Can I apply for the Ph.D. programme online or I have to personally visit campus?
Yes, you can apply online for Ph.D. Programme at http://admission.lpu.in/ and no need to visit campus personally for the application purpose.
I have completed M. Phil. programme. Will I be exempted from the Entrance Test?
The candidates who have completed M.Phil. programme in regular mode are exempted from entrance test. However, for getting scholarship you are required to qualify LPUNEST entrance test and meet the scholarship eligibility criterion.
What is the pattern of the Ph.D. entrance test, what subjects will I be tested for?
The test will be conducted through online mode at University campus or at various test centres throughout the country for all disciplines except for Hindi and Punjabi, which will be conducted in pen and paper mode at university campus only. The duration of the test is 120 minutes and it consists of 100 objective types multiple choice questions (MCQs). It is divided into Paper-I and Paper-II.
Paper-I will consist of 50 MCQs of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness of the applicant.
Paper-II will consist of 50 MCQs compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the applicant.
Each question will carry 1 mark and there will be no negative marking for a wrong answer.
Syllabus will primarily based on UGC-NET, UGC-CSIR, GPAT, ICAR, and GATE. The detailed syllabus is also available at http://nest.lpu.in/phd/question_paper_pattern_for_lpunest.php
After clearing LPU-NEST for Ph.D. Programme, what preparation is required for the interview?
After clearing LPU-NEST, you will be evaluated for Research Aptitude; Innovativeness/ Feasibility of Topic/Area of Research; Concept Clarity in Discipline and attitude.
Is there a need of NOC (No Objection Certificate), if I want to pursue Ph.D. (part time) mode?
Yes, if you want to register in Ph.D. (part time), you are required to submit NOC from your employer at the time of admission. A self-employed candidate can submit a documentary proof such as Income tax return/ copy of registration of firm or company or any other convincing document as a proof of self- employment.
What is the duration of the Ph.D. programme for M.Phil. candidates?
There will be no change in the duration of the Programme for the candidates who are M.Phil. (Min. duration is 3 years and Max.6 years) as per UGC regulations.
What are the details of course work?
The course work will consist of three courses having minimum of 08 credits. All candidates admitted to the Ph.D. programme will be required to complete the course work during the initial first or second semester and secure minimum attendance of 75% in the course work.
What are the minimum marks required to pass Ph.D. course work?
In the Ph.D. course work a Ph.D. scholar has to obtain a minimum of 55% of marks or its equivalent grade in the UGC 7-point scale or an equivalent grade/ CGPA in a point scale wherever grading system is followed.
What is the schedule of course work classes for full time and part time candidates?
We offer flexible course work in three different options and tentative schedule is mentioned below:
*Preferably every second week (Thursday-Sunday)
||August to November
||Saturdays 03:00 P.M. - 06:00 P.M. and Sundays 09:00 A.M. - 04:00 P.M.
||08:00 A.M.- 06:00 P.M. (daily)
||4 days* every month
||February to May
||September to December
||08:00 A.M.- 06:00 P.M. (daily)
Note: Option II & III will be applicable only if batch of each discipline/cluster is having minimum 10 students.
If, I am not being able to do course work in the first semester, so when can I complete this?
If you are not able to attend course work in first semester, you can complete your course work in the second semester of your Ph.D. course duration.
Is there any additional fee for the course work?
No, there is no additional fee for the course work. Semester fee will be applicable only throughout the programme duration.
What is the process of selection of Ph.D. supervisor?
Sufficient time is given to Ph.D. Scholar to select his/her supervisor and process for the same is mentioned below:
During the course work Ph.D. scholars can meet and interact with the available Ph.D. faculty of the concerned discipline so as to know the research areas and expertise available in the discipline/school at Lovely Professional University. During the course work, interactions with industry experts and experts from NGO’s may also be arranged to find out research problems persisting in industries and society.
By the end of course work each Ph.D. scholar will submit the names of three preferred supervisors subjected to availability in the University, to School of Research Degree Programmes (SRDP) in writing, during the last week of April (Spring term)/ November (Autumn term). A committee will allocate supervisor for the Ph.D. scholars according to the preferences and research interest and list of allotted supervisors will be displayed before the end of term.
I am a M.Phil. student and exempted from the course work. When I will be given supervisor and can start my research work?
For M.Phil. candidates supervisors will be allocated during their first semester only and such candidates can start their research work from the first semester itself.
How many Ph.D. supervisors am I allowed to work with?
Maximum two supervisors will be allowed, one main supervisor from the concerned department from LPU and one Co-supervisor can be opted from LPU or from other institution/ university/ industry/ NGO provided he/ she meets the eligibility requirement as per LPU policy.
Am I allowed to change my assigned supervisor during the course of the Ph.D. Programme?
Generally, it is not advisable to change supervisor, but it is allowed under specific circumstances such as if, the supervisor leaves the university or there is a mismatch in research interest between scholar and supervisor. In such cases, scholar can submit a request for change of supervisor in writing to School of Research Degree Programmes.
Does university provide any hostel facility to a Ph.D. scholar?
Yes. Hostel facility is provided to full time research scholars subject to availability.
I am an international student, what is the process of admission?
First of all, you have to register on the link http://admission.lpu.in/. After registration, go to Log in and fill the requisite form and upload the required docs along with proposal. Once your proposal is approved you have to appear for the interview through online mode (Skype/ WhatsApp calling etc.).
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