No.Ac.AX/3/Ph.D.Regn./2015                                                                                         Date:  30.6.2015


PhD registration 2015


            Applications are invited from eligible candidates for registration for research leading to the award of Ph.D. Degree of this University as per the “Revised Regulations for Ph.D. Registration and Award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy 2010/2012’’. The PhD programme is conducted by the university teaching departments, inter-university / inter-school centres and approved research centres of the university. The subjects specified for Ph.D. Programme in School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies are Gandhian Studies, Development studies and Social work (with guide in social work). For interdisciplinary research in the School of Gandhian Thought and Development Studies, subjects coming under Social Sciences are only allowed. In the case of interdisciplinary research, Ph.D. degree will be awarded with the subject of Post-graduation of the candidate in brackets along with Gandhian Studies or Development Studies.  In such cases and in the case of Social Work, if the Ph.D. of the guide is not in the concerned subject, co-guide shall be inducted from the very beginning

1.  Eligibility for registration

 Candidates who have passed the Post-graduate Examination in any discipline of Mahatma Gandhi University or of other Universities recognized as equivalent thereto ( on or before 31/7/2015) securing not less than 55% marks in the aggregate and have passed the Written Aptitude Test (WAT) conducted by the University in May 2015 are eligible to apply for registration for Ph.D. Those candidates who have passed the WAT 2015, but have not qualified the PG with the required percentage of marks on or before 31, July 2015 are not eligible to apply.

For SC/ST candidates, the minimum marks required for registration is 50% in the aggregate in the Post graduate Examination.

MBBS, BAMS, BHMS and BDS degree holders who have secured not less than 50% marks for their final examinations are also eligible to apply for registration for Ph.D.

CA qualified candidates, that is, persons whose names have been entered as members in the Register maintained by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India are also eligible to apply for PhD registration. ACS qualified candidates whose name have been entered as members in the register maintained by the institute of company secretaries can apply for Ph.D programme in commerce.

The application should be accompanied by letter of agreement from the Head of the Research Centre (The College Principal in the case of an affiliated college centre) where the applicant proposes to do research and letter of consent from the supervising teacher, who has sufficient vacancy.

The application should also be accompanied by three copies of the Research proposal in A4 size paper and in the following format :- 1)Title of research work, Research Area, Discipline, Name and address of the candidate,  Supervising teacher and research centre (All these details should be on the facing page super scribed as RESEARCH PROPOSAL ) 2)Introduction including related studies 3) Importance / Rationale of the study 4) Objectives/Hypothesis 5) methodology including methods, sample and design of work 6)Tentative work schedule ( Year wise)                                      7) Bibliography/References. The number of pages of the research proposal shall not exceed five. The supervising teacher should sign on the first and last page of the research proposal.

  Applicants of foreign nationality will be considered for registration only if they are on visas issued for research scholars/students and with the necessary clearance from the Government of India.

2.  Mode of Admission

Admission to the Ph.D. programme of those who have passed written aptitude Test 2015 will be made on the basis of (a) marks of the qualifying degree (b) marks of the WAT and (c) the interview d) letter of consent of the supervising teacher showing vacancy position e) Letter of agreement of the head of the research centre.


The following categories of candidates are exempted from passing Written Aptitude test.

A.      JRF awardees.

B.      UGC Teacher Fellows

C.      M.Phil. & M.Tech. (All disciplines), MD & MS (Modern Medicine, Homoeopathy and Ayurveda) degree holders in the subject of research concerned.

D.     Regular and permanent teachers from the University Departments and the Government/ Aided Colleges in the state.

E.      Candidates who have become qualified in the NET/SLET/GATE/GPAT or other tests conducted by such Government bodies as UGC, CSIR, ICAR /ICMR/RGNF.

F.       DST Women Scientist Awardees

G.     KSCST/INSPIRE/MANF/RGNF, Fellowship Awardees

H.     Scientists from the Accredited R&D Institutions.

In the case of candidates having test exemption the admission will be on the basis of (a) the marks of the qualifying degree (b) the interview c) letter of consent showing vacancy position of the supervising teacher d) Letter of agreement of the head of the research centre.


