!NEW! List of selected candidates for PhD December 2016 admission


About Photonics Science and Engineering Programme (PSEP)

Photonics Science and Engineering Programme (PSEP) is an inter-disciplinary PG Programme offered by the Center for Lasers and Photonics (CELP). The aim of PSEP is to train engineers/scientists in interdisciplinary activities in photonics and related areas.

The M.Tech programme runs for 4 semesters and includes both course work and a thesis component. Course work includes mandatory courses and electives that students can opt for in consultation with convener of the PSEP. Students also complete a 2 semester thesis with one of the CELP faculty as part of their M.Tech degree in cutting edge areas such as nanobiophotonics ultrafast optics and quantum optics and quantum computation to name a few

A unique part of M.Tech experience at CELP is a course on laboratory techniques that provides students with an opportunity to learn hands-on experimental skills in photonics.

PhD candidates admitted after a Masters degree in Engineering have to complete a minimum of four courses. The most important part of the PhD program is the research work leading to a thesis. The research should represent an original investigation and is expected to make a significant contribution to the knowledge in the subject. The thesis is examined by a board of examiners appointed by the institute and is also defended by the candidate in an oral examination before a thesis board.

The MS program is a research predominant masters that has been recently introduced at the IIT-K and students enrolling are expected to take up challenging research projects as their thesis. The entry is either in project mode wherein the students join on a designated sponsored research project ongoing in the department (based upon their compatibilty with the project requirements and preferably a valid GATE score) or in the institute mode wherein they join on an institute scholarship (based on GATE score and interview).

Eligibility: M.Tech

Candidates with good academic record(click here for details) across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Traditionally candidates from the following disciplines have been admitted to the programme.

B.E/B.Tech: Electronics & Communication Electronics & Telecommunication Electronics & Instrumentation Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering
MSc: Physics Chemistry

GATE Disciplines: EC EE IN ME PH CHY
Please note that our largest set of applications come from EC EE and PH GATE disciplines.

Eligibility: PhD

Candidates with good academic record(click here for details) across all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

M.E/M.Tech in optics & optoelectronics related areas
MScin Physics/ MSc in Photonics related areas with GATE/CSIR/UGC-NET
Exceptional candidates with Bachelors degree may also be considered

Eligibility: MS

Criteria for MS admission is mentioned here


All shortlisted candidates should appear for a personal interview as part of the admission process.The interview dates are given above. Candidates are requested to look into the website periodically for latest announcements regarding admission/interview.(www.iitk.ac.in/celt)

Typically top hundred candidates among the received applicants are called for the interview.

Please note that interview date cannot be changed to accommodate candidates requests. However candidates can attend interviews in other departments at IITK (if they are scheduled on the same day as PSEP interviews) by notifying us in advance.


The candidates attending the interview will be provided accommodation. Details of accommodation will be provided in the interview call letter.
The list of candidates called for interview is based on GATE score. Candidates are offered admission based on their performance in interview.


There is no set syllabus for interview. Candidates are expected to be reasonably sound in the areas of their basic degree (B.E/B.Tech/MSc). Please note that we do NOT answer queries related to syllabus.