PROGRAMS

Background

In the last two decades, important knowledge has emerged about the present climate of the earth and its dramatic changes in the past. Indeed, new observations from field experiments, satellites and ocean buoys, together with theoretical calculations and powerful computer models, have helped in understanding complexities of the climate. In light of this complexity, there are several fundamental open questions, and quite surely, new discoveries on the horizon. With increasing demand for more accurate weather and climate forecasts, the prospects for young researchers are bright. The challenges of understanding and prediction of climate are multidisciplinary, we welcome science and engineering graduates to join us in this exciting endeavour.

Career Opportunities

Several univerisities and government organizations such as the Ministry of Earth Science, the Indian Space Research Organization, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Armed Forces require scientists trained in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Further, as the economy has grown, there has been an increase in industrial applications of weather and climate information. Prominent sectors among these are : the agriculture industry, aviation, energy resources, insurance & financial services, oil & gas exploration and risk management. We expect this demand from the private sector to grow in the coming years.

CAOS alumni have gone on to work and/or study in reputed institutions within India and abroad. This includes ISRO, the National Aerospace Laboratory, IITM-Pune, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bhubaneshwar, INCOIS-Hyderabad, CDAC, TCS, TERI, Siemens, Intel, Risk Management Services (RMS), Swiss Re, ReConnect and numerous universities and research labs in the US, Japan and the European Union.

The graduate academic programs

Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Climate Science: This two-year program is designed for students with a Bachelor's degree from any branch of Engineering, or Master of Science in the Physical Sciences. It consists of course work for the first year and a project. The program aims to provide a sound foundation in the theory of the atmosphere-ocean-climate system, and to develop skills in computational, data analysis and observational techniques. Alumni of the M.Tech. program have gone on to pursue doctoral studies at CAOS and various universities in the US, UK and the European Union. In addition, students have been successfully placed in private companies such as Risk Management Services (RMS), Swiss Re and ReConnect.

Master of Technology by research: This is a two-and-a-half to three program is designed for students with bachelors degree in any branch of Engineering, or a Master of Science degree in any branch of science (with exposure to Mathematics either at undergraduate or postgraduate level). Students are selected based on an interview if they have passed a national examination such as GATE or UGC-CSIR NET. Candidates are required to successfully take 6-8 courses followed by research work that culminates in an externally evaluated thesis. Alumni of the M.Tech. (research) program have gone on to pursue doctoral studies at CAOS and various universities in the US, UK and the European Union.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) : Requirements are ME/M.Tech. or BE/B.Tech. or equivalent degree in any branch of engineering including Atmospheric Sciences or MSc or equivalent degree in Physics, Mathematics, Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanic Sciences. Candidates should have taken a course/paper in mathematics involving differential equations at graduate or postgraduate level. Those having BE/B.Tech. or MSc degree need to pass a national level examination (GATE, CSIR-UGC, entrance test conducted by IISc, etc) to be called for interview. Alumni of our Phd Program have gone on to post-doctoral positions across the world, indeed, some are now scientists in leading international research laboratories as well as faculty in the IITs.