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PhD Admissions 2018 @ University of Madras

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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 in any
particular discipline or involving more than one discipline (inter-disciplinary), that makes a
contribution to the advancement of knowledge, which is approved by Board of examiners as required.


For purposes of admission to the Ph.D. programme, a candidate should have obtained a
Master’s Degree with 55% marks in the qualifying examination.For SC/ST candidates and for candidates who have completed the PG degree before 1991, the minimum can be only 50% for admission to the Ph.Dprogramme.

Registration for the PhD Programme:

There shall be the following categories of candidates registered for the Ph.D. programme:
a. Full-time scholar (with or without stipend or fellowship)
b. Part-time scholar (teacher or non-teacher, internal vis-à-vis external)

The candidates belonging to any of the above categories may register at University
Departments, Affiliated Colleges, Research Institutions, or R & D Centres/Laboratories coming under these regulations.


The following candidates are eligible to register for the full-time Ph.D. programme. A
candidate who has qualified for:

a. Master’s Degree in the faculties of Arts, Sciences, Fine Arts, Languages, Commerce,
Education, Management Science of this University or equivalent thereto


A candidate, possessing any one of the qualifications prescribed under Regulation 2 supra
and falling under any of the following categories, is eligible to conduct research on a Part-time basis (i.e., can conduct research while continuing as teacher, Executive etc.):

a. A teacher working in the Department of the University or in an affiliated College of the
University, Higher Secondary School or High School or Polytechnic within the territorial
jurisdiction of the University provided
b. Teachers of affiliated colleges holding NET/SLET qualification or M.Phil. degree with one
year of teaching experience after M.Phil degree and Teachers of Higher Secondary
Schools/High Schools and Polytechnic with two years of experience after the qualifying
degree be allowed to register for Ph.D (part-time) programme.
c. Teachers of affiliated colleges in the following disciplines, with one year of teaching
experience without M.Phil or SLET/NET are permitted to do part-time Ph.D i) Computer
Science, ii) Media Arts, iii) English, iv) Management, v) Natya, vi) Communication and
Journalism, vii) Hotel and Catering Management, viii) Interior Design, ix) BioTechnology
and x) Bio-Informatics.
d. A candidate employed other than as a teacher in a permanent job in a registered
firm/institution, within the territorial jurisdiction of the University with a minimum of
FOUR YEARS of total working experience, after the qualifying degree and satisfying the
rules framed separately by the Syndicate from time to time.
e. Research Assistants/Technical Assistants appointed on a permanent basis by the
University are eligible to register for Ph.D. programme on Part-time basis after
confirmation of service.
f. Candidate with M.L. Degree practicing as an advocate in any Court of Law or serving as a
Legal Advisor to/in a registered firm/institution within the territorial jurisdiction of the
University with a minimum of FOUR YEARS of total working experience after qualifying

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Not withstanding anything contained in these regulations, candidates possessing anyone of
the qualifications from the University of Madras or from any other University recognized by the Syndicate as equivalent thereto, prescribed under Regulation 3.2 supra, and employed as a teacher, scientist or in any other related capacity (as recommended by the Selection Committee of the concerned department) in National/State level institutions, Universities, Research and Development (R&D) Centres/Laboratories and institutions outside the territorial jurisdiction of this University, in India and abroad, who are permitted by the respective organizations for pursuing research leading to the Ph.D. Degree of this University on a Part-time basis, while continuing in employment, may be permitted to register for the Ph.D. programme on a Part-time basis as external candidates two years
after acquiring qualifying degree. These candidates are expected to do research in their place of employment and in addition, they should undergo such course work, examination and research work as may be prescribed by the supervisor/doctoral committee for a minimum of SIX MONTHS during the research period directly under the supervisor in this University. In addition to the Supervisor from this University, they shall have a joint supervisor from the institution where they are employed, provided such a supervisor is recognized as supervisor for Ph.D. programme by this University or the host University. In the case of non-availability of a recognized supervisor in the institution, the candidate’s research work shall be monitored by the Head of the institution.

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A candidate registered as a full-time scholar for the Ph.D. programme possessing any one of the above qualifications as mentioned in Section 3 supra shall work continuously in the department under a supervisor for a minimum period of THREE YEARSafter provisional registration and before submission of the thesis.


A candidate registered for the Ph.D. programme as a part-time scholar (both internal and
external) shall work for a minimum period of FOUR YEARSafter provisional registration, before submission of the Thesis.


Exemption of ONE YEARfrom the minimum duration required is permissible in respect of
candidates who possess an M.Phil./M.Phil.on INTER-DISCIPLINARYbasis or M.Litt. (in the
relevant subject) or Master’s Degree in the faculty of Law, M.E and M.Tech.


Notwithstanding anything prescribed in these regulations, the University may permit
conversion from Full-time research to Part-time research and vice-versa in respect of candidates registered, for valid reasons and subject to satisfying the regulations, rules and conditions in force. The period put in by the candidate will be worked out in the ratio of 2:3 for research put in before and after such conversion.

How to Apply:

Admissions for Ph.D. programme can be made four times in a year, i.e., January, April, July
and October. Applications can be downloaded from the University websie and submit the same with processing fee of Rs.500/- (fee exempted for SC / ST) The application forms will be available during the months of December, March, June and September every year for admitting the candidates for four sessions. Candidates should submit their applications on or before the first working day of a quarter, viz., January, April, July and October. Admission to Ph.D. programme shall be completed in the first month itself in each session. Registrations for Ph.D. may be done throughout the year

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