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P E R I Y A R M A N I A M M A I I N S T I T U T E
O F S C I E N C E A N D T E C H N O L O G Y
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Section Particulars Page No.
SECTION 1 INTRODUCTION 1
SECTION 3 EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS 4
SECTION 4 SELECTION PROCEDURE 6
SECTION 5 ADMISSION 7
SECTION 7 CHOICE OF SUPERVISOR 8
SECTION 8 SUPERVISORSHIP 9
ADDITION OF CO- RESEARCH SUPERVISOR (S)
SECTION 10 DOCTORAL COMMITTEE 11
SECTION 11 REGISTRATION 12
SECTION 15 TEMPORARY BREAK / CONVERSION FROM 16
FULL TIME TO PART TIME
SECTION 16 SYNOPSIS OF THE THESIS 17
SECTION 17 SUBMISSION OF THESIS 17
SECTION 18 PANEL OF EXAMINERS 18
SECTION 19 THESIS EVALUATION 19
SECTION 20 PUBLIC VIVA VOCE EXAMINATION 20
SECTION 21 AWARD OF Ph.D. DEGREE 21
SECTION 22 POWER TO MODIFY 22
Index Regulations for M.Phil. programme
Section Particulars Page No.
1. STUDENT STATUS 23
2. EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS 23
4. PROGRAMME OF STUDY 23
5. A SUPERVISOR FOR DISSERTATION 24
6. SCHEME OF EXAMINATIONS AND VALUATION 24
7. DISSERTATION AND EVALUATION 24
(PART- II EXAMINATION)
10. RESTRICTION IN NUMBER OF CHANCES 26
11. CONFERMENT OF M.Phil. DEGREE 26
12. RE-REGISTRATION 26
1M.Phil./ Ph.D. Regulations 2014
Ph.D. Regulations 2014
SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
1.1 The Regulations govern the conditions for imparting courses ofinstructions,
conduct of the examinations and evaluation of students’ performanceleading
to M.Phil. / Ph.D. degrees. These Regulations are effective for thebatches
of students admitted from the academic year 2014-2015 andonwards.
1.2 PMU follows UGC Regulations 2009 for Admission to M.Phil. /Ph.D.
Programmes leading to Ph.D. degree.
1. Department of Architecture
3. Department of Biotechnology
6. Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
7. Department of Electronics and Communication Engineeringincluding
Division of Nanotechnology
9. Department of Computer Science and Engineering
10. Department of Computer Science and Application
11. Department of Information Technology
12. Department of Software Engineering
13. Department of Chemistry
16. Department of Mathematics
18. Department of Physics
20. Department of Education
23. Kalaignar M. Karunanithi Centre for Political Science
24. Veeramani Mohana Centre for Quality of Life EngineeringResearch
25. Centre for Climate Change
26. Periyar R&D Centre for Solar and Bioenergies
1.3.2. The following departments and Centres of the Universityoffer
Research Programmes leading to M.Phil. Degree.
1. Department of Biotechnology
3. Department of Chemistry
4. Department of English
5. Department of Mathematics
6. Department of Physics
7. Department of Education
10. Kalaignar M. Karunanithi Centre for Political Science
11. Veeramani Mohana Centre for Quality of Life Engineering
13. Periyar R&D Centre for Solar and Bioenergies
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1.4 The provisions of these Regulations shall be applicable to anynew discipline
that is introduced from time to time and added to the abovelist.
1.5 Notwithstanding any of the clause(s) provided in theRegulations, the
Academic Council shall exercise its powers to change / amend /interpret /
implement decisions and actions concerned with academicmatters.
1.6 The Board of Management of the University may, on therecommendation
of the Research Board and or Academic Council, change any or allparts
of these Regulations at any time.
Regulations for Ph.D. Programme
SECTION 2: CATEGORY OF REGISTRATION
2.1 There shall be provision for 2 categories of registration forthe
candidates seeking to register for Ph.D.
1. Full-time (FT): Students who are willing to pursue Research onfull-time
2. (a) Part-time Ph.D. programme is offered for workingprofessionals from
Govt. R&D Organizations / Public sector/ Industries/NationalResearch
Laboratories and for faculty members from Govt. / Govt. aided /Private
Engineering/ Science and Arts Colleges/ Universities. Part-time:Candidates
working in reputed industry/organization having R & Dfacilities, Govt. R&D
Departments / National Research Laboratories / Units of Government/
Quasi Government/ Public sector are also considered under thiscategory.
The candidates must be officially sponsored by their employerorganization.
A candidate working in an establishment which is equipped withthe
necessary research and library facilities only shall be consideredfor
admission under this category. A committee appointed by theVice
Chancellor (consisting of Dean –Academic or his nominee,Dean-Research
or his nominee and Head of the Department) in addition to membersof
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Departmental Administrative Council shall assess the adequacy ofthese
facilities before recognizing the organization for the abovepurpose.
