Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Program initiated in JNU
The Special Centre for Molecular Medicine (SCMM) has initiated a new program of study called the 'Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Program in Molecular Medicine'. The course, a first of its kind in JNU, was launched in July 2015 with the admission of six students at SCMM. The main idea behind the launch of this course was to attract students, keen on pursuing advanced scientific research, immediately after their B.Sc degree. The idea for this course evolved in 2008 and for several years the SCMM faculty painstakingly designed and developed the course structure after extensive discussions with members of the medical and non-medical academic community. The course was subsequently approved by the Academic Council of JNU. The primary goal of this program is to provide state-of-the-art training to B.Sc. level students and seamlessly 'integrate' them into their Ph.D projects, ultimately reducing the time taken by students to earn a Ph.D degree. The launch of this course received an encouraging response from students as a total of 1352 candidates applied for the program during its first announcement. The six students eventually selected for this course, after a written examination and interview, come from diverse educational backgrounds. In the coming years, SCMM plans to increase the number of students admitted in this course.
First batch of Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D students at Special Centre for Molecular Medicine (SCMM)
Saima Aijaz, Assistant Professor
Special Centre for Molecular Medicine