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PH.D. - chemistry

The NMIMS (Deemed to be University) introduced Ph.D. programmes 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.

Duration

The one year course work extends over two semesters. From the second year onwards, each student 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.

Intake

A total of 5 seats

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 Coutino, 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 Prof. HOD Chemistry Department, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  • Dr. Rajiv Pandit, HOD Chemistry Department, Bhavan’s College, Mumbai

Value Proposition

  • Unique program with a provision of completing Ph.D. in minimum 3 years after M.Sc.
  • Extensive course work in line with the requirements of Industry, thus adding value to the degree.
  • Focuses on gaining advance understanding, knowledge and exclusive skills in the specialized area.
  • Enables in depth clinical reasoning, update students with recent advances in professional practice and ability to carry out a comprehensive, logical, safe, subjective and physical examination.
  • In built opportunity to improve soft skills as well as scientific writing
  • Grading system at par with international standards
  • 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.
  • Semester 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

  • The candidate must have passed M. Sc. Chemistry in from a recognized University with Minimum 55% marks in aggregate / grade B

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 educational qualifications, statement of purpose, and the performance in Stages 1 and 2, a composite merit list will be prepared as per criteria laid down by the University.

Curriculum

Year 1

Semester 1
- Modern Methods of Analysis
- Industrial Chemistry

Semester 2
- Research Methodology and IPR
- Good laboratory Practice and Analytical Chemistry

Both the semester will also have:
i. Soft skill for 30 hours
ii. Journal club for 8 hours
iii. Guest lecture for 2 hours
iv. Industrial visit for 8 hours
v. Presentation and seminar (internal assessment) for 12 hours

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 trimester 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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