Part Time PhD Programme is especially for the working professionals, who are employed and have research infrastructure to carry out research work. The minimum duration of the programme is three years, which can be extended up to seven years. The women candidates and persons with disability (more than 40% disability) are allowed a relaxation of two years in the maximum duration, i.e., up to 9 years.
Candidates for admission to the PhD programme should have a Master’s degree or a professional degree 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 an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognised or authorised 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 MPhil degree of an Indian Institution, from a Foreign Educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognised or authorised 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, are eligible for admission to the PhD programme.
Candidates intending to take admission in the PhD programme have to apply in a prescribed proforma. On receipt of the applications, Entrance Test is conducted for the eligible candidates. The test is followed by a Personal Interview by a Departmental Research Committee.
The selection criteria for the admission are as under:
On the recommendation of the Departmental Research Committee and on the approval of Dean-Faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research the list of the selected candidates is disclosed. However, the final admission is given after getting eligibility as per the provisions of the relevant regulations of the University.
The allocation of research supervisor for a selected research scholar is decided by the Department Research Committee depending on the number of scholars per research supervisor, the available specialisation amongst the research supervisors and research interests of the scholars as indicated by them at the time of personal interview.
A research scholar, who is pursuing coursework as a part of the PhD Programme is expected to have full (100%) attendance in each course.
The coursework is treated as a prerequisite for the PhD preparation. A minimum of four credits are 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 are advanced level courses which prepare the students for PhD degree.
The concerned Department/ Area prescribes the course(s) to the research scholar based on the recommendations of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC). The candidate is required to complete the coursework within initial two semesters.
After successfully completing the coursework, the research scholar is required to develop a comprehensive research proposal under the guidance of his research supervisor within three months. It is examined by the Research Advisory Committee and on the recommendation of the committee; the final shape of the research proposal along with tentative title of the topic of research is decided.
The student is required to publish at least one research paper in refereed journal and make two paper presentations in reputed international/ national 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.