At the time of application the employer must give in writing anundertaking
to pay full salary to the candidate and relieve him/her to completehis/her
residential course requirement. A candidate applying for admissionto the
external registration programme must provide detailed informationabout
the research facilities available at his/her organization and acertificate from
the employer that these would be available to him/her for carryingout
research. He/she should also provide the bio-data of theprospective
supervisor (External Supervisor) or Research Supervisor whowould
supervise/ co-ordinate the candidate’s work at his/herorganization.
(b) Part-time (on Campus): Regular/ Full-time teachers/employeesworking
in Govt./Govt. aided/ Private Engineering/Technology Colleges orScience
and Arts Colleges/ Universities/ Industries/ Public SectorOrganizations
are considered under this category. At the time of application, thecandidate
must submit a “no objection” certificate and also a ‘Certificate ofAssurance’
from the Parent College/ Organization to depute him/her to completehis/
her residential course requirement. The candidate should have atleast three
years experience in a regular/permanent position at the time ofapplication.
The college/ organization must have at least 5 years of itsexistence for
patronizing candidates to part-time Ph.D. programme. TheDepartments
concerned would decide the candidature of the selected candidates,after
thorough discussion and analysis in DAC.
SECTION 3: EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
3.1. School of Architecture and Planning (SAP) and School ofEngineering
and Technology (SET)
• Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Architecture/Engineering /Technology
in the appropriate branch of study with a minimum 55% aggregatemarks
(CGPA 6.0/10) in UG or PG for admission under OC / OBC categoryand
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50% aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA of 5.5 is the eligibilityrequirement
for SC/ST candidates.
• Master’s degree in Computer Applications or M.Sc. (ComputerScience/
OR&CA) with a minimum 55% aggregate marks (CGPA 6.5/10) in UGor
PG for admission under OC / OBC category and 55% aggregate marksor
equivalent CGPA of 5.5 is the eligibility requirement for SC/STcandidates.
• Master’s degree (M.E. /M.Tech.) in Computer Science andEngineering
or equivalent with a minimum 55% aggregate marks (CGPA 5.5/10) inUG
or PG for admission under OC / OBC category and 50% aggregatemarks
or equivalent CGPA of 5.5 is the eligibility requirement for SC/STcandidates.
3.3. School of Humanities Sciences & Management (English/ Maths/
• Master’s degree in Sciences / Humanities / SocialSciences/Economics in
the relevant discipline with a minimum 55% aggregate marks (CGPA6.0/
10) under OC / OBC category and 50% aggregate marks orequivalent
CGPA of 5.5 is the eligibility requirement for SC/STcandidates.
• Master’s degree in Business Administration with minimum 55%aggregate
marks (CGPA 6.0/10) in UG or PG for admission under OC / OBC
category and 50% aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA of 5.5 isthe
eligibility requirement for SC/ST candidates.
• Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering / Industrial Managementwith
minimum 55% aggregate marks (CGPA 6.0/10) in UG or PG foradmission
under OC / OBC category and 50% aggregate marks or equivalentCGPA
of is the eligibility requirement for SC/ST candidates.
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• Candidates with PG degree in related/associated discipline with aminimum
of 55% aggregate marks (CGPA 6.0/10) in UG or PG for admissionunder
OC / OBC category and 50% aggregate marks or equivalent CGPAof
5.5 is the eligibility requirement for SC/ST candidates.
3.5 Candidates coming under regular stream are eligible and theOpen University
candidates who have directly appeared for their degree programmesare
4.1. Candidates recommended by the Departmental Selection Committeewill
be called by HODs to appear for an entrance test. Both full timeand part
time candidates will have a common written test.
4.2. The candidates short listed based on the written testperformance need to
appear for a personal interview before the DepartmentalResearch
Committee comprising HOD, all eligible Supervisors and the ExternalExpert
(if required) nominated by Dean Research in consultation with theconcerned
department. The background experience, the interview outcome andother
components (such as academic qualifications, research publications/ patents,
work experience, etc) and the written test results are consideredfor Part-
4.3. Short listed Candidates are subject to the final approval ofUniversity
• The equivalence certificate for the qualifying examinations fromthe
Competent Authority should be produced by the candidate.
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• Candidates should have studied in English Medium.
• Should satisfy the other legal conditions stipulated by the UGC /MoH /
MHRD, Government of India.
SECTION 5: ADMISSION
5.1. Candidates whose selection is screened by a Ph.D. selectioncommittee
and then approved by the Vice Chancellor will be admitted to thePh.D.
Programme after paying the prescribed fees.
The candidate should also pay fees every semester as prescribed bythe
Institute within 15 days from the start of the semester. They willbe allowed
to pay the fees with late fee as prescribed by the Institute tillthe end of the
semester, failing which, the registration will be cancelled.
