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m.sc. ph.d - chemistry

The NMIMS (Deemed to be University) introduced Ph.D. programme in Chemistry in July 2007. The salient feature of this programme is the emphasis being laid on the overall development of laboratory skills of a research student coupled with an expansion of his/her knowledge base through an interdisciplinary course work comprising lectures and practicals in the first year of the course and subsequently fine tuning these skills in a particular area of specialization. While the research student will have ample opportunity to acquire hands-on training on modern, sophisticated instruments/equipment wherever necessary, he/she will also be able to benefit from the expertise of one or more supervisors, wherever needed.

The M.Sc. course work in the first two years extends over three semesters class room teaching and one semester industrial training. After the M.Sc. course work the students will commence the Ph.D. program subject to passing of a qualifying test. The qualifying test involves assessment of the research aptitude of the students by the Research and Recognition Committee (RRC). Each student then undertakes research in a specialized area on a topic to be decided by the student in consultation with the Research Supervisor(s) following approval from the Research and Recognition Committee (RRC). The duration of the research project would be minimum 3 years.

Duration

Till completion of PhD

Intake

A total of 5 seats are available for the Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. program in Chemistry

Board of Studies

  • Dr. Aparna Khanna, Chairperson; Dean, Sunandan Divatia School of Science
  • Dr. Nancy S. Pandita, Professor, Chemistry, Sunandan Divatia School of Science
  • Dr. Sudeshna Chandra, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Sunandan Divatia School of Science
  • Dr. Supriya Mahajan, Professor, Department of Pharm Chemistry, C.U. Shah College of Pharmacy, SNDT University, Mumbai
  • Prof. Bipin Mehta, Ex-HOD, Department of Chemistry, Mumbai University
  • Dr. Evans Clifton Coutinho, Professor and Head, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai
  • Dr. Ajit Ganesh Datar, Advisor, Shimadgu Analytical India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai
  • Dr. Prasenjit Ghosh, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
  • Dr. Freddy Havaldar, Associate Professor and HOD Chemistry, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  • Dr. Rajiv Pandit, HOD Chemistry, Bhavan’s College, Mumbai

Value Proposition

  • Unique program, with a provision of completing M.Sc. and Ph.D. in minimum 5 years after B.Sc.
  • Extensive course work in line with the requirements of Industry, thus adding value to the degree
  • Hands on training on sophisticated analytical instruments
  • Development of skills to use statistical and computational techniques as research/data analysis tools
  • In built opportunity to improve soft skills as well as scientific writing
  • Flexibility in project selection on interdisciplinary topics to complete thesis requirement.
  • Grading system at par with international standards
  • Each student will be supervised by an individual expert committee constituted according to the interdisciplinary nature of the research project
  • A system of continuous evaluation through seminars, quizzes and practicals
  • Guest faculty drawn from a pool of experts from Industry
  • Innovative teaching methods involving continuous interaction amongst faculty and students

Programme Objectives

  • Modern facilities to provide ambience and support for curricular and extra-curricular activities for the overall development of students.
  • Dedicated, qualified faculty to ensure high standard of teaching, learning and evaluation processes.
  • Periodic review and revision of curricula based on feedback from the industry with quick response to ensure the relevance of the programmes to the changing needs of industry.
  • Trimester system with proper planning to utilize the resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Industry based project work as part of the curricula to get recognition and reward to the students in the form of job offer or support for further studies and research.
  • The “Industry Interface Program” has been initiated to keep the students abreast of the latest trends in the industry/research organizations through industrial visits and guest lectures.
  • The program is a full time program which is offered from Monday to Saturday.

Pedagogy

The course lays emphasis on the overall development of laboratory skills of a research student coupled with an expansion of his/her knowledge base through an interdisciplinary course work. The course work comprises of lectures and practicals in the first year and subsequently fine tuning these skills in a particular area of specialization.

The course is reviewed regularly in consultation with our Board of Studies, which comprises of experts from academia, research institutions and industry from all over India. Thus, the course is tailor made to fulfill the requirements needed to keep pace with the current developments in scientific research.

While the research student will have ample opportunity to acquire hands-on training on modern, sophisticated instruments/equipment wherever necessary, he/she will also be able to benefit from the expertise of one or more supervisors, wherever needed.

In the first year, along with the permanent faculties, the regular lectures are also conducted by visiting faculties who are experts in their respective fields. Apart from the course work, the Faculty also conducts Guest lectures by eminent academicians and scientists, paper presentations (Journal Club), Doctoral Committee Meetings to ensure learner centric environment.

A Research and Recognition Committee (RRC), under the Chairmanship of the Honorable Pro-VC, has recently been established to oversee the quality of research being carried at the School, and to advise the School on measures to improve courses of studies at the post-graduate level and Doctoral level. In addition, methods like quiz, discussions, tutorials, Industry visits etc. are also used by the faculty to benefit the students.

Eligibility

For the M. Sc.-Ph.D. integrated program in Chemistry, a candidate must have passed the three year B.Sc. examination of any recognized University and scored not less than 50% in Chemistry.

Admission Criteria Process

Students who satisfy the requirements of the two stage selection process will be considered for admission to the integrated courses.

  • Stage 1 - All eligible candidates will be required to appear for a Written Test to be conducted at the NMIMS campus in Mumbai. The venue will be announced sufficiently in advance of the test date.
  • Stage 2 - Based on the performance in the written test, candidates will be short listed and called for a personal interview at the NMIMS Campus, Mumbai.

Based on the performance in Stages 1 and 2, a composite merit list will be prepared as per criteria laid down by the University.

CourseSpecialization in Organic ChemistrySpecialization in Analytical Chemistry
Semester IPhysical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry-I
Analytical Chemistry-I
Physical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry-I
Analytical Chemistry-I
Semester IIAdvanced Organic Spectroscopy
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Environmental and Green Chemistry
Research Methodology and IPR
Advanced Organic Spectroscopy Nanoscience and
Nanotechnology Environmental
and Green Chemistry
Research Methodology and IPR
Semester IIIIndustrial Training Industrial Training
Semester IVOrganic Chemistry-II
Organic Chemistry-III
Natural Product Chemistry Medicinal Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry-II
Analytical Chemistry-III
Industrial Chemistry Analytical Chemistry-IV

Evaluation Criteria

During the course work the students will be required to have a minimum attendance of 80% for lectures, practicals and seminars, separately. The students will be evaluated through semester end exams and through continuous internal assessment.

Internal assessment will be on the basis of fortnightly tests based on Theory. Practical work will be evaluated each week during the course of the regular practicals. Seminars will be evaluated weekly. The grade will be awarded at the end of the year on the basis of Cumulative Grade Point Average.

During the research project, the progress of the work will be evaluated by a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The progress of the work will be evaluated on the basis of the presentation made by the student in a TAC meeting every six months. The students will be allowed to start writing their thesis only after getting the permission from the TAC following their last DC meeting (generally 5th or 6th).

Thesis can be submitted to the University only after two articles have been published/accepted for publication in National/International peer reviewed Journals.

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