Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions about the M.S.(R) Program

  • MS(R) program vs M.Tech: Everything else is the same - duration, placement, apart from the number of courses that one has to do. An MS(R) is more focussed towards research. The courses you will do should be in line with the area you decide to work on. If your MS(R) is sponsored by a project, you will have to work on an area related to the project. The duration of the programme is 2-3 years - the same as an M.Tech. You can complete it in 2 years.
  • An MS(R) programme involves only 20 credits of course work, whereas the M.Tech programme involves much more. An MS(R) involves much more of a research component, whereas an typically involves much more of courses. The courses on offer are typically the same for any masters programme, be it the M.Tech, or the MS(R). Details of the M.Tech programme and the relevant courses can be found here
  • Is my background sufficient? Yes, if we have shortlisted you on the basis of your interview performance, among other things. Your background may be EE/ECE/IT/CS/IN - it will not matter.

Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions about Project-Sponsored M.S.(R) Seats

  • We have a few project-sponsored M.S.(R) positions available - these are in addition to the Institute-ordained number of seats. A candidate may opt for such a seat right at the time of admission. What are the perks of such a position? Please read, below!
    The only difference between a M.S.(R) programme and an M.Tech programme is that the former has less courses, more research work. The duration, facilities, industry placement, hostel facilities - all remain the same. Some project-sponsored positions have additional perks - some have an enhanced monthly fellowship (nearly double the Institute Fellowship, Rs.15,000/- per month), some have internship programmes with the sponsoring company - which could be anywhere in the world, separate contingency budget support, support for foreign travel for attending international conferences, close interaction with the industry/sponsoring agency, personalised planning of the course work, and much more.
  • Does the project-sponsored MS(R) constrain me to work with the sponsoring agency, after the completion of my MS(R)? No, in no way! There is no bond, you can apply for the IITD placements will all other M.Tech/MS(R) students. On the other hand, this may actually be a blessing in disguise in case you want to work for the sponsoring company, since they will have seen your work closely, and may view your job application more favourably, if you do good work. And please note - many sponsoring agencies do not even come for campus placements (but are excellent employers!)

Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions about Institute 3-year RA M.Tech/M.S.(R) Seats

  • RA'ship, or Research Assistantship - is an M.Tech/M.S.(R) position for which students will be awarded an enhanced fellowship of Rs.15,000/- per month. Students are expected to put in 20 hours of work per week, as opposed to the 8 hours per week to be put in by an student awarded TA'ship (Teaching Assistantship), whose fellowship is Rs.8,000/- per month. An RA will be expected to help in the running of laboratory activities in the group. This also gives a student ample scope and time for research, with more access to dedicated laboratory facilities, and more time for the M.Tech project/M.S.(R) research, with a reduced course load per semester.