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Mahatma Gandhi University

Institute for Integrated Programmes and Research in Basic Sciences (IIRBS)

 

Institute for Integrated Programmes and Research in Basic Sciences (IIRBS)
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  Integrated Interdisciplinary MSc Programme
 
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A knowledge centre comprising of Sophisticated Instrumentation Facility, instructor-led classroom teaching and technology–enhanced learning techniques, first of this kind among the universities in Kerala, namely Institute for Intensive Research in Basic Sciences , has been instituted directly under Mahatma Gandhi University in 2008. The Institute provides intellectual, instrumental as well as experimental support for pursuing excellence in all branches of sciences and is expected to contribute to the talent pool of researchers and specialized technicians. Subsequently, the Institute launched a Five year Integrated Interdisciplinary Master of Science programme in the year 2009 for the students who completed their plus 2 with sciences and mathematics

The program gives equal importance to class room instructions and research work. The course consists of a flexible course work, research project to demonstrate attainment of a high degree of scientific ability followed by advanced research on a specific topic leading to MS degree. This provides a unique opportunity for students after +2 sciences to engage in high priority research in frontier areas of sciences. The course and curriculum is designed in such a way that students get direct participation in the operation and maintenance of the instrumentation facility and laboratory

The MS programme is conducted strictly based on the rules and regulations approved by the university. It is the responsibility of the Institute to take-up all the administrative matters from the admission test to the completion of the end - semester examinations. All the examinations will be conducted as per the examination calendar. This includes setting of question paper, conduct of all examinations, valuation of answer books and preparation of mark sheets etc. The results will be announced by the controller of examinations followed by the award of Degree.

Rules and Regulations

I. Eligibility

A minimum of 55 % marks scored in the Plus- two (science stream) level of exam.

II. Admission

The selection procedure consists of a thematic objective-cum-comprehensive test, followed by an interview.

III. Fellowship

Fellowship will be given for all the admitted students for five years.

Fellowship is an amount of Rs.2000/ month

The Integrated Programme Advisory committee (IPAC) will be evaluating students annually and if the academic and research progress is not satisfactory then the fellowship will be terminated. Institute assistantship is a mandatory responsibility of every fellowship holder. The institute assistantship duties include managing the sophisticated instrumentation facility, lab supervision, teaching assistant ship (grading, tutorial sessions, etc.), and library duties. The assistantship duties will be allocated to the students by the Director of the institute.

IV. Course and Credit System

The curriculum includes class room learning, video/e-learning, off campus learning experimental tasks, project assignments, original research work in the high priority areas and management of the entire activity of the laboratory and maintenances of the major and minor instruments.

The courses are broadly divided in to five parts.

1. General Foundation buildup courses (core, Sciences and Humanities)

2. Principle level.

3. Skill generation (core, common)

4. Advanced level

5. Contemporary interest.

Each course has a certain number of credits which describe its weightage. The courses are offered either by direct personal engagement or by pre-recorded video presentations. In addition, some of the courses will be covered by tutorials-discussions, lab tasks, minor and major research projects, assignments, seminars ,workshops, preparation of reviews - monographs, resource generation camps, off campus visits and instrumental methods as directed by the institute from time to time.

Credit(s) of a course will be given on the basis of following criteria:

Generally one credit per lecture/week/semester will be adopted with the restriction of a maximum of three credits per course for all class room and video lectures.

All laboratory and experimental/project courses will generally have one credit for a minimum of 2 hours per week/semester or 3 hours per alternative week/semester. Laboratory courses with a larger number of contact hours per week/semester up to 6 hours per week will have two credits.

The laboratory tasks and Major projects will be treated like any other course and will be registered by the students with full credits.

The grade awarded to a student in any particular course will be based on the student's performance in the in-semester tests (usually two), quizzes, home assignments, laboratory work, workshop and various other outdoor academic assignments and end- semester examinations. The distribution of the weight - age will be decided by the Director.

The hybrid courses are taught through class room teaching, meetings, consultations with the facilitator and on-line tasks and assignments. Students are expected to use available technology, internet, assignments, interacting with classmates and the professor, off campus exposure for completing course contents . Some courses are taught partly in seminar mode with each student presenting a classical paper of the field.

Students are encouraged to develop a timeline for the semester for accomplishing the tasks required

The minimum credit requirement is 182 including core courses, electives and Major Project.

