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Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology was established by the Department of Atomic Energy, India to expand the

activities carried out at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, in two frontline areas of science and technology namely Lasers and Accelerators. On February 19, 1984 the President of India, Gyani Zail Singh, laid the foundation stone of the centre. Construction of laboratories and houses began in May 1984. In June 1986, the first batch of scientists from BARC, Mumbai, moved to RRCAT and scientific activities were started. Since then, the centre has rapidly grown into a premier institute for research and development in lasers, accelerators and their applications. The RRCAT campus is spread over a 760 hectare picturesque site on the outskirts of Indore city. The campus encompasses laboratories, staff housing colony and other basic amenities like school, sports facilities, shopping complex, gardens etc.

YOUNG SCIENTIST RESEARCH PROGRAMME (YSRP-2011)

The Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore is India's premier laboratory in the areas of accelerators, lasers and allied areas of Science and Technology. Ongoing work at the Centre includes:

Operation and utilization of two synchrotron radiation sources INDUS-1 and INDUS-2, microtrons, linear accelerators, photoinjectors, DC accelerators. etc. Several beamlines have been installed in both the synchrotrons. Development and use of copper-vapour lasers, Nd:YAG lasers, high-power CO2 lasers, Ti:sapphire lasers, chemical lasers, free-electron lasers, microwave systems, power supplies, control systems etc. Experimental programmes in superconductivity, cryogenics, magnetism, semiconductors, ultra-fast studies, nonlinear optics, laser cooling of atoms, laser-plasma interaction, laser materials (ceramics and single crystal), applications of synchrotron radiation and biomedical applications of lasers. Theoretical research on nonlinear and quantum optics, nonlinear dynamics in accelerators, free-electron lasers, materials science, studies on light propagation in turbid media and its applications in biomedicine.

In order to expose students to these frontiers in science, the Center runs a Young Scientist Research Programme during the summer. Students who are presently in the first year of M.Sc. (Physics), or in the fourth year of integrated M.Sc. (Physics) or in the third year of B.E./B.Tech. (Engineering Physics/Mech. Engg./Electrical Engg/Electronics/Metallurgy) are eligible to apply. Applications should be sent in the format available on our web page. The candidate should arrange for at least one letter of recommendation that can be sent by post, fax or email. Selected candidates will be paid round-trip train fare by II class (sleeper) and a stipend of Rupees 2,500 per month. In addition, free accommodation will be provided at the RRCAT Guest House. Those selected for the programme will work on a project during their 8 weeks stay at the Centre from May 16, 2011 to July 08, 2011. At the end of the research programme, they will give a presentation on their research work.

Opportunities of Projects in RRCAT for Students RRCAT offers opportunities to the students pursuing degree in science and engineering from recognized institutions in India for carrying out project work towards partial fulfillment of their degree. Presently projects are offered to students pursuing the following degrees: 1. M.Sc. and M.Phil. in: Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Computer Science, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Life Science. 2. B.E., B.Tech., M.E. and M.Tech. in: Electronics, Electronics and Instrumentations, Electronics and Communications, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Metallurgical Engineering and Opto-Electronics. This scheme has no prescribed training programme/ curriculum. Each selected student has to carry out the project individually under the guidance of a Scientist/ Engineer of RRCAT, on all working days. Eligibility and Minimum Project Duration:

M.Sc. students of final year are eligible to apply for a minimum period of six weeks. M.Phil students of final year are eligible to apply for a minimum period of six months. M.E. and M. Tech. students of final year are eligible to apply for a minimum period of six months. B.E. and B. Tech. students who have completed their fifth semester are eligible to apply for a minimum period of six weeks.

Application Procedure: Interested student has to send his/ her application in the prescribed form, as per the instructions given. Applications complete with ALL the required documents will only be considered. Application for the project work must be accompanied with the Certificate of Bonafide Student issued only by Principal/Head of the Institute. Applications without this form will NOT be considered. Applications sent through e-mail will not be accepted. Selection criteria are the academic profile of the student and availability of suitable project guide in the area of interest of the student. Number of students selected may vary from year to year. Period for the winter and summer projects will be from 10th December to 9th June and 10th June to 9th December respectively in the calendar year. Last dates for receiving applications for winter and summer projects are 1st October and 1st April respectively in every calendar year.

Financial Assistance: Only Post-graduate students selected for project work are eligible for financial assistance, which includes: (i) monthly stipend of Rs. 1000/- for the duration of project work, (ii) reimbursement of "to and fro" second class railway fair, from the place of study to Indore or ordinary bus fare, and (iii) free accommodation in RRCAT Guest House, subject to its availability. Financial Assistance is given provided the student is not getting stipend, scholarship etc. from any other source. This must be certified by the Head of Department/ Institution. The financial assistance is subject to satisfactory performance during the course of project work certified by the project guide. Please note that accommodation in RRCAT Guest House will not be provided to postgraduate and undergraduate students of local (Indore) academic institutions.

