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Tips for Admission in National University of Singapore
(07-10-2016, 09:45 PM)SunilNagpal Wrote: With such a great GRE score you should be applying in US universities as well!

Your GATE score/percentile is well above their (NUS) minimum requirement of 90.

My answer to your question is obvious: You have very high chances of getting the interview call!

Some tips here:
http://www.biotechnologyforums.com/thread-2169.html

Other may be found here:
http://www.biotechnologyforums.com/thread-2254.html

and here:
http://in.biotechstudents.com/phd-univer...apore-nus/

Thank you for your advice. I have been offered PhD admission by NUS (with tuition waiver and stipend). Any further tips? And is the stipend sufficient to cover one's needs?
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Dear Sunil Sir,

I am doing B. Tech (Biotech) from NIT, Jalandhar,(3rd year) .
I wish to know the difference between Masters (Research) and Phd programme offered at NUS.
If we apply for PhD programme directly after Btech, we will be doing 4..5 years PhD, OR a Masters (Research) of 2 years, followed by PhD (after clearing the PhD qualifying exam).

I went through their website, but I'm not getting a proper idea of the structure of these 2 programmes.

Any clarification will be highly appreciated.

Regards
Bharti Arora
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(05-25-2013, 06:29 AM)SunilNagpal Wrote: National University of Singapore (NUS), a government controlled central University of Singapore, is among top universities in the world. According to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (by subjects), NUS is ranked 8th in the world, giving a glimpse of it's standards!

Now, without wasting much time on the general facts about the NUS, let's shift to the focal point-"Scope of Biotechnology in NUS". Following are the Schools/Faculties encompassing Biotechnical domain at NUS:

Department of Bioengineering
The key focuses of Bioengineering Department are Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Bionanotechnology, Biosignal Processing, Biosensors, Biomicrofluidics, Computational Biology with application in areas of Tissue Engineering, Therapeutic Delivery Systems, Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, and Medical Devices.

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
As the name suggests, this department represents a nice amalgum of Chemical Engineering & Molecular Scale Biological Research. In their own words,"the Department provides the critical link between engineering and the sciences, particularly the chemical and life sciences, by bridging the gap between molecular-level, laboratory-scale studies of chemical and biological transformations and the large-scale industrial production operations". The application areas include  biomedicine, protein engineering, drug-delivery systems, chemotherapeutic engineering, and smart materials (e.g., for biosensors, molecular and polymer electronics, novel smart membranes for separation processes and novel optoelectronic and photonic materials) etc.

Department of Life Sciences
This department is one of the oldest front-runner in biological research at NUS (since 1949-50). It covers broad aspects in biological field ranging from Plant Growth & Development, Biotechnology, Biodiversity & Ecology, and Structural Biology, Functional Genomics & Proteomics and Fish Biology & Aquaculture.

Where These Departments Stand in World:
These three departments represent the crust & core of Biotechnical scope at NUS. And to give you an estimate of the repute of these departments, I have enlisted their world ranks (QS Ranking):
  • Department of Bioengineering: World Rank 6
  • Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering: World Rank 6
  • Department of Life Sciences: World Rank 17

The US & Europe Paradox:
What I want to highlight here is the fact that most of the students of Biotechnical background (especially in India) follow the long-standing trend of pursuing higher education (PhD/PostDoc)  at either US/Europe. For, them it's US/Europe only where biotechnology booms big and bright! And, considering the fact that the percentage of acceptance at US universities is quite low, almost all the budding bio-technologists end up either in Germany (considered the hub of biological research). This according to me is a paradox out of lack of awareness about the international repute of some of the Asian Universities, to which even US students dream of seeking admission! And, considering the rankings of these departments at NUS, the paradox must be broken!  

Admission Facts About NUS:
Here I won't share details about the application process for the admission (you may easily find the same at NUS's website. I have shared the link though, below.)
[/url]
Click here
for NUS Admission Process

My focus would rather be on those facts which should make you feel that getting admission in NUS is rather way too easy & beneficial than US/Europe Universities:

1. Preference to Developing Countries:
They prefer students from different cultural backgrounds, especially students from developing countries. They have a special inclination towards Indian talents.

