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PhD Programme

The Ph.D. program at IILM University offers a rigorous program with world-class national and international pedagogy, faculty, and research guides. The objectives of the Ph.D. program are to contribute to frontier areas of knowledge and provide superior research training. The academic program of the Ph.D. degree is broad-based and involves a course credit requirement and a research project leading to thesis submission.
The University with its vibrant community of faculty, students, researchers, and industry experts, provides an intellectually stimulating and nurturing environment to its students and strongly encourages research in trans disciplinary areas.The Ph.D. program is rigorous as it combines research and industry excellence to provide suitable exposure and opportunities to equip and prepare doctoral students for success. Our Ph.D. program is designed to prepare students for successful academic and industry careers. Our teaching and research pedagogies help our students become the best researchers, academicians, and consultants in world-class organizations.

A. IILM is now accepting applications for the Ph.D. program, July 2022 intake!

Applications are invited from eligible candidates for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program as per UGC norms for the Academic Year 2022: July 2022 Batch. With well-established infrastructural facilities and a knowledge base, Ph.D. is offered in the following areas with high levels of specialization:

School of Management (Full Time and Part-Time)
  • General Management
  • Strategic Management
  • HR & OB
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
School of Liberal Arts (Full Time & Part-Time)
  • Psychology
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Design
School of Law: Full Time
Engineering (CS & IT): Full Time


Applicants can apply in any of the four available admission categories:

Category 1: Full-time Self-financed/ External Funded students
Category 2: Full-time students with Scholarship
Category 3: Part-time students with Tuition Fee Waiver
Category 4: Part-time Self-financed/ External Funded students

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B. Eligibility Criteria for Admission

The candidate must hold, subject to the condition laid down below:

Entry Qualification Marks Requirement Minimum Duration of Ph.D.
Master’s
Or
Post Graduate Diploma (2 yrs)
Or
Professional Qualification (CA/ICWA/CA with B. Com/Degree)
55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) 3 years
B.Tech / 4 year Degree 6.5 CGPA or equivalent 4 Years

Conditions

The Master’s degree or equivalent qualification/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification should be: (a) from any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956; or (b) recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India or (c) possess an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under the law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.

A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-Abled and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the Commission from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master’s degree prior to 19th September 1991. The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever the grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedures.

Candidates who are in the final year of their Master’s/Bachelor’s Programme that would make them eligible can also apply. Such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally only if they submit a certificate latest by June 30, 2022, from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar or Director of the university/institute (issued on or before June 30, 2022) stating that they have appeared for the examinations (including practical examinations) in all the subjects required for obtaining the Master’s/equivalent qualification. Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit the mark sheets and a certificate of having passed the master’s/bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by the Principal/Registrar of their college/institute. The deadline for submission of the mark sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2022. Please note that those candidates who have applied based on their master’s degree will have to submit a final degree mark sheet/ certificate, and those who have applied based on their B. Tech /4-year degree will have to meet the 6.5 CGPA (or equivalent) stipulation. Non-fulfillment of these conditions will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission

Note: – Haryana State Domicile reservation would be given as per the tate guidelines. Preference will be given to candidates who are recipients of the Junior Research Fellowship from the UGC. Students are also encouraged to get funding for their research from industry and other agencies with the approval of the University.

C. How to Apply and Selection Procedure

Candidates are required to fill out the application form available on the website of IILM University and would be required to submit the Statement of Purpose (SOP) and Research Proposal (RP) as per the template of the University. Based on the quality of the SOP and RP, candidates would be selected for interviews with the panel of area experts. Candidates would be finalized and selected in different categories as per the feedback and recommendations of the panel.

D. Compulsory Pre-PhD Course Work

As per UGC Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of Ph.D. Degree Regulations, a Ph.D. student shall be required to undertake course work for a period of three semesters which is a compulsory prerequisite for both full-time and part-time candidates. A candidate will complete the Course Work through intensive classes, assignments, review of literature, and case studies under the recognized supervisor & Research Advisory Committee (RAC).A minimum of 75% aggregate attendance is mandatory in the course work. The evaluation parameters will be similar to regular programs of the university.

