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This is a full-time research programme where in the students work towards their Ph.D. degree under the supervision of an IIA faculty. Students may join the programme in either the first semester beginning in August or the second semester beginning in January.
All students are required to undergo a course work normally for a period of one year before beginning the work towards their Ph.D. thesis. The one-year course work programme starts with an orientation programme for one week on Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics at IIA. The present course work structure is as follows:
1) JAP Course AA 362 - Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
2) JAP Course AA 363 - Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Plasma Physics
3) JAP Course AA 377 - Astronomical Techniques
4) IIA Course - Stellar Structure and Evolution
Students admitted to the Ph.D. programme are initially offered a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). On completion of two years as a Junior Research Fellow, a student is offered a Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) after an assessment. The total tenure of the fellowship may not ordinarily exceed five years, inclusive of the one year course work. Once a student submits the thesis, an enhanced fellowship amount may be given for a further period of one year. The continuation of the fellowship beyond this period is not guaranteed.
The stipend of a JRF is Rs. 16,000/- pm, and of a SRF is Rs. 18,000/- pm in addition to an annual book grant and medical facilities. Upon submission of the Ph.D. thesis the fellowship may be further increased. Hostel accomodation is normally provided to all students. If a student opts to stay in a private accomodation, a house rent allowance is paid as per the institute rules. Students are eligible to enroll in the contributory medical scheme of the institute. Subsidised canteen is available on-campus in Bangalore as well as at the field stations of the institute. During tours, students get travel and dearness allowances on par with staff members of the institute. They also receive support to participate in national and international scientific conferences.
An Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pondicherry University (Central),Puducherry has been signed on 28th April, 2009 to start a joint Ph.D programme in astrophysics. Henceforth, students enrolled for the PhD Programme will register at the said University.
Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University J.A.K. Tareen (left) exchanging documents with the Director of Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, S. S. Hasan, in Puducherry on Tuesday.