IIA Bangalore Visiting Students Internship Programme for Science and Engineering Students

Are you searching for an internship in physics and related subjects? Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore provides opportunities of internships to the undergraduate/post-graduates/PhD students. Eligible and interested students can check out all the details like categories, stipend and other facilities, eligibility, the application process, etc.of the internships offered by IIA.

About the IIA

Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) is an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology. Madras observatory which was established in 1786 was moved to Kodaikanal in 1899 and renamed as Kodaikanal Observatory and later this observatory is converted to a premier institute, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) in 1971. IIA is committed to research in astronomy, astrophysics and related physics. The institute has its campus in Bangalore and several field stations. The IIA Bangalore campus has well-equipped physics, electronics, photonics and mechanical laboratories, a computer centre, a huge library, etc.

Internship programme at IIA

Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) offers the Internship to the students who have either completed or appeared in undergraduate/ graduates/post-graduates/PhD courses. The main aim of this internship programme is to create scientific temperament and develop research interest among the students or researchers studying or working in other institutions/universities/colleges. Selected interns will get opportunities to work on specific projects at IIA under the supervision of IIA staff.

Types of Internship at IIA

Course Projects: Final year students of B.E or B.Tech or M.Sc or M.Phil or M.Tech can apply under this category.
These course projects work can be undertaken towards partial fulfilment of their degree course.
Duration: Course projects will be undertaken from 6 to 9 months.

Short-term projects: These short-term projects are open for the students who are in the pre-final year of B.E or B.Tech or M.Sc or M.Tech or final year B.Sc. or within 6 months after the completion of their B.E or B.Tech or M.Sc or M.Tech.
Duration: Short-term project duration will be from 6 weeks to 6 months.

Internship for PhD students: Students already who are registered for PhD in other Institutions or Colleges or Universities can take on research work with IIA faculty.
Duration: The total duration of PhD students' internship must be of 3 months only.

Short-term projects for INSPIRE/KVPY Fellows: The candidates who are getting INSPIRE/KVPY fellowship can carry out short-term projects with IIA faculty.
Duration: The duration of these short-term projects may be a minimum of 6 weeks but not exceeding 3 months.

Post-PhD Internship: PhD students who have submitted their thesis can also apply for Post-PhD Internship at IIA within the 6 months from thesis submission.
Duration: In this case, the duration of the internship will be 6 months.
Stipend: Students, who will not be availing any funding from any other sources, will be paid a stipend from IIA.

Internship details

Eligibility Requirement

  • The candidates must have a good academic record.
  • They should possess more than 55% marks in Mathematics and Science from 10th standard onwards.

Financial Assistance

There are two categories of Internships for the students under this programme, including:

(A) Internships without stipend:
  1. No stipend and accommodation facility for these students.
  2. Bangalore city's local /permanent residents who will join the internship/projects at IIA will be considered in this category and will not be provided with any financial support. Candidates who are receiving funding from any other source like INSPIRE/KVPY fellowships will not be given a stipend and travel assistance during an internship in this programme. However, these students can avail some benefits like:
    • They can get subsidized food in canteens of IIA.
    • They will also have access to the library and computing facilities.
    • They will be provided with a return travel fare (second-class sleeper/bus) from the place of residence/college to IIA at the time of joining at IIA.

(B) Internships with stipend: These students will get the following financial help and will be benefitted in this programme:
  1. Monthly Stipend: The students will join the internship at IIA, Bangalore campus and other field stations of IIA will get Rs.10,000/ per month on a pro-rata basis.
  2. There will be no accommodation facility for the students of IIA Bangalore campus, but may be provided to the student selected for IIA field stations depending upon the availability.
  3. They will get subsidized food in canteens of IIA.
  4. They will have access to the library and computing facilities.
  5. They will be given a return travel fare (second-class sleeper/bus) from the place of residence/college to IIA at the time of joining at IIA.
  6. Students working at IIA and completed their degree courses within 6 months will be paid a monthly stipend of Rs.5000/-.

Attendance: Attendance of the intern on all the working days is compulsory. Leave will be granted only in exceptional circumstances, with the prior permission (mentioning the reason) from the BGS and their guides.

Seminar/Presentation: At the end of the internship around the last two weeks of the internship tenure, the intern will have to prepare and submit a project report and present it to the mentor to the Board of Graduates Studies (BGS). The date and time will be fixed by the mentor. He will also inform the BGS about the seminar presentation about ten days in advance. BGS will review and evaluated the work by the intern. The final payment to the intern will be released only after the approval of the report by the BGS committee.

Extension of Internship: An extension may be granted to an intern, provided that it must not exceed 6 months in total. Grant of the extension will be subjected to the satisfactory performance of the intern. Request for an extension must be made three weeks advance to the end of the internship tenure.

Termination of Internship: The Internship can be ended if the performance of the intern is found not satisfactory during the internship period.

Application Process

IIA accepts applications for internship thrice in a year. The candidates must select the slot for joining the internship according to the start of the project. The application can be submitted online according to the project's starting date. The candidates must provide accurate information in the application form, failing which the candidature of the applicant will be rejected. Short-listed candidates will be informed about 15 days before the starting date of the project. They will be asked to submit recommendation letters from the referees. Also, some additional documents may be asked to furnish, if required.

The Schedule of Internship

Schedule of application submission is:

June-July: For projects starting from September 1 to December 31.
September-October: For projects starting from January 1 to March 31.
December-January: For projects starting from April 1 to July 15.

Contact Details

Indian Institute of Astrophysics,
II Block, Koramangala,
Bengaluru 560 034, INDIA
Website: https://www.iiap.res.in/degree
In case of any query related to the projects, please visit the official website of IIA, Bangalore or the candidates may contact vsp@iiap.res.in

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