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An MTech in nuclear tech for science grads

Delhi University’s MTech, with a monthly stipend embedded in it, promises to open new horizons at top research institutes in Europe

education Updated: Apr 28, 2010 09:26 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

Delhi University (DU) announced admissions to its MTech programme in nuclear science and technology. It is a three-year programme, unlike two-year degrees in other universities. This is why it’s open to science graduates (BSc) too. There are just 15 seats in this programme and all shortlisted students are offered a scholarship of Rs 3,000 a month.

In the second year of the programme, students will be sent to universities in France to do their dissertation and training. They will spend the final year in India. “While they are in India, they will be trained at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam during the vacation,” says Prof. Vinay Gupta, coordinator for the MTech programme.

About job opportunities, Prof. RK Shivpuri, chairman of the MTech committee, is very confident and stresses on the need to produce hundreds of nuclear scientists. “India will set up around 15 nuclear reactors in the next few years and each will need around 900 experts. This means India will require around 14,000 nuclear experts in the next three to four years.”

Not only India, but the world too needs nuclear science professionals. DU’s second-year students, who are undergoing training at institutions in Europe including Ecole Polytechnique, the University of Paris and CERN, Geneva, are being urged to stay on because they are required there, claims Prof Shivpuri.

At a glance
Programme: MTech in nuclear science and technology
Eligibility: Minimum educational qualifications are the same as those for taking the JAM (Joint Admission Test for MSc): Bachelor’s degree with physics as a subject in at least two years and maths in at least one year (60 per cent aggregate marks for general category and 55 per cent for all reserved categories). A few seats are also reserved for students clearing DU’s entrance test for MSc in physics.
Last date to apply: June 29
Contact details: Room No. 189, multi-storeyed building, II Floor, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi

Jamia Millia Islamia also offers an MTech in nuclear technology (self-financing)
Last date to apply: May 5. The entrance test is on June 15.
Eligibility: MSc in physics/ chemistry (with maths up to at least graduation level) / electronics/ material science / electronics instrumentation or an engineering degree in certain disciplines or equivalent. More on www.jmi.ac.in