Open defence mandatory for PhD: UGC chairperson

An open defence is an invitation to experts from outside the university who are permitted to question the researcher on the subject of his or her work.

PhD aspirants in public universities across the country will now have to face an open defence after submission of their draft thesis. Earlier, M Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson of the University Grants Commission (UGC), said, based on the evaluation report of the external examiners participating in the open defence, the aspirant will make additions, deletions or incorporate changes, following which the final thesis will be submitted to the university and PhD guide and the degree is awarded.

An open defence is an invitation to experts from outside the university who are permitted to question the researcher on the subject of his or her work.

The mandatory open defence follows new regulations for doctoral programs announced last week. UGC scrapped the mandatory requirement of getting research papers published in peer-reviewed journals before the final submission of a PhD thesis.

While research scholars have criticised the decision saying the quality of PhD holders will suffer, Kumar clarified that students can now pursue a PhD in a stress-free environment, and instead participate in a public viva voce.

In 2010, UGC made it mandatory that PhD thesis must be published in peer-reviewed journals. “In a recent study, we found that during these 12 years, nearly 75% of students were tempted to publish in poor quality or predatory journals,” said Kumar.

The new rule will be applicable to all courses including humanities and management. Some courses at the University of Mumbai’s School of Engineering have begun having public viva-voces.

When discussing the quality of PhDs, Kumar stated that, following the UGC consultation, the university must now play a critical role in setting PhD rules and hiring or appointing the best faculty or experts in the field to guide PhD students.

The UGC has relaxed the “mandatory” publication rule, but this does not prevent scholars from publishing their work, said Kumar.

When asked about student concerns about a part-time PhD, he stated that the concept is not new in the country. Part-time PhDs are already available at IITs and other educational institutions. This helps the working class to upgrade their academics, he said.

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Online PhD Courses Offered by EdTech Companies Will Not Be Recognized, UGC Issues New Guidelines

The UGC also advised students and public, at large, not to be misled by advertisements for online PhD programmes offered by EduTech Companies in collaboration with Foreign Educational Institutes.

The University Grant Commission (UGC) on Friday issued a notification on online PhD programmes and said it will not recognise such courses offered by EdTech companies in collaboration with foreign educational institutions.

The educational body also advised students and public, at large, not to be misled by advertisements for online PhD programmes offered by EduTech Companies in collaboration with Foreign Educational Institutes.

The warning for students by the higher education and the technical education regulators is the second such this year.

Earlier this year, the UGC and the AICTE had warned their recognised varsities and institutions against offering courses in distance learning and online mode in association with Ed-tech companies, saying no “franchise” agreement is permissible according to norms.

“In order to maintain the standards for awarding Ph.D degrees, the UGC has notified the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil, Ph.D degrees) Regulation 2016. It is mandatory for all higher educational institutions (HEIs) to follow UGC Regulations and its amendments for awarding Ph.D degrees,” according to a joint order issued by the UGC and the AICTE.

“Such online Ph.D programmes are not recognised by the UGC. Aspiring students and the public at large, are requested to verify the authenticity of Ph.D programmes as per UGC Regulation 2016 before taking admission,” the order said.

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IIT Guwahati Opens PhD Admission for 393 Seats December 2022 Session

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, an Institute of National Importance, has announced  PhD Admission for December 2022 Session.

Total Number of PhD Seats: The total number of PhD Seats available are 358 for the December 2022 session. Special Seats for Ph.D Programme under CSIR/UGC JRF Scheme are 45.

The PhD Programmes are available for the following types: Regular and Full Time, Sponsored and Full Time, Employed and Part Time, Self-Financed and Full Time, Self-Financed and Part Time, Project Staff and Full Time, Project Staff and Part Time, External and Part Time, and Self-Financed and Full Time Foreign Students.

Joint Degree PhD Programme with IIT (BHU): This is first of its kind among IITs. The students admitted to this joint degree PhD programme (JDP) will work under the joint supervision of faculty members from both IIT Guwahati and IIT (BHU) on the specified research proposals.

Key Dates:

Opening of Application Portal for Submission of Applications: 27 September  2022.