2. Easy Selection Criteria:
Their selection criteria for interview call are very simple:

**They accept GATE Score and GATE Cut-off is 90 percentile (which means even if you manage to qualify GATE just by 1 or 2 marks above the cut-off marks, still you can get a call from NUS!)

**They don't need GRE if you have GATE score!

**If you don't have GATE, you may submit GRE score, whose cut-off is also very nominal: around 320 (verbal & quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical)

3. Low Application Fee:
The application fee including the postage charges is very nominal (barely above Rs 2000/-) which is too less as compared to the grueling application process for US/European countries.

4. Simple Interview Process:
The interview process of NUS is quite general and simple. It starts with a test of English through reading, comprehension and writing, the scores of which count in your final performance score. Followed by the test, a two person panel takes the interview. Through-out the years their questions have been simple as follows:

a. Tell us about yourself.

b. Tell us about your college/university.

c. Why NUS, why not IITs?

d. What if we don't have a project of your interest? Will you still join us?

Your answers to these questions decide your fate. And the confidence with which you answer really counts a lot!

5. A-STAR Application Needs No GATE/GRE/Any Test!
The most wonderful thing about Singapore govt.'s policy is A-Star Scholarship, through which students around the globe can apply at NUS/NTU Singapore, based on their brilliant profile (they may apply even without the need of GRE/GATE!). So, if your academic and co-curricular profile has been brilliant and, some how you couldn't/can't give GRE/GATE, feel free to apply at NUS through Singapore govt.'s A-Star Scholarship scheme. There is no application fee for this mode of application!! Following is the link to A-STAR details:
A-STAR GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
[url=http://www.a-star.edu.sg/AwardsScholarships/ScholarshipsAttachments/ForGraduatePhDStudies/ASTARGraduateScholarshipNTUNUS/tabid/201/Default.aspx]

So, I hope, this piece of information might have en-lighted you all up in some way, to motivate you about the scope of Biotechnology in Asia itself! NUS is indeed a World Class University and a sure way to a successful career in Biotechnology!

Sometimes, it's the road which is less travelled by, holds the key to success!
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Sir ,you mentioned about star scholarship. I have a question that what should be a min academic performance that will make me elegible for this scholarship . Currently I m pursuing my b.tech from IIT Kanpur and after 2nd semester my CPI is not at all good . So can u give me some clue so that I can work atleast to catch-up my performance.
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Sir I am waiting for my reply form the very first but didn't get any reply .Plz reply to my post and help me to reduce my curiosity
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(05-25-2013, 06:29 AM)SunilNagpal Wrote: National University of Singapore (NUS), a government controlled central University of Singapore, is among top universities in the world. According to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (by subjects), NUS is ranked 8th in the world, giving a glimpse of it's standards!

Now, without wasting much time on the general facts about the NUS, let's shift to the focal point-"Scope of Biotechnology in NUS". Following are the Schools/Faculties encompassing Biotechnical domain at NUS:

Department of Bioengineering
The key focuses of Bioengineering Department are Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Bionanotechnology, Biosignal Processing, Biosensors, Biomicrofluidics, Computational Biology with application in areas of Tissue Engineering, Therapeutic Delivery Systems, Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, and Medical Devices.

Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
As the name suggests, this department represents a nice amalgum of Chemical Engineering & Molecular Scale Biological Research. In their own words,"the Department provides the critical link between engineering and the sciences, particularly the chemical and life sciences, by bridging the gap between molecular-level, laboratory-scale studies of chemical and biological transformations and the large-scale industrial production operations". The application areas include  biomedicine, protein engineering, drug-delivery systems, chemotherapeutic engineering, and smart materials (e.g., for biosensors, molecular and polymer electronics, novel smart membranes for separation processes and novel optoelectronic and photonic materials) etc.

Department of Life Sciences
This department is one of the oldest front-runner in biological research at NUS (since 1949-50). It covers broad aspects in biological field ranging from Plant Growth & Development, Biotechnology, Biodiversity & Ecology, and Structural Biology, Functional Genomics & Proteomics and Fish Biology & Aquaculture.

