Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India National Entrance Screening Test 2009 (NEST 2009) for Admission to 5 year M.Sc. (Integrated) Programme at NISER, Bhubaneswar and UM-DAE CBS, Mumbai
National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar
NISER has been set up by the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India to impart high-quality science education in a vibrant academic ambience with a faculty of distinguished scientists and teachers. NISER offers 5-year integrated M.Sc. Programme in biological, chemical, mathematical and physical sciences. At present, NISER functions from the beautiful campus of Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, a renowned Institute with state-of-art infrastructure that includes an excellent library, a large computer center and a number of research laboratories. Degrees at NISER will be awarded by the Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), a deemed-to-be University within the Department of Atomic Energy. This year there are 52 seats, including reserved seats for SC/ST/OBC candidates and persons with disability (PD) as per Government norms. Further details of seat distribution are available on the NISER website (http://niser.ac.in/NEST).
UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in Basic Sciences (CBS), Mumbai
The Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India has set up a new autonomous center of excellence in basic sciences in Mumbai. UM-DAE CBS, is to be an international class center for high quality teaching embedded in a vibrant post-graduate and research environment with some of the best teachers and scientists from major institutions in the city (TIFR, BARC, I IT Bombay) and the University and its colleges on its faculty. The center is located in the Kalina campus of the University of Mumbai. The degrees at UM-DAE CBS are awarded by the 150 year old University of Mumbai.
Tentatively, there will be 14 seats in Physics stream, 10 in Mathematics and 6 in Life Sciences with reservations as per Government norms, including reservation for persons with disability (PD). The details are on the CBS website (http://www.tifr.res.in/~cbs).
Both the institutes have residential campuses with suitable accommodation and boarding facilities. The academic programmes of both the institutes have a balanced semester-based course structure with continuous assessment witliin a flexible seamless curriculum designed to emphasize interdisciplinary nature of science in 21st century. The curriculum vigorously seeks to inculcate exploration, innovation and research so as to develop a pool of talented and motivated scientific personnel for the national programmes pursued by the Department of Atomic Energy. Candidates may apply to NISER, CBS or both. Selected candidates will receive a monthly scholarship of Rs. 5000/- and a yearly booh/contingency grant.
Eligibility for Admission
NEST-2009 Examination: The NEST-2009 examination will consist of five sections. First section is compulsory for all candidates. Four other sections will consist of questions on biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics respectively. Candidates are required to attempt any three of these four sections. The questions in NEST-2009 examination will be of objective type designed to test the candidate’s subject comprehension and analytic ability. The examination will be conducted on May 10,2009 and the duration is of three hours.
How To Apply?: Application forms and brochures will become available on NISER website (http://niser.ac.in/NEST) from 5 pm on Januarys, 2009. Candidates may follow any of the three steps to apply.
Last date for requesting application form is March 6, 2009 and last date for receipt of filled application form and draft is April 3, 2009. On-line application forms will also freeze on April 3,2009.
Application Fee: The application fee for general category and OBC male candidates is Rs. 500/-. The fee for SC/ST/PD and female candidates is Rs. 250/-.The fee is to be paid in form of a demand draft in favour of NISER-NEST, payable at Bhubaneswar and should reach the NEST-2009 cell by April 3,2009.The application sent without the proper application fee in the form of demand draft will be considered incomplete. Such applications will be discarded.