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Doctoral Programme (Full Time)

Admissions currently closed for the Academic Year 2019-20
For any queries write to phd.section@nirmauni.ac.in

 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:

  • The Entrance Test shall be conducted for eligible candidates wherein the qualifying marks will be 50%. The syllabus of the Entrance Test shall consist of 50% of research methodology and 50% shall be subject specific. (The detailed syllabus is available on the website)
  • The list of candidates clearing the entrance test (50%) shall be declared on the notice board/ website of the University.
  • An interview/viva-voce to be organized by the University where the candidates are required to discuss their research interest/area through a presentation before Department Research Committee specified under R.Ph.D. 2.3.
  •  The candidates who qualify the UGC-NET (Including JRF) UGC-CSIR NET (Including JRF) SLET / GATE / GPAT with a valid score in terms of cut-off marks and duration, teacher fellowship holder or who have passed M.Phil. programme shall be exempted from appearing in the entrance test and deemed to be qualified for personal interview.

Candidates are selected based on the following criteria:
The interview/viva-voce shall also consider the following aspects, viz. whether:

  • the candidate possesses the competence for the proposed research;
  • the research work can be suitably undertaken at the Institution;
  • the proposed area of research can contribute to new/additional knowledge. Final merit shall be based on the merit of interview/viva-voce.
  • An interview/viva-voce to be organized by the University when the candidates are required to discuss their research interest/area through a presentation before Department Research Committee specified under R.Ph.D 3.3.

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.

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:

  • The Department where the scholar pursues his research shall prescribe the course(s) to him based on the recommendations of the Research Advisory Committee, of the research scholar.
  • To review the research proposal and finalize the topic of research;
  • Guide the research scholar to develop the study design and methodology of research and identify the course(s) for the course work that research scholar have to do.
  • To periodically review and assist in the progress of the research work of the research scholar.
  • 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.

Fee Structure for PhD Part-Time Programme
Year

Particulars [for PhD (PT)]

Rs.
1st year

(at the time of admission)

Annual/Tuition Fee  (pa)

Course Work Fee (One time)

PG Reg. Fee (One Time)

 

Total

Refundable Security

50,000/-

15,000/-

1,000/-

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66000/-

30,000/-

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)
Refundable Security Rs.15,000/-
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)

Chemical Engineering Area Number of Seats
Heterogeneous Catalysis, Wastewater treatment using Photocatalysis, Process Development 02
Waste treatment, pollution abatement, nanotechnology 02
Physical property Determination, Process Modeling and Simulations, Process Integration 02
Renewable Energy, Catalysis, Wastewater treatment 02
Polymer Technology 06
Civil Engineering Structural Engineering 07
Geotechnical Engineering 02
Computer Science & Engineering Cloud computing, Networking, Big Data analytics 03
Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition 05
Machine Learning, Deep Learning for Image, Video and Natural Language Processing 02
Blockchain Technology, Internet of Things, and Networks 02
Networks, Computation Intelligent Techniques, Pattern Recognition 03
Wireless Networking 03
Speech, Image and Video Processing 01
Data Mining, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence 02
Electrical Engineering Power Electronics, Drives, and Power Quality Improvement 02
Optimization Techniques in Electrical Engineering 02
Power Electronics, DSP based Power Electronic Systems, Multi-Level Converters, Front-End Converters, Advanced PWM Techniques, Power Quality Improvement Devices, Renewable Energy Integration in Grid, Electric Vehicular Technology 02
Power Electronics applications to Power System, Power Quality, Artificial Intelligence based Power Electronic Systems 02
Power Systems, Electrical Machines 03
Instrumentation & Control Engineering Control Engineering, Soft Computing Applications 05
Speech, Image and Video Processing 02
Industrial Automation, Biomedical Instrumentation, Sensors and Applied Electronics 03
Mechanical Engineering Thermal engineering/renewable energy 01
Sheet Metal Forming Composite materials, VoC abatement 02
Stress Analysis, Robotics 02
Stress Analysis, Kinematics and Dynamics, Robotics 02
Turbo Machines, Renewable Energy System, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Engineering 03
Fracture Mechanics, Functionally Graded Materials, Shape Memory Alloys 03
Computational Fluid Dynamics, Multiphase Flow 01
Production and Industrial Engineering 03
Characterization of Nano composites, Dynamics of Machines, and Vibrations

01

Manufacturing Engineering 03
Design Engineering, Robotics, MEMS/NEMS,Optimization, FEA 05
Thermal/Fluid/Energy Systems 01
Electronics & Communication Engineering

Digital Signal Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Image Processing. 02
Internet of Things, Wireless Sensor Networks, Computer Networks 03
Wireless communication, cognitive radio, signal processing 02
Antennas, Microwave & Fiber Optic Communication 06
Analog and mixed VLSI design 02
VLSI Design 2. Testing and Verification of VLSI Design 02
Optical wireless communication and Embedded system 01
Embedded System Design, VLSI Design 02
LSI Design (Analog and mixed signal design) Embedded systems and IoT 02
Speech, Image and Video Processing 01
Optical Communication, Optical Networks, Free Space Optical Communication 02
Total Seats 117

Faculty of Pharmacy (For Full-Time& Part-Time)

Areas of Research Number of Seats
Pharmaceutical Chemistry 05
Pharmaceuticals Analysis 02
Pharmacology 04
Pharmaceutics 04
Total Seats 15

Faculty of Law (For Full-Time& Part-Time)

Areas of Research Number of Seats
Environmental Law 03
General Law & International Law 02
Total Seats 05

Faculty of Science (For Full-Time& Part-Time)

Areas of Research Number of Seats
Biotechnology, Microbiology and Biochemistry 14
Chemistry (Only Part-Time Mode) 07
Physics (Only Part-Time Mode) 02
Total Seats 23

Faculty of Management (For Part-Time Only)

Areas of Research Number of Seats
Marketing 01
Strategy & Entrepreneurship 02
Human Resource Management 01
Information Management 01
Total Seats 05

Faculty of Architecture (For Part-Time Only)

Areas of Research Number of Seats
Housing, Urban Planning, Environmental Design 02
Gender and the built environment, urban public spaces, environmental design 02
Total Seats 04

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.

Provided further that, such publication as mentioned above should be in the refereed journal indexed in the Web of Science / SCOPUS / Hein Database / Indian Citation Index / ABDC / EBSCO.

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