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SC&IS :
  • Programme of Study


    Teaching and research Programmes in Computational and Systems Biology involve the research, development, or application of computational tools and approaches for expanding the use of biological, medical, behavioral or health data, including those to acquire, store, organize, archive, analyze, or visualize such data. In addition, research Programmes involve the development and application of data-analytical and theoretical methods, mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques to the study of biological, behavioral, and social systems. The School has initiated a Programme in Complex Systems which will study the behavior of mathematical, physical, living and social systems, identify patterns that underlie these inter-related systems, and examine properties such as emergence, evolution, network, structure and dynamics of these systems in a competitive environment.

    SC&IS is offering an integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. degree in Computational and Integrative Sciences with a specialization in either Computational Biology or Complex Systems. The Computational Biology stream will have equivalence to the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, while the Complex Systems stream will have equivalence to the M.Sc. in Physical Sciences. Additionally, SC&IS also offers admission to its Pre-Ph.D. and Direct Ph.D. Programmes in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. The School has encouraged intake from multiple disciplines into these Programmes - Information Technology, Engineering Sciences, Bioinformatics, the Life Sciences/Biotechnology, the Physical and Chemical Sciences, among others.

    Teaching and research Programmes are ably supported by good computational and communication infrastructure. Each student is provided with a personal workstation, and the School manages a centralised facility for high-performance computers, consisting of computer clusters with multiprocessor nodes, large-memory nodes and GPUs to facilitate specialized research.


    School of Computational and Integrative Sciences offers the following three academic programmes:


    Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D program

    The School of Computational and Integrative Sciences (formerly the School of Information Technology), Jawaharlal Nehru University, presently hosts the Center for Computational & Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, a Center of Excellence of the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, and the Center for Complex Systems, introduced in the XIIth Plan by UGC. The School has been offering programs in Computational & Systems Biology and Bioinformatics: An Advanced PG-Diploma in Bioinformatics started in the year 2000, a two-year M.Tech. degree in Computational and Systems Biology from 2006, and a pre-Ph.D. program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from the year 2009. The School has encouraged intake from multiple disciplines into these programs - Information Technology, Bioinformatics, the Life Sciences/Biotechnology, the Physical and Chemical Sciences, among others.

    With the formation of the Center for Complex Systems, it is realized that the School should widen its academic program beyond Computational & Systems Biology. The Jawaharlal Nehru University has been a leader in offering School level multidisciplinary Master’s programs in Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology and Physical Sciences. The proposed integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. program in SC&IS would continue in this trend - offering a M.Sc. degree in Computational and Integrative Sciences with a specialization in either Computational Biology or Complex Systems, followed by a Ph.D. degree. The Computational Biology stream will have equivalence to the M.Sc. in Bioinformatics, while the Complex Systems stream will have equivalence to the M.Sc. in Physical Sciences (till the time an approval of a unique degree in Complex Systems is sought from the UGC).

    Eligibility

    A minimum of 55% marks in Bachelor’s degree in any branch of Basic and Applied Sciences or Technology, including medicine and engineering disciplines. Candidates would be selected through a combined JNU entrance examination. There will be a compulsory section in the entrance examination to test mathematical aptitude at the 10+2 level.

    Duration

    1. The course work leading to the award of a M.Sc. in Computational and Integrative Sciences shall be for a period of four semesters (two monsoon and two winter semesters) with a compulsory requirement for submission of a research-based dissertation at the end of the fourth semester.
    2. A student who successfully completes the first two years of the M.Sc.-Ph.D. integrated program (M.Sc. phase) with a CGPA of 4.0 and above would be awarded a M.Sc. degree.
    3. A student desirous of continuing to the Ph.D. program in Complex Systems or Computational Biology will be eligible for enrollment in the Ph.D. program provided he/she has secured a minimum CGPA of 6.5 in the M.Sc. (CGPA 6.0 in case of SC/ST candidates). The eligible students will be offered provisional Ph.D. admission.
    4. The students continuing for the Ph.D. program would be further required to undergo course work for one (monsoon) semester.
    5. The total duration of the integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. program would be 2+4 years.

    Credit requirements

    A student will need to have a minimum of 72 credits, including 9 credits for the dissertation at the end of two years in order to be eligible for the award of the M.Sc. degree.

    Distribution of credits
    Courses (C) +Tutorials (T) = 48+6
    Laboratory = 6
    Research Methodology = 3
    Research Project = 9
    Total Credits = 72

    A student continuing for the Ph.D. program would need to undergo course work with weightage of 8 credits in one semester, in order to be eligible for the Ph.D. admission.

    Distribution of credit-weightage
    Research Proposal & Presentation = 3
    Seminar = 2
    Term paper = 3
    Total Credits = 8
     

    Intake

     

    Depending on the faculty strength, the intake will be up to a maximum of 18 students per year, 9 in each stream.

