Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal

Bhopal Bypass Road, Bhauri, Bhopal - 462 066, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Academic Affairs

Office, Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs manages all activities related to academics such as orientation for new students, admissions, registration, academic counseling, preparation of academic calendar, course contents & manuals, class and examination time tables, processing of results. The office timings are from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM on all working days. The Office of Academic Affairs is headed by the Dean, Academic Affairs (DoAA).

Students can submit all papers for signatures of the Dean, Academic Affairs such as leave requests, request for bonfire certificate, request for duplicate identity card, etc., to the dispatch section of Office of Academic Affairs between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM on all working days. Students are allowed to meet officials of Office of Academic Affairs between 05:00 PM to 05:30 PM.

Academic Programmes

IISER Bhopal currently offers (i) Bachelor of Science in Economic Sciences programmes for students who have completed their 10+2 with mathematics as one of the subjects, (ii) Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (BS-MS) Dual Degree Programme for students who have completed their 10+2, (iii) Integrated Ph.D. programme for students who have completed their Bachelor’s Degree in relevant disciplines, and, (iv) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programme for those who have acquired a Master’s degree/equivalent in various disciplines.

Further provision exists in the Institute to introduce new programme/disciplines, as appropriate.

BS-MS (Dual Degree)

Presently, the five year BS-MS (Dual Degree) programme is offered in Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

KYPY and INSPIRE scholars admitted to IISER Bhopal will draw fellowship/scholarship as per the rule of the funding agency. The fellowship/ scholarship is directly disbursed by the funding agencies.

BS-MS (Dual Degree) programme consists of mandatory, common courses (core courses) for all disciplines during the I and II semester (1st year), a subset of all courses on offer which will enable a student to qualify for a choice of ‘Major’ (called pre-major courses) during the III and IV semesters (2nd year) and departmental courses (professional courses) during the remaining six semesters (3rd year onwards).

First year offers a set of core courses of about 40 credits across disciplines.

Pre-major year has a total of 18/21 credits per semester, with 6/7 credits from each of the chosen pre-major disciplines and 3/4 credits from courses of other departments, as identified by the pre-major department. For remainder of the credits the student will take Open Electives of his choice.

Student can explore courses from a minimum of two disciplines. With careful selection of courses and an academic overload of 1-3 courses, a student can explore up to 3 disciplines during his/her pre-major year.

Third year onwards, students register for professional courses consisting of discipline dependent mandatory and elective courses for 18-22 credits per semester. During the final year, students are required to register for MS thesis with a faculty supervisor, relevant to their major discipline.

In addition to majoring in one of the disciplines, BS-MS students can also minor in another discipline by fulfilling criteria specified by individual departments. The curriculum and other criteria for successfully completing the BS-MS programme in various disciplines are documented in the BS-MS (Dual Degree) Programme Manual.

The Institute encourages and rewards academic excellence exhibited by its students. To this end, Professor C.N.R. Rao Education Foundation Prize with a prize amount of Rs. 5000/- per semester is awarded to students(s) scoring the highest CPI during the first year (in both the first and second semesters) of the BS-MS (Dual Degree) Programme. The academic excellence in the graduating batch is recognized by various prizes like President’s Gold Medal, Director’s Gold Medal, and Proficiency Medals in each discipline.

BS in Economic Sciences

Presently, the four year BS programme is offered only in Economic Sciences to students who have passed (10+2) with mathematics as one of the subjects.

The first year of the programme consists of core courses in basic sciences and introductory courses in Economics. Next three years are dedicated to specialization in Economic Sciences. Students pursuing the BS Programme in Economic Sciences can also earn a ‘minor’ degree in other disciplines after fulfilling the prerequisites laid down by the respective department.

After spending four years in BS programme in Economic Sciences, students have the option to obtain BS-MS (Dual Degree) in Economic Sciences by spending an additional year devoted to courses and research project.

Integrated Ph.D. Programme

Presently, the Institute offers Integrated Ph.D. programme in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

The goals of the Integrated Ph.D. programme are the development of scientific manpower of the highest quality, to cater to the needs of industry, R&D organizations and educational institutes. The programme is aimed at providing young motivated individuals with a rigorous training, desired level of understanding and scientific maturity and a solid base at an early stage to enable them to pursue a research career. The detailed guidelines and criteria for successfully completing the Integrated Ph.D. programme in various disciplines are documented on the Departmental websites.