5.2. Ordinarily, a candidate is not eligible for re-registrationfor Ph.D. programme
after cancellation of the candidate’s earlier registration for anyreason.
However, based on the merits of the individual case, and takinginto
consideration of any special circumstances, a candidate may beconsidered
5.3. The university may offer Teaching Assistantship/ Half TimeTeaching
Assistantship (HTTA), to the selected, meritorious, willingresearch scholars,
with a teaching workload not exceeding 50% of that normallyprescribed
for Asst. Prof. of this university. In turn, they will becompensated with
suitable emoluments. However, to avail the teaching assistantship,the
research scholar has to undergo the selection procedure that shallbe framed
by the university from time to time.
SECTION 6: DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME
6.1. The minimum duration for the submission of the thesis forResearch
programme leading to Ph.D. in Engineering departments will be 2years
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from the date of registration for full-time and 3 years forpart-time candidates.
For Ph.D. in Science, Humanities and Management departments,the
minimum period will be 3 years for candidates with M.Sc. degreesand 2
years for candidates with M.Phil degrees for full-time and 4 yearsand 3
years respectively for part-time candidates.
6.2. The maximum period to complete the programme is 6 years forfull-time
candidates and 7 years for part-time candidates. However, inspecial cases,
the permission of Academic Council may be obtained for extension byone
more year in both cases.
SECTION 7: CHOICE OF SUPERVISOR
7.1 Allotment of research scholars to Supervisors will be made bythe Head of
the Department taking into consideration the areas of research ofthe
department and the preferences of the research scholars andSupervisors.
Admitted candidates shall submit the request form in prescribedformat to
the HOD to enable the allotment.
7.2 The candidates admitted under Part-time category will normallycarry out
part or all of his / her research work in their respective Industry/ Organization
/ National Laboratories / College / Institution employing thescholar. For
these scholars, there will be one Co- Supervisor from PMU and oneexternal
Supervisor / Research Supervisor from outside PMU whoobtained
research supervisor recognition from PMU.
7.3 There shall not be more than two supervisors (One Supervisorand the
other one as Co-Supervisor) for a research scholar.
7.4 The allocation of the supervisor for a selected candidate shallbe decided
by the concerned Department depending on the number of studentsper
faculty member, the available specialization among the facultysupervisors,
and the research interest of the student as indicated duringinterview by the
student. (Please refer UGC regulations).
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SECTION 8: SUPERVISORSHIP
8.1. All faculty members of the university holding doctoral degreeand having a
minimum of 2 papers published in refereed journals are eligible tosupervise
Ph.D. scholars. However, they have to express their willingness tosupervise
research students by submitting a document in the format prescribedby the
university. In addition, Research Supervisors from otherUniversities/
Research Institutes/ Industries also are eligible to supervise thestudents
provided they register for Supervisorship in PMU. A scrutinizingcommittee
consisting of Dean Research and two specialists of theconcerned
department/subject would periodically examine the applicationsand
recommend for Supervisorship status.
8.2. No Supervisor shall have more than eight Ph.D. scholars andfive M.Phil.
Scholars under him at any time (The number includes all thecandidates
registered under him in other universities also). The number ofCo-
Supervisorship is excluded for the maximum limit. The Supervisorcan take
additional candidates subsequent to the submission of Synopsis bythe
8.3. As the tenure of the Emeritus Fellow/Professor Emeritus willbe for a period
of one or two years only, they will be allowed to continue theirguidance of
Ph.D. scholars as per the existing rules applicable to Universityfaculty
members with less than 2 years service left forsuperannuation.
8.4. Researcher from Public or Private Industry /Institution /Laboratory who is
recognized by PMU as a research supervisor is eligible to supervisePh.D.
scholars with at least 3 years service still left at the time ofregistration of the
8.5. Continuance of Supervisorship of retired faculty members
1. (i) When a faculty member, who is supervising a candidate for 3years,
retires, he will be permitted to continue as Supervisor on hiswritten request
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and will be invited for the DC meetings without any commitment tothe
university. But TA (limited to II class AC train fare within India)and DA will
be paid to attend the synopsis meeting and the oral examination.(ii)
However, there will be a Co-Supervisor for taking care ofadministrative
and to some extent, research responsibilities of the scholar.
2. (i) If a faculty member is to retire within 2 years, and if heis allowed to
supervise any scholar on his written request, another facultymember, who
is not likely to retire within 2 years, will be nominated asCo-Supervisor of
the scholar at the time of registration itself. The retired facultymember will
be informed of the DC meetings, and will be invited to attend themeetings
without any financial commitment to the university. (ii) However,the retired
faculty members who continue as Supervisors will be paid TA(limited to II
class AC train fare within India)/DA to attend the synopsis meetingand
(ii) The CSIR and other Emeritus Fellows/ Scientists holding officeat this
Institute for a period of 3 years and more can take fresh studentsduring
their period of appointment as Emeritus Scientists only withfinancial support
for the candidates from other sources along with another Supervisorwho
has at least 3 years service still left at the Institute.
