Nirma University started Doctoral Programmes in the year 2003. The PhD Programmes offered in the University are by the Faculty of Technology & Engineering, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Management, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Architecture.
The Faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research is the co-ordinating faculty for the PhD programmes run by the constituent institutes of the University. The University offers Full-time and Part-Time PhD programmes. The admissions are scheduled annually in various PhD programmes, and the announcement in the newspaper/website is also published.
To encourage and help the meritorious students, the University provides different scholarships every year. The eligibility criteria and amount for awarding scholarships vary from institute to institute.
More information on the scholarships can be obtained from the respective website page of the institute.
Candidates for the admission to the Ph.D. programme shall have a Master’s degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a Foreign Educational Institution accredited by the Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.
Candidates possessing a Degree considered equivalent to M.Phil. Degree of an Indian Institution, from a Foreign Educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions, shall be eligible for admission to Ph.D. programme.
Candidates, who intend to take admission for Ph.D. have to apply in a prescribed proforma. On the receipt of applications, an Entrance Test will be conducted for the eligible candidates irrespective of number of applications received, which will be followed by an interview by the Departmental Research Committee. The selection criterion for the admission in Ph.D. programme are as under:
Candidates are selected based on the following criteria:
The interview/viva-voce shall also consider the following aspects, viz. whether:
Provided that for selection of candidates a weightage of 70% to the entrance test and 30% to the performance in the interview/ viva-voce shall be given. (Proposed)
On the recommendation of the Departmental Research Committee and on the approval of the Dean, Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research, a list of the selected candidates will be displayed on the notice board / website of the University. However, the final admission will be given after getting eligibility as per the provisions of the relevant regulations of the University.
The allocation of a Research Supervisor for a selected research scholar shall be decided by the Department Research Committee depending on the number of scholars per Research Supervisor, the available specialization among the Supervisors and research interests of the scholars as indicated by them at the time of interview/viva voce.
The regulations for Ph.D. programme under which the admitted students will be governed are available on the website link
The candidates can apply online at:
The course work shall be treated as prerequisite for Ph.D. preparation. A minimum of four credits shall be assigned to one or more courses on Research Methodology, which could cover areas such as quantitative methods, computer applications, research ethics and review of published research in the relevant field, training, fieldwork, etc. Other courses shall be advanced level courses preparing the students for Ph.D. degree.
The Department where the scholar pursues his research shall prescribe the course(s) to him based on the recommendations of the Research Advisory Committee.
All candidates admitted to the Ph.D. programmes shall be required to complete the course work prescribed by the Department within initial two semesters.
However, if the student is not in a position to complete the course work in the prescribed time limit as above, due to genuine reasons, may file an appeal and on the recommendation of the RAC, the Director General may grant extension up to additional one semester. Failing to complete the course work in the extended period will lead to cancellation of admission.
The course work result including Research methodology course/s shall be finalized after a combined assessment by the Research Advisory Committee and the Area/ Department and the final marks shall be sent to the Ph.D Section for preparing the result within reasonable time but not beyond one month after submission of course work by the student at the department.
A Ph.D. scholar has to obtain a minimum of 55% of marks or its equivalent grade in the UGC 7-point scale in the course work in order to be eligible to continue in the programme and submit the thesis.
A Ph.D scholar has to obtain a minimum of C+ grade in each course and minimum CPI 6.00 in order to be eligible to continue in the programme. After successfully completing the course work, within three months, the Research scholar will be required to develop a comprehensive research proposal under the guidance of his/her Research Supervisor and will be examined by Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and on the recommendation of the committee, the final shape of the research proposal along with tentative title of the topic of research shall be decided.
Minor changes in the topic can be done by the Research Scholar on recommendations of Research Advisory Committee before submission of the synopsis
Research Advisory should be formed soon after the candidate is registered for the Ph.D programme. The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) consisting of Head of the Department, Research Supervisor-Convener of the Committee, Co-Research Supervisor, if any, and two experts to be nominated by the Director General, one of whom will be from outside the University will meet at least once in a semester and monitor the progress of the research scholar and, based on the suggestions of the committee, the research scholar will take follow-up actions. Functions of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) shall have the following responsibilities:
In case the progress of the research scholar is unsatisfactory, the Research Advisory Committee shall record the reasons for the same and suggest corrective measures. If the research scholar fails to implement these corrective measures, the Research Advisory Committee may recommend to the Institution/College with specific reasons for cancellation of the registration of the research scholar.
The student is required to publish has at least one research paper in refereed journal and make two paper presentations in conferences/seminars before the submission of the thesis for evaluation and produce evidence for the same in the form of presentation certificates and/or reprints as per the UGC norms.