Closing of Application Portal: 05:00 PM on 18 October  2022.

Selections will be conducted by 07 December 2022. .

Registration of New PhD students:  02 January  2023.

List of departments offering PhD Programmes for July 2022:

Department of Computer Science and Engineering –  25

Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering –  27

Department of Mechanical Engineering –  39

Department of Civil Engineering – 30

Department of Design – 14

Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering – 14

Department of Chemical Engineering – 26

Department of Physics – 23

Department of Chemistry – 24

Department of Mathematics – 23

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences – 27

School of Agro and Rural Technology – 07

School of Business – 09

School of Energy Sciences and Engineering – 08

School of Health Science and Technology – 07

Mehta Family School of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence – 06

Centre for Disaster Management and Research – 08

Centre for the Environment – 05

Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems – 07

Centre for Linguistic Science and Technology – 10

Centre for Nanotechnology – 06

Centre for Sustainable Polymers – 08

Centre for Intelligent Cyber Physical Systems (Seats under Project Mode only) – 05

Total -358

Special Seats for Ph.D Programme under CSIR/UGC JRF Scheme


Department of Physics –  15

Department of Chemistry – 20

Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering  – 10

Total- 45

Stipend for PhD Regular Full Time: At present, the Institute provides monthly assistantship of Rs. 31,000 for the first two years and RS.35,000 for the next three years to our regular full time PhD students.

They receive Financial Assistantship/ Scholarship from IIT Guwahati or Fellowship from CSIR/UGC or any other recognized funding agency.

The Financial Assistantship/ Scholarship from the Institute or the Fellowship from External funding agency is granted to them as per its governing rules and subject to satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance in assigned teaching assistant duty.

In order to avail assistantship/ scholarship from the Institute or the fellowship from the respective external funding agency, these candidates must have the following requirements unless they are exempted from these.

The candidates with four-year Bachelor’s degree (BE/BTech/ BDes or equivalent) as qualifying degree must have valid and qualifying GATE score (CEED score in case of Department of Design)

The candidates with MSc degree as qualifying degree must have valid and qualifying GATE score or valid CSIR-NET(JRF)/ INSPIRE/ NBHM-PhD qualification, etc.

The candidates having MA in Humanities and Social Sciences subjects or equivalent must have valid UGC-NET qualification.

The requirement of valid GATE/ CEED/ NET/ INSPIRE, etc. is exempted for the candidates with qualifying degree as Bachelor’s (BTech/BDes) degree or Masters’ (MA/MSc) degree from an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) with minimum CPI of 8.0 in a 10-point scale.

For latest update, eligibility criteria, how to apply and other details, candidates should visit the official website of IIT Guwahati.

IIT Ropar Announces PhD Admission with Institute Fellowships for January 2023 Session

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar, an Institute of National Importance, has released PhD Admission notification for Semester-II, Academic Year 2022-23.  Regular PhD Scholars will receive Institute Fellowships.

PhD Admissions are available in the following categories: Regular (Institute Research Scholars), Direct PhD, External PhD, Part-Time PhD, PhD for Project Staff, and PhD for IIT RoparStaff.

Key Dates: Last Date of Receipt of Online Applications is 10 October 2022.

Application Fee:

Women candidates & SC/ST/PwD category candidates : Rs. 100/-

All other candidates : Rs. 200/-

Departments where PhD Admission available:

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering




Humanities and Social Sciences (Economics, English, Linguistics, Management, Philosophy, Psychology)

Selection Procedure: Admission is offered on the basis of an interview held usually a month before the commencement of the semester for which admission is sought. The interview may be supplemented by a written test, if necessary.

 For further details about eligibility conditions, how to apply and other details, the candidates should refer the Admission Notification, uploaded on the official website of IIT Ropar.

IIT Jodhpur launches two new 4-year B.S. Programs to make students future ready

To cater for the growing need and demand for modern technologies, the Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur will launch a new engineering-linked four-year B.S. programs in Chemistry and Physics with specialization.