        

    Fellowship

     

    Rs.5000/pm by Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

        

    Course Structure (Integrated M.Sc.-Ph.D. Program)

    CB-Track: Computational Biology; CS-Track: Complex Systems; Common= Compulsory for both tracks
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    Course

    Course Title

    C+T

    Course

    Course Title

    C+T

     

    Semester - I

     

     

    Semester - II

     

    Common

    Mathematics – I

    3

    Common

    Mathematics - II

    3

    Common

    Introduction to Probability and Statistics

    3

    Common

    Topics in statistics and Linear Algebra

    3

    Common

    Programming Fundamentals and Data structure

    3+1

    Common

    Advanced topics in Physical Sciences

    3

    Common

    Fundamentals of Physical Sciences

    3+1

    Common

    Complex Systems in Biology

    3

    Common

    Fundamentals of Biological Sciences

    3+1

    Common

    Graphs, Networks and Concepts of Systems sciences

    3

     

     

     

    Common

    Computer Programming and Simulations laboratory

    3

     

    Total Semester Credits

    18

     

    Total Semester Credits

    18

     

    Semester - III

     

     

    Semester -IV

     

    CB-Track

    Computational Structure Biology

    3+1

    CB-Track

    Systems Biology

    3

    CB-Track

    Statistical Mechanics of biomolecules: Theory and Simulation

    3+1

    CB-Track

    Elective 1*

    3

    CB-Track

    Biological Sequence Analysis & Algorithms

    3+1

    CB-Track

    Elective 2*

    3

    CS-Track

    Statistical Mechanics of Complex Systems

    3+1

    CS-Track

    Multi-agent modeling of Complex Systems

    3

    CS-Track

    Statistical and Computational Machine Learning

    3+1

    CS-Track

    Elective 1*

    3

    CS-Track

    Non-linear Dynamics

    3+1

    CS-Track

    Elective 2*

    3

    Common

    Numerical Techniques & Programming lab

    3

    Common

    Research Project

    9

    Common

    Research Methodology

    3

     

     

     

     

    Total Semester Credits

    18

     

    Total Semester Credits

    18

     

    Ph.D. course work (non-credit)#

     

     

    #The credits on the right indicate the weightage of each course

     

    Common

    Research Proposal & Presentation

    3

     

     

     

    Common

    Seminar

    2

     

     

     

    Common

    Term paper

    3

     

     

     

     

    Total Semester Credits

    8

     

     

     

    *Elective papers (approved) to be announced at the end of second semester.
     Elective 1 has to be chosen from the courses floated in the student’s prime track (either CB or CS).
    Elective 2 can be chosen from any of the Tracks, or from courses offered by other schools.


    Pre-Ph.D

    The Pre-Ph.D. programme offered by School of Computational and Integrative Sciences consists of four courses of 3 credits each and one reading course with 3 credits (i.e total credit is (5*3 = 15)). In the first semester, students should take 3 courses ( 2 from the core course and 1 from the optional course) . In the second semester students should take 1 course and 1 reading course. Students must complete the course work requirements within the first year of study The minimum SGPA & CGPA for general & SC/ST will be as per the Pre-Ph.D ordinance of JNU.

    Selection of students to these programmes is through the JNU entrance examina-tion/interview. Please see the official JNU web site http://www.jnu.ac.in for more information on eligibility, exam schedule , fees, etc.


    Course Structure

    Sr. No. Core Course Credits
    1 3
    2 3
    3 3
      Total 9

    Sr. No. Compulsory Course Credits
    1 3
    2
    Reading Course/Seminar IT 761
    3
      Total 6

    List of optional Courses

    • IT 701      Introduction to Programming
    • IT 702 N  Introduction to Probability & Statistics
    • IT 703      Mathematics
    • IT 704 N  Introduction to Computational Biology
    • IT 705 N  Computational Structure Biology
    • IT 706      Data Organisation and Web Enabling Technology
    • IT 714      Information Theory and Molecular Biology

    Ph.D

    (i) Depending upon the individual cases the Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (Special committee) may prescribe some courses.
    (ii) If a course work is prescribed as credit courses for direct Ph.D , student he/she needs to secure : Ist Semester - 5.50 for General students & 5.0 for SC/ST students for confirmation to the Ph.D. IInd Semester 6.50 for confirmation to the Ph.D programme. For SC/ST students needs to secure 6.0 for confirmation to the Ph.D. Please note that seminar/reading course are considered as credit/grade will be given to the final result.
    (iii) The title and the synopsis of the thesis work has to be approved by the Special Committee (board of studies) and the progress of the work is monitored through the Doctoral Committee.
    (iv) The Ph.D thesis will be evaluated by two external examiners and based on the positive recommendations of both the examiners, a student is required to appear in the viva-voce examination to defend the thesis and based on the viva performance the degree is recommended and awarded.

    Selection of students to these programmes is through the JNU entrance examina-tion/interview. Please see the official JNU web site http://www.jnu.ac.in for more information on eligibility, exam schedule , fees, etc.

    Fellowship

    Rs.8000/pm by Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

    EXAMINATIONS AND EVALUTIONS

    The university follows the semester system. Each course is for the duration of one semester and it is assigned a specific number of credits. Ordinarily 1 credit means 1 contact hour per week. JNU follows a continuous system of evaluation.

    Number of surprise tests/quiz/assignments and the Mid term examination are taken during the semester (sessional). These marks are added to the end-semester examination to derive the final grade.

    For courses having end semester examination, sessional work will carry the same weight as the end semester examination. Students should not indulge in any form of cheating/malpractice while taking the exams, if found, action will be taken as per rules.

    Students are graded in each course on a 10 point scale:

    Grade Grade Point
    A+ 9
    A 8
    A- 7
    B+ 6
    B 5
    B- 4
    C+ 3
    C 2
    C- 1
    F Fail

    Grade points averages such as SGPA/CGPA/FGPA are computed as provided in the ordinance. (please see http://www.jnu.ac.in/RTI/ordinance/ordinance_coverpage.htm)

    Note: There is no rounding of SGPA/CGPA/FGPA and minimum grade point aver-ages are prescribed for various programmes.

  • Contact Us

    DEAN
    Room No. 002
    School of Computational and Integrative Sciences
    (SC&IS)
    Jawaharlal Nehru University
    New Delhi - 110067, INDIA
    Phone :(91) 011 - 2674 1517 & 2670 4171

    email: dean_scis@mail.jnu.ac.in

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