Part time PhD

A research scholar under the Part time PhD Programme will carry out major part or all of his/her research work at IIT Ropar under the supervision of supervisor(s) at IIT Ropar. The feasibility of doing this with sufficient intensity will be an important consideration in admitting the scholar in this category.

The candidate should be employed in a reputed University/Institution/Organisation.

Minimum Educational Qualification:

Admission to this programme is open to the Departments as furnished in the Institute website / Advertisement. Registration under this programme is generally open in the following Departments.

PhD in Engineering: Civil, Chemical, Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical, Biomedical, Metallurgical and Materials

PhD in Science: Mathematics (Only CFTIs), Chemistry, Physics

PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences: HSS

Minimum eligibility requirements

In addition to possessing the academic qualifications mentioned in the respective departments / centers under regular PhD program, an applicant should fulfil the following requirements also.

GATE or equivalent qualification

Minimum qualification for these candidates is the same as for full-time candidates except that the requirement of qualifying in a national examination (e.g., GATE or equivalent) is waived off

Professional Experience

The candidate should have a minimum experience of 2 (two) years (full time) after B.Tech./M.Tech/M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent as on the date of registration.


Part-time candidates are required to submit a “No Objection Certificate” on a proper letterhead from the appropriate authority in the organization clearly stating the following:

1.The candidate is permitted to pursue studies on a part-time basis.

2.That his/her official duties permit him/her to devote sufficient time for research.

3.Facilities for research in the candidate’s field of research in the area in which admission is sought   are available at the candidate’s place of work.

4.He/she will be fully relieved from duty and permitted to reside at the Institute for the period required residency.

NOC in case of change or organization

If the candidate after joining PhD program changes the organization, he should get NoC from the new organization as well.

Minimum Residential Requirement

For part-time candidates from outside, there is a minimum residency requirement of 4 months. DC may specify a higher or lower residency requirement based on the courses recommended as well as the background. The minimum residency period can be completed in parts in the entire tenure of PhD. However, the minimum period of residency for each period should not be less than 3 weeks. The minimum period to be spent in the research work by a student working under part time PhD programme shall be 4 years.

The course work for PhD programme is on offline mode. Candidates should compulsorily attend all the lectures in person. 

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