UNIVERSITY OF MADRAS
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.)
Ph.D. RESEARCH PROGRAMMES OF THE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS
55. CAS in Botany
61. Medical Biochemistry
62. Genetics Genetics
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 will be only 50% for admission to the Ph.D programme.
Admissions for Ph.D. programme can be made four times in a year, i.e., January, April, July, and October. Applications can be obtained from the University on payment of prescribed fee. For SC/ST candidates the application shall be issued free of cost on production of two copies of community certificate duly attested by a Gazetted Officer with superscription as “for SC/ST Candidates only” made on such application forms. 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. program shall be completed in the first month itself in each session. Registrations for Ph.D. may be done throughout the year.
REGISTRATION FOR THE Ph.D. 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.
b. Master’s Degree in the faculties of Law, Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Medicine including the Degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D. or M.R.C.P), or Master of Surgery (M.S. or F.R.C.S./M.R.C.S.), Indian Medicine, Veterinary Science, M.Pharm. and Agriculture of this University or equivalent thereto.
c. M.B.B.S. Degree with two years of Senior House Surgeoncy /Special training or equivalent thereof recognized by the Medical Council of India or competent authority.
d. Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science, Ayurveda, Siddha, Homeopathy, Unani Medicines etc. ,with two years Senior House Surgeoncy/equivalent special training in related disciplines of two years duration.
e. ACA, FCA, AICWAI, ACSI qualifications of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and Institute of Company Secretaries of India provided the candidates have secured:
i) One of the above qualifications after the lapse of at least two years after obtaining a University UG degree from any recognized University and
ii) 55% or more marks in the aggregate in the qualifying degree examination.
f. Research fellows/Research Assistants/Technical Assistants/Project Fellows/Project Assistants/Training Officers in extension departments approved by the University, appointed in the research projects funded by recognized agencies/Government are also eligible to register for Ph.D. on a full-time basis in the same department provided they satisfy the eligibility criteria laid above:
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 School and Polytechnic with two years of experience after the qualifying degree be allowed to register for Ph.D (part-time) programme.
c. 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.
d. 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.
e. 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 degree.
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 department Selection Committee of the concerned department) in National/State level institutions, Universities, Research and Development (R&D) Centers/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.
4. DURATION OF RESEARCH
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 YEARS after 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 YEARS after provisional registration, before submission of the Thesis.
Exemption of ONE YEAR from the minimum duration required is permissible in
respect of candidates who possess an M.Phil./M.Phil. on INTER-DISCIPLINARY basis or M.Litt. (in the relevant subject) or Master’s Degree in the faculties of Law.