Visiting Student Program (VSP) - Raman Research Institute

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The Raman Research Institute was founded in 1948 by the Indian physicist and Nobel Laureate, Sir C V Raman, to continue his studies and basic research after he retired from the Indian Institute of Science. The Raman Research Institute is now an autonomous research institute engaged in research in basic sciences. In 1972, the RRI was restructured to become an aided autonomous research institute receiving funds from the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India.

The Visiting Student Program (VSP) is aimed at offering research experience to highly motivated students who are presently pursuing their undergraduate or Masters Studies or who are in a gap year that is within a year of completion of these degrees. The purpose of the program is to expose these students to the research of the Institute and motivate them to take up research as a career. Research Staff at RRI accept VSP students so that significant numbers of Undergraduate and Masters students are given an experience of experimental, phenomenological and theoretical physics/astronomy and thereby gain motivation to enter into research careers.In particular, experimental laboratories at RRI provide students the opportunity to participate in activities that invent, design, develop, build, and commission complex systems that explore frontier areas in the physical sciences, together with learning theoretical tools necessary to understand the complex systems and their purposeful design for the science goals.Enrollment to the Visiting Student Program is open throughout the year.

During the period of the visit, the student will work closely with at least one staff member of the Institute on a suitable project, or on a part of a project, as appropriate. The student's work and the interaction with the staff and the graduate students at the Institute are expected to provide her/him a flavour of the research pursuits at the Institute, in general, and a first-hand experience in research, in particular.

The VSP programme at the Raman Research Institute runs throughout the year. The duration may range, on a case-by-case basis, anywhere between 4-weeks to 6-months.


Students within 1 or 2 years of the end of their undergraduate science or engineering degrees, or masters in science of engineering, and in particular those students with the intention of pursuing research as a career, are encouraged to apply. Students from Bangalore colleges, who are keen to work on part time basis for acquiring research experience at RRI, will also be considered.


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Out-station students joining this programme on a full time basis will be offered: a) Sleeper-class train fare to Bangalore from their place of stay, and also the return fare, for a single person; b) A consolidated Stipend of  Rs.13,000 (Rupees thirteen thousand only) per month to cover local expenses. Students will have to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Students from Bangalore will be offered the above allowance if they are part of this programme on a full-time basis. If they work on part-time basis (at least two days in a week) as part of this programme, a support of Rs. 1000 per week will be given.

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