Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science Indian Institute of Science

Research Degrees offered by EE

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers two research-based degree programmes

  • Ph.D.
  • M.Tech.(Res)

Master’s degree holders in Electrical, Electronics, Communications, Computer Science, Instrumentation and other related engineering disciplines are eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program. Admission is based on the performance of the student in a technical interview. Applicants are called for the interview based on their academic record.
Bachelor’s degree holders in the appropriate engineering disciplines are eligible for admission to the M Tech(Res) degree. They are also eligible for direct admission to the Ph.D. program (if they choose to apply for the Ph.D. program). The performance in a technical interview is the basis for admission. Applicants are called for the interview based on their score in the GATE examination.
Interviews for research admissions (Ph.D. and M.Tech.(Res)) are simultaneously held during the month of May. For more details on the eligibility criteria and the process of application please see the Admission Brochure.
About Research Programs
The Ph.D. program takes about 4-5 years. The award of the Ph.D. degree is wholly based on a research thesis written by the student. At the time of admission to the program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor/research guide based on the research interests of the student. The students must first complete some course work which is called the Research Training Program (RTP). Each student would choose the courses needed based on the advice of his/her research guide. The RTP is normally completed in about 2-3 semesters. After this, the student must pass what is called the Comprehensive Examination, which is an oral examination. Here, the student makes a brief presentation about his/her proposed research and is then examined on the relevant courses which form the needed background for the envisaged research. After successfully completing the comprehensive examination, the student would continue his research under the supervision of his/her guide and submit his/her thesis when its ready. All Ph.D. students would be provided with scholarship for a maximum period of five years, followed by some minimal financial assistance for a further period of one year.
The M.Tech.(Res) degree takes about 2-2.5 years. Here also, the award of degree is based on a thesis submitted by the student. However, since this is a master’s degree, the amount of novel work required in the thesis is somewhat lesser than compared to that of a Ph.D. thesis. M.Tech.(Res) students are also assigned a research guide at the time of admission. They have to choose courses in consultation with their research guide and complete the RTP during the first year. All M.Tech.(Res) students get scholarship for two years followed by some minimal financial assistance for a further period of six months.

Research At EE
In consonance with the ethos of IISc, research activities are always the main focus of the department. The faculty members of the department pursue frontline research work in many areas of the broad field of Electrical Engineering. The research work is supported by sponsored projects from many government agencies (such as DST, DOE, MHRD, MIT, ISRO, DRDO etc.) as well as many private industries (such as General Motors, General Electric, Nokia, Philips, Integra, ABB). The faculty members also collaborate with researchers in many industrial labs as well as academic institutions to pursue interdisciplinary topics. The department has also been actively involved in consultancy projects for industries. The department has many specialized laboratories to impart advanced training to research students. The current research activities of the department can be broadly grouped into the following themes.

In order to be successful in a research programme, students should have aptitude for research, passion for learning new concepts, and feel that the real reward is the thrill of solving a new problem. Research students should enjoy working hard and thus think research is fun. For students with the right level of motivation, joining a research programme would be lot more rewarding than joining the M.Tech. program.
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