History of NII
The idea of creating a national institute for research in basic and applied immunology was conceived in the early eighties when immunology was identified as a priority area by the Science & Engineering Research Council (SERC) wing of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The SERC deliberations noted the overwhelming potential impact of advances in immunology research on human and animal health, and consequently, initiated consultation with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and experts from various agencies and industry to establish the “National Institute of Immunology (NII)’.The Institute was conceived to grow on the aegis of the ICMR–WHO Research & Training Centre in Immunology which had been in operation for many years at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). NII was registered as an autonomous society on 24th June, 1981 under the Societies Registration Act (XXI of 1860). The first Governing Body of the Institute met under the Chairmanship of Prof MGK Menon on 27th July, 1981. Prof GP Talwar was invited to join as Honorary Director on 14th August, 1981. The ICMR-WHO Research & Training Centre was formally merged with NII on 31st March, 1982. NII started functioning in the laboratory space available to Prof GP Talwar at AIIMS, an arrangement that continued in the interim period till the first buildings of NII were constructed in the current location on the land carved out of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus. Prof Talwar formally joined as full time Director of NII on 2nd November, 1983.
The Construction of buildings spread over a 21 acre plot surrounded by rocky terrain with green cover amidst a commanding view of the historical Qutab Minar began on 27th October 1983, when the President of the Society, Prof MGK Menon laid the foundation stone of the first building --- the ‘Scholars Home’. The architectural design of the campus was conceptualized to preserve the natural imprints of the terrain (rocky incline) while building laboratories, animal houses, residential apartments, research scholars home, auditorium, canteen and a swimming pool. While a part of the interim activity shifted to the scholars home after it was completed, additional 7000 square feet of space was rented in a newly constructed building in Kailash Colony of
The Institute was formally dedicated to the Nation by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 6th October, 1986. The inaugural ceremonies were marked by two international symposia on themes relevant to the research programmes of the Institute. Symposia entitled “Contraception Research for Today and the Nineties” and on “Progress in Vaccinology” brought together leading workers from all over the world.
By 1990, NII grew into a vibrant research institution. The institute with several active research groups, doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and supported by state of the art infrastructure became a prime research institution of the country. This period not only saw the evolution of a functional laboratory complex with superlative research facilities but also witnessed the fruition of the expanded research activity in several areas of contemporary biology and biotechnology.
In the past two decades NII has flourished in cutting-age research in immunology, infectious diseases, reproductive biology and structural & chemical biology as evident from several high profile publications. NII has always strived to connect excellence in basic fundamental research with realistic quest of developing innovative application possibilities in concert with entrepreneurial endeavors. We hope to continue this tradition and build upon the good work set under the stewardship of Prof GP Talwar, Dr SK Basu and Prof A Surolia, the erstwhile Directors of NII.
a. M.Sc. in any branch of Science (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics), M.Tech., M.B.B.S., M.V.Sc., M.Pharm., Integrated M.Sc., or equivalent qualification as per norms of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.
b. At least 60% aggregate score or equivalent grade in Senior Secondary Certificate (10+2) and Bachelor’s degree, and55% aggregate score or equivalent grade in Master’s degree are essential for general category. Five percent relaxation in aggregate scores in Senior Secondary, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees will be applicable for candidates from reserved categories [OBC (non-creamy layer; NCL), SC/ST, and PwD]. Rounding off of percentage score to the next integral value is not permitted.
c. Candidates appearing for the qualifying examination in the current academic year are also eligible to apply; they will be admitted provisionally pending satisfactory fulfilment of the eligibility requirements at the time of joining.
d. Reservations of seats: 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST, 27% for OBC (non-creamy layer) and 3% for persons with disability (PwD) as per statutory norms.
a. NII will select candidates for the Ph.D. programme through the following Channels:
Channel # 1: Computer-based Entrance Examination, NII-2021,to be conducted by NII at multiple centres all over India on 25rd February 2021 (Thursday).
Channel # 2: Joint Graduate Entrance Examination in Biology and Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (JGEEBILS-2021). Candidates applying through JGEEBILS-2021 must submit an application through NII application portal, along with application fees, and the JGEEBILS-2021 admit card.
Candidates must appear in at least one of the two examinations mentioned above. Candidates will be short-listed for an interview based on their scores in either NII-2021 or JGEEBILS-2021. Candidates are encouraged to appear in both the examinations.
b. The list of candidates short-listed for interviews shall be available on the NII website and Notice Board on or before 26th April, 2021.
c. Interviews will be held at the National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi from 15th to 22nd June, 2021.
d. Candidates selected will be enrolled for the Ph.D. programme of NII in academic affiliation with JNU, New Delhi. Candidates joining the programme will be paid second class train fare on providing the proof of journey.
a. The programme will start on 12th July 2021 and the allotment of laboratories and thesis supervisors will be made by 19th July 2021, based on the interactions with faculties in the candidates’ area of interest and mutual preference.
b. The institute currently provides a Junior Research Fellowship of Rs.31000/- per month. Selected candidates who are already fellowship awardees from CSIR, UGC, ICMR, DBT, and DST may avail those fellowships as per rules governed by the respective funding agency.
c. NII is a residential campus and shared hostel accommodation will be provided to all the students admitted to the program.
a. Candidates should submit their applications through NII online application portal only. The details of the application process are available at NII Website.
b. Online application fee is Rs.1000/- for GENERAL/OBC (NCL) candidates and Rs.500/- for SC/ST/PwD (non-refundable).
c. Online application facility will be available at the NII website from 4th January, 2021 to 25th January 2021.
d. For technical queries regarding NII online admission portal, please contact helpline number: 022-62507725.; Email: email@example.com
e. For queries regarding the eligibility criteria or other academic matters, please contact Tel: 011-26717101, 011-26703662, or 011-26703762; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
f. Name of the candidate and his/her date of birth should match the corresponding entries in the Secondary School Certificate (10th) or equivalent.
g. Candidates must ensure that the information details furnished in the online application are true and correct. If any discrepancy is observed at any stage, NII reserves the right to cancel the admission.
Women candidates are encouraged to apply.
Online Application begins: 4th January, 2021
Online application closing: 25th January, 2021
Admit card available for download: 11th February, 2021 onwards
NII-2019 Entrance Examination: 25th February, 2021
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