|Tata Institute of Social Sciences : M.Phil/Ph.D Admissions 2018|
|Category : M.Phil/ Ph.D Admissions 2018|
|Published : On November 15, 2017 By Webindia123 Editor|
|Last date of submission of Application Form||January 13th, 2018|
|Announcement of shortlisted Candidates for RAT||January 27th, 2018|
|Research Aptitude Test (RAT)||February 9th, 2018|
|Announcement of candidates invited for Personal Interview (PI)||February 28th, 2018|
|Mumbai Campus||April 16 - 20, 2018|
|Tuljapur Campus||April 5 - 6, 2018|
|Guwahati Campus||April 9 - 11, 2018|
|Announcement of Selected Candidates||First week of May 2018|
TISS invites applications for the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D. and ‘Direct’ Ph.D. Programmes (academic year 2018-2019) with the various Schools and Independent Centres of the Institute across TISS Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad Campuses. UGC JRF qualified candidates, post graduates, students in the final year post graduation in Social Sciences and allied fields and individuals with M.Phil and / or industrial, academic and field based experience in Social Sciences, Social Work, Disaster Management, Development Studies and allied fields are invited to apply.
The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936, as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work. In 1944, the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work was renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The year 1964 was an important landmark in the history of the Institute, when it was declared deemed to be a university under section 3 University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
TISS has six inter-disciplinary Schools and four independent centres, which offer academic programmes and also carry out research. Candidates can opt for the schools and independent centres based on their background and area of interest. The centres ans schools are
1. School of Habitat Studies
2. School of Health Systems Studies
3. School of Human Resources Management and Labour Studies
4. School of Rural Development
5. School of Social Sciences
6. School of Social Work
7. Centre for Lifelong Learning
8. Centre for Media & Cultural Studies
9. Centre for Research Methodology
10. Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management
Admission to the Integrated M.Phil – Ph. D. programme & Direct Ph. D. programme in the following Research Areas:
|Research Areas||Seats in Integrated M. Phil and Ph. D||Seats in Direct Ph. D|
|Management and Labour Studies||15||-|
|Media and Cultural Studies||-||5|
|Social Sciences with Specialisation in Sociology of Education||6||-|
|Social Sciences (to be anchored by Centre for Lifelong Learning)||5||5|
|Inclusive Development and Social Justice||10||-|
About the programmes:
Integrated M. Phil – Ph. D. programme is a five year full time Programme. All the candidates admitted to the Integrated M. Phil – Ph. D Programme will follow a common course curriculum (see webpage on Social Sciences). However, for M. Phil in Education*, Women's Studies, Health System Studies, Rural Development, Development Studies, Disaster Management*, Inclusive Development and Social Justice there will be a subject specific taught M. Phil. Programme of four semesters. The first year of the programme comprises of course work while in the second year, students will work towards completing their M.Phil Dissertation.
Ph.D. programme is designed for candidates with a minimum of five years of post-graduate relevant experience in the field being proposed for research by the candidate. Selected candidates can pursue Ph.D. either by staying on the TISS campus (subject to availability of accommodation) or from whichever location they are based in. TISS does not make any distinction among research scholars as full time and part time. However, selected candidates who are not residing in the Campus, are expected to be in touch with the research guide, attend modular programmes/courses (also applicable for direct on campus PhD scholars who do not hold an M.Phil degree), pay fees regularly, ensure timely submission of progress reports and fulfill the necessary requirements of the Ph.D. programme.
Eligibility Criteria :
Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:
The minimum academic qualification for admission to the integrated M.Phil. & Direct Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05.
Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also eligible to apply for M.Phil, provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.
Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Direct PhD programmes. In case of the Integrated M.Phil-PhD Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.
Research Proposal: Candidates must prepare their research proposal based on the research interests mentioned in the Information brochure (Available under Intergrated M.Phil-PhD and Direct PhD Admissions 2018-20 on the TISS Website).
Admission Procedure :
Candidates must complete the application process in online mode. The online application can be saved at any stage (information entered will remain intact). The candidate can then return to the application by logging in with the respective user name and password at any time before the submission deadline of January 13, 2018. Once the application has been submitted online, candidates can choose the mode of payment of the application fees (Credit card, Debit card or net banking).
Candidates facing genuine technical issues/having difficulty in accessing the online application, may write to firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning their name, contact details and a clear description of the problem being faced or may call 022-25525252.
Research Aptitude Test (RAT)
The RAT to be held in Feburary 2018 (tentative date) would comprise of two parts. The first would deal with quantitative/qualitative skills of the applicant whereas the second part would contain subject/programme/research area specific questions. Applicants will have to answer the research questions that are closest to the programme that they are applying to.
A model question paper will be put up on this website by January 2018. However, a demo paper (based on 2018 format) is available below for reference.
The list of all eligible candidates amongst the candidates who apply for Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D. programme and direct Ph.D. Programme will be displayed on the Institute website on January 27, 2018. The eligible candidates will be invited for the Written Test (Research Aptitude Test - RAT) to be held at all the TISS Campuses on on February 9, 2018. Candidates can opt to take the RAT at any of the campuses.
The model paper and rules for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) along with the guidelines for shortlisting will be put up on the TISS website by early January 2018.
Candidates who have cleared JRF, GATE and other relevant exams are also expected to attend the Written Test and Personal Interview*.
The list of shortlisted candidates from the eligible list of candidates for all the programmes will be displayed on the TISS website by 28 February, 2018. These candidates will be required to appear for the PI’s as per the email communication sent to them.
Apart from the fulfillment of academic criteria the short listing of applicants for the Personal Interviews for Integrated M. Phil – Ph. D. programme and direct Ph. D. programme will be linked to the statement of purpose/ research proposal and the domain expertise available at the Schools / Centre.
Candidates with visual impairment will have to indicate the impairment in the application form. They will be provided with a writer for the written test.
The final selection process will be completed by mid May and the final list of candidates and relevant information will be uploaded on the TISS website.
All candidates who appear in the final selection list are required to bring a hard copy of their duly filled in application form duly filled along with original caste, income and degree certificates as applicable for verification.
Selected candidates are expected to pay fees by end of May 2018.
All the programmes will begin by mid June 2018 or on a date as indicated in the offer letter at the time of admission.
More Details can be available from the institute website.
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