Minimum Educational Qualification:

A research scholar under the External Registration Programme will carry out major part or all of his/her research work in the industry/research laboratories employing the scholar.

Research scholars under the External Registration Programme (ERP) should be sponsored by and employed in industries/research laboratories having R & D facilities and recognised by DST or IIT Ropar.

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

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

PhD in Science: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics

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 Ph.D program, an applicant should fulfil the following requirements also:

GATE or equivalent qualification

GATE or Equivalent Qualification is not required for admission.

Professional Experience

Should have completed full time employment of 2 years of service as on the deadline of application.


Organisation/Institution must have at least 5 years of its existence for sponsoring candidates to ERP programme. Only persons engaged in R & D work in Technical / Scientific Institutions/ Industries or R & D Establishments are eligible. The organization should have adequate facilities for carrying out research. All CFTIs/GFTIs will be considered irrespective of their years of existence.


Unconditional sponsorship or NOC by the employer is essential and a must at the time of joining. IIT Ropar will not have any financial liability for the candidate throughout the tenure of PhD.

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