|Institute for Social and Economic Change|
1. The Institute
The Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) was founded by Professor VKRV Rao in 1972. Its primary objective is to provide high quality academic training to Ph D Students to prepare them as distinguished researchers and teachers in the field of social sciences. ISEC is presently affiliated to Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Osmania Universities and the National Law School of India University, Bangalore for the award of PhD degree. We have collaborated with Maastricht University, Warsaw University, Centre for Asian Studies (Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea), Bombay University, Central University of Rajasthan and University of Central Asia (Republic of Tajikistan).
ISEC is located amidst sylvan landscape of 16-hectare at Nagarabhavi, Bangalore, adjoining campuses of Bangalore University and National Law School of India University. The Instituteís campus is well maintained with sprawling gardens and lawns and also preserves a variety of flora and fauna. ISEC campus is situated 12 Kms away from Central Railway and Central Bus station with very good networks of buses. To find the location of ISEC campus, visit our website: http://www.isec.ac.in/new-route-map.pdf
The Institute has ten academic research centres with different disciplines in social sciences. These are: Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation (ADRTC), Centre for Decentralisation and Development (CDD), Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources (CEENR), Centre for Economic Studies and Policy (CESP), Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD), Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development (CPIGD), Centre for Study of Social Change and Development (CSSCD), Population Research Centre (PRC), Centre for Research in Urban Affairs (CRUA), and Centre for Womenís and Gender Studies (CWGS). The faculty members of these centres provide guidance to the Ph D Students for pursuing research in the individual disciplines. The strong point of training at ISEC is its emphasis on inter-disciplinary and socially relevant research.
The Institute has well equipped Hostel for boy and girl Students and an excellent and well furnished Guest House for visiting scholars. Full time Ph D Students are provided hostel accommodation at reasonable rent. Visiting scholars and academicians are provided guest house accommodation.
Dr V K R V Rao Library, which is digitized, is a treasure house of books, documents, reports and journals with more than 1.21 lakh collections. The library subscribes to more than 300 professional foreign and Indian journals. UNDP, World Bank, UN and a number of other international organizations have recognized it as a Depository Library. About 80 journals are accessible online. The housekeeping operations and catalogue is computerized using Libsys integrated library software and the database can be accessed online. One can access a large number of rare documents and have connection with similar libraries across the world.
(c) Computer Lab
The Institute has state-of-the-art computer laboratory with web enabled network of 2 mbps leased line connection for internet browsing and also Wi-Fi connectivity available for the use of PhD Students.
5. PhD Programmes
ISEC offers two categories of Ph D Programme - (a) full time (residential) for students and (b) part-time (non-residential) for serving academicians and interested scholars. The hallmark of our Ph D Programme is its bi-annual seminars and doctoral committees. Doctoral Committee will meet at least twice preceding bi-annual seminars and provides valuable inputs to the PhD Students besides monitoring progress of their thesis work. Every PhD Student is required to make presentation in the bi-annual seminars of the Institute in June and December till submission of thesis.
6. Doctoral Committee and Bi-annual Seminar
In addition to the PhD Supervisor, every PhD Student will have an advisory Doctoral Committee consisting of faculty across disciplines. Doctoral Committees meet regularly and advise the students at various steps in research. Bi-annual seminar provides an opportunity for research students to make presentations about progress of their PhD work and receive valuable inputs from Panel of experts.
After successful completion of the Pre-PhD Foundation Course, students are required to enroll/register with one of the universities where ISEC has recognition. They are required to comply with all the requirements of the university concerned with regard to enrollment/registration, and thereafter remit periodical fee such as tuition, service, processing, thesis submission etc.
8. Disciplines of Specialisation
The test for admission will be administered only in the disciplines/specializations mentioned here. Eligibility requirements are the same for all candidates. The disciplines or specializations available for taking up entrance test for PhD in the Institute are:
9. Eligibility Requirements
The aspirants for ISEC Ph D Programme and research fellowships must satisfy the following requirements:
10. Other Discipline-wise Eligibility Requirements:
The candidates selected for ICSSR/ISEC fellowship are paid a scholarship of Rs.6,000 p.m. during the PhD Foundation Coursework period besides an annual contingency grant of Rs.12,000. Upon successful completion of PhD Coursework the fellowship is extendable to a further period of three years, fellowship payable during these years would be Rs.16,000/- p.m. and a contingency of Rs. 15,000/- per annum. These Fellowship holders should comply with all the PhD Programme requirements of ICSSR/ISEC, from time to time.
12. Selection Procedure
Applications will be invited every year in the month of March. After preliminary screening of applications, the short listed candidates will be called for a written test to be held in July every year after displaying the list of candidates to be called for written test on our website www.isec.ac.in. Candidates qualifying in the written test will be interviewed at Centre level after the written test and final selection will be made their after.
13. How to Apply
The prescribed application form will be available for downloading on our website from the month of March to May every year. The duly filled-in application form with all the relevant enclosures should be submitted along with the prescribed application fee in the form of a Demand Draft drawn in favour of the Registrar, ISEC, Bangalore (The DD is payable at State Bank of Mysore, Mallathahalli Branch, Bangalore. Branch code: SBMY0040457). Applications received in response to the advertisement in the month of March will be processed after the last date fixed for receiving the application which is usually May every year.
The prospective candidates may await our PhD advertisement appearing in next March.
14. For more information and clarifications
Dr. Elumalai Kannan,
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