University of Madras inviting applications for admission in Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


The Public Petition dated 11-11-1839 initiated the establishment of Madras University. It was in January 1840 with Mr.George Norton as its President, that the University Board was constituted. In 1854 after a lapse of 14 years, the Government of India formulated a systematic educational policy for India and as a sequel to this on 5th September 1857 by an act of legislative council of India the University was established. The University was organised in the model of London University.

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.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 of Rs.500/-. 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. The application forms will be issued 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.

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

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