The thesis of all the Ph.D students who have submitted the thesis is sent to two referees for review One Indian Expert and One Foreign Expert. The final thesis before the announcement of the award of the Ph.D. degree .will be uploaded on the official website of UGC “Shodganga” through INFLIBNET.
Particulars [for PhD (PT)]
(at the time of admission)
|Annual/Tuition Fee (pa)
Course Work Fee (One time)
PG Reg. Fee (One Time)
|2nd Year Till submission of Thesis||Annual/Tuition Fee (p.a)||50,000/-|
Other Fee for PhD Part-Time Programme
|Initial Post Graduate Registration Fee:||Rs.1000/- (One Time)|
|Viva-Voce Exam:||Rs.20,000 (One Time)|
|Course Work Examination Fees:||Rs.1200 (One Time)|
Fee Structure for PhD Full-Time Programme
|Annual Tuition Fee||Rs.40,000/- (p.a)|
|Registration Fee||Rs.5000/- (One Time)|
|P.G Reg. Fee||Rs.1000/- (One Time)|
|Viva Voce Exam||Rs.20,000 (One Time)|
|Course Work Examination Fees||Rs.1200 (One Time)|
Faculty of Technology and Engineering (For Full-Time& Part-Time)
|Area||Number of Seats|
|Industrial Effluent Treatment, Nanotechnology||02|
|Phase Equilibrium, Simulations Process Integration||02|
|Catalysis & Reaction Engineering , Biofuels, Green Process Development||02|
|Environmental Process Design, Green Engineering, Green Chemistry||01|
|Computer Science & Engineering|
|Theoretical Computer Science and Algorithms, Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition||02|
|Cloud Computing Software Engineering, High Performance Computing, Software Defined Networking||02|
|Networking, Machine Learning Pattern Recognition||03|
|Machine Learning, Image & Video Processing||02|
|Deep Learning , Data & Web Mining, Machine Learning, Soft Computing||01|
|Network Security and Cryptography, Big Data Analytics, Machine learning and AI in 5G||03|
|Image and Video Processing, Speech Processing||01|
|Power Electronics, Machines & Drives, Power Quality, Industrial Electronics||02|
|Electrical Power System / High Voltage Engineering / Electrical Machines||02|
|Power Electronics applications to Power System, Power Quality, Artificial Intelligence based Power Electronic Systems||02|
|Electrical Engineering, Power System Optimization||03|
|Instrumentation & Control
|Control Engineering, Soft Computing Applications, Industrial Automation||04|
|Biomedical Instrumentation, Industrial Instrumentation, Automation in Industry||02|
|Process Control, Control Engineering and Expert System||01|
|Renewable Energy, Biomass gasification, Bio Fuels, Thermal Applications||01|
|Thermal & Fluid Science, Computational Fluid Dynamics||01|
|Hydraulic Machines, Renewable Energy Systems||02|
|Vibration, Structural Mechanics, Dynamics of Machine, Solid Mechanics, Structural Health Monitoring, Materials & Composite materials, Nanomechanics, Nanocomposites||02|
|Robotics, Stress Analysis, Mechanics of Composite material||02|
|Design Engineering, MEMS, Optimization||05|
|Stress Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Mechanism Design and analysis||02|
|Manufacturing Industrial Engineering & Management||02|
|Electronics & Communication Engineering|
|Digital Signal Processing, Image Processing, Microprocessors/Microcontrollers,Soft Computing||03|
|Antennas, RF & Microwave Engineering||03|
|Wireless Communication/Mobile Communication||02|
|VLSI & Embedded System Design||02|
|Image& Video Processing, Speech Processing||02|
|Internet of Things, Computer Networks, Embedded System||03|
|Optical Wireless Communication, Fiber Optic Communication, Wireless Communication and Embedded systems||01|
|VLSI Design & Test||03|
|VLSI Design (Analog and Mixed Signal Design) & Embedded Systems.||01|
|Optical Communications & Networks||02|
|Analog and Mixed VLSI Design||03|
Faculty of Pharmacy (For Full-Time & Part-Time)
|Areas of Research||Number of Seats|
Faculty of Science (For Full-Time & Part-Time)
|Areas of Research||Number of Seats|
|Biotechnology, Microbiology and Biochemistry||06|
|Chemistry (Only Part-Time Mode)||01|
|Physics (Only Part-Time Mode)||04|
Faculty of Management (For Part-Time Only)
|Areas of Research||Number of Seats|
|Human Resource Management||01|