Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) Bangalore Ph.D (FULL-TIME/ PART-TIME) ADMISSION NOTICE 2014-2015

Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Nagarabhavi, Bangalore
Professor V K R V Rao Road, Nagarabhavi P.O., Bangalore-560 072, (Karnataka)


The Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Nagarabhavi, Bangalore has invited applications for admission to  Ph.D Programme - (a) full time (residential) for students and (b) part-time (non-residential) for academicians and interested scholars, conducted in the Academic Year 2014-15.

Disciplines of Specialisation:
The disciplines or specializations available for taking up entrance test for PhD in the Institute are:
(i)   Agricultural Economics or Rural Development
(ii)  Development Studies
(iii) Economics
(iv)  Education
(v)   Environmental Economics/Ecological Economics/Natural Resource Economics
(vi)  Political Science/International Relations/Public Administration
(vii) Population/Demographic Studies
(viii)Sociology/Social Anthropology
(ix)  Urban Studies
(x)   Decentralization and Development

Eligibility Requirements:
The aspirants for ISEC Ph D Programme and research fellowships must satisfy the following requirements:
Master's degree or equivalent in any of the disciplines with at least 55% marks in the aggregate (50% in case of SC/ST applicants);
A pass in UGC-NET or JRF or SLET or M Phil is desirable
Age limit for ICSSR fellowships - below 35 years, 40 years in case of teachers and members of professional staff in Research Institutes.
There is no age limit for ISEC Fellowship, Part-time or External PhD Programme.

Other Discipline-wise Eligibility Requirements:
i. Candidates applying in Agricultural Economics/Rural Development should have a Master’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, Agricultural Economics or Rural Development.

ii. Candidates applying in Economics should have a Master’s Degree in Economics/Statistics/Econometrics.

iii. Candidates applying in Environmental/Ecological Economics/Natural Resource Economics should have Master’s Degree in Economics or other relevant disciplines including Biological Sciences and engineering.

iv. Candidates applying in Education should have a Master’s Degree in Education preferably with specialization in Economics of Education/Sociology of Education/Educational Planning and Management.

v. Candidates applying in Political Science/International Relations/Public Administration should have a Master’s Degree in Political Science/International Relations/Public Administration.

vi. Candidates applying in Population/Demographic Studies should have Master’s Degree in Demography/Population Studies or Economics/Statistics/Sociology or Anthropology or Geography, preferably with specialization in Population Studies.

vii. Candidates applying in Sociology/Social Anthropology should have Master’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology (Social Anthropology).

viii. Candidates applying in Development Studies should have Master’s Degree in any of the Social Sciences, MBA or acceptable Master’s degree by IDS, Mysore.

ix. Candidates applying in Urban Studies should have Master’s Degree in Economics/Sociology/Geography/Public Administration/Urban Planning/Public Policy preferably with specialization in Urban Studies.

x. Candidates applying in Decentralization and Development should have Master’s Degree in Economics/Political Science/Sociology preferably with specialization in Decentralization and Development.

The candidates selected for ICSSR/ISEC fellowship are paid a scholarship of Rs.6,000 p.m. during the PhD Foundation Coursework period besides an annual contingency grant of Rs.12,000. Upon successful completion of PhD Coursework the fellowship is extendable to a further period of three years, fellowship payable during these years would be Rs.16,000/- p.m. and a contingency of Rs. 15,000/- per annum. These Fellowship holders should comply with all the PhD Programme requirements of ICSSR/ISEC, from time to time.

Selection Procedure:
Preliminary screening of applications is done based on the quality of their research proposal submitted with the application. The short listed candidates will be called for a written test to be held on July 11, 2013. The list of candidates to be called for written test shall be displayed on our website www.isec.ac.in  on or before 15th June, 2013. Candidates qualifying in the written test will be required to appear for an interview at Centre level on July 12, 2013.

How to Apply:
The prescribed application form can be downloaded (only on A4 size paper) from the ISEC Website:
http://www.isec.ac.in/phd-advt-2014.htm.  The duly filled-in application form with all the relevant enclosures should be submitted along with the application fee of Rs.500/- (Rs.150/- in case of SC/STs) in the form of a Demand Draft drawn in favour of the Registrar, ISEC, Bangalore. Candidates who are awaiting their second year PG results may also apply. However, it is mandatory to produce the proof of final PG examination results at the time of the admission test. The Pre-PhD Coursework begins in the first or second week of August 2014.
Completed application with requisite attachments should reach the following address on or before May 16, 2014.
Registrar, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Professor V K R V Rao Road, Nagarabhavi P.O., Bangalore-560 072, (Karnataka)

The candidates should clearly mention the preferred discipline (one of the ten specializations listed in subheading
8) in which they are interested to take up Entrance Test (written test) in the application form.
i. The application form should be duly filled and incomplete applications are liable to be rejected.
ii. Do not use dash (-) or dots (...) If any item in the application is not applicable to you, write as N.A.
iii. Attach only self-attested photocopies of certificates and testimonials to the application.
iv. The completed application form must be accompanied by a typewritten (on A4 Size paper; Font: Tahoma, Size-10, spacing 1.5) research proposal within 8000 words or 15 pages, back to back and unbound. This Proposal will be evaluated critically and used as the yardstick for short-listing candidates for the written test. The Research Proposal should not bear name of the applicant anywhere.
The proposal should be original and shall provide a detailed description of research work that the candidate intends to carry out and, shall include the following:
• Purpose of the study with scope and significance
• Statement of problem, review of literature and theoretical underpinning
• Objectives of the study and the analytical framework.
• Methodology and the sources of data with sampling techniques, the tools of data collection and analysis.
• The potential intellectual contribution of your research study to the discipline and its social, economic and developmental relevance.

List of Documents to be submitted:
The candidate must submit the following documents along with the application form:
i. Matriculation Certificate (as a proof for date of birth).
ii. Master's Degree Certificate and Marks Card.
iii. UGC-NET or SLET Certificate/letter (if applicable).
iv. M. Phil Certificate (if applicable).
v. Research proposal (without applicant’s name or identity anywhere).
vi. Copies of academic publications (if applicable).
vii. Testimonials of work experience (if applicable).
viii. Caste Certificate (applicable to SC/ST applicants only).

For details, visit the link: http://www.isec.ac.in/PhD-application-2014-15.pdf  

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