(iii) Any Supervisor-in-charge, who has acted for more than one year during
the absence of the Supervisor allotted to the candidate, will be aspecial
invitee / co-opted member of the Doctoral Committee when theoriginal
Supervisor takes over. The rest will be left to the discretion ofthe Original
(iv) External Supervisors will be invited to attend Doctoral Committee
meetings, Synopsis meeting, and Viva-voceexamination. TA/DA will be
provided as per institute norms.
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OF CO- RESEARCH SUPERVISOR (S)
9.1 The Research scholar may request the Registrar, for a change ofSupervisor
or the Co-Supervisor/student may request for addition of oneCo-Supervisor
for valid reasons. The Convener or his / her nominee shall convenethe DC
and based on its recommendations, the request shall be consideredby the
head of the department, Dean Research and Vice Chancellor.
SECTION 10: DOCTORAL COMMITTEE
10.1 The HOD will intimate to the Dean (Research) the area ofresearch, name(s)
of the Supervisor(s) and a panel of names suggested by theSupervisor for
the DC for each research scholar, within one month of the date ofjoining of
the research scholar. The research scholar should submit a requestform in
a prescribed format to the HOD to enable the constitution of theDoctoral
10.2 The following is the composition of the DoctoralCommittee:
10.3 In case the Convener, DC or any member goes on long leave,resigns or
retires from the Institute, Dean (Research) will nominate anothermember
on the recommendation of the Supervisor and the nominated personmay
1. Research Supervisor Convener
3. One / two faculty member from same or and Member
Allied department nominated by the VC or his
nominee from the panel of names suggested
Research establishment / academia to be
nominated by the VC or his nominee from the
panel of names suggested by Supervisor
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be allowed to continue as the Chairman, DC member with the approvalof
the Vice Chancellor.
SECTION 11: REGISTRATION
11.1. The DC will meet normally within three months of its beingconstituted, fix
the date of first DC meeting as the date of registration for thePh.D.
programme, consider the proposed research topic and prescribe thecourses
of study (minimum four courses) with the total credits ranging from10 to
14. The credits in individual subject should not be less than threewith
minimum attendance requirement stipulated by the University. Theattendance
and assessment record should be maintained by the concernedcourse
teacher. For the first meeting, it is desirable that the externalmember be
present. The research scholar shall submit a request form in theprescribed
format to enable the convening of first DC meeting.
11.2. The minutes of the first DC meeting will be sent through theDean Research
for the approval of the competent authority. Research Scholar shallsubmit
a registration form for the course work in the prescribed formatthrough
Department research coordinator, HOD and Dean Research to the
Controller of Examinations, PMU.
SECTION 12: COURSE WORK
12.1 It is mandatory that the research scholars should successfullycomplete the
courses prescribed by the DC within three semesters from the dateof
registration for the programme. M.Phil. degree holders pursuingPh.D. in
Science / Humanities/ Library and Information Science departmentsare
exempted from doing the Research Methodology course work,however
that may be decided by the Doctoral Committee.
12.2. In case courses relevant to the research area are not offeredduring the
semester, equivalent Directed Study subjects may be formulatedwhich is
to be approved/ratified by Academic Council after allotment ofsubject
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codes by the Controller of Examinations, PMU. Regularly offeredPG
electives should not be taken for Directed Study.
12.3. Course work subjects may also be taken from Coursera / NPTEL/ Iversity
/MIT (open courseware) etc. with the recommendation of DC.
12.4. In the case of PG subjects, the full time Ph.D. scholar willattend classes
along with PG students and will be evaluated in the same relativegrading
scale. In the case of Directed Study subjects, details of contactclasses
shall be maintained in the attendance book. The evaluation patternwill be
similar to that of PG subjects – cycle tests and assignmentevaluated in the
Department and end semester examination conducted. However,for
awarding grades, the absolute grading scale shall befollowed.
12.5 The minimum residential course requirement for candidatesunder Part-
time category for undertaking course work is eight weeks. Relevanttheory
courses at Master’s degree level (as recommended by the DC) shallbe
taken by the scholar. The candidates may complete the course workduring
their mandatory stay of at least eight weeks. Their stay during thevacations
and weekends will be counted for this purpose. The researchscholars are
permitted to undertake the course work under ‘directed study’ mode.The
course work shall be completed within three semester from the dateof
registration for the programme. Subsequent to the completion ofcourse
work, they can continue their research work in their respectiveIndustry/
Institution. However, the scholar shall spend at least one week persemester
on campus until the submission of synopsis.
12.6 PG. level courses may also be prescribed to Ph.D. scholarsirrespective of
the departments they belong to and credit may be given as perusual
evaluation procedure. But such courses should not have been takenby the
candidate in their Post Graduate programme.
