Educational Qualification (Ph.D. full-time and Part-time)
(a) Candidates who have studied under 10+2+3 pattern of education (or 10+2+5) and qualified for the Master’s Degree in the subject concerned or in allied subject and qualifications as pre-scribed by the regulations for the sub-ject concerned under all the Schools/ Departments/ Centres of Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Commerce, Science, Education, Fine Arts and Languages and such other disciplines of Pondicherry University, or a degree accepted as equivalent by the University securing a minimum of 55% marks (or equivalent grade).
(b) Candidates who have studied under 10+2 pattern of education and qualified for the Master’s degree in the Schools/ Faculties of Law, Engineering and Technology, Agriculture, Veterinary Science or the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Master of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine of this University or any other University, through regular full time study, recognized by this University securing a minimum of 55% marks (or equivalent grade).
(c) Candidates who have studied under 10+2 pattern of education and qualified for the Degree of Master of Science of three-year duration in the School/ Faculty of Medicine of this University or of any other University recognized by this University securing a minimum of 55% marks (or equivalent grade).
(d) Candidates of Indian origin or overseas students who have qualified for a Master’s Degree of an accredited overseas university securing a minimum of 55% marks (or equivalent grade).
Requirement of Experience for Ph.D. Part-Time (Internal)
(a) Teacher candidates working in College/ University departments and such other institutions recognized by Pondicherry University with at least one year of continuous teaching experience at degree and/ or post-graduate level in the subject concerned.
(b) Teacher candidates teaching in Recognized Schools at the High School level/ Polytechnic colleges situated within the jurisdiction of Pondicherry University and have put in at least 5 years of continuous teaching experience in the subject concerned.
(c) Non-teaching staff employed in a time scale of pay in this University and other affiliated research institutions provided that (i) the candidate has at least 10 years of work experience of which at least two years should be relevant to the field of research proof of which to be evidenced through two research papers published in standard journals OR (ii) the candidate has at least 5 years of work experience with M.Phil. in the subject concerned and published two research papers in standard journals in the subject concerned.
(d) Candidates under the regulations of part-time (Internal) shall be required to work in a department approved for research by this University while the Guide/ Supervisor may or may not be working in the same department. Interdisciplinary research for such parttime internal candidates shall be allowed only with the approval of the Chairperson of the Academic Council.
(e) Candidates under the regulations of part-time (Internal) are prohibited from taking any other remunerative assignments or joining any other course of study without the prior approval of the Chairperson of Academic Council.
Requirement of Experience Ph.D. Part-time (External)
(a) Permanent academic staff of colleges/ universities/ other educational institutions of higher learning/ Research & Development Laboratories and Organizations with at least two years of continuous teaching/ research experience.
(b) Employees with a minimum of ten years of experience in Government, Local Bodies, recognized Institutes, Public Sector Undertakings, Non- Governmental Organizations, provided the candidate has experience in the relevant field of research for at least three continuous years out of ten years of service and published, at least, two papers in standard journals or reports/ monologues/ book of equivalent standard or a patent registered, in the concerned subject/ area of research.
(c) Technocrats, Scientists, Social Scientists & Scholars and Administrators with at least 10 years of experience in India or abroad and educational qualifications as prescribed for Ph.D. full-time and Part-time programme, having sufficient exposure in research & development and generated useful data/ patent/ knowledge as evidenced by their contributions in their respective area of research.
(d) A candidate possessing a master’s degree from an accredited overseas university and who is residing abroad or working abroad in a university/industry may also apply. Such applications shall be routed through the concerned department and placed before the Ph.D. admission committee. There shall be sufficient correspondence between the candidate and the supervisor to effectively evaluate the candidate’s potential and feasibility of supervision on the identified topic. A well written research proposal should be placed before the admission committee along with the consent of the supervisor.
(e) The candidate would be required to give a seminar on the proposed topic of research in the concerned School/ Department/ Centre. Such a seminar may be fixed with mutual convenience of the candidate, the supervisor and the admission committee and held before the application along with research proposal is sent to the University. The admission committee/ University may also adapt any other method of evaluation of the candidate which will also form the basis for considering the provisional admission to the candidate. The Admission Committee/ University should be convinced of the potential of the candidate to carry out research.
(f) All the part-time internal as well as external candidates applying for admission to the Ph.D. program should submit at the time of interview, a clear written proposal of the research to be conducted, giving sufficient background material and the proposed line of research, and obtain the consent of a guide duly recognized by the University within the University area. In case of candidates working outside the University area, a Co-guide duly recognized by the University may be permitted, if necessary, in addition to the University Guide/ Supervisor on the recommendation of Doctoral Committee. Mere possession of required educational and other qualification alone can not be claimed as a right for admission to the Ph.D. programme in the Pondicherry University.