After the completion of the Course Work, the examination will be conducted by the Controller of the Examination of the University. In case the candidate fails or drops in the examination, one more chance will be given for the compulsory Course Work Examination. However, if the student is not able to complete the course work in the prescribed time limit as above, due to genuine reasons, may file an appeal and on the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee, the Dean may grant an extension up to an additional one semester. Failing to complete the coursework within the extended period may lead to the cancellation of candidature.

From the first semester onwards, students take advanced Ph.D. level courses which provide a thorough understanding and skills for analyzing research problems and objectives. After completing the course work, students must pass an Area Comprehensive Examination to demonstrate that they have reached a level of proficiency in high levels of specialization. Subsequently, students work on their Ph.D. dissertations. These dissertations are expected to make original contributions to the selected area of research.

For all Ph.D. students at IILM University, the total course work is for 290 hours(29 credits)which is expected to be completed within 18 months (3 semesters) of 2 years of enrolment in the program as per the University guidelines. Out of which 230 (23 credits) hours are supposed to be finished in the first and second semesters of year 1 and the remaining 60 hours (6 credits) in semester 1of year 2.

IILM welcomes candidates who bring in prior knowledge in their area of doctoral work and will be given due recognition in the form of credit waivers. Admitted Ph.D. students may apply for credit waiver for courses already completed at the postgraduate level during their Master’s or MPhil program subject to the approval of the Research Advisory Committee. The maximum credit waiver permissible is for 110 hours (11 credits). Candidates will have to complete a minimum of 180hours (18 credits) at IILMU.

Students admitted are required to complete their course work in a maximum of 2 years. If they are unable to complete during this 2-year period, their case will go to the Research Advisory Committee for review. The decision of the Committee will be final in this matter.

E. Recommended courses for Ph.D. coursework

As per UGC Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of Ph.D. Degree Regulations, a Ph.D. student shall be required to undertake course work for a period of three semesters which is a compulsory prerequisite for both full-time and part-time candidates. A candidate will complete the Course Work through intensive classes, assignments, review of literature, and case studies under the recognized supervisor & Research Advisory Committee (RAC).A minimum of 75% aggregate attendance is mandatory in the course work. The evaluation parameters will be similar to regular programs of the university.

Year I: Semester 1
Credits Hours
Statistics for Research using R 4 40
Research Methodology 1 4 40
Social and Political Context for Research 3 30
Total Semester 1 11 110

 

Year I: Semester 2
Credits Hours
Research Methodology II 4 40
Qualitative Research 4 40
Research Writing and Ethics 4 40
Semester II Total 12 120

 

Total Year 1 23 230

 

Year II: Semester 1
Credits Hours
Area Specific Coursework 3 30
Seminar Course 3 30
Semester 3 Total 6 60

 

Total Year 1 + 2 29 290

F. Ph.D. Duration

The total duration of the Ph.D. program is a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 6 years, including the period of coursework. Submission of the doctoral dissertation should be completed by the end of the 5-year period (which includes the coursework period). An extension of a maximum of one year will be provided with the approval of the Research Advisory Committee(RAC). If the scholar fails to submit his/her thesis during this extension period, s/he will need to re-register as a fresh candidate. No scholarship or tuition fee waiver will be given to those candidates who have re-registered.

G. Registration in the Ph.D. Program

The students will be registered formally in the Ph.D. program after they have successfully completed their coursework and their Ph.D. research proposal has been accepted by the research committee. Students will get a maximum of two attempts to present their research proposal. If their research proposal is not accepted in the first round, they can present when the next Research Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled.

H. Research Publications

The candidate is required to submit a minimum of two research papers in their doctoral research before the synopsis presentation. These research paper submissions should be to the journals which are indexed by the following organizations:

  • Science Citation Index (SCI), Thomson Reuters
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Thomson Reuters
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Thomson Reuters
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Thomson Reuters
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI), Thomson Reuters
  • Scopus, Elsevier
  • COMPENDEX (Engineering Village), Elsevier

I. Schedule of classes

The Ph.D. program will begin in July 2022.

The Two classes will be held on alternate weeks on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for 90 minutes each. Timings will be 3:30-5:00 pm and 5:30-7:00 pm every alternate week. Candidates are expected to finish assignments and other course-related deliverables in the week when no classes are scheduled.

The University will be conducting classes in offline mode. Eminent faculties and subject area experts from India and Abroad will be delivering the lectures in which IILM faculty will co-teach.

