Induction of the students in few numbers from Universities / colleges for carrying out short term project work in this laboratory will be made based on the requirement of R&D activities of the Institute on case to case basis. However, the number of such admissions which may vary from time to time, will be based only on the requirement of the scientists of R&D Division/Sections of the Institute followed by the merit.


Students doing the postgraduate courses such as M.Sc, M.Phil, M.Pharm, MCA, M.E. universities / colleges and interested to carry out the final year / semester projects as part of their curriculum can apply.

Application Procedure

Students satisfying the eligibility criteria can apply with following documents

  1. A request letter by the candidate seeking the placement for the project work.

  2. Recommendation / Introduction by the HOD/Principal of the college in the format given below.

  3. Detailed Curriculum vitae (CV) (provide the marks in percentage)

  4. Attested Copies of the all marks cards upto the last semester/year.

Only the HARDCOPY of the applications with the above documents received at CSIR-NIIST before the deadline, would be considered and all the applications without any one of the above enclosures would be rejected and no correspondence will be made with respect to rejected applications.

Period of Project work

Admissions to carry out project work would be held only 4 times in year, viz. 1 st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October of every year. All the students seeking permission to carry out project work in this laboratory may join to any one of the above quarter as mentioned above. CSIR-NIIST will not entertain the admission of any candidates during the period other than mentioned above. Minimum duration of the project is three months and maximum duration is twelve months.

Last date for application

The last date for the receipt of the applications requesting for permission to carry out the project work in the laboratory would be as below:

  1. 31st January – for admission to batch commencing from 1st April.

  2. 30th April – for admission to batch commencing from 1st July

  3. 31st July – for admission to batch commencing from 1st October

  4. 31st October – for admission to batch commencing from 1st January.

Selection Procedure

Only those applications completed in all respects and relevant enclosures and received by the Director and forwarded to APC before the last date mentioned above would be considered and short listed. The merit list prepared based on the marks obtained in the last semester/year of the PG course and based on UG marks would be prepared area wise and sent to respective divisions. Heads of the Divisions in consultation with the other scientists/technical officers , would recommend only those applications to APC based on the merit of the candidate and positions available with the supervisors. Selected students would be intimated through the CSIR-NIIST websitewith details of date ofjoining. No correspondence will be made in respect of applications not recommended for the admission.

Project Fee

All students admitted to the project work should pay the project fee of Rs. 2500/- per month. The payment should be made in the form of online transfer for the complete duration of the project at the time of admission.

Bank Details:

Name of the Account Holder Director, NIIST (CSIR), Trivandrum
Institution Account Name ( as per Bank Record) (NIIST) Regional Research Laboratory
Account Number 67047723825
IFS Code SBIN0070030
Branch Name Industrial Estate Branch
Complete Branch Address Industrial Estate PO, Pappanamcode, Trivandrum , Kerala -695019
MICR No. 695002943

The students of SC/ST/BPL category on production of valid certificates from the authorised government department/Head of institution will be given project fee waiver.

Declaration by the HOD/Principal

The candidate selected for the admission to carry out the project work should come in person and get admitted in CSIR-NIIST on the date and time fixed and intimated in the website. The student has to submit the declaration form given below dully filled in and signed by the HOD/Principal of the college/University of the student. Admission will not be made in the absence of the above.

Forfeiture of Allotment

All the students selected for carrying out the project work and intimated for admission should come in person on the date and time fixed and intimated to them without fail. Candidates fail to join without prior approval from APC, on the above date would forfeit the offer of placement.

Terms and conditions

  • The placement of the student and the selection of the Research Guide would be based on the sole discretion of the Director/ HODs in the laboratory.

  • Student’s admission to the project work and their stay in the laboratory is restricted to the time and duration of the project and will not be extended. Additional time if required has to be foreseen in advance and necessary request has to be made to APC through the research supervisor for the extension of the project duration well in advance.

  • During their tenure of the project work, candidates have to follow strictly all the rules and regulations, timings of the laboratory. Strict compliance of safety rules by the students inside the laboratory is a must. The laboratory will not take any responsibility for the safety of the students beyond office hours. Students are advised to take short term accidental coverage insurance during their stay at CSIR-NIIST.

  • The number of students admitted for the project work is based only on the requirement of R&D sections/Divisions and has no bearing on any quota.

  • There will be no guide from the university/college for this work. However, there could be co-guide from the department if desired. But this should be informed clearly to NIIST with the name of person in the letter from the HOD/Principal.

  • NIIST will have full intellectual property right on the work carried out by the student. However, if a paper is published out of the work, the student(s) name will be considered for the authorship depending up on his/her contribution.

  • The number of students admitted for the project work is based only on the requirement of R&D sections/Divisions and has no bearing on any quota.

  • University/College undertakes the responsibility for any misconduct by the student(s).

  • Thesis/dissertation title/cover page will have the title of the work, name of the university where it would be submitted, student’s name, his/her registration number (optional), name of NIIST scientist as supervisor, Division/Department where the work is carried out at NIIST and month and year of submission. This pattern has to be followed strictly by all the students irrespective of the guidelines stipulated for the same from the respective University/College.

  • Students are required to prepare their thesis in required number of copies and get all the certificates signed in original in all the copies from their Department /College and finally get them signed in original by the research guide at National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum. TWO copies of the thesis/dissertation have to be submitted to the Research Guide at NIIST.

  • Any violations on the above would be viewed seriously and non compliance by the candidates/colleges/University would result in total rejection of applications from the Department/college in future.

For more details,contact

Dr. Rajan T.P.D
Senior Principal Scientist & Chairman, APC
CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST)
Industrial Estate PO, Trivandrum – 695019, Kerala, India
Phone(Off) : 0471-2515327
Phone(mobile) : +91-9447035439
Email: tpdrajan[at]