The doctoral thesis is an integral component of the
Ph.D. degree programme. It carries a minimum of 40 units to be usually
collected in four semesters. Ph.D. students can register for the Thesis
course only after passing the Qualifying Examination and after approval
of their topic of research and supervisor by the Research Board.
offer aspiring doctorates the flexibility to pursue the thesis either
campus or at Practice School Centres and in certain circumstances even
at other specific centres.
Features and components
(i) Types of Input
the preferred input is a Higher Degree of BITS or its equivalent, our
Academic Regulations do permit the admission of students with only a
first degree from our institute or its equivalent and also of students
between these two extremes. Additionally, professionals of high standing
and proven practical competence equivalent to the course-work of a
higher degree can also be considered for admission. In such cases
competence will be evaluated through considering published papers,
technical reports, etc.
(ii) Qualifying Examination
student admitted to On-Campus Ph.D. must pass the Qualifying
Examination. The exam is based on the courses of a higher degree
programme, which the candidate has earlier pursued or on named courses
from higher degree programmes from our institute. The Qualifying
Examination tests the student's knowledge, grasp of fundamentals and
ability to apply them in novel situations. The exam is designed to be
equivalent to the standard, content and intent of the comprehensive
examination of the named courses.
Admission to On-campus Ph.D.
programme is provisional in the first instance and is confirmed only
after passing the Qualifying Examination within the prescribed time.
Candidates who are unable to pass the Qualifying Examination within the
prescribed time are automatically discontinued from the programme.
In the majority of cases a Ph.D. student registers every semester in a Seminar course or in the In-dependent Study course.
(iv) Course Work
detailed list of the various courses that are mandatory or optional for
Ph.D. students are described in the Academic Regulations. In the
majority of cases, this course work consists of courses which are
required to be completed for a higher degree programme at our institute.
The Qualifying Examination is also conducted on the basis of these
courses. Departure from these normal situations is described in the
(v) Teaching Practice
are two courses of Teaching Practice mandatory for every Ph.D. student.
These courses attempt to train the students in the art, methodology and
skill of teaching. Alternatively, Dean R & C may permit a student
to register in Practice Lecture Series courses.
(vi) Language Requirement
foreign language can be prescribed as an eligibility requirement for a
Ph.D. only when the supervisor and/or the Dean Research &
Consultancy have made recommendations for the same for a particular
topic of research. Every recommendation must be ratified and accepted by
the Research Board.
A Ph.D. student for whom foreign language
is prescribed is expected to demonstrate an ability to translate a piece
from current periodicals in one of the modern European languages into
English with the help of a dictionary.
In most cases English or an Indian language, as the case may be will suffice as choice of language.
(vii) Fellowships and Scholarships
students admitted to Ph.D. Programme normally bring one or other
fellowship from outside sources such as UGC, CSIR, MNES, Nokia etc.
However, we have ample resources intended to take care of needs not
covered by these sources.