V. Criteria for majoring in a particular subject and specialization under a major

Major (Chemistry/ Physics /Biology streams)

In general this programme is interdisciplinary in nature. Equal importance is given to both class room instructions and research work. The courses are classified as core (mandatory for all the students admitted for the MS programme), Major (decides the stream) and electives (under a particular major).

All the courses are mandatory for all the students admitted for the programme except the courses Major I to VII and the courses offered in the IX and X semesters. Majoring a particular area (Master of Science (chemistry major/physics major/biology major) is decided based on the option of courses major I to VII and courses in IX and X semesters (major VI and VII are electives under a particular major).

All the courses in the semesters IX and X are based on a particular major (the topics are different for different majors).

Upon completion of the course, BS (Bachelor of Science) and Master of Science (chemistry/physics/biology major) degrees will be awarded simultaneously. BS degree is equivalent to BSc. and MS degree is equivalent to MSc.

VI. Monitoring and Evaluation of the Integrated MS Programme

1. Integrated Programme Advisory Committee (IPAC)

Academic and research activities of the integrated MS programme of the institute is monitored and evaluated by the Integrated Programme Advisory committee (IPAC). IPAC will be constituted by the Vice Chancellor with PhD holding faculty members (representing all subjects namely, chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics humanities and English) from the university or any other institutions of repute. The director of the institute acts as the convener of the IPAC. The total strength of the IPAC should be not less than 7 including the (convener). The IPAC should meet immediately before finalizing the grades of the students every semester. In the case of any deviation arise from the MS programme regulations, IPAC, is the final body to take the decisions with the approval of Vice Chancellor. The IPAC will be evaluating the student's performance periodically. In case of failing to obtain the mandatory requirement as per the regulations of the MS programme by a student, IPAC has the power to remove the student from the roles.

2. Course Assessment

2.1 Class Room Instructions

2.2 Laboratory Task

2.3 Research Project and Seminar Evaluation

3. Grading

3.1 Theory and Practical Courses

3.2 Attendance

VII. Requirement for the Award of the Integrated MS Degree

•  Successful completion of the course work of 182 Credits (including Core, Major and Elective Courses) with minimum grade of B- or greater for being eligible for the award of the integrated MS degree.

•  Successful completion of the Major Project and Viva voce is a mandatory requirement for the Student. The students should submit their project report within the stipulated time.

•  All the students who registered for the integrated MS programme should maintain an up-to-date Course diary from the date of registration. Every student will be under a staff advisor. The Course diary contains all the record of their academic progress like courses registered, credit obtained, seminar given, experimental tasks /projects done, comprehensive examination, etc. The successful completion of all the requirements should be entered by the staff advisor. The diary should duly sign periodically by the staff- advisor and which will be approved by the director.

VIII. Leave

Student must submit an application for leave to the Director forwarded by the advisor. The regular working hours of the Institute is 8.am to 4pm under the 6 day/week pattern. Both laboratory and class room instructions may be conducted on holidays at the convenience of visiting faculties.

IX. Regulations for Continuing on the Rolls and Completing Courses

It is mandatory for the students to attend all classes. Attendance records of all students for each course will be maintained. Attendance will be graded and a minimum of 80% attendance is required for appearing in the end semester examination. In genuine cases(for example medical reasons), a student with attendance below 80%, upto a maximum of 10% attendance may be given by the IPAC with the consultation of the Vice Chancellor.

A Student who fails (C grade) in the core and elective courses of the MS programme may be given a repeat final examination. If a student does not clear a course even after writing the repeat final examination, he/she is required to repeat the course with the same course number when offered next time and, it is treated as backlogin the student's records. A maximum of two backlog courses may be allowed at the discretion of the Director and more than two backlog courses at a time may lead to the termination from the programme.

A student is not entitled to avail more than two repeat examinations in each semester in courses in which he/she has obtained C grade. A student has more than two C grades in a semester will have to repeat all the courses of that semester.

The course requirements of the MS programme must be completed in a maximum of fourteen semesters. Those who fail to do so will be automatically removed from the rolls at the end of the fourteenth semester.

In exceptional cases the IPAC may override any of the above provisions, up on representation from the student, with the prior approval from the Vice Chancellor.

    
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