Where These Departments Stand in World:
These three departments represent the crust & core of Biotechnical scope at NUS. And to give you an estimate of the repute of these departments, I have enlisted their world ranks (QS Ranking):
  • Department of Bioengineering: World Rank 6
  • Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering: World Rank 6
  • Department of Life Sciences: World Rank 17

The US & Europe Paradox:
What I want to highlight here is the fact that most of the students of Biotechnical background (especially in India) follow the long-standing trend of pursuing higher education (PhD/PostDoc)  at either US/Europe. For, them it's US/Europe only where biotechnology booms big and bright! And, considering the fact that the percentage of acceptance at US universities is quite low, almost all the budding bio-technologists end up either in Germany (considered the hub of biological research). This according to me is a paradox out of lack of awareness about the international repute of some of the Asian Universities, to which even US students dream of seeking admission! And, considering the rankings of these departments at NUS, the paradox must be broken!  

Admission Facts About NUS:
Here I won't share details about the application process for the admission (you may easily find the same at NUS's website. I have shared the link though, below.)
[/url]
Click here
for NUS Admission Process

My focus would rather be on those facts which should make you feel that getting admission in NUS is rather way too easy & beneficial than US/Europe Universities:

1. Preference to Developing Countries:
They prefer students from different cultural backgrounds, especially students from developing countries. They have a special inclination towards Indian talents.

2. Easy Selection Criteria:
Their selection criteria for interview call are very simple:

**They accept GATE Score and GATE Cut-off is 90 percentile (which means even if you manage to qualify GATE just by 1 or 2 marks above the cut-off marks, still you can get a call from NUS!)

**They don't need GRE if you have GATE score!

**If you don't have GATE, you may submit GRE score, whose cut-off is also very nominal: around 320 (verbal & quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical)

3. Low Application Fee:
The application fee including the postage charges is very nominal (barely above Rs 2000/-) which is too less as compared to the grueling application process for US/European countries.

4. Simple Interview Process:
The interview process of NUS is quite general and simple. It starts with a test of English through reading, comprehension and writing, the scores of which count in your final performance score. Followed by the test, a two person panel takes the interview. Through-out the years their questions have been simple as follows:

a. Tell us about yourself.

b. Tell us about your college/university.

c. Why NUS, why not IITs?

d. What if we don't have a project of your interest? Will you still join us?

Your answers to these questions decide your fate. And the confidence with which you answer really counts a lot!

5. A-STAR Application Needs No GATE/GRE/Any Test!
The most wonderful thing about Singapore govt.'s policy is A-Star Scholarship, through which students around the globe can apply at NUS/NTU Singapore, based on their brilliant profile (they may apply even without the need of GRE/GATE!). So, if your academic and co-curricular profile has been brilliant and, some how you couldn't/can't give GRE/GATE, feel free to apply at NUS through Singapore govt.'s A-Star Scholarship scheme. There is no application fee for this mode of application!! Following is the link to A-STAR details:
A-STAR GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
[url=http://www.a-star.edu.sg/AwardsScholarships/ScholarshipsAttachments/ForGraduatePhDStudies/ASTARGraduateScholarshipNTUNUS/tabid/201/Default.aspx]

So, I hope, this piece of information might have en-lighted you all up in some way, to motivate you about the scope of Biotechnology in Asia itself! NUS is indeed a World Class University and a sure way to a successful career in Biotechnology!

Sometimes, it's the road which is less travelled by, holds the key to success!

Hello Sir,

I am currently doing my B.E. in biotechnology from Mumbai University . I am in the final year and by far I have had a very good academic record. I had applied to US universities for a MS and I have got admit from the University of Pennsylvania (one of Ivy Leagues). I have taken GATE BT and I have a score of 52.8 with AIR 345. I have applied to IIT Delhi MS program too. My TOEFL iBT score is 102 and GRE is 312. My CGPA is 8.7 on a 10 point scale. The current US H1B visa issues have got me quite worried ,and also I feel I should apply to NUS. Could you suggest me what course should I apply for? I am not very sure of a PhD, so what options do I have for doing just MS?  What would you suggest regarding my US admit- what will be better according to present situations? And do I stand a chance to get an admit from NUS based on my qualifications?
Also I couldn't find the duration of any course at the NUS and  the opportunities after masters in Singapore, as in the biotechnology job market in Singapore.