The Institute has designed the new programs aligned with global needs. The programs will impart fundamental knowledge in basic science and engineering in the first year. In the second and third years, the students will undergo comprehensive theoretical and experimental courses in advanced concepts of Chemistry and Physics in the respective programs, and in the final year, these programs will enable the students to specialize in a focused area in the forefront of science.

Highlighting the unique aspects of the new 4-year B.S. programs, Prof. Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT Jodhpur, said, “Research in Basic sciences is driving the frontier of technology. Quantum technology, Sustainable materials, Terahertz technology, Gene Therapy, and Green Energy are some examples of science driving technology innovations. It’s time to rethink the basic science programmes, making them foundational for emerging technologies. New BS programmes of IIT Jodhpur have been launched with this motivation. We expect our B.S. graduates to get involved in application-directed basic research, creating breakthrough technologies for new age industries.”

Aligning with the National Education Policy 2020, the interdisciplinary approach of these programs, the Institute aspires to cross the barrier of traditional paths and excel at the interplay of science and technology. The flexibility of opting for different specializations to meet societal and industrial needs and ever-growing sustainability demands is among the key features of this program’s curriculum.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program has been developed in line with the current trends aiming for science-based engineering innovation. This program is well-designed for the graduating students, with ample application opportunities in diverse areas, including Pharmaceuticals, Agrochemicals, Materials and devices, Energy, Healthcare and Environment.

Key features of B.S. in Chemistry program include:

  • Emphasis on industry relevant sustainable innovations
  • Opportunity to get Department specific specialization in Spectroscopy & Dynamics, and Organic & Organometallic Catalysis
  • Interdisciplinary specialization in Advanced Energy Materials

Highlighting the key features of the four-year B.S. program in Chemistry with specialization, Prof. Ramesh Metre, Head of the Department, said, “This four-year engineering-linked B.S. program in chemistry offers a thorough fundamental and applied knowledge in the field of chemical science including specialized and interdisciplinary areas. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the scientific opportunities available in the department by working on original cutting-edge research projects.”

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The Bachelor of Science in Physics program started by IIT Jodhpur aims to impart theoretical foundations and practical skills in fundamental and applied physics with the understanding of interdisciplinary subjects through theory, computation and hands-on training. The graduates of this program will have career opportunities in diverse areas, including Green Energy and Sustainable Energy Materials, Photonics and Terahertz Technology/Communications, Quantum Technology and Communications, Quantum Open Systems, Flexible Electronics, Multifunctional Materials and Devices, Smart Energy for smart cities and Smart Healthcare.

Highlighting the key features of the B.S. program in Physics, Prof Ashutosh Alok, Head of the Department, said, “The program aims to impart foundations of fundamental as well as applied concepts of physics, enabling one to excel in physics-driven technologies. They will get an opportunity to work on projects with faculties with diverse expertise and access to the department’s modern labs and research facilities. The program envisages that students will understand the interdisciplinary approach to solve real-world problems and excel in different career paths such as researchers and innovators in academics or industry.”.

Key features of B.S. in Physics program include:

  • Flexibility for pursuing capability-linked specializations in various domains viz. Advanced Energy Materials, Photonics and Quantum Technologies
  • Integration of Engineering Design aspects into the curriculum
  • Opportunity to gain industrial experience through industry collaborations

IIT Jodhpur will also provide the B.S. program students with an opportunity to convert their 4-year B.S. program to 5 year B.S. – M.Tech dual degree program with respective specializations. In addition, the program offers to pursue an entrepreneurial path leading to science-based engineering innovations.

Punjabi University Patiala Announces PhD Admission 2022 for 382 Seats

 Punjabi University Patiala, a state university in Punjab, has announced Admission for PhD Programmes for 2022-23.  The total number of vacant seats are 382 in 37 subjects.

Key Dates & Application Fees:

Online Registration Without Late Fee-  01 September 2022

Online Registration With Late Fee of Rs. 1500/- 07 September 2022

Late date of filling/editing the Form 08 September 2022 (05:00 pm)

The application fee for the Ph.D. Entrance Test is Rs. 2000/- (Rs. 1400/- for SC/ST candidates) for each subject.

