Frequently Asked Questions
What are the degrees which can be awarded by TIFR?
TIFR is a Deemed University under the UGC,
with the mandate to award M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees only.
In special cases, TIFR may also award the M.Phil. degree.
No other degrees (e.g. M.S., M.Tech., D.Sc.) can be awarded by TIFR.
Q. Can I join TIFR
solely for an M.Sc. or M.Phil. degree?
students are admitted only for coursework and research leading to Ph.D.
M.Sc. degree is awarded, after due coursework, to students who do not have it at the
time of joining so that their careers retain continuity in the matter of
degrees. It can also be an exit option – after three years – for students
who are unable, for various reasons, to carry on with research in TIFR.
M.Phil degree is only an exit option for
students who already have (or are eligible to have) an M.Sc. degree, but
are unable, for various reasons, to carry on with research in TIFR.
Q. Can I defer the
date of my joining TIFR?
is not normally permitted. However, in case of serious medical or other emergencies,
a student may be allowed to defer joining by one semester.
a student does not join within one week from the stipulated date, his/her
admission will stand cancelled.
Q. Can I change my
assigned Department after joining TIFR?
is permitted to a limited number of students who perform well in the
coursework. Check here for details.
Q. If I cannot find
a Supervisor in my allotted Department after the
time, what should I do?
will have to leave TIFR. Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D.
students have a choice of leaving with an M.Sc. degree. Ph.D. students
have a choice of leaving with an M.Phil.
Q. Can I move from
the Colaba campus of TIFR to one of the TIFR Centres
ICTS, TCIS, HBCSE) and vice versa?
is possible to move from the Colaba campus to
one of the TIFR Centres with full transfer of
credits, if the Centre in question agrees. Transfer from TIFR Centres to the Colaba
campus is not permitted.
Q. If, mid-way
through my Ph.D. work, I wish to change my supervisor, is it
is possible, on a case-to-case basis, to change to another supervisor in
the same Department, subject to the approval of (i)
the new supervisor, (ii) the Department and (iii) the Subject Board.
is no restriction on the number of times such a change is made. Note,
however, that no extra time will be given to students who change
Q. If my Ph.D. work
is delayed, can I get an extension of Fellowship
the 6th year for Ph.D. students and the 7th year for Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D.
students, a limited number of students can get half fellowship (but no
contingency grant) to finish the Ph.D. work. Any extension beyond this
has been strictly forbidden by the Department of Atomic Energy,
Government of India, which is our controlling agency. The Subject Board
may permit you to finish your work, but without stipend and without
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