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Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata

IISER-K 5 Year- INTEGRATED M.S. Program In the present day context of a developing India, an emphasis on Basic Science Education and Research is a primary goal for the nation. High quality scientific research is emerging as an attractive career option. To cater to the growing need for professionally qualified, high calibre science graduates, the HRD ministry has set up five IISERs in Kolkata , Pune, Mohali, Bhopal, and Tiruvananthapuram. Some salient points of the 5 year integrated M.S. program (leading to Master degree), being pursued in Kolkata are set described below. Syllabus: First Year First Semester Subjects Phys- 111 Mechanics Phys-112 Lab (Mech, Gen Properties) EL 111 Lab (Electronics) Chem- 111 Chemistry of Elements Chem 112 Chemistry Lab LS 111 Cell Biology LS-112 Biology Lab Maths-111-Single Variable Analysis Hu 111 Communication skills

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First Year Second Semester

Subjects Credits

Phys- 121 Electricity & Magnetism Phys-122 Lab (Heat& Thermodynamics, E&M) ID 121 Thermodynamics Chem- 121 Chemical Reactions Chem 122 - Chemistry Lab LS 121 Genetics LS-122 Biology Lab Maths-121 Linear Algebra & Ordinary Differential Equations COMP-122 Lab (Programming)

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Total: 27 Second Year Third Semester

Subjects Credits

Phys- 211 Quantum Mechanics-I Phys-212 Lab (Modern Physics) Chem- 211 Spectroscopy Chem 212 Chem Lab LS 211 Evolutionary Biology & Ecology LS-212 Biology Lab Maths-211- Complex Variable & Applications ID-211 Indian Heritage in Science

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Second Year Fourth Semester

Subjects Credits

Phys 221 Waves & Optics Phys-222 Waves & Optics Chem- 221 Bonding Structure & Symmetry Chem 222 Chemistry Lab

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LS 221 System Biology LS-222 Biology Lab Maths-221- Probability & Statistics ES-221 Earth, ,Planetary, Env. Sci ES-222 Lab Earth, Planetary, Env. Sc.

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Third Year Fifth Semester

Subjects Credits

Phys- 311 Classical Mechanics II Phys- 312 Electro Magnetism -II Phys-313 Quantum Mechanics II Phys.314 Lab Expt. Technique Phys-315 Computational Physics Chem 311 Quantum Chemistry Chem-312 Phys.Organic Chem Chem 313 Main Gr.Elements Chem 314-Lab- Synthesis & Characterization by Spectroscopy Chem-315-Lab Synthesis & Characterization by Spectroscopy LS-311 Physiology & Neuro Biology LS-312 Cell Regulation LS-313 - Exp Biology & Bio-statistics LS-314 Lab (Exptl.Biology) LS-315 Lab (Genomics & Proteomix) Maths-311 -Multi Variable Analysis Maths-312 Algebra I Maths-313 Graph Theory & Combinatorics Maths-314 Elementary Number Theory Maths-315 Computer Lab ES-311 Mineralogy & Geo-chemistry ES-312 Introduction to Geo-physics ES-313 Structural Geology

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ES- 314 Lab (Optical mineralogy & Geo-chemistry)* ES-315 Lab (Structural Geology)* 10 days of Field work

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One has to choose a major subject with 5 courses (total 15 credits) along with 2 minor subjects (total 6 credits) from above list. Total Credits: 15 + 6 = 21 Third Year Sixth Semester
Subjects Credits

Phys- 321 Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics Phys- 322 Cond. Matter Phys-I Phys-323 Nuclear & Particle Phys Phys.324 Lab Nuclear & Part Phys Phys-325 Lab-Cond. Matter Phys Chem 321 Chem. Transition Elements Chem-322 Organic Synthesis Chem 323 Single Photon & Multi Photon Spectroscopy of Atoms & Molecules Chem 324 Lab- (Chemistry) Chem-325-Lab - (Chemistry) LS-321 Cellular Regulation LS-322 Cell Division & Oncology LS-323 - Advance Evolutionary Genetics & Taxonomy LS-324 Lab (Life Science) LS-325 Lab (Life Science) Maths-321 -Topology Maths-322 Geometry of Curves & Spaces Maths-323 Algebra-II Maths-324 Integration & Measure Maths-325 Lab- (Statistics) ES-321 Petrology

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ES-322 Structural Geology & Tectonics ES-323 Seismology & Applications ES-324 Lab (Petrology) ES-325 Lab (Structural Geology) CS-321 Computer Science & Data Algorithm

