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Ph.d. Research Regulations part-2

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Two faculty members of the department /College with doctoral degrees – Members (Internal members) Two faculty members/scientists from s ister organizations with specialisation in the Scholar’s research topic . (External members) In case any member goes on leave exceeding one year duration, or resigns or retires from the I nstitute, the Chairman, Doctoral Committee , on recommendation of the academ ic head of the College and the R esearch S upervisor shall nominate an alternate member . 8 .2 Functions of the Doctoral Committee (i) Evaluation of research facilities at the place of research (ii) Registration of the selected candidate for Ph.D progra m (ii i) Prescribing the courses work for the research scholar (iii) Nomination & approval of Co - Supervisor (iv) Conduct of comprehensive viva of the scholar (iv) Progress review of the scholar’s research work (v) Nomination of thesis examiners (vi) Revi ew of the examiners’ reports on the thesis (vii) Conduct of the Oral Examination The meetings of the DC should be convened atleast once a year in the first three years of registration of the candidate and a minimum of twice a year thereafter. It is compulso ry that atleast one internal member and one external member are present in the DC meetings. 

9 . 0 Registration 

The Doctoral Committee will meet first normally withi n a month of being constituted, and c ertainly not later than two months of admission of the ca ndidate. The Doctoral Committee shall fix/approve the proposed research topic, the date of registration for the Ph. D program , consider ing the recommendation of the Research S upervisor and prescribe/approve the courses of study in its first meeting. 

10 . 0 Course Work

Doctoral Committee in its first meeting prescribe s two compulsory courses and a minimum of four electives of which the scholar has to undergo any two. In addition, Research Methodology is a compulsory course, if this has NOT been undergone in Post Graduate level by the research scholar. The number of courses to be undergone by the research scholar over and above the minimum prescribed is at the discretion of the Doctoral Committee. All courses shall be at the post graduate level of the colleg e. In case no suitable courses are available , the Chairman of the DC may allow courses of allied departments /institutions . Offering of new courses by the department suitable for the research may also be resorted to under exigencies of circumstances. The DC may give credit to courses already undergone by the Research Scholar in the Institution or in sister institutions in the last four years , provided the course contents and the evaluation pattern are similar . Credit to courses , other than Research Methodolog y, already undergone by a Research Scholar will not be considered if they were credited for the award of any previous degree. U G c ourses, may be prescribed as additional courses. In all prescribed courses, the research scholar should earn minimum grade equ ivalent to the Grade D of Kerala Technological University. 

11 . Monitoring of Progress

A registered research scholar shall submit a written progress report in the required format annually for the first three years, a nd every six months thereafter. It is the responsibility of the Convener of the DC to arrange for the DC meetings regularly and on time. Scholars should submit progress report through the Research S upervisor to the academic head of the College / University department and to the Chairman and members of DC every semester . This should be done well in advance of the DC meeting for reviewing the progress of the scholar . After DC’s review/ev aluation of the progress, on D C ’s recommendation the scholar becomes eligible for enrolment. Enrolment def ines the continuance of the research program by the scholar and should be done at the department/college where other mandatory requirements such as payment of fees are also required to be fulfilled . Continuance of registration and award/continuance of sc holarship/Research Assistantship (if any) will be based on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee. Inadequacy of effort/progress can be a reason for cancellation of registration. 

12 . 0 Comprehensive Examination 

Every Ph.D scholar shall appear for a nd perform satisfactorily in a C omprehensive E xamination. The objective of the Comprehensive Examination is to test the general c ompetence of the research scholar and the breadth of his/her knowledge in his/her discipline and areas related to his/he r field of research. The Comprehensive Exa mination shall be conducted by the Comprehensive Examination Committee, consisting of the Doctoral Committee members of the scholar and at least two other members nominated by the Chairman of Doctoral Committee. The comprehensive exam shall usually consist of a written test and an oral examination. If the performance of a research scholar in the Comprehensive Examination in the first attempt is not satisfactory, he/she will be given one more opportunity to appe ar for the comprehensive examination within six months of the first attempt. If a candidate fails to clear the comprehensive exam in two attempts, his/her registration shall be cancelled. The Comprehensive Examination Committee shall intimate to the r esearch scholar sufficiently in advance the scope of the Comprehensive Examination, so as to enable the scholar to adequately prepare for it. The Ph.D research scholars are normally expected to complete the Comprehensive Examination successfully within a yea r of his/her registration for the programme and in any case not late r than three semesters after the registration. F or both written and oral c omponents for comprehensive examination, the D C shall decide the modalities subject to approval by the Dean( Research) of the University . 

13 .0 Research Proposal . 

After successful completion of comprehensive examination, there should be a detailed presentation of the Research Proposal and progress report by the research scholar in the subsequen t meeting of the DC. The research proposal should contain: the title (need not be exact) of the intended study, justification/motivation of the study, international and national status of the r esearch topic, conceptual model/hypothesis, specific objectives, detailed methodology, proposed year wise time frame for the completion of the proposed 

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