In the 2018 toppers list by the Ministry of Human Resources, there’s a special mention of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, which has its centres in Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
It is not without reason. Born in 1945 with financial support from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, it was a visionary project of Dr Homi Bhabha that has stood the test of time. If you are wedded to physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science or science education, this is one of the best deemed universities where you can get your master’s and doctoral degrees.
The achievements are one too many for both the students and faculty of TIFR. The very latest is the Infosys prize to Prof Roop Malik (Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai), and how India shined at the International Olympiads with students from this institute making their presence felt. Not to mention, the tie up with Niti Aayog and Intel to set up a Model International Centre for Transformative AI.
The institute is also perfect if you want to fund your research in science, technology and mathematics. TIFR has an endowment fund precisely for this purpose. This is best for collaborative research between scholars across India and the world. If you are an exceptional talent, financial support will be the least of your worries if you are a student here. The fee is reasonable too. A Ph.D scholar will have to pay Rs 4000 per year while an M.Sc student can pay half of that. For more details, click here.
Admissions to TIFR are based on a nationwide entrance exam that usually happens in December every year. However, the breaking news is that if you have excelled in GATE examination of 2017-2019 in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, and Mathematics, you can for the Ph.D. program in Systems Science without appearing for the TIFR Entrance Test. The shortlisted GATE applicants will be called for an interview in May 2019. For more details, click here. Best of luck!