12.7 Courses may also be prescribed from those offered byDepartments other
than that in which the research scholar is registered. No change incourses
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prescribed shall be made without the approval of the DC. It shall,however,
be open to the DC to prescribe additional courses wheneverfound
Courses completed after the date of registration will only becounted towards
the requirements of award of Ph.D. degree. Scholars admitted tothe
programme shall obtain at least an overall average C grade in theircourse
work with a minimum of D grade in any individual course forsuccessful
completion of the courses prescribed.
12.8. If the DC desires that the scholar should take more than 4courses, then
the credits of the extra courses need not be taken for calculatingthe average
12.9 Candidates who fail to satisfy the grade requirement mayattempt other
prescribed courses or rewrite (once) the examination in thesubject(s) where
they had scored less than D. If they still fail, their registrationwill be cancelled.
SECTION 13: PROGRESS REPORT
13.1 Full time research scholars shall sign the attendance registeron all working
days. They are eligible for a total of 15 days leave every semesterand
subject to a total maximum of 30 days in a year, which they canavail after
obtaining the HOD’s permission.
13.2 A research scholar shall submit a written report of work doneby him/her in
the prescribed proforma to the Supervisor who shall forward it tothe DC
within two weeks before the end of each 12 months period from thedate
of registration up to first 2 years and before the end of each 6months
period beyond 2 years. The progress report is to be submitted tothe
supervisor every three months, for which a detailed log book has tobe
maintained chronologically by the scholar.
13.3 A research scholar shall appear before the DC everyyear.
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13.4 Half Yearly Research Scholars meeting will be convened by theDean
Research with the support of the Concerned Department/Centre inAugust
and in February to assess the progress in his/her research workand
recommend renewal ofscholarship/ Part time Teaching /Research
Assistantship / registration wherever applicable. If the progressof the
research scholar continues to be unsatisfactory,the DC can recommend
the cancellation of registration.
14.1 On the successful completion of the prescribed course work,about one
year from the date of registration, the candidate shall undergo aqualifying
Comprehensive Examination written and oral in his/herbackground
knowledge in the broad area of specialization. The research scholarshall
submit the prescribed form to enable the comprehensiveexamination.
14.2 The Comprehensive Examination will cover the topics in thediscipline and
all the allied areas. The Comprehensive Board shall be common forall
candidates of a given department. The composition of theComprehensive
Viva Voce Board shall be as follows:
1. All internal members of the Doctoral Committee in the givendepartment
2. One External member – Professor / Associate Professor from IIT/
IISc / IIM /NIT/ Anna university or Scientists / Scientificofficers holding
Ph.D. degree and drawing the scale of Professor and above,working
in National and Regional Research Laboratories, DefenseResearch
Organizations, Atomic and Space Research Organizations etc.
3. Two senior members of the faculty from same or allieddepartment/s
14.3 The External Member for Comprehensive Viva Voce Board shallbe
nominated by the Vice Chancellor, Dean (Research) from a panelsuggested
by the Head of the Department in consultation with theSupervisor.
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14.4 The Comprehensive Examination shall have a written examination(of at
least one hour duration) followed by an oral examination. The HODof
department is expected to give an indicative syllabus for thewritten test
about one month prior to the Comprehensive Examination.
14.5 Based on the result of the Comprehensive Examination, theComprehensive
Viva Voce Board shall report to the Dean (Research) about thefitness of
the candidate to proceed further with her/his Ph.D. work, withintwo weeks
of the date of the examination held.
14.6. If, based on the results of the Comprehensive Examination, acandidate is
not approved by the Comprehensive Viva Voce Board, and then agrace
period of upto a maximum of six months shall be given forreexamination. If
found fit, the candidate shall be permitted to proceed withdoctoral work.
Otherwise, the candidate’s provisional registration will becancelled.
SECTION 15: TEMPORARY BREAK / CONVERSION FROM FULL
TIME TO PART TIME/ DISCONTINUATION OF THE
15.1 Ph.D. scholars completing their course work can be permittedto take a
temporary break from the programme for upto one year for validreasons,
with the recommendation of the DC and the approval of theDean
15.2 In case, the Ph. D. scholar wants to change from full timeregistration to
part time category, the scholar shall be accorded permission bythe
Supervisor to do so and this conversion has to be ratified by theDC and
the Dean (Research).
15.3 In case, the scholar discontinued from his/her Ph.D programmeby willingness
or not responded beyond one year from the date of joining, his /her
registration may be cancelled and the scholar should pay the feesto the
university upto his/her last attendance given in the university.The last date
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means that the scholar attended DC meeting / half yearly researchscholar
meeting/ course work classes/ meeting with supervisor orco-supervisor in
the university whichever is last attended.
