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Salient Features

Salient Operational Features of the Programme

  • Ph. D. qualifying examination is to be cleared by all the candidates.
  • Teaching Practice is essential component of the programme to train the candidates in presentation skills.
  • Ph D Seminar is essential component of semester registration and is meant to take care of issues related to the topic of research.
  • Topic of Research and Supervisor may be chosen from candidates’ own organizations.
  • Provision of any co-supervisor, as recommended by DAC and DRC.
  • Registration in Ph.D. Thesis course is permitted only after the Research Board has approved the Topic of Research and Supervisor.
  • Registration is to be done in every semester by paying requisite amount of fees till the submission of thesis.
  • Provision of dropping a particular semester by applying well in advance in case of any genuine reason.
  • No minimum time prescribed for the programme. A student has to complete minimum 40 units of Ph.D. Thesis course to be eligible to submit the thesis, which normally takes 4 semesters after the Research Board has approved the proposal. However, mere completion of 40 units does not make someone entitled for the submission of thesis.
  • Upper time limit of 10 semesters starting from date of first registration in the programme is there for submission of thesis.
  •  Provision exists for accelerating the programme subjected to the merit.
  • Doctoral Counseling Committee for monitoring the progress of the programme and need of extension requirements, if any.
  • Doctoral Advisory Committees for each candidate consisting of subject experts for academic review of the work.
  • Continuous monitoring of all the candidates during the semester.
  • The Research Board on case-by-case basis approves Topic of Research and Supervisor, Locale of Work and Language requirements.
  • Thesis should be written in English.
  • In house review by subject experts, pre-submission seminar and title approval before submitting the final thesis.
  • Viva-voce on Ph. D. Thesis is an essential component before the award of the degree.
  •  Fixed ‘calendar of events’ for monitoring.


 

Semester-wise Registration Programme

 
Semester-wise Registration Programme
 
Pattern I:
Semester-wise Registration Programme for On-campus Candidates and admitted after clearing qualifying examination (For Full time scholars holding Higher Degree and Faculty Members under Faculty Development Scheme)

Year

First Semester

Units

Second Semester

Units

I

BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C791T Teaching Practice I

1
1

BITS C797T Ph .D Seminar
BITS C792T Teaching Practice II
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis

1
1
10

II

BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis

1
10

BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis

1
10

III

BITS C797T Ph .D Seminar
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis

1
10

BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis

1
10
Note: It is assumed that the topic of research, locale of research work and supervisor are approved by the Research Board in the First semester of admission.

Pattern II:
For Ph.D. candidates holding First Degree and doing courses before becoming eligible for Qualifying Examination (For Full time scholars on the Campus) 
 

Year

First Semester

Units

Second Semester

Units

I

Course 1
Course 2
Course 3
Course 4
Course 5
Course 6

II

BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C791T Teaching Practice I
1
1
BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C792T Teaching Practice II
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis
1
1
10

III

BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis
1
10
BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis
1
10

IV

BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis
1
10
BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
BITS C799T Ph. D Thesis
1
10

V

BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar
1

BITS C797T Ph. D Seminar

 Note: It is assumed that the topic of research, locale of research work and supervisor are approved by the Research Board in the first semester of second year.

Common Notes for All the Above Patterns

Common Notes for All the Above Patterns
  • All operations are governed by the 'Academic Regulations' of the Institute.
  • Registration in Ph.D. Thesis is done only after the Research Board approves the Topic of Research, locale of research work and Supervisor(s). Registration in Thesis can be advanced/postponed depending on the approval by the Research Board. Registration has to be continued till the submission of thesis.
  • Before submission, the candidate has to give pre-submission seminar and the exact title of the thesis has to be approved by the Doctoral Counseling Committee for recommendation to the Research Board.
  • No minimum time limit is prescribed. Registration in prescribed minimum number of units and components normally requires 4-6 semesters depending on the time of approval of topic/supervisor and locale of research work by the Research Board. An upper limit of ten semesters for submission of thesis starting from the semester subsequent to passing the Qualifying examination is normally considered.
  • The foreign language will be prescribed as an eligibility requirement for the Ph. D. only when the supervisor(s) and/or Dean ARD have made recommendations for the same for a topic of research and the Research board accepts this requirement. Otherwise English or an Indian Language as the case may be would suffice.
  • A Ph. D. student for whom foreign language is prescribed is expected to demonstrate an ability to translate a piece from current periodicals in the area of major interest of the student in one of the modern European languages into English with the help of a dictionary.

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