Integrated Ph.D. programme consists of course work during the first two/three years of the curricula. All students are paid institute assistantship of Rs. 10,000/- per month subject to maintaining a minimum CPI of 7.0 on a 10 point scale during the first three years of the programme The assistantship is enhanced to the level of MHRD’s PhD fellowship after the candidate qualifies Ph.D. candidacy.

A student must attain a minimum CPI of 7.0 in the first two years in order to continue his/her candidacy for Ph.D. Students having CPI less than 6.0 at the end of fourth semester may either exit the programme or continue to work towards obtaining an MS degree.

All students are awarded with an MS degree at the end of third year of the programme.

The course work is followed by qualifying comprehensive examination, research work, seminars, and a thesis. Integrated Ph.D. students from all disciplines will have to register for a minimum of 48 course credits and a minimum of 40 research credits. In order to graduate, they should have a total minimum of 128 credits. The curriculum and other criteria for successfully completing the Integrated Ph.D. programme in various disciplines are documented in the Manual.

Doctoral Programme (Ph.D.)

Presently, the Institute offers Ph.D. programme in Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Economic Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Physics.

Ph.D. programme consists of course work, qualifying/comprehensive examination, seminars, and a thesis. Ph.D. students will have to register for course work comprising a minimum of 16 to 24 credits and a minimum of 40 research credits. In order to graduate, they should have a total minimum of 96 credits (coursework and research work). Besides the mandatory requirements, students are encouraged to participate in several professional activities such as workshops, review meetings and conferences. All doctoral students are also expected to participate in the undergraduate teaching programme of the Institute as a part of their training. The curriculum and other criteria for successfully completing the Ph.D. programme in various disciplines are documented in the Ph.D. Manual.

Academic Sessions

The typical distribution of an Academic Year is as follows:

Odd Semester Winter Break Even Semester Summer Break
August to December December January to April May to July

Academic Calendar: 2018-19-I Semester

Events Important Dates
Registration Jul 26, 2018 (Thu) Integrated Ph.D. and Ph.D. Students
Jul 27-28, 2018 (Fri-Sat) BS-MS (Dual Degree)/BS Students
Late Registration Aug 08, 2018 (Wed)
Classes Commence Jul 30, 2018 (Mon)
Add/Drop Jul 30, 2018 (Mon) - Aug 20, 2018 (Mon)
Last Date for Dropping Overload Course Oct 31, 2018 (Wed)
Last Date for Document Submission Sep 29, 2018 (Sat)
Mid-Semester Examination Sep 22-30, 2018 (Sat-Sun)
Mid-Semester Recess Oct 14-21, 2018 (Sun-Sun)
SRS Nov 05-09, 2018 (Mon-Fri)
Last Day of Classes Nov 16, 2018 (Fri)
End Semester Examination Nov 19-29, 2018 (Mon-Thu)
Make-up Examination Dec 5-6, 2018 (Wed-Thu)
Last date for grade submission of make-up exam Dec 8, 2018 (Sat)
Vacation Nov 30-Dec 26, 2018 (Fri-Wed)

Curriculum

The curriculum at IISER Bhopal is based on the credit system. Each course is allotted credits based on the number of lecture, tutorials, lab hours and self-study hours per week.

There is a continuous evaluation by means of quizzes, assignments, mid-semester, end-semester examinations and laboratory work throughout the semester. At the end of each semester, the student gets a SPI (Semester Performance Index) which is an average of the grades in each of the courses he/she has registered for in that semester weighted by the credits of the courses. The CPI (Cumulative Performance Index) is a weighted average of all the SPIs (till date) weighted by the number of total credits in a semester. A detailed descripting of the grading system and SPI/CPI is as follows.

Grading System

There are six letter grades: O, A, B, C, D and F. The letter grades, their descriptions, and their numerical equivalents on a scale of 10-points (called grade point) are as follows:

Letter Grade Description Weight
(grade point)
O Outstanding 10
A Excellent 10
B Good 8
C Average 6
D Poor 4
F Fail 0

O grade is intended to recognize and encourage outstanding performance in a class. This grade is to be used sparingly.

In addition, there is an I grade which stands for Incomplete. Besides, these grades, there are two other grades S and X. S stands for Satisfactory and X for Unsatisfactory.

Note: The Institute does not declare percentage or award any division to the undergraduate students. Notionally, the CPI may be multiplied by a factor of 10 to obtain the numerical percentage.

SPI and CPI

Semester Performance Index (SPI) is a weighted average of the grade points earned by a student in all courses credited and describes his/her academic performance in a semester. It is calculated as follows:

where ci = credit for the ith course; gi = grade points secured by the student for the ith course. Summation is over all the courses credited by the student in that semester. ‘S’ and ‘X’ grades shall not be considered in the computation of the SPI.

