Fellow Programme in Operations Research and Systems AnalysisIndian Institute of Management Calcutta
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Applicant should have: A Master's degree in any subject/discipline or equivalent professional qualification with at least 55 per cent marks; and minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks at the three year Bachelor's degree level OR A First Class Bachelor's degree in Engineering. If "Class" is not given by the institute then 60 per cent marks (or equivalent grade point) will be considered equivalent.
The programme offers a unique opportunity to engage in high-quality intradisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary research. A distinctive feature of the Institute is that its faculty resources are not broken up into water-tight departments, but are treated as belonging to one unit. This makes for a degree of cross-fertilization of ideas as also a quality of multidisciplinary research that is practically impossible to attain under the conventional university set-up. At the same time, a long-standing strength of IIM Calcutta has been its recognition of specialized research in the basic disciplines at par with and even exceeding the standards of the best universities.
The student, on completion, is awarded the title "Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta". The Fellow Programme in Management and the Fellow Programme in the areas related to Management are recognised as being equivalent to a Ph.D. by the Association of Indian Universities. The Government of India has also recognized the Fellowship in Management of this Institute as being equivalent to a Ph.D. degree in management education of a recognised Indian University.
The Programme consists of coursework followed by a dissertation. The coursework phase is of two years duration covering six terms. In the first year, students of the Fellow Programme in Management take courses along with the Post Graduate students, while those specializing in the management related disciplines, undertake doctoral level courses. Graduates of the four IIMs applying to the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) with a CGPA of 6.00/9.00 and above (or its equivalent) are automatically eligible for direct admission to the second year of the Fellow Programme. Applicants with the equivalent of PGDM from any of the universities/institutes with a minimum CGPA of 6.00 out of 9.00 and/or equivalent, may request for direct admission to the second year and this may be granted at the discretion of the PGP & Fellow Programme Committee. Similarly, Students with a Master's degree or above in any of the pure discipline areas can be admitted to the second year of the Fellow Programme in the area as per discretion of the FPR Committee and the Group. Waivers may be granted for particular courses to suitably qualified candidates on the basis of their prior proficiency. At the end of the first year, the students are required to take up a summer project in the industry or work on a term paper under the guidance of a faculty member related to the major area of specialisation. In the second year, FPs are offered a wide range of courses inclusive of the electives the group offers to PGPs. In addition the Fellowship students have the flexibility to take specialized FP level courses which are not offered to PGDM and PGDCM students. Some groups may insist that FPs take only doctoral level courses in their second year.
On satisfactory completion of the course work with the requisite CGPA, a Comprehensive Qualifying Examination (CQE) is held. After qualifying in the CQE, the student is required to submit his/her proposal for dissertation to an interdisciplinary Thesis Advisory Committee consisting of Thesis Supervisors and at least two other faculty members. Finally the student writes the dissertation which is evaluated by a Thesis Examination Committee (including external experts), and the student publicly defends the dissertation before the Thesis Examination Committee.
-Specialization in Operations Research and Systems Analysis:
The Operations Research and Systems Analysis (ORSA) specialization equips the students with analytic tools. ORSA being a relative discipline, the focus here is mainly on learning of tools. However, equal importance is given to application of these tools in different areas. Some of the doctoral courses offered in this field are Optimization theory, Applied Stochastic Programming, Stochastic Differential Equations, Software Reliability, Six Sigma, Mathematical Analysis, Simulation, Management of International Operations, Statistics for Management, Decision Making Under Fuzzy Environment, Design & Analysis of Experiments with Applications and Project Management. Other than this some of the compulsory courses during the course-work are Statistics - I, Statistics -II and Concrete Mathematics.
The research interests of the faculty are Dynamic Pricing,Management of Technology and Policy Analysis, Sequential methods in estimation and in selection and ranking problems, Six Sigma, Hardware and Software Reliability, Data Envelopment Analysis, Operations research applications in Telecommunications, Combinatorial Optimization, Project Management and Total cost of ownership and life cycle cost.
This is an area that is unique in its content in terms of using rigorous analysis.