The prescribed fee for PhD Registration is Rs. 1000/- (Thousand only) for general candidates and Rs.750/- (seven hundred and fifty only) for SC/ST candidates. The cost of the application is Rs. 25/-(Twenty five only).  The fee can be remitted at M.G.University Cash Counter /Friends (Janasevana Kedram) / SBT branches through M.G.University pay in slip. DD is not accepted.

5.  Registration for Research

All candidates admitted to the Ph.D. programme of the University will be initially granted provisional registration as full time research scholars.

Regular and permanent teachers of the Government /Aided colleges of the State and   Mahatma Gandhi University teaching departments, teachers of self financing institutions run by the university (temporary on scale of pay) ,teachers of unaided colleges affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University having more than two years of service, teachers of Govt./ Aided, Higher Secondary and High Schools in the state will be granted provisional part time registration initially, if they so desire.

Candidates admitted to Ph.D. programme shall join the research centre immediately and their date of registration shall be deemed to be the date of joining the next coursework succeeding registration ie. from 1st January of every year.  However in the case of candidates having scholarships like JRF, MANF etc. (Ie. candidates having the choice of any time registration) the date of registration will be the date of the order itself.

6.  Course work

Students admitted to Ph.D. programme are required to undertake a course work comprising three Papers (Course I, Course II and Course III) for a period of one semester.

Teachers who are granted provisional part time registration can pursue the course work   in two spells of three months each (April, May, June of every year).  They shall however complete the course work within two years.

All the candidates are required to qualify the course work examination at the end of the course work programme for regularisation of their provisional registration.

7.  Place of Research

Research shall be carried out by a Research scholar in a University department/Inter University/ Inter- school centres/Research Centre in an affiliated college/an institution recognised as a Research Centre.

8.  Part-time Research

The following categories are eligible to apply for conversion of their research to part time on successful completion of the course work.

(a)   Regular employees working in Government/Quasi-government institutions.

(b)   Teachers working in Government and Aided educational institutions in the state

(c)    Teachers working in the Institutions run by the University

(d)   Scientists working in accredited R&D institutions and Clinical Psychologists attached to Government/Quasi-government organizations.

(e)   Contract lecturers who are employed in the regular Departments of Mahatma Gandhi University, if the contract period is not less than one year

(f)     Teachers from unaided colleges affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University with a minimum two years of service. 

9.  Period of Research 

(i)                 The minimum period of research will be 2 ½ years (inclusive of course work) for M.Phil, M.Ed., M.Sc (by research), Master of Letters, M.Tech. and MD degree holders, if the research is in the subject in which the candidate has taken the above qualifying degree.

In all other cases, the minimum period of research will be three years (Inclusive of course work).

(ii)               The maximum period of research will be five years for full time and eight years for part time research. 

10.               Restriction on Employment

A full time research scholar shall not engage himself/herself in any other employment except in imparting instruction in an honorary capacity on a topic which forms the subject matter of his research in the institution where he is working.


The application can be downloadedfrom the website from 01.07.2015 to 31.7.2015.  The filled in  application with the following documents  should be sent to the Deputy Registrar I (Academic), Mahatma Gandhi University, Priyadarsini Hills, Kottayam 686 560.

12.List of Documents:

1.      Chalan receipt for  Rs.1025/-( Rs. 775/- in the case of SC/ST students)

2.      Attested copy of P.G.Degree Marklist

3.      Attested copy of P.G.Degree certificate

4.      Attested copy of T.C from the institution last studied

5.      Attested copy of M.Phil. degree certificate ( If M.phil Degree holder)

6.      Attested copies of the certificates of JRF/NET/SLET/GATE/GPAT/KSCST/INSPIRE/MANF, RGNF etc.

7.      NOC from the employer

8.      Agreement letter of the head of the Research Centre and   Letter of consent from the  Guide in the prescribed format

9.      Caste Certificate in the case of SC/ST candidates

10.  Three copies of the Research proposal in the prescribed format with the signature of the Research Guide on the first and last page.

11.  Eligibility Certificate for those who have taken PG/Mphil degree from other universities.

12.  Copy of the result of Written Aptitude Test 2015 downloaded from university web site in the case of those who have passed WAT.

Incomplete applications will be summarily rejected.

The last date for submission of application is 31.07.2015.