SECTION 16: SYNOPSIS OF THE THESIS
16.1 On satisfactory completion of the prescribed courses,theComprehensive
Examination, and the required publications in his / her researcharea, the
research scholar shall submit four copies of the synopsis ofhis/her research
work to the DC. Synopsis presentation and subsequent DCmeeting to
approve the panel of the examiners will be held in the presence ofthe Dean
(Research). Two distinct Publications from research outcomeconcerning
the topic of the research scholar should be in SCOPUS citedpreferably
with impact factor.
16.2 Two seminar presentations, one seminar at the end of thesecond year and
another one prior to submission of synopsisshould be given bythe Research
Scholar. The Research Scholarshall submit therequest forms in the
prescribed format to enablefor arranging each of the twoseminar meetings.
16.3 The Research Scholar should present the synopsis before theDC. The DC
will, if it approves the work reported in the synopsis, permit theresearch
scholar to submit the thesis and recommend a panel of at least tenthesis
examiners (Five from India and Five from Abroad).
SECTION 17: SUBMISSION OF THESIS
17.1 The research scholar shall, within six months of acceptance ofthe synopsis
by the DC, submit six copies of the thesis embodying the resultsof
investigation, and also four copies of the abstract of the thesisof about 400
words. Besides, a CD with one copy of the electronic version of thethesis
in both MS word and pdf formats also should be submitted inaddition to
an one page abstract of the thesis in Tamil. On the recommendationof the
Supervisor an additional three months may be granted.
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17.2 The thesis submitted for the Ph.D. degree shall contain anaccount of the
research work carried out by the scholar leading to the discoveryof new
facts or techniques or new correlation of facts already known(analytical/
numerical and/or experimental and/or hardware/software oriented innature),
the work being of such quality that it makes a definitecontribution to the
advancement of scientific and technological knowledge.
SECTION 18: PANEL OF EXAMINERS
a. The thesis shall be referred to two examiners (one fromoverseas) chosen
by the Vice Chancellor from among the panel of examiners submittedby
the Supervisor and recommended by the DC at its synopsismeeting.
b. Each panel (one for Indian examiner and another for overseasexaminer)
should have at least five experts in the area of research. Thefollowing
Supervisor lines should be followed while deciding the panel ofexaminers.
i. Indian Examiner: At least one examiner from anyI.I.Ts./I.I.Sc./IIMs.
Others may be from Institutions like N.I.Ts./Anna University/M.I.T./ other
Universities / Scientists from research institutes of nationalimportance. The
examiner(s) should have at least 5 years of research/teachingexperience
after receiving the Ph.D. degree.
ii. Foreign Examiner: Should be from Research Institutes /Universities/
Industries. The examiner(s) should have at least 5 years ofresearch/teaching
experience after receiving the Ph.D. degree.
c. If any of the examiners (Indian/Overseas) in the panel has beenan examiner
for any other thesis submitted during the previous year, his nameshall be
substituted by another one.
d. Co-authors of the research article for the particular candidateshould not
be nominated as an examiner.
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SECTION 19: THESIS EVALUATION
19.1 The examiner is expected to send the report on the thesiswithin two months
from the date of receipt of the thesis.
19.2 In case of undue delay in receiving the evaluation report, theVice Chancellor
/ Controller of Examinations / Dean (Research) shall appointanother
examiner from the panel, for evaluating the thesis.
19.3 If reports of two examiners declare the thesis as commended,the DC will
consider the reports and recommend for conduct of oral examination,which
will be conducted normally not earlier than two weeks from the dateof
constitution of the Oral Examination Board. The DC will suggest alist of
names for nomination of one specialist member to theViva-Voce
19.4 If an examiner suggests resubmission of the thesis, afterrevision, the research
scholar will be allowed to resubmit the thesis within the timestipulated by
the DC, failing which, the revised thesis will not be accepted andhis/her
registration will be cancelled.
19.5 If both the examiners declare the thesis as not commended thenthe
registration of the scholar shall stand cancelled.
19.6 If one examiner commended and other as not commended, thethesis shall
be referred to a third examiner from the panel for his / herevaluation.
19.6.1 If the third examiner commended, the thesis may beconsidered for
awarding Ph.D after the recommendation of oral Viva-Voce
19.6.2 If the third examiner also reports the thesis as notcommended, on
the request of the candidate, a period of six month duration maybe
considered for resubmission of the thesis with incorporation ofthe
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suggestions given by the all examiners. The thesis will bere-evaluated
by a new panel given by the Supervisor. If the new panelreports
as commended, the thesis will be considered for award ofPh.D.
after the recommendation of the Viva-Voce examination boardorelse
the registration of the scholar shall stand cancelled.
19.7. In all the other cases, not covered by the above regulations,the matter will
be referred to the DC for consideration.
