Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The award of Ph.D. degree is in recognition of high achievements, independent research and application of scientific knowledge to the solution of technical and scientific problems. Creative and productive inquiry is the basic concept underlying the research work. In order to overcome any deficiency in the breadth of fundamental training or proper foundation for advanced work, special preliminary or pre-doctoral courses are given by this department.

These courses are given either by faculty members or by guest-speakers and specialists in the profession.

Course requirements:

The requirement of pre-Ph.D. Course Credits/work for Ph.D. student having B.Tech. or equivalent degree will be 20 credits. In case the Ph.D. student having completed 20 credits is unable to complete the research at the Ph.D. level for any reason whatsoever, he/she be allowed to complete M.S.(Research) degree requirement.

M.Tech. or equivalent degree holders are required to complete a minimum of 6 credits. The department may require a larger number of credits in general or in specific cases. The course requirement will be determined by the Department Research Committee (DRC) on the recommendations of the supervisor after due consideration of the background of the student in relation to the proposed topic of research. These courses can be prescribed from existing M.Tech. courses, special pre-Ph.D. courses including laboratory, seminar, foreign language, etc. Normally, no independent study course will be allowed for Ph.D. students.

Full-time M.Tech. and M.S.(R) students of IIT Delhi interested in joining the Ph.D. programme within two years of completion of their M.Tech./M.S.(R) will be granted waiver of residency period. The course work requirements be made up by either additional credits (6 credits as per present norms) taken during their M.Tech./M.S.(R) period (over and above their minimum Degree requirements) or in the summer semester (first or second) by identifying courses. In all cases, such credit transfer be recommended by the concerned DRC as relevant to their Ph.D. programme. The minimum CGPA requirement for the course work is 7.50. If the CGPA at the end of any semester is above 7.00 but less than 7.50, he/she will be asked to take more courses in order to make up the required CGPA. If the SGPA at the end of the first semester and CGPA at the end of any subsequent semester is below 7.00, he/she will have to discontinue the doctoral programme. The course work must be completed within the first two semesters of joining the programme.

A student shall be formally registered/admitted to the candidacy of Ph. D. degree only after he/she has cleared the comprehensive examination. Students would be permitted to take the comprehensive examination only after they have submitted a research plan and have completed the course work (including compulsory audit course - HUL 810 Communication Skills). Full-time and part-time students must clear the comprehensive examination within a period of 18 months and 24 months, respectively, from the date of joining. A maximum of two chances will be given to any student to clear the comprehensive examination. Every student, after having completed the comprehensive examination must formally register for the candidacy on a form obtainable from the PG Section.