J. Fee Structure, University Activities, and Work Requirements

Category 1: Full-time Self-financed/ External Funded students

  • Full-time Self-financed/ External Funded students will be Full-Time Doctoral Students at IILM University.
  • The Full-time Doctoral Students will study and conduct research work as per the schedule given by the University and would be expected to devote 43 hours per week for research, teaching assistantship, and any other academic activity of the department. Academic activities are a part of Ph.D. Programme to gain insight and explore the experience of becoming an excellent researcher and teacher.
  • Full-time Doctoral students will be required to pay the tuition fee as per the schedule shared by the University at the time of admission. Fees for the Ph.D. program are Rs 50,000/- per semester until the candidate graduates.
  • Full-time Doctoral Student will be paid Rs 500 per hour in case you are teaching at IILM.
  • Full-Time Doctoral Students would have to maintain regular attendance at the campus.

Category 2: Full-time students with Scholarship

  • Full-time Scholarship students will be Full-time Doctoral Research Associates at IILM University and will study and conduct research work as per the schedule given by the University.
  • Doctoral Research Associates are expected to devote 43 hours per week to research, teaching assistantship, and any other academic activity of the department. Academic activities are a part of a Ph.D. Program to gain insight and explore the experience of becoming an excellent researcher and teacher.
  • Doctoral Research Associates will be paid a stipend of Rs. 35,000 per month as a Research/Teaching Fellowship for the three-year period of the Ph.D. Program. This will be granted initially for one year and can be renewed for a period of up to three years, subject to your academic standing and satisfactory progress towards your doctoral studies. A review of the student’s performance will be conducted by the Research Advisory Committee. Based on the report of this committee, the scholarship to the student may be continued or otherwise.
  • Engagement of Doctoral Research Associates with the university will be governed by the terms/rules and regulations of, as modified or supplemented from time to time available at www.iilm.edu/engagement_terms

Category 3: Part-time students with Tuition Fee Waiver

  • Part-time Students with Tuition Fee Waiver (Category 3) will be Part-Time Doctoral students at IILM University.
  • Part-Time Doctoral students will conduct their research under the approved guide by the University.
  • Part-Time Doctoral students would be expected/requested to provide teaching, mentorship, and industry connections to the University.
  • Part-Time Doctoral students are expected to devote 15 hours per week to the academic and research activities. Academic activities are a part of a Ph.D. Program to gain insight and explore the experience of becoming an excellent researcher and teacher.
  • • Part-Time Doctoral students will be granted a tuition fee waiver.

Category 4: Part-time Self-financed/ External Funded students

  • Part-time Self-financed/ External Funded students will be Part-time Doctoral students at the University.
  • Part-time Doctoral students will conduct their research under an approved guide by the University.
  • As a Part-time Doctoral Student, you will study and conduct research work as per the schedule given by the University.
  • You are expected to devote 15 hours per week to the academic and research activities of the department. Academic activities are a part of a Ph.D. Program to gain insight and explore the experience of becoming an excellent researcher and teacher.
  • You will be required to pay the tuition fee as per the schedule shared by the University at the time of admission. Fees for the Ph.D. program are Rs 50,000/- per semester until the candidate graduates.

Note: Full-Time and Part-Time Self-Financed Students (Category 1 and 4) can engage in external visiting teaching assignments for not more than 8 hours a week at IILM University. The candidate can also assist faculty members on projects. The reimbursement for their engagement is fixed at Rs. 500/hour. In case a student seeks to move from full-time to part-time status or vice versa, s/he must inform the Research Advisory Committee and the University and seek their written permission. In that case, the scholarship and/or tuition fee waiver status, whichever is applicable, will also be subject to review by the committee.

K. Doctoral Research Areas Offered at IILM

IILM offers Ph.D. in the areas of Liberal Arts, Law, Management, and Engineering.

Ph.D. areas Full Time (Scholarship) Full Time (Self Financed) Part-Time (Tuition Fee Waiver) Part-Time (Self Financed) Total Seats
Liberal Arts
Psychology 2 2 2 2 8
Journalism 2 1 1 1 5
Education 2 1 1 1 5
Design & Fashion 2 1 1 1 5
Law 2 1 NA NA 3
Management 2 2 2 2 8
Engineering 2 1 NA NA 3

For further information/clarifications, please contact:
Dean, PhD
IILM University, Gurugram

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