Admissions open for PhD in Biostatics and Bioinformatics at RCB by DBT & UNESCO

The Institution Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) is an institution of national importance created by an Act of Parliament under the aegis of UNESCO with the primary focus of providing worldclass education and training, and to conduct innovative research at the interface of multiple disciplines to create high quality human resource in the area of biotechnology.

RCB is offering interdisciplinary doctoral programmes in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in partnership with other institutions by creating a virtual faculty pool. These programmes will be supported through a collaboration with the global pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals India Private Ltd. (GSK) and are subject to RCB Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations.

Faculty for the Programme In addition to RCB faculty members, the following mentors from the partner institutions, holding an adjunct faculty position at RCB, shall be the faculty for the programme.

Prof. Partha Pratim Majumder, Distinguished Professor, NIBMG, Kalyani Prof. Saurabh Ghosh, Professor, ISI, Kolkata Dr. Debasisa Mohanty, Staff Scientist VII, NII, New Delhi Dr. Dinesh Gupta, Group Leader, ICGEB, New Delhi Dr. D. Sundar, Associate Professor, IITD, New Delhi Dr. Analabha Basu, Associate Professor, NIBMG, Kalyani Dr. Indranil Mukhopadhyay, Associate Professor, ISI, Kolkata Dr. Samsiddhi Bhattacharjee, Assistant Professor, NIBMG, Kalyani

Eligibility Criteria PhD programme in Biostatistics: Master’s degree in Statistics or Mathematics with 60% or more marks. PhD programme in Bioinformatics: Master’s degree in Computer Science/Bioinformatics/Computational Biology/Biotechnology with specialization in Bioinformatics.

The candidate should have scored at least 60% marks or equivalent CGPA in the Master’s Degree. Those appearing in the final examination and having secured at least 60% marks on an average in all examinations held during the Master’s degree programme are also eligible to apply. However, students will be permitted to join the programme only on production of first-class Master’s degree certificate.

Selection Process Interested students may apply online by paying the prescribed application fee of Rs. 500. SC/ST/PwD/EWS candidates are exempted from payment of application fee. Eligible candidates will be called for a written test and interview at RCB on 23-24th July, 2020.

Stipend Selected candidates shall receive a consolidated stipend of Rs. 45000 per month for the first two years of the programme and Rs. 50000 for the next three years. The stipend shall be subject to taxes as per Govt. of India rules. Continuation of stipend is subject to satisfactory progress made by the student to be evaluated annually. A total of four students may be selected annually to these programmes.

Coursework In the first year, the students admitted to these programmes will undergo rigorous coursework to complete the minimum 8 credit requirement for RCB PhD programme as per its Statues, Ordinances and Regulations. For the detailed course content, please visit

There will also be a three-months statistical internship at GSK’s Clinical Development Operations Centre in Bengaluru during the programme for the Biostatistics students

Fees The student admitted to the PhD programme will have to pay the following fees:

Laboratory Fees Rs. 6000 per semester
Tuition Fees (1 st & 2nd Semester Only) Rs. 6000 per semester
Academic Administration Fees Rs. 5000 per semester
Medical Fees Rs. 3000 per semester
Student Amenities Fees Rs. 1000 per semester
Caution Money Rs. 5000 (once, at the time of admission, refundable)
Thesis Examination Fees Rs. 10000 (at the time of submission of thesis)
Hostel security and other charges will be applicable in case availing hostel facility.

Application Process: Online Form for PhD Admissions, Click Here to Apply Application Fee Rs.500/-

Last date for submission: 15 June 2020. For any queries, please write to

Note: Providing false/incorrect information in the application form by the candidate or nonpossession of essential qualifications detected at any stage of the selection process/after will lead to disqualification/ cancellation of admission of the candidate. The decision of the Competent Authority at RCB shall be final and binding in this regard.