The Doctoral program at Indian Statistical Institute provides the students with an exceptional academic ambience through a variety of educational and research opportunities. The internationally recognized faculty members of the Institute actively work in several exciting research areas in Computer Science and allied disciplines. Each PhD student works closely with a research advisor and an advisory committee, and is expected to publish papers in conferences and journals of international repute. Students are encouraged to collaborate with researchers all over the world, travel to conferences and training programs, and have internships with leading government and industry research labs.

The PhD program lies at the heart of the Institute and is heavily integrated with its research activities. The goal of the program is to take students with raw talent and intellect, nurture them in its environment through a thorough immersion in research and coursework, and produce well-educated researchers and future leaders. The alumni of this program hold leading positions in industries as well as in premier Indian institutes.

The Institute offers a unique opportunity for outstanding students to apply towards the Doctoral program directly after the completion of their Bachelor's degree. The program also offers a unique flexibility in accepting students without the need for an undergraduate/postgraduate degree in computer science; however, most have one either in computer science or in a closely related technical field.


About ISI

The Indian Statistical Institute, known widely as ISI, was founded in 1931 by Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. Growing out of a small Statistical Laboratory set up by Professor Mahalanobis in the Presidency College in Kolkata, the Institute soon moved into its present campus at Baranagar on the northern outskirts of Kolkata. Ever since that humble beginning, over the past eight decades, the Institute has undergone phenomenal growth and is now widely regarded as one of the leading institutions in the world as a centre for research and training in Statistics and related sciences.

Indian Statistical Institute is the first institute in Asia to acquire a digital computer, and the first in India to participate in successfully building an indigenous digital computer. It is among the top institutes in India for research in Computer Science and related disciplines.

Why apply to ISI why

Participate in cutting-edge research activites, and enjoy an international research ambience.

  • Fellowship as per Govt. JRF/SRF rules
  • No tution fees during the program
  • Support for attending conferences
  • Outstanding international reputation
  • Strong industry links
  • Exceptional graduate employment record
  • Excellent support facilities including:
    • Library
    • Hostel and student mess
    • Placements and internships
    • Cultural activities
    • Sports facilities

Research Groups

ACMU Advanced Computing and Microelectronics Unit, Kolkata
ASU Applied Statistics Unit, Kolkata
CSU Computer Science Unit, Chennai
CVPR Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Unit, Kolkata
ECSU Electronics and Communication Sciences Unit, Kolkata
MIU Machine Intelligence Unit, Kolkata
CSRU Cryptology and Security Research Unit, Kolkata
SSIU Systems Science and Informatics Unit, Bangalore