Ph.D.

Program Structure | Financial Assistance | Academic Advising | Semester Load | Admission Process 

 The Doctoral Program leading towards the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) provides the students an opportunity for a career in academia or in Research & Development Establishments. A strong foundation and original contribution to knowledge in a chosen area of interest is expected from Ph.D. graduates of DA-IICT.

Broadly, faculty members at DA-IICT are engaged in research activities in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and related areas, selected areas of Basic and Computational Sciences, and selected areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Research interests of faculty at DA-IICT is available here.

Program Structure

Students have 3 to 6 years to complete all academic requirements related to the PhD program (maximum period allowed for different categories is given in Table 1). The program comprises of course and research work; the number of courses one has to undergo depends on the student’s educational background, category of admission and the research she/he will be engaged in. The research work to be undertaken for the PhD must include original contribution to the knowledge reserve culminating in a thesis.

The academic requirements for the PhD program are as follows:

Category Minimum Total Credits Minimum Course Credits Minimum Research Credits Minimum Residency* (Semesters) Typical Duration (Years)
PhD – after BTech/MSc 96 33 48 8 4-6
PhD – after MTech/MPhil 72 12 48 6 3-5
PhD Sponsored – after MTech/MPhil 72 12 48 1 3-5
PhD Sponsored – after BTech/MSc 96 33 48 2 4-6

* The minimum residency requirement may be lowered under exceptional circumstances.
Table 1. Academic Requirements of the PhD program.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance: The following is a summary of financial assistance provided by the institute to the non-sponsored category students.

  • DA-IICT fellowship: All those admitted as full-time Ph.D. students will be eligible for financial support in the form of Teaching Assistantship (TA)/Research Assistantships (RAs). The assistantship is Rs. 21,000/- per month till the end of the semester in which the candidate clears the comprehensive examination. For the subsequent period, for candidates with B Tech/M Sc degree the assistantship gets revised to Rs. 25,000/- per month, and for candidates with M Tech/M Phil degree the assistantship gets revised to Rs. 28,000/- per month.   The fellowship is for a maximum duration of four years after passing the comprehensive examination or clearing of Synopsis, whichever is earlier. The responsibilities associated with the teaching/research assistantship includes conducting laboratory courses and tutorials for undergraduate students, assisting in teaching, research projects, and academic administration.
  • TCS Research Fellowship: The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has recognized DA-IICT as one of the Institutions to administer the TCS Research Scholar Program. This prestigious program provides attractive doctoral fellowships to full-time students pursuing Ph.D. programs in selected areas. The eligibility and other details are given below.The scheme is open for Ph.D. students in their first year of the program. Students who are within 28 years of age, having a first class throughout their education, and wish to pursue research in broad areas of Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology and Software Engineering.

    Period:
     For a maximum of four years or submission of thesis, whichever is earlier.
    Fellowship: Rs. 28,000/- per month for the first two years and Rs.32,000/- per month for the next two years. Other Incentives are:

    • A contingency of Rs.1,00,000/- is available in first year for use during the tenure of studies.
    • A student enrolled as TCS Research Scholar is eligible to receive support for paper presentation in one International refereed conference, held outside India, and two National/International refereed conferences, held within India, during her/his tenure.

    Selection: Institute will invite applications from students who are offered Ph.D. admission, and recommend suitable candidates to TCS. TCS reserves the right of final selection for the award of the fellowship.

  • CSIR-NET Fellowship: Candidates who have qualified through the NET examination and admitted to the program can avail their CSIR fellowships.
  • Other Fellowships: Candidates who have been selected for DST Inspire / PM Scholarship / Visweshvaraya Ph.D. scheme and other appropriate fellowships and admitted to the program can avail their fellowship.

Residential Requirement

The minimum residency requirement for the PhD program is listed in Table 1. During the period of residency, the student should be available on DA-IICT campus for academic and research activities during all working hours of the institute. Moreover, the student should have registered for a total of at least 12 credits during the regular semester.

PhD Process

The typical milestones and processes involved during a PhD is shown below:

Academic Advising

A student entering the PhD program will be advised in the selection of courses/faculty mentor/supervisor by the Dean (Academic Programs). The student is then expected to obtain consent from a member of faculty at DA-IICT to supervise his/her PhD thesis. This must be done before the end of semester in which the student clears the PhD comprehensive examination.

Comprehensive Examination

Students registered for the PhD Program must pass a comprehensive examination that is designed to test the overall comprehension of the student in the relevant subjects.

Students admitted with BTech, MSc, MA or MPhil Degrees may appear in the comprehensive examination earliest in the third semester, but must pass it before the end of the fourth semester after their first registration.

Students admitted with MTech or equivalent Degrees may appear in the comprehensive examination earliest in the second semester, but must pass the examination before the end of the third semester after their first registration.

Students should obtain a minimum CPI 7.0 on a 10-point scale to appear for the comprehensive examination. Students will get two chances to pass the comprehensive examination. Those who fail to clear the comprehensive examination in the second attempt will have to discontinue from the Program.

Research Progress Evaluation

Once a PhD student clears his/her Comprehensive examination, Dean (Academic Programs) will form a Research Progress Evaluation (RPE) committee for assessing the PhD student’s progress in every semester. The PhD student is required to present his/her progress in the form of Research Progress Seminar (RPS) to the RPE committee. The RPE committee will assess the progress report of the student in the form of Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory, and will accordingly advise the student.

Admission Process

Details on the application process, admission criteria, fee structure and financial assistance can be found here.