SECTION 20: PUBLIC VIVA VOCE EXAMINATION
20.1 The following is the composition of the Thesis Viva-VoceExamination Board:
1. Research Supervisor - Convener
2. Co-Supervisor (if any) - Co convener
3. The examiner of the thesis from within the country, or aspecialist in
the subject nominated by the Vice- Chancellor from the panelof
examiners approved by the DC.
4. The DC members of the Research Scholar concerned will beinvitees
to the Public Viva-Voce examination.
20.2 The thesis Public Viva-Voce Examination Board will examine thescholar
on the thesis work and evaluate the candidate’s performance assatisfactory
20.3 If the report of the thesis Viva-Voce Examination Boarddeclares the
performance of the research scholar as not satisfactory, theresearch scholar
may be asked to reappear for viva voce examination at a later date(not
earlier than a month and not later than six months from the date ofthe first
oral examination). On the second occasion also, the Viva- VoceExamination
Board will include the members of the DC.
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20.4 If the thesis Viva Voce Examination Board on the secondoccasion also
evaluates the performance of the research scholar as notsatisfactory, the
matter will be referred to the Academic Council for adecision.
20.5. The Viva Voce Examination Board may also recommend revisionto be
made in the final version of the thesis after taking intoconsideration
suggestions of the examiners who evaluated the thesis and thediscussion at
the oral examination. The Chairman of the Viva Voce ExaminationBoard
shall forward the thesis to the Registrar/Dean (Research) alongwith the
report of the Viva-Voce Examination Board.
20.6 Final version of thesis (soft copy) and scanned copies ofdeclaration and
certificate will be uploaded in UGC website (Sudhaganga.inflibnet)for the
benefit of research community around the world.
SECTION 21: AWARD OF Ph.D. DEGREE
21.1 If the performance of the research scholar in the Viva-Voceexamination is
satisfactory, the candidate will be awarded Ph.D. degree onthe
recommendation of the Academic Council and with the approval ofthe
Board of Management of the university.
21.2 Plagiarism of any sort is strictly prohibited. Even after theaward of Ph.D
Degree, if it is found that the candidate has indulged in some sortof
plagiarism in his thesis, his/her degree would be withdrawn by theuniversity
and the candidate will be debarred from any further registration inthis
university, after the decision being taken by high level researchcommittee.
21.3. If it is found by the University that the Supervisor has alsoabetted the
crime, the Supervisorship of the supervisor would be permanentlycancelled
and the candidates registered under him/ her will be transferred toother
Supervisor/ Supervisors (s), in consultation with the candidates,after the
decision being taken by high level research committee.
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21.4. The awarded theses are uploaded and are available in
Notwithstanding any of the provisions stated above, the ViceChancellor
has powers to modify them individually or in toto. In case of anydispute/
discrepancy, the matter shall be referred to the Vice Chancellorfor his / her
counsel whose decision will be final.
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M.Phil. Regulations 2014
1. STUDENT STATUS
There is only one category of registration into this programme viz.full time
2. EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
2.1 For M.Phil. in Science / Humanities / Management Studies /Periyar Thought:
Master’s degree in the relevant discipline or relateddisciplines.
2.2 For M.Phil. in Environmental Science under the Dept. ofBiotechnology:
Master’s degree in Science / Management or relateddisciplines.
3. DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME
The duration of the M.Phil. programme shall be one year consistingof two
full semesters each of 90 working days.
4. PROGRAMME OF STUDY
4.1 This programme of study shall consist of two parts. First partshall consist
of three written courses. Course - I shall be Research Methodologyor an
Equivalent and courses II and III shall be Advanced level generalcourses
in the special subject. The second part shall consist of one course(course
IV) that can be a background special course in the field ofspecialization
and the Dissertation. Course I shall be common to all studentsbelonging to
the same discipline/branch. All the four courses have to becompleted in
the first semester itself and the second semester is to be utilizedcompletely
for doing the dissertation work.
4.2 The syllabi for courses I, II and III shall be prescribed bythe concerned
P.G. Board of Studies. The syllabus for course - IV shall beprescribed by
the Research Supervisor and may differ across candidates.
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4.3 Each of the courses shall be of 8 credits and shall have aminimum of
8working hours (4 lecture and 4 seminar hours) per week. Thedissertation
part shall be of 16 credits with a split up of 12 credits forthesis and 4
credits for viva voce and a candidate has to complete a maximum of48
credits in all during this programme.
5. A SUPERVISOR FOR DISSERTATION
All the faculties of the university who hold M.Phil. degree with aminimum
of two years experience and all the Ph.D. degree holders areeligible to
Supervise M.Phil. students’ dissertation work.
