Doctoral Programmes

“Conferment of Ph.D. degree upon research scholars by the Hon’ble Vice President of Suriname, Mr. Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin during 10th Annual Convocation.”
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LPUNEST (Ph.D.) Doctoral Programmes
Lovely Professional University is committed to provide an outstanding environment for excellence in Research and Development in all the disciplines. The gamut of LPU research activities make it a unique academic environment that stimulates creativity and critical thinking, and providing impetus to recruiting, supporting, and developing highly-skilled motivated researchers.

Lovely Professional University is conducting National Entrance and Scholarship Test (LPUNEST) for Ph.D. aspirants. Research Scholars studying in Post-Graduation can apply for LPUNEST (Ph.D.) . Since its inception in 2009, more than 50,000 Research Scholars are appearing in this exam (LPUNEST) every year. Due to steep spike in infection cases in India and adhering to the central government’s guidelines to safeguard health and safety of applicants, conduct of physical test is postponed for now, so currently LPUNEST for Ph.D. would be conducted in online mode only i.e. remotely proctored online LPUNEST from home will be conducted. Click here to view General Guidelines for Remotely Proctored Online Exam.

Further details can be referred under the head "Important Dates".

This test will have twofold advantage as it will act as Entrance Test as well as Scholarship Test.

Entrance Test: LPUNEST (Ph.D.) will provide a gateway to all Ph.D. programmes in LPU and will act as Entrance test for admission in Ph.D. Programmes at LPU. For details, refer “Eligibility”.

Extensive Scholarship: LPU envisages to usher an era of accessible and affordable quality higher education to the youth of our country on the basis of score in LPUNEST (Ph.D.). For details of scholarship, please refer “Fee and Scholarship”.

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Flexi Course Work

Option 1

Classes on weekends
(Saturday & Sunday only)

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Option 2

4 days course work every month
(Preferably every second week: Thu-Sun)

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Option 3

15 days course work
(December, 2020 / January, 2021)

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Disciplines / Departments

Applications are invited for admission to Full Time and Part Time Ph.D. Programmes under various disciplines. Admission to the Ph.D. Programmes will be through LPUNEST (Ph.D.) and Interview.

Ph.D. Programmes offered at LPU

For details, click on the specific Programme:

Full Time

Part Time

Facilitation to qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretaries for admission in Ph.D. Management/Commerce and allied programmes at LPU

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Conferment of Honoris Causa Degrees

Prestigious World Personalities conferred with LPU Honoris Causa Degrees

Mr. Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin
Vice President of Suriname

Mr. Ashok Mittal, Hon’ble Chancellor LPU, conferring Honoris causa degree upon the Vice President of Suriname, Mr. Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin during the 10th Convocation.

Shri Pranab Mukherjee
President of India

Mr. Ashok Mittal, Hon’ble Chancellor LPU, conferring Honoris Causa degree upon the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee during the 8th Convocation.

Dr. (Mrs) Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
President of Mauritius

Mr. Ashok Mittal, Hon’ble Chancellor LPU, conferring Honoris Causa degree upon the President of Mauritius, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim during the 7th Convocation.

Roosevelt Skerrit
Prime Minister of Dominica

Mr. Ashok Mittal, Hon’ble Chancellor LPU, conferring Honoris Causa degree upon the Prime Minister of Commonwealth of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, during the 6th Convocation.

Dr. Pakalitha B. Mosisili
Prime Minister of Lesotho Kingdom

Mr. Ashok Mittal, Hon’ble Chancellor LPU, conferring Honoris Causa degree upon the Prime Minister of Lesotho Kingdom, Dr. Pakalitha B. Mosisli during the 5th Convocation.

His Holiness
The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

Mr. Ashok Mittal, Hon’ble Chancellor LPU, conferring Honoris Causa degree upon Laureate the Dalai Lama during the 5th Convocation.

Kailash Purryag
President of Mauritius

Mr. Ashok Mittal, Hon’ble Chancellor LPU, conferring Honoris Causa degree upon the President of Mauritius, Mr. Kailash Purryag during the 4th Convocation.

Mr. Hamid Karzai
President of Afghanistan

Mr. Ashok Mittal, Hon’ble Chancellor LPU, conferring Honoris Causa degree upon the President of Afghanistan, Mr. Hamid Karzai during the 3rd Convocation at LPU.

Conferment of Ph.D. Degrees

Prestigious World Personalities confer Ph.D. Degrees upon LPU Research Scholars

Mr. Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin
Vice President of Suriname

The Hon’ble Vice President of Suriname Mr. Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin conferring degrees during the 10th Convocation.

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
Vice-President of India

The Hon’ble Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu conferring degrees during the 9th Convocation.

Shri Pranab Mukherjee
President of India

The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferring degrees during the 8th Convocation.

Dr. (Mrs) Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
President of Mauritius

Her Excellency, President of the Republic of Mauritius, conferring degrees during the 7th Convocation.

Dr. Pakalitha B. Mosisili
Prime Minister of Lesotho Kingdom

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of Kingdom of Lesotho, conferring Degrees during the 5th Convocation.


