IIT Kharagpur-IACS to offer MSc-PhD in Chemical & Molecular Biology

By Deepak

IIT Kharagpur and Indian Association for the cultivation of Science (IACS) will provide MSc-PhD programme in chemical and molecular biology. According to India Today, the prestigious institutes have signed a memorandum of understanding in order to offer the aforementioned programme.

Details of the MSc-PhD programme from IIT Kharagpur-IACS:

IIT Kharagpur and IACS will jointly offer biology and chemistry; however, IIT Kharagpur will award the degrees. IACS will take care of chemical biology and IIT Kharagpur will be handling molecular and cell biology.


The programme is seen as the bridge between the two premier institutes for exchanging academic ideas and skills. Faculty members from both IIT Kharagpur and IACS will together guide a student. The students will have an opportunity to decide if they would want to continue their studies for a PhD degree after two years.


After getting admitted for the programme, the students will be given Rs 12, 000 per month as a fixed stipend. However, they will be able to enjoy this facility based on their performance and compliance with the rules set by the two institutes.

Eligibility criteria:

Educational qualification:

  • Candidates should have secured first division in Class 10 and 12.
  • They should hold a Bachelor's degree in one of the branches of life science or chemistry.
  • General or OBC-NCL candidates should have scored minimum 55 per cent aggregate marks (including all subjects along with languages and subsidiaries of all years)
  • SC/ST and PwD candidates should have secured minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks (including all subjects along with languages and subsidiaries of all years)

What is the shortlisting procedure?

Candidates will be shortlisted through a written test, which will be conducted at IACS, Kolkata.

The shortlisted candidates will have to attend an interview. Maximum 10 candidates will be selected for admission.

Shortlisted candidates will be able to see their names on the websites of IIT Kharagpur and IACS Kolkata.

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