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One has to choose a major subject with 5 courses (total 15 credits) along with 2 minor (total 6 credits) subjects from above list. Total Credits: 15 + 6 = 21 Fourth Year Seventh Semester (18 Credits) Core and elective courses from the major subjects (total 9 credits) Interdisciplinary courses (6 credits). Seminar (3 credits) Fourth Year Eighth Semester (18 Credits) Core and elective courses from the major subjects (total 9 credits) Interdisciplinary courses (6 credits). Seminar (3 credits) Fifth Year Ninth Semester (15 Credits) & Tenth Semester (15 Credits) Dissertation (Research Project) & Advanced Courses Information on Number of students 1) 2) 3) 4) 38 students in 2006-07 69 students in 2007-08 47 students in 2008-09 100 students expected in the new batch

Major/Minor structure: For the first two years the basic science courses Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Earth Science are taught. In addition, courses like Space and Astrophysical Sciences, Electronics and Computer lab, Communication skills, Indian Heritage in Science are also taught .All

courses are compulsory for all students. For the first year, the total number of course credits is 27 per semester. For the second year, the total number of course credits is 24 per semester. In the third year, students are required to decide on a Major subject Presently this choice is given for Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Earth sciences. In addition, two courses from other disciplines have to be chosen as a minor subject. Total Number of credits to be taken in 3rd year and later are 21 credits (9 Major +6 Minor) per semester. In fourth year, core, elective and interdisciplinary courses are taught along with seminars. In the fifth year, a student has to do a dissertation (research project) along with other advanced courses. Number and Hours of classes Classes start in the morning and continue until evening, with one hour of lunch break. Generally, theory classes are held in the morning and laboratory classes are held in the afternoon. Classes are typically an hour in duration, except labs, which are for three hours. A 3 credit course normally means three hours of class in a week. Duration of a semester is about 15-16 weeks, including examination. Attendance is compulsory: 80% attendance is mandatory for sitting in final examination Examination structure For theory classes, the assessment is based upon home works, class tests, mid-term examinations and a final examination. Some marks allotted based on for attendance. For Laboratory classes, there is continuous evaluation, on the performance of individual experiment, project work and a final examination. Grading Grading structure is as follows: A+: 90 and above, A: 80 and above, B+: 70 and above, B: 60 and above C: 50 and above, D: 40 and above, F below 40.

CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) and SGPA (Semester Grade Point Average) are computed. A grade sheet is given to the students. Laboratories Laboratory work is done in groups (of 2 3 students). Manuals provided for the experiments to be done. References to various books also given. The students are assigned experiments beforehand. They required to come prepared. The instructor then helps the students in class. Laboratory notebooks are completed during class hours. are are are the

The Project is an innovative experiment that the student is required to do on his own. This is accompanied by an oral presentation and a report in the form of a paper. This is to encourage students in original thinking and to train them in giving seminars and paper writing. The final examination tests whether the student can do an experiment alone. Placement Assistance A placement cell is being planned to offer advice and assistance with placement for students following the completion of their course requirements. Our potential recruiters are academic institutions in India and abroad, national research laboratories and industries. Some details of Haringhata Campus and Hostel arrangements All classes are being held at Haringhata Campus. At Haringhata we have a lush green campus full of vegetation and native fauna, which creates an atmosphere conducive for living and studying. We have acquired three buildings from the West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences and have fully renovated them to house state of the art teaching and research facilities. We have also procured two hostels (one for boys and another for girls) and have fully renovated and furnished them for providing a hasslefree life to the students. Both the hostels are self sufficient in terms of kitchen and dining halls. Both the hostels have a common room with television and music system for the students. There is a small health center with a permanent nurse in the hostel where we have a doctor visit at regular

intervals. A mini-gym is located in the boys hostel. A movie-club is run by students and faculty which screens a weekly movie. The institute library houses books on fiction, in addition to academic books, for the reading pleasure of all. There are shops and restaurants just outside the campus. We encourage students to cycle in and outside the campus which is environmentally friendly and also a healthy option. However, do provide transportation from the Haringhata campus to Kolkata campus at Salt Lake for those desirous of travelling to the city. Inter-Semester Breaks The first semester lasts from early August to the first week of December and there is a winter break of four weeks. The second semester runs from early January till early May and there is a three month summer vacation for the students. However, students have the opportunity to work in a research lab or in a theoretical project for a month or so during the summer break, if they wish to gain some research experience. Extra Curricular and Sports Activities A healthy mind resides in a healthy body and all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy we take these adages seriously. At IISER Kolkata we believe in an all round education: all aspects of a students personality development have to be accounted for in order to make them an able citizen of the country, in addition to being a good scientist. A University is a centre of excellence which prepares the students for a self-sufficient and fulfilling life. In keeping with this spirit, we invest in developing both sports and extra-curricular activities for students. We organize a series of individual and team sport tournaments (table tennis, badminton, volleyball, cricket, football etc) throughout the year. We also encourage various clubs and societies like movie club, drama and theatrical society, music club, dance club, creative arts society, photography, video, amateur astronomy and nature clubs. Students are encouraged to be members of different clubs and societies where they can nurture their creativity and complement their academic activities. We welcome all the new entrants to the IISER family come join us in an inspiring journey through life and science.