6. SCHEME OF EXAMINATIONS AND VALUATION
6.1 The examinations for the courses I, II III and IV shall beconducted at the
end of the first semester. Each course shall have 75 marks for thewritten
examination and 25 marks for sontinuous InternalAssessment.(CIA)
6.2 A candidate shall be declared to have passed Part - Iexamination if he/she
secures not less than 50% of the marks in the written examinationand 50%
of the marks in the Continuous Internal Assessment in each of thecourses
- I, II III & IV. If the examiners for courses I to IV haveawarded fail
marks, the candidate shall be declared to have failed in writtenpapers.
6.3. Supplementary exams may be conducted for the course workpapers.
7. DISSERTATION AND EVALUATION (PART- II Examination)
7.1 The student may submit the dissertation through the ResearchSupervisor
and HOD not earlier than 5 months but within 6 months from the dateof
start of the second semester.
7.2 If a candidate is unable to complete the dissertation withinthe stipulated
time, the candidate will be given a grace period of one month tosubmit the
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7.3 If a candidate is unable to complete the dissertation withinthe stipulated
time plus one-month grace period, the candidate shall be given amaximum
of four extensions each of 6 months period along with suitableextension
7.4 If a candidate does not submit the dissertation even after themaximum
number of extensions, his registration shall be treated ascancelled and the
candidate has to re-register for the programme. However, thecandidate
need not write once again the theory papers, if the candidate hasalready
passed these courses.
7.5 For valuation of the dissertation, the supervisor shall sendthree names of
external examiners to the Controller’s office of PMU and preferablyfrom
universities within Tamilnadu. The COE shall choose one examinerout of
this three-member panel for valuation.
7.6 Valuation of the dissertation and the viva -voce examinationshall be done
within the university campus by the external examiner and thesupervisor.
The external examiner shall be engaged to conduct valuation ofthe
dissertation and viva voce examination on the same day.
7.7. If the examiners who value the dissertation make a qualifiedrecommendation
such as revision of dissertation, the candidate shall be advised torevise the
dissertation in the light of the suggestions made by the examinersand re-
submit the dissertation, within a period of three months. Aprescribed sum
shall be charged as fee for re- submission of dissertation. Therevised
dissertation shall be sent to the same examiner who evaluated thedissertation
in the first instance.
8. VIVA-VOCE EXAMINATION
8.1 There shall be a viva-voce examination, which shall beconducted by two
examiners – the Research Supervisor and the External Examiner.The
average of the marks assigned by the two examiners will be awardedto the
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8.2 A candidate shall be declared to have passed Part – IIexamination if the
candidate secures not less than 50% of the marks prescribed forthe
dissertation and 50% of the marks prescribed for the viva-voceexamination
in addition to a pass in course IV (cf. 4.1).
9. CLASSIFICATION OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES
9.1 The candidates who pass the Part - I and Part - II examinationswith 75%
and above in their first attempt shall be classified as I Classwith distinction.
9.2 The candidates who pass the Part - I examinations in more thanone attempt
but within one year and Part - II examinations in one attempt shallbe classified
as follows: 60% to 74% as I Class and 50% to 59% as II Class.
9.3 Candidates who pass the courses from I to IV in more than oneattempt
and pass the programme beyond one year shall be declared IIClass.
10. RESTRICTION IN NUMBER OF CHANCES
A candidate may be allowed for two successive attempts within themaximum
duration of two years to pursue Part - II of the M.Phil. course(i.e.
dissertation) even if the candidate fails in course I and /orcourse II and /or
course III of Part – I and /or course IV of Part- II examinations.However,
the candidate is deemed to have completed the programme onlyafter
successfully completing Parts I and II.
11. CONFERMENT OF M.PHIL. DEGREE
Candidate shall become eligible for the conferment of the M.Phil.Degree
upon successful completion of both parts of the programme.
12.1 The candidates shall be permitted for re-registration based onthe merit of
individual cases. Special fee structure can be framed and enforcedfor the
case of re-registered candidates.
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12.2 The re-registered candidates are required to submit thedissertation not
earlier than three months and not later than one year after thedate of re-
registration. No further extension of time shall be given.
13. POWER TO MODIFY
Notwithstanding any of the provisions stated above, the ViceChancellor
has powers to modify them individually or in toto. In case of anydispute/
discrepancy, the matter shall be referred to the Vice Chancellorfor his / her
Ph.D. Process Time line for Full Time /Part Time scholars
(From submission of application to public Viva VoceExamination)
Submission of Application 0 month
Written test and Interview 1 month
Ph.D. Enrollment 2 months
Doctoral Committee meeting recommending
Comprehensive Viva Voce Examination
Seminar 1 presentation 15 months 27 months
Seminar 2 presentation 18 months 30 months
Synopsis presentation 22 months 33 months
Thesis Submission 24 months 36 months
Dc meeting on Examiners Reports 27 months 39 months
Public Viva Voce Examination 28 months 40 months
Note : DC meeting, Comprehensive Viva Voce, Synopsis involveexternal
assessment besides Half Yearly Research Scholars Meeting.
Full Time Part Time