Entrance Test Scheme: The question paper for the Entrance Test will consist of two sections. The section A will consist of 50 /multiple choice questions of Research Methodology and Section B will consist of 50 /multiple choice questions from the syllabus of the particular subject. Each question will carry one mark.

List of departments where PhD Admission is Available:

Name of DepartmentsNo of Seats
Applied Management4
Civil Engineering4
Computer Engineering30
Computer Science19
Defence and Strategic Studies5
Education and Community Services4
Electronics & Communication Engineering25
Fine Arts7
Forensic Science7
Human Genetics4
Library and Information Science4
Linguistics and Punjabi Lexicography1
Mechanical Engineering15
Pharmaceutical Sciences67
Public Administration5
Religious Studies5
Social Work11
Sociology and Social Anthropology2
Sports Science3
Sri Guru Granth Sahib Studies1
Tourism, Hospitality & Hotel Management6

For full details regarding eligibility conditions, how to apply and Centres of Examinations, etc. candidates should visit official website of Punjabi University Patiala.


Banaras Hindu University and Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, have joined hands to facilitate IPR filing on collaborative research in Science, Technology, and Humanities. The two institutions have inked a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose. BHU Registrar Prof. Arun Kumar Singh and Dean, (Research and Development), IIT (BHU) Varanasi, Prof. Vikash Kumar Dubey recently signed the five-year MoU. The MoU will encourage researchers from both institutes to come together and explore intellectual properties of joint research and development. It will also give a fillip to IPR and patent covering multi-disciplinary/ trans-disciplinary research. BHU has a very strong ecosystem for studies and research in Social Sciences, Humanities, and Sciences. IIT (BHU) Varanasi has been doing exemplary work in the area of Science and Technology. The coming together of the two leading institutions will open and offer multiple avenues for researchers who are keen to explore new products and IPR. As per the MoU, the two institutions will file joint Intellectual Property Rights/Patent applications. This understanding will also facilitate the researchers to share the complexities and difficulties of getting IPR or patents. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir Kumar Jain has been laying great focus on BHU getting into collaborations with other institutions in order to create new opportunities for students and faculty members and working towards cutting-edge research.  Director, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, Prof. Pramod Kumar Jain added, “It is a new era of collaboration of mutual interest between both Institutes”. The MoU between Banaras Hindu University & IIT (BHU) – Varanasi is a result of this commitment to the overall development of both institutions.

Three State Universities Open PhD Admission 2022 

In India there are many State Government Universities, which are controlled by State Governments. For the academic year 2022-23, the PG and PhD Admission process has just kickstarted.

As on 19 July 2022, Three State Universities have announced PhD Admission for 2022. Aspiring students should track admission information.

 List of Universities Offering PhD Admission:

  • Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science &Technology Sonepat – 25 July 2022
  • Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra – 20 July 2022
  • Digital University Kerala -26 August 2022

Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science &Technology Sonepat Opens PhD Admission July 2022 for 120 Seats

Sonepat, 17 July 2022: Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science &Technology Murthal  (Sonepat), a state university in Haryana, has announced PhD Admission for July 2022.

Total Number of Vacant Seats: The total number of vacant seats for PhD Admission are 120 in 15 Departments.

Key Dates: The Start of Online submission of form – 01 July 2022

Last date for online submission of forms -25 July 2022

Entrance test examinations – 30 July 2022 to 01 August 2022

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra Opens PhD Admission 2022-23 ! Apply Now

Katra, 17 July 2022: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, a state university in Jammu & Kashmir, has announced PhD Admission for the academic year 2021-22.

PhD -offered in various schools of University: The candidates may apply for admission to Ph.D. program in the following disciplines:

Key Dates: The closing date for submission of online application is 20 July 2022.

Digital University Kerala Opens PhD Admission Sept 2022 for 30 Seats

Thiruvananthapuram, 15 July 2022: Kerala University of Digital Sciences, Innovation and Technology (Digital University Kerala), has announced PhD Admission for 2022-23.

DUK offers  PhD programs in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Digital Sciences and Informatics. The total vacant seats are 30.

Key Dates: The closing date for submission of application is 26 August 2022.

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