Guidelines for admission of college/university students for pursuing project/dissertation work at CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi
Dissertation/project work should be productive, and of good quality and merit. It should help students not only improve their subject knowledge and experimental skills as well as communication and report-making skills. It should also enhance aptitude for research and assist career growth.
Areas of Research :
Candidates will be allowed to carry out studies only in areas that are aligned with the on-going activities at the institute. Candidates desirous of pursuing joining the program are required to submit a one-page write-up describing their proposed work and why CECRI was chosen for the study.
Normally, students pursuing MSc/MPhil/ME/MTech (Chemistry; Physics; Nanoscience & Technology; Materials Science; Chemical/Structural/Environmental Engineering) are encouraged to apply for this program. BE/BTech students and those from other disciplines need not apply.
To be eligible, applicants should have maintained consistently good academic record (70% and above for general category; 65% and above for OBC/MBC/DNC/BC; 60% and above for SC/ST candidates) in all their papers. Preference will be given to students with national-level fellowship/stipends. Students with arrears and those reappearing in a subsequent semester examination will not be considered. Mere fulfilling of eligibility criteria is no guarantee or selection.
Duration of study and attendance:
Students admitted will be required to work fulltime at CECRI for a minimum period of (a) 60 working days for MSc and (b) 125 working days for MPhil/ME/MTech. However, if dissertation work is part of ME/MTech curriculum, the minimum number of working days is fixed at 255. Preference will be given to those who wish to work for an entire semester/year. Regular and minimum attendance is mandatory for each category.
Students selected for MSc projects must present one divisional seminar on his/her project work on concluding the study; those selected for MPhil/ME/MTech projects must give two divisional seminars—first, upon initiation and the second, upon completion of the study. Attendance at seminars is also mandatory for issuing project completion certificate.
Intake of students under this program will be made twice a year (March/November). The last dates for receipt of applications at CECRI are March 15 and November 15. No application will be entertained after the last date. Selected candidates will be duly informed through their institutions during the fourth week of the corresponding month. Upon intimation, candidates must submit a declaration of acceptance duly endorsed by the head of their institution.
Criteria for selection include academic accomplishments primarily and availability of slots with scientists for accommodating additional candidates. CECRI believes in providing this service to more institutions rather than to more students. We consider the students as ambassadors of their institutions and hence they should conduct themselves in an exemplary manner. They will be governed by the rules of CECRI prevailing at that point of time. Any action in case of indiscipline/untoward incident in the campus will be as per decisions by CECRI administration.
The fee structures are as follows:
1. Project work for a period of three months (not less than 60 working days). Applicable to students of MSc (Chemistry; Physics; Nanoscience & Technology; Materials Science): Rs 5,000 + service tax as applicable. If the student does not complete his/her work within the stipulated period, a one-month extension may be permitted with recommendation of the research supervisor/guide.
2. Project work for a period of six months (not less than 125 working days). Applicable to students of MPhil (Chemistry; Physics; Nanoscience & Technology; Materials Science), ME (Structural/Chemical/Environmental Engineering), MTech (Structural/Manufacturing Engineering; Nanoscience & Technology; Green Energy; Materials Science): Rs 10,000 + service tax as applicable. If the student does not complete his/her work within the stipulated period, a one-month extension may be permitted with recommendation of the research supervisor/guide.
3. Project work for a period of one year (not less than 255 working days). Applicable to students of ME (Structural/Chemical/Environmental Engineering), MTech (Structural/Manufacturing Engineering; Nanoscience & Technology; Green Energy; Materials Science): Rs 15,000 + service tax as applicable. If the student does not complete his/her work within the stipulated period, a one-month extension may be permitted with recommendation of the research supervisor/guide.
Candidates should pay the prescribed fee at the time of joining. The fee in the form of a demand draft drawn in favour of “Director, CECRI” payable at Karaikudi in any nationalized bank.
Candidates who are spouses/wards of regular employees of CECRI are exempted from paying the fee. However, the exemption will not apply if the candidate receives stipend/fellowship from CECRI.
No hostel accommodation will be provided by CECRI. Selected candidates may make their own arrangements for food and accommodation. However, during working days students may make use of CECRI departmental canteen for lunch/tea/snacks on payment basis.
How to apply:
Application form and declaration form may be downloaded from CECRI website. A self-attested photocopy of marks sheets and community certificate should be enclosed along with the duly filled-in application. Applications and declaration form must be endorsed by the Head of the Institution. Applications should be sent to "The Director, CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630 003, Tamil Nadu", with the envelope superscribed with “Application for Project/Dissertation work.”
Application Form Declaration Form
Note: Please note that CECRI does not entertain applications for internship programme for B.E/B.Tech/M.Sc/M.E/M.Tech students.