The Dr. MR Das Research Excellence Award is given for excellence
during RGCB's PhD Program. It carries a cash award of Rupees 25,000, a
gold medal and a citation.
A duly constituted three member external jury will adjudicate all
parameters and award marks out of total of 100. The division of marks
is explained below.
An applicant scoring 70% or above will become eligible for the
There is no restriction on number of awards in a year.
Applicants are to submit their applications duly forwarded by the
mentor to the Office of Academic Affairs within 3 months after
submission of the PhD thesis to the University.
The application form can be downloaded from RGCB Website.
The decision of the jury will be final and no further appeal will
Time Limit: The PhD thesis must have been submitted within 5
years from date of PhD registration with the University.
Contemporary importance and relevance of PhD thesis: an
extended abstract of not more than 5000 words to be provided that
explains with the following headings: (i) background to the problem,
(ii) working hypothesis, (iii) methodology used, (iv) results in
brief, (v) conclusions and (vi) application and/or innovations derived
from the study (Total of 30 marks).
Peer-reviewed publications (Total of 50 marks):: The
following conditions will apply to all applicants
Publications in predatory journals will not be considered.
A minimum of two publications of direct relevance to the PhD work
and where the applicant is the first/joint first author.
The jury can consider a single outstanding publication
where applicant is first/joint first author in lieu of the standard
The jury can also consider (along with a second paper) one
publication involving large multi- centric studies such as
GWAS/large scale genomics/clinical/epidemiological/molecular
epidemiological studies, a publication where applicant is among the
first three authors and the topic of the paper is of direct
relevance to the PhD work.
Two granted Indian patents or one granted International patent
may be considered by the jury as equivalent to the conditions stated
in (ii) and (iii) and (iv). The Jury will judge relevance of the
patent and its significance.
The applicant must provide a detailed description of their exact
role in any co- authored publication (iv) or patent application (v).
The jury will decide on the quality and marks for the above four
International Fellowships granted for short term training in
international research laboratories during the course of PhD work (Total
of 10 marks)
Best Paper/Poster Awards at National or International
Conference presentations organized by registered national and
international societies or equivalent during the course of PhD work(Total
of 10 marks). Jury will decide on the standing and quality of the conference/seminar.
Application procedure for the awards and travel grants
For the Dr. M.R Das Research Excellence Award and the RGCB Travel Grant Award,
applications should be submitted in the prescribed format to the office
of the Dean, where documents will be verified and eligible candidates
will be recommended to the Director for consideration for the award.
Applications for both awards can be submitted at any time in the year.
The Director's decision will be final and binding in the execution of
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