrators Dr.G.Subramoniam or Mr. Raveendra Reddy with the appropriate form.
The Institute has a well stocked computerized library. It is recognized by the National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) as a Regional Center for the southern region.
Entry to the library outside office hours and on institute holidays is restricted to institute members only. Members need an access control card to enter the library outside office hours and on institute holidays. Please contact the librarian with the appropriate form to get your card.
Information on all the books and journals in the library is available online The home page also allows you to access and search the library catalogue. Students can check out books using their ID card.
All students will be provided office space for 5 years. As offices become available, they will be made available to students on the basis of seniority which is allotted randomly at the start of the first year.
Junior Research Fellowships are awarded to all selected PhD students. These fellowships include a monthly stipend ranging from Rs. 25,000/- to Rs. 28,000/-, hostel accommodation (or a house rent allowance) and medical benefits.
Fellowships are renewed yearly, based on performance assessed by a faculty committee. These fellowships are awarded for upto 5 years.
An annual book/contingency grant of Rs. 32,000 and support for research-related domestic and international travel is available to students.
Funding is available for students to travel and present and conferences and meetings both domestically and internationally.
All students will be provided accommodation for 5 years.
First year students will be provided accommodation in shared in guest house flatlets. As rooms become available single room hostel provided to them in order of senority. Seniority is allotted randomly at the start of the first year and all allotment based on this.
Research students are entitled to 45 days of academic leave and 45 days of personal leave in a year. Personal leave can be carried over to the next year subject to a maximum of 90 days. Not more than 30 days of this can be taken at the end prior to the completion of the fellowship. Maternity leave at half pay can be taken normally upto a period of three months.
All the research students are covered by a Comprehensive Health Care Scheme (CHSS) with the VHS Hospital which is about a kilometer from the institute. Under this scheme you can get treatment in this hospital free of cost. In addition there is a doctor who visits the hostel regularly. You could consult her for minor ailments. The institute will reimburse the cost of the medicines prescribed by this doctor. In addition, a mental health counselor visits campus regularly and students are encouraged to meet with him/her with their concerns.
The Institute provides several recreational facilities, including a well-equipped gym, yoga room, table tennis room, tennis and badminton courts, a small soccer/cricket ground, a movie club and a cultural association.
Hostel Faculty Conselors
Meena Mahajan (Chair)
Gender Bias Redressal Committee
D. Indumathi (Chair)
S. Vishnu Prasad
For all other committees:
Theoretical Physics: Nemani Suryanarayana
Theoretical Computer Science: Vikram Sharma
Mathematics: Indrava Roy
Computational Biology: Rahul Siddharthan
Dean for Mathematical Sciences: Vijay Kodiyalam
Dean for Physical Sciences: Rahul Sinha
Dean for Life Sciences: Gautam Menon
Dean of Student Affairs: Amritanshu Prasad
Accounts Office : Gayatri Ekambaram
Administrative Office: R. Indra
Registrar: S. Vishnu Prasad