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Doctor of Philosophy
PREAMBLE
The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) is awarded to a candidate who, as per these regulations, has submitted a thesis on the basis of original and independent research that makes a contribution to the advancement of knowledge, which is approved by duly constituted examiners as required.

ELIGIBILITY
Persons having passed Post Graduate Degree in the appropriate field with at least 55 % marks of having grade equivalent there to awarded by a University established by Act.

Relaxation of 5% for students belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PH communities.

An eligible candidate shall apply in the prescribed form on payment of requisite fees. Prescribed form shall also be available on the University information centers.

The form shall be available at the reception counter of University campus on every working day between 10 AM to 5 PM.

ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
Entrance examination will be conducted quarterly in a year (in the month of March, June, September and December in every year.) Entrance test will include General Aptitude Test and Subject Specific Test. There will be no entrance test for NET/SET/GATE/JRF/GPAT qualified and M.Phill. Degree holder candidates.

Entrance test shall be followed by an interview organized by the University. Candidates are expected to discuss their research interests/area at the time of interview and a fixed number of candidates will be admitted to Ph.D. programme.

REGISTRATION
Candidates selected may submit the requisite fee for Ph.D. Programme within 15 days from the date of declaration of result of entrances test and interview.

The date of provisional admission shall be the date of registration.

If the candidate desires, he/she can partially modify the title and the proposed plan of the research, RDC shall approve such changes on the recommendation of the guide.

Course work
After the admission, each student will undertake coursework for a minimum period of one semester. The course work shall include research methodology and reviewing of published work in area of research AND EXAMINATION.. Evaluation will be done by RDC. RDC will decide the minimum qualifying requirement for allowing a student to proceed further with the writing of thesis.

After course work, candidate shall be required to submit the synopsis and make a presentation before a RDC. The presentation will be arranged by the RDC on a date suggested by the Research Guide. In case of any dispute/problem, RDC shall take appropriate steps. This presentation shall be arranged within one month of synopsis submission.

SUPERVISOR/CO-SUPERVISOR
All Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors holding a Doctorate Degree with minimum two year teaching experience are eligible to be considered as Guides with the approval of RDC. In exception cases, Vice-Chancellor can relax the condition of experience.

The guide and the Co-guide(s) should not be a relative of the candidate.

PLACE OF WORK & PROGRESS OF WORK
On the recommendations of the Guide(s). the University may allow the Research work for the Ph.d. degree to be partially or wholly carried out at another organization duly approved for the purpose by the University for the students concerned.

The Research Degrees Committee (RDC) shall evaluate the progress of Ph.D. work of the student and upon their satisfaction shall recommend continuation of his work. If RDC is not satisfied with the progress of research work may recommend termination of registration to the Board of Studies.

SYNOPSIS SUBMISSION
Every candidate shall submit to the University, through the Guide/Convener of the Doctoral Committee wherever pertinent, a Synopsis (6 copies) of the proposed thesis together with certificate of the Doctoral Committee and state the title of the thesis, to be presented in the prescribed application form along with fee. The synopsis shall not exceed 20 typewritten or printed pages (one side only of A4 size.) Thesis submission is to be done after clearance in the Doctoral committee and permitted in the Vice Chancellor.

SUBMISSION AND EVALUATION OF THESIS
Every candidate whose registration has been confirmed can submit his thesis on completion of two years from the date of registration.

The title page of thesis, cover, format, etc., should strictly confirm in presentation as prescribed (Annexure F) and the thesis (all copies) should carry a declaration by the candidate (Annexure G) and a certificate duly signed and issued by the Guide.

Prior to submission of thesis, student shall make a presentation in the Department that may be open to all faculty members and research students, for getting feedback and comments, which may be suitably incorporated into the draft thesis under the advice of supervisor. Ph.d. student shall publish a research paper in a referred reputed journal before the submission of thesis.

In case a candidate fails to submit his/her Ph.D. thesis within the stipulated time he/she may submit the same within five calendar years from the date of provisional registration in such case Tuition Fee for the additional year shall have to pay by the scholar.

The thesis shall be submitted in triplicate and a soft copy (CD) along with a certificate from the supervisor that the work done by the candidate is original and is consistent with the approved synopsis.

The guide will prepare a panel of six persons qualified to examine the thesis and send the list to the University. From this panel, the Vice-Chancellor will appoint two examiners, to whom the thesis will be sent for evaluation. Out of two examiners, to whom the thesis will be sent for evaluation. Out of two examiners, one will be from out of state.

The thesis shall be sent for evaluation to two external examiners. A maximum of two months time shall be given to the examiners for sending the report, failing which the Vice-Chancellor may appoint alternate examiner(s).

The thesis shall clearly recommend whether the thesis be: (a) approved (b) Resubmit after revision/extension of work (c) Rejected. 9.9 If both the examiners approves the thesis, the viva-voce examination will be conducted.

If one examiner approves the thesis and other examiner recommend revision, the viva-voce examination may be held. However, the comments of the examiner recommending revision shall be sent to the supervisor and the clarifications of the candidate will be placed before the Board of viva-voce.

If one examiner approves the thesis and other examiner rejects the thesis, the thesis shall be sent to the third examiner to be appointed by the Vice-chancellor. If third examiner approves the thesis, the viva-voce examination will be held.

If both the examiners recommend revision, the candidate shall be asked to revise the thesis.

If both the examiners reject the thesis, the thesis shall be rejected.

VIVA VOCE AND DEFENSE OF THESIS
The day, date, time and the place for the viva voce and the defense of thesis shall be notified by the RDC. Normally the viva voce and the defense of the thesis shall be arranged in the University. In exceptional cases, the Vice-Chancellor may allow the viva to be conducted at a place of research outside the University. In such a case the procedure and norms for the conduct of viva, payments, etc. shall be as laid down by the University.

The defense of the thesis shall take place in the presence of one external examiner and the RDC, who shall jointly evaluate the performance of the favor of the candidate.

If the external referee is not able to be present at the time of the defense, the Vice-Chancellor, on the recommendation of the guide and the Dean (Research) shall appoint a senior research guide to act as an examiner for the viva-voce.

The examiners present for the viva-voce and the defense of the thesis shall submit their final consolidated report about the award of the Ph.D. degree immediately after the defense is over.

In case the defense is not satisfactory, the examiners can unanimously recommend that a fresh viva-voce and defense of the thesis be organized within period of not less than one month.

The overall result shall be officially declared within eight days from the date of the receipt of the favorable report on the defense of the thesis.

The board for viva-voce shall comprise of : One of the two thesis examiners who approved the thesis & RDC.

RE-REGISTRATION
A candidate, who has not submitted the thesis at the end of the maximum period, may choose to re-register with the prescribed fees. In such instances, the re- registered candidate shall be permitted to submit the thesis after a period of one year but not later than two years only if the guide and the topic of the thesis work remain unchanged. After the expiry of time, the Ph.D. registration stands cancelled.

For re-registered candidates with change of guide and/or topic of thesis, the required period would be similar to the freshly registered candidates.

RESEARCH DEGREE COMMITTEE (RDC)
There shall be Research Degree Committee for all of the subjects.

The RDC will be headed by the Vice Chancellor and shall consist of the members selected/nominated by Chancellor/Vice Chancellor.

RDC shall perform the following functions:

Examine the progress report of the Ph.D. work and provide its recommendation.

Examine reports of the examiners concerning to thesis examination of each candidate and give its specific recommendation.

The RDC will meet in each academic session at regular intervals.

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