Admissions to PhD Programme 2020 open at CIMAP-JNU, Lucknow

Are you a post-graduate in Botany and looking for PhD? CIMAP-JNU has announced PhD Programme Admission for August 2020 at Lucknow and 4 research centres. Interested candidates can get information such as eligibility criteria, course details, procedure and last date to apply etc. in this article.


CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), formerly known as the Central Indian Medicinal Plants Organisation (CIMPO), was established in 1959. It is an autonomous institute of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which is governed by the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. Institute has also accredited by ICS-UNIDO and Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and provide research and training on Medicinal Plants. In CIMAP major emphasis has been given on the research on medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). Institute has it's headquartered in Lucknow and four research centres at different locations in India. CSIR-CIMAP is a leading organization researching in the production of vetivers, mints and other aromatic plants at a global level. A National Gene Bank for medicinal and aromatic plants was also established at CIMAP. Main functions of CSIR-CIMAP are the production of plant materials like cultivars, herbal products, formulations, conservation of genetic resources and research and development in the basic and applied areas of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs). The institute is now inviting application from motivated and highly talented candidates for admission in CIMAP-JNU PhD programme for session 2020-2021. The PhD degree will be awarded from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

PhD programme centres

Selected candidates will get admission in the PhD programme of CIMAP-JNU in their research centres located at the following cities:
  1. Lucknow (CIMAP headquarter)
  2. Bangalore
  3. Hyderabad
  4. Pantnagar
  5. Purara

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicants who are interested in joining PhD programme at CIMAP-JNU must hold a Master degree with a minimum of 55% marks in any of the following branches of life sciences:
  2. There will be a relaxation of 5% marks for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PH category.
  3. They must have qualified any one national level exam like CSIR-UGC NET Exam/ICMR-JRF Exam/DBT-JRF Exam etc. leading to JRF/SRF fellowship tenable at CSIR-CIMAP.
  4. Provisions of reservations are also there as per the Government of India rules.

Research areas Available at CIMAP

In the PhD programme the candidates can select any of the following advanced research areas:
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioprospection
  • Genomics
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Bioinformatics
  • Plant Physiology
  • Metabolomics
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Botany
  • Pharmacognosy
  • Natural Product
  • Synthetic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Process Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Industrial Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Agronomy
  • Soil Science
  • Agriculture-Microbiology
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Crop Improvement
  • Crop Protection
  • Agricultural Economics & Extension
  • Environmental Sciences

Admission procedure

Admission to the CIMAP-JNU PhD programme August Session 2020 will be done through a walk-in/online interview via MS-TEAM for maintaining social distancing due to COVID-19 pandemic. The candidates, selected in the interview, will have to complete Pre-PhD courses which include 2 semesters in a year. In pre-PhD courses, he/she must choose any one sub-discipline as the core courses with optional courses. The candidates who will score OGPA 6.5/ 10.0 in case of General & OBC category students and 6.0/ 10.0 for SC/ST/PH category students, will be declared eligible for registration in CIMAP-JNU PhD programme. These candidates will get an opportunity to research under the guidance of scientists of CSIR-CIMAP during their PhD tenure.

Application procedure

  1. The PhD admission seekers must visit the official website of CIMAP and read the official notification for all the instructions carefully.
  2. The application format is available on the CIMAP website which can be downloaded and filled.
  3. Completely filled application form along with the all required documents including copies of academic certificates and fellowship award proof must be e-mailed to by the due date.
  4. Application and all documents must be attached in a single pdf file only.
  5. An application form must be accompanied by an application fee also which is non-refundable.
  6. Incomplete applications will be rejected without assigning any reason.

Application fee

There is an application fee of Rs.500/- (for General applicant) and Rs.300/- (SC/ST/OBC/ PWD candidates) to be paid through the Online Payment in the account of CSIR-CIMAP.
CSIR-CIMAP Account Details
Account No.: 30267691783
IFSC code: SBIN0000l 25

Last date to apply: Candidates must send their application on the above-mentioned email ID on or before August 18, 2020.

Contact details

CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
PO- CIMAP, Kukrail Picnic Spot Road,
Lucknow- 226015, India
Phone: +91-522-2718639, 2718641, 2718505

For more information, candidates may visit:

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