The course will have full-time candidates, both fresh graduates and also in-service Engineers duly sponsored by their respective employers. The sponsored candidates (full-time) will complete the course in four semesters along with the regular students. The sponsored candidates can also complete the course in six semesters as a part-time programme, for which their classes will be arranged along with the full-time students. A sponsored candidate should be a teacher/researcher in a Government, Semi government or Private Educational Institution with two years teaching / research experience after passing the qualifying examination. A sponsored candidate can also be an employee in a Government or Semi-government organization / Public Sector Unit, with not less than two years Industrial or field experience in the relevant area after passing the qualifying examination. Preference will be given to the candidates in the academic profession or with R & D organisations.