Invitation to pursue Ph.D. programme in specialized areas of Physics, Chemistry, and Life Sciences at the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore. Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore, was founded in 1984 by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for dedicated pursuit of R&D in the areas of Accelerators, Lasers, Plasma Physics, Cryogenics, Vacuum technology etc. Since then, the Centre has set up two Synchrotron Radiation Sources : Indus-1 & Indus-2, which are national research facilities, and many smaller accelerators for radiation processing applications. The Centre has excellent cryogenic facilities as well as state-of-the-art equipments for low temperature physics measurements. A variety of laser systems, particularly high power lasers, have been built and are being used for a wide range of applications. These include gas lasers (like copper vapor lasers, CO2 lasers), solid state lasers (like diode pumped solid state lasers and semiconductor lasers). Lasers are deployed for the studies in the areas like biomedical applications of lasers and laserplasma interaction. The Centre also has long standing programme in the areas of RFsuperconductivity, low-temperature physics, material science, cold atom physics, non-linear optics, opto-electronics, nano-science etc. RRCAT is a Constituent Institute of the "Homi Bhabha National Institute" (HBNI), a Deemed University, and invites students with appropriate qualifications to pursue Ph.D. programme in various specialized areas of physics, chemistry and biology, listed above. As per the rules of HBNI, the Ph.D. programme consists of course work of one year duration and research work of up to 4 years duration. The Ph.D. 2011 programme will commence on Aug.1, 2011. DAE Junior Research Fellowships will be offered to those selected for the pursuit of Ph.D. The fellowship amount is 16,000 per month for the first two years and 18,000 per month for the next three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Eligibility: Qualification :

For Physics candidates: M.Sc. degree in Physics with a minimum of 60% marks, and who have cleared Joint Entrance Screening Test (JEST 2011). For Chemistry and Life Sciences candidates: M.Sc. degree with minimum 60% marks, in Chemistry or Life Sciences, and who have cleared joint CSIR-UGC Net-June.2010 and/or Gate 2011, are eligible to apply. Candidates with M.Sc. in Botany / Agricultural science should not apply.

Those applicants who are completing M.Sc. summer of 2011 can also apply, provided they have 60% overall marks in the completed semesters. In the event of selection, mark sheet of the final M.Sc. result would have to be submitted by November 1, 2011. Continuation in the Ph.D. programme will be subject to the candidate obtaining minimum 60% marks overall. 5 year integrated M.S. (of IISERs) will be treated at par with 5 year integrated M.Sc. Age limit : The candidates desirous of availing DAE fellowship should be born on or after August 1, 1985. The age limit is relaxable by three years for OBC and by five years for SC/ST

applicants. Nationality : Applicant must be an Indian citizen. The candidates who have appeared earlier in RRCAT Ph.D. programme interview are not eligible for appearing again. Selection process : The selection of the students for the Ph.D. programme will be a two-step process: 1) Screening of short-list candidates, followed by 2) Interview of the short-listed candidates. For Physics candidates, the short-list shall be prepared based on applicant's score in JEST 2011. For Chemistry and Life Sciences candidates, the short-list shall be prepared based on applicant's score in CSIR-UGC Net-June 2010 and/or GATE-2011. Short-listed Physics candidates shall be called for interview to be conducted tentatively on May 16, 18 & June 20, 21, 22, 23 2011, at RRCAT, Indore. Short-listed Chemistry and Life Sciences candidates shall be called for interview to be conducted tentatively on June 20, 21, 22, 2011. The applicant must indicate choice of their interview date in the application form, failing which they will have to appear for interview on one of the above dates assigned by RRCAT. Outstation applicants called for interview will be paid to and fro sleeper class train fare by the shortest route or the actual fare, whichever is less. This is subject to the verification of their eligibility from the original documents before the interview. Booking of Accommodation (for short-listed candidates only):

For booking of accommodation at RRCAT guest house kindly send a request to Shri T. A. Ahamad, Guest house supervisor (email: ahmed@rrcat.gov.in Phone no.: 0731-2442370). The allotment of accommodation is subject to the availability of rooms and it will be provided on first come first served basis. How to Apply: The application form is attached below. Two copies of the filled application form, affixed with passport-size photo on each, along with copies of documents mentioned in the application, should be sent to the following address by Registered Post with A/D, or by Speed Post. Applicants are advised to preserve the dispatch receipt for future reference. Please write down on the top of the envelope "Application for RRCAT-Ph.D. Programme-2011 (Physics / Chemistry / Life Sciences)".