Thank you.
 
Regards,
Gauri Srivastava
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(04-28-2014, 01:25 PM)Administrator Wrote: --- Question from  Neha -----

I am third year student doing Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology i want to study MS In Biotechnlogy from National University of Singapore after completing my graduation.  I will join GRE and Toefil shortly.  Pls give me details about this University like fees, etc.


-------  Answer from Sunil Nagpal ---

Hi Neha,

I haven't heard of a specific MS course in Biotechnology, but I do know about MS in Biological Sciences at NUS. Following are the details on the same:

Biological Sciences Department has  three main focus areas including Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Ecology, Biodiversity and Environmental Biology; and Biophysical Sciences, Computational and Structural Biology.

They accept GRE (minimal requirements: verbal and quantitative abilities between the range of 310 and 320, analytical writing: 3.5) or Graduate Aptitude in Engineering (GATE) minimum 90 percentile. Applicants who do not have their earlier education in the English language need to provide Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) test of scores of minimum 85 for internet-based test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test of scores of minimum 6.

Online application fee S$20 per application. Paper based requires S$40.


Deadlines: For August intake, 15 November of Previous year

                   For Jan intake, 15 May of Previous year


Fees: Annual (Non-subsidised : S$36, 300) and Annual (Subsidised: S$23,500). If you are selected by the department, you'll be recommended for MOE subsidy, so most probably you'll have to pay S$23,500 only.

Now my words of advice:

If you have a good academic record, do apply for PhD (which has high chances of fully scholarship based selection). Infact MS also has the provision for Scholarship based selection. Just mention in the application form the Scholarships you would like to apply for (with the expression that you would still like to be considered even if you are not eligible for any scholarship, as you are comfortable with self finance I guess.)

Going through the following link might help you further:

http://www.nus.edu.sg/admissions/graduat...ements.php

If there's anything else you need some help on, do let me know.  ( Please post the question on this thread instead of messaging personally)

Best wishes,

Sunil
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Hi Sunil Bhaiya,
I am in my final year of M.Tech Biotechnology from BIT Mesra. My course will complete in June, 2018. My marks till now is almost 86%. I am planning to take admission in Ph.D (Biotechnology) in January 2019 uptake. I would like to know what all should be my target for getting the admission on time? Qualification in GATE/GRE is mandatory? along with that should I qualify in TOEFL/IELTS? Kindly help me out. Thank you.
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(08-20-2017, 12:39 AM)Akankshajha93 Wrote: Hi Sunil Bhaiya,
I am in my final year of M.Tech Biotechnology from BIT Mesra. My course will complete in June, 2018. My marks till now is almost 86%. I am planning to take admission in Ph.D (Biotechnology) in January 2019 uptake. I would like to know what all should be my target for getting the admission on time? Qualification in GATE/GRE is mandatory? along with that should I qualify in TOEFL/IELTS? Kindly help me out. Thank you.

Hi Aakanksha,

It's always good to have a vision for your future aspirations! Appreciate your concern!

Your percentage is well above average requirement, so you are good on that (try to maintain or improve on it).

You will need a supporting GATE or GRE score. GATE being an easier and economical option would be a better choice.

Apart from that, if you have some extra-ordinary academic and cocurricular background then you can try for ASTAR fellowship as well (which doesn't require GATE or GRE).

IELTS/ TOEFL is not needed if your medium of study in 12th and Btech was english.

Hope it helps 

All the best
Sunil Nagpal
MS(Research) Scholar, IIT Delhi (Alumnus)
Advisor for the Biotech Students portal (BiotechStudents.com)
Computational Researcher in BioSciences at a leading MNC


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Hi Sunil Bhaiya,
Thank you for the useful information. It is highly valuable piece of information for me.
I have registered for the a*star fellowship. But I have a doubt that among ' A*star graduate Scholarship', 'A*star - Warwick EngDoc Program (AWP)', 'National Science scholarship(MD-PHD)', 'National Science Scholarship(PHD) and 'Scientific staff development (SSDA)' all these options which will be more useful for me?
Kindly let me know.
Thank you.
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