Cumulative Performance Index (CPI) indicates the overall academic performance of a student in all courses registered up to and including the latest completed semester. It is calculated as follows:

where ci = credit for the ith course; gi = grade points secured by the student for the ith course. Summation is over all the courses credited by in all the completed semesters. ‘S’ and ‘X’ grades shall not be considered in the computation of the CPI.

Summation is over all the ‘n’ courses credited by the student in all the completed semesters. Whenever a student is permitted to appear for re-examination in a course, then the new letter grade replaces the old letter grade in the computation of CPI.

The minimum CPI required for completing the BS-MS (Dual Degree), Integrated Ph.D. and Ph.D. programmes are 5.00, 6.00 and 7.00, respectively. The maximum CPI that can be earned is 10.00.

Shiksha – The Academic Automation

The students must register online in the Academic Automation Portal ‘Shiksha’ (shiksha.iiserb.ac.in). Shiksha portal monitors the entire progress of the students from the date of registration till the award of the degree. The system manages details regarding registration of courses and grades of the student during the semester.

The grade report, with details of courses registered and grades obtained, SPI for each semester and the CPI based on the grades of all courses taken up to and including the semester, will be available to the student on Shiksha portal once the result for that semester are declared officially. The student can download the same from their respective shiksha logins. The results will also be shared on the parent’s email id. At the end of the programme hard copy transcript will be provided.

Attendance

The importance of maintaining a steady attendance in classes cannot be understated. It is advised that students do not miss classes due to trips home or otherwise. Also, it is absolutely compulsory for all students to appear for examinations. In case of unavoidable circumstances leave may be taken as per rule. Before proceeding for leave, an application has to be submitted to the Dean's Office in the format provided, with supporting documents.

Absence for a period of 4 weeks or more without submitting leave application will be considered as unauthorized and will lead to removal from the rolls.

The lack of attendance will be condoned only in cases of medical reasons, and only if supported by approved leave letter and medical certificate and fitness certificate from Institute's medical practitioner and submitted within 2 days of joining back.

Important rules governing conduct and maintenance of discipline for students/research scholars are placed in Appendix I.

Members of the Office of Academic Affairs

Dr. Snigdha Thakur, Dean, Academic Affairs
0755-2692365, doaa@iiserb.ac.in

Ms. Sherly George, Assistant Registrar (Academics)
0755-2692315, sherly@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Harish Chandra Shah, Jr. Superintendent, Academic Affairs
0755-2692367, harish@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Priyank Bhavsar, Office Assistant (MS), Academic Affairs
0755-2692366, priyank@iiserb.ac.in

Ms. Jaya Chouhan, Jr. Assistant (MS), Academic Affairs
0755-2692322, jayac@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Jitendra Rajput, Office Assistant
0755-2692322, jrajput@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Brajendra S Rajpur, Office Assistant
0755-2692366, brajput@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Sanjay Babu Ahirwar, Project Web Developer
0755-2692533, sbabu@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Satendra Singh, Office Attendant

Mr. Gangaram Bharti, Office Attendant

Lecture Hall Complex

All the lectures will be held either in the Lecture Hall Complex (LHC) or in designated classrooms of the Academic Buildings, as marked in the time-table. All laboratory courses will be held in the core/professional laboratories of the respective department.

LHC Hours

Students are permitted to use LHC atrium for self-study during the below mentioned hours. However, during exams students are not permitted to use atriums.

Monday - Saturday9:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Sunday/Holiday10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Staff of LHC

Mr. Pappu Chouhan, In-Charge
0755-2692377, pchouhan@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Ramendra Noatia, Jr. Technician (MS)
0755-2692317, ramendra@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Vivek Singh, LHC Caretaker
0755-6692317, viveks@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Hariom Tiwari, LHC Caretaker
0755-6692317, hariom@iiserb.ac.in

Mr. Rahul Kumar, LHC Attendant

National Academic Depository

National Academic Depository (NAD) is an initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development to provide an online store house of all academic awards. NAD is a 24X7 online store house of all academic awards viz. certificates, diplomas, degrees, mark-sheets etc. duly digitized and lodged by academic institutions / boards / eligibility assessment bodies. NAD not only ensures easy access to and retrieval of an academic award but also validates and guarantees its authenticity and safe storage.

For more information related to National Academic Depository, please visit http://nad.gov.in.