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Ph.d. Research Regulations

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A draft research regulation is published by the Kerala Technological University. Suggestions are invited. Please post your suggestions and comments at research@ktu.edu.in on or before 5 pm on 30th June 2015.


Introduction 1 .0 Categories of Admission 2 .0 Eligibility 2.1 For admission 2.2 For supervision of research 3.0 Place of research 4.0 Selection Procedure 5.0 Admission 6.0 Research Supervisor 7.0 Co - Supervisor 8.0 Doctoral Committee(DC) 8.1 Composition of DC 8. 2 Functions of DC 9.0 Registration 10.0 Course Work 11.0 Monitoring Progress 12.0 Comprehensive Examination 13.0 Research Proposal 14.0 Enrollment 15.0 Duration of Completion of work towards Ph.D 16.0 Withdrawal 17.0 Cancellation 18.0 Publication of Research output 19.0 Submission of Synopsis 20.0 Submission of Thesis 21.0 Thesis examiners 22.0 Reports from examiners 23.0 Viva-voice /open defense 24.0 Award of degree 25.0 Over - riding provision


Kerala Technological University (KTU) offers research programmes in various disciplines of Engineering, Technology and Inter - disciplinary areas leading to the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph . D). The rules and regulations regarding eligibility, selection, registration, supervision, submission and evaluation of thesis, conduct of Viva-voice will be regulated as follows. 

1 . Categories of Admission

There will be THREE categories of Ph.D admission as given below (i) Full time scholars of the University with or without fellowship (ii) Faculty members of the University or Affiliated College who will be admitted to pursue research towards Ph.D degree while working (iii ) External scholars who work in research organisations or R&D centres recognized by Kerala Technological University for the purpose of external registration. 


 2.1 For admission Candidates with a Master’s degree in Engineering /Technology or with a Master’s degree by research in Engineering/Technology with a minimum of 65% marks or CGPA of 6.5 are eligible for admission to the Ph.D program with the stipulation that admission to M.Tech should have been based on a valid GATE score . SC/ST candidates and differently abled persons are eligible for admission with 4 minimum of 55% marks or equivalent CGPA of 5.5 at M.Tech level. Other conditions remain same as those for the general category candidates. Candidates with Master’s degree i n Engineering/Technology having minimum THREE years of teaching experience in AICTE/NAB accredited institutions or having minimum THREE years’ experience in a reputed industry or candidates who have fellowship/scholarship support from any Government agenc y are e xempted from the requirement of GATE score for M.Tech studies. 2.2 For supervision of research Faculty members in the University departments /affiliated colleges having Ph.D degree with minimum 2 years’ teaching/research experience after acq uirin g Ph.D and having minimum of one post Ph.D research pub lication in Science Citation Index(SCI) journals are eligible to supervise the research work of a Ph.D candidate. A reputed scientist/academic with the aforesaid academic qualification and publication profile but with out an affiliation may be also permitted by the Dean (Research) of the University to be the Research S upervisor along with a Co - S upervisor who fulfils the requirements in toto to be a Research S upervisor. At a ny time a faculty member can supervise a maximum of FIVE scholars only including Ph.D scholars ,if any, in other universities/institutes. The Research s upervisor who retires after supervising a scholar for three years shall continue to supervise the research scholar. He/she shall , wit h the concurrence of the University , identify a Co - supervisor from the department /College before SIX months of the retirement . 

3.0 Place of Research 

A cademic departments or constituent colleges of the U niversity a nd affiliated colleges, where post grad uate programs in Engineering are successfully carried out for at least TWO batches are eligible to offer doctoral program. Such departments /colleges shall do a self - ass essment of their capabilities for undertaking research at doctoral level and the Academ ic Head of the Department/College should give a certificate to that effect. In the case of external registration for Ph.D, the research work is carried out in the parent organisation of the scholar subject to fulfilling the mandatory residential requiremen t at the place of research as stipulated by the University. 

4. 0 Selection procedure 

The applications for research program are invited by the University department or by the College. The University shall decide the selection procedure for admission. The s election may be through discipline wise common written tests and/or personal interview . The selection of the candidate is the responsibility of the University department or the College subject to the instructions of the University from time to time and fro m case to case and subject to ratification by the University. Selection of the candidate will be provisional until the final approval by the University. 

5.0 Admission

Once the selection process is completed and on ratification by the University,t he select ed candidates will be admitted to the Ph . D programme of the University and allotted to respective college/department after payment of fees and verification of all records .

6 . 0 Research Supervisor 

Allotment of students to the Research Supervisor will be m ade by the academic head of the College/ University Department subject to ratification by the Dean (Research ) of the University and taking into account the research goals of the department and preferences of the research scholars and Research Supervisor . 

7 . 0 Co - Supervisor 

Depending on the nature of the research to be carried out and the preferences of the and the research scholar, another faculty member may be nominated as a Co - S upervisor. If the S upervisor is about to retire (within three years ), appoi ntment of a C o - S upervisor shall be mandatory. Recommendation for a C o - supervisor shall be made with valid reasons and justification. Co - supervisor may be also from a sister institution (educational/R&D) if the situation warrants. But they should satisfy the el igibility criteria as given in Section 2.2 of this document . Co - supervisor is appointed by the a cademic head of the College/Department subject to ratification by the Dean(Research) of the University. In any case there shall not be more than two guide s for a research scholar. 

8 . 0 Doctoral Committee ( DC ) 

8 .1 Composition of the Doctoral Committee The University Department /College will recommend to the Dean (Research) of the University a panel of experts for inclusion in the Doctoral Committee for ea ch research scholar depending on the area of research . The DC is constituted by the Dean(Research) of the University. D epending on the availability of experts and the area and nature of research , D ean (Research) of the University constitutes the Doctoral Committee normally from the panel of names provided by the academic head of the College / the University Department . The constitution of the DC will be as follows: Dean (Research) of the University or his/her nominee - Chairman Academic head of the Colle ge/University department - Member & Convenor Research S upervisor and Co - S upervisor ( if any ) - Member/s 
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