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Admission Related
  • 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 through and no need to visit campus personally for the application purpose.
  • I have completed my post-graduation through distance learning. Am I eligible to apply for the Ph.D. programme?
    Yes, you can apply for the Ph.D. programme in all disciplines except in engineering subjects, provided you meet all other eligibility criteria.
  • I   am   working   in   a Private University/ Private Company/Government organization. Can I apply for Ph.D.?
    Yes, you can apply for Ph. D. (part time) but you are required to submit NOC from your employer at the time of admission.
  •  I’m a qualified Chartered Accountant. Can I apply for Ph.D. at LPU?
    The research scholars having passed the Chartered Accountants (CA) examination with a minimum 55% marks or equivalent grade from ’The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’ (ICAI) are eligible to apply for Ph.D. Programme in Commerce and allied disciplines.
  • 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 research scholars 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 admission procedure after final selection?
    The final admission can be done via offline/online mode. If a research scholars wants to take admission through online mode so he/she can apply through our website All supporting documents should be send to However, it is mandatory for research scholars to verify all the supporting documents in person at LPU campus only. The research scholars can also complete the admission process offline at Admission Block 30, LPU campus or Admission-Out campus office in your city (
  • I am an international student, what is the process of admission? First of all you have to register on the link After registration, go to Log in and fill the requisite form and upload the required documents along with proposal. Once your proposal is approved you have to appear for the interview through on line mode (Skype/ Whats App calling etc).
  • Presently I am applying for Full Time Ph.D. programme, will I be able to shift to Part-Time category later, if needed?
    Any Full Time Research Scholar will be permitted to change his/her category from Full Time to Part Time & vice versa on completion of course work only. Such research scholars (Full Time to Part Time) is required to produce No Objection Certificate from the employer. However, change of category is permissible only once in a tenure subject to fulfilling norms and payment of necessary fee.
  • Can I pay my Ph.D. programme fee online?
    Yes you can pay the applicable fee online. Please click on
  • I am a qualified Company Secretary. Can I apply for Ph.D. at LPU?
    The research scholars having passed the Company Secretaryship examination with a minimum 55% marks or equivalent grade conducted by the Institutes of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) are eligible to apply for Ph.D. Programme in Management / Commerce and allied disciplines.
  • Does LPU offer any scholarships for Ph. D. Research Scholars?
    Yes there are many scholarships are available for Research Scholars. We are offering scholarship under various categories to the research scholars on the basis of: performance in LPU-NEST (entrance test for Ph.D.), who have qualified SPM/ JRF/ NET (LS)/GATE/GPAT exam and Research Associates/ Scientists who are working in who are working in Defense Labs/ ICAR/ ICMR/ COE’s/ DRDO/ CSIR/Space-Atomic Centers. For more details please follow the link
  • Does LPU offer any scholarships for industry professionals?
    Yes we are offering scholarship to the research scholars who are working in industry/company listed in listed in Fortune India 500/ Forbes 500/ ET 500 Company/ Gallup/Bloomberg Top 500. For more details please follow the link
  • I am a teaching in a private organization. Am I eligible for scholarship?
    We are offering scholarship to all teaching fraternity (except guest faculty) working in government or private organizations.
  • I have done my post-graduation from Lovely Professional University. Will I get any scholarship benefits?
    Yes we are offering scholarships exclusively for our Research Scholars who have completed their Post-graduation degree from LPU.
  • As a Research Scholar, will I get any chance of teaching at LPU to support myself financially?
    Yes a Research Scholar (Full Time) can apply for Teaching Fellowship after the completion of course work. The teaching fellowship awardee will be paid an honorarium of Rs. 15,600/ per month (consolidated) subject to qualify the eligibility criterion and he/she is required to take Practical/Tutorial load of minimum nine hours.
Ph.D. Entrance Test Related
  • I have completed M. Phil. programme. Will I be exempted from the Entrance Test?
    The research scholars, 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.
  • I have substantial years of teaching / corporate work experience, so am I exempted from the Entrance Test?
    You are not exempted from the entrance test and you have to participate in the entire selection procedure in order to be considered for the programme. However, your substantial years of experience will make your Ph.D. journey easier.
  • What is the pattern of the Ph.D. entrance test, what subjects will I be tested for?
    LPUNEST entrance test will be conducted as remotely proctored online exam from home. The duration of the test is 90 minutes and it consists of 80 objective types multiple choice questions (MCQs). It is divided into two papers, i.e. Paper-I and Paper-II.
  • Paper-I will consist of 40 MCQs of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/ research aptitude of the research scholars. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking, and general awareness of the research scholar..
    Paper-II will consist of 40 MCQs compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the research scholars.
    Each question will carry 1 mark and there will be no negative marking for a wrong answer.
    Syllabus will be as per UGC-NET, UGC-CSIR, GPAT, ICAR, and GATE.For more details please follow the link
  • After clearing LPUNEST for Ph.D. Programme, what preparation is required for the interview?
    After clearing LPUNEST, you will be evaluated for research aptitude; innovativeness/ feasibility of topic/area of research, concept clarity in discipline and attitude.
  • How long is Ph.D. entrance test valid?
    If the research scholars who has been selected for Ph.D. programme after qualifying the LPUNEST and interview for August or January intake then he/she can take admission in the August or January session respectively. If the research scholars fails to take admission in the above said session then his/her candidature will stand cancelled.
  • After clearing entrance exam and interview for Ph.D. programme, what will be the next step?
    The research scholars are shortlisted on the basis of their overall performance in the entrance examination and personal interview. The final results will be communicated to the research scholars who have qualified, and they will then be eligible to take admission to Ph.D. program in the concerned subjects.
Ph.D. Programme (General Queries)
  • What is the minimum & maximum duration of Ph.D. programme (Full Time/Part Time)?
    The duration of Ph.D. Programme (Full Time/Part Time) is minimum 3 years and maximum 6 years from the date of registration
  • What is the duration of the Ph.D. programme for M.Phil. research scholars?
    There will be no change in the duration of the programme for the research scholars who are M.Phil. (Min. duration is 3 years and Max. 6 years) as per UGC regulations.
  • Is it mandatory to publish a research paper before submitting the final thesis for award of Ph.D. degree from LPU?
    Yes, Research Scholars must publish at least one (1) research paper in refereed journal and make two paper presentations in conferences/seminars before the submission of the thesis and produce evidence for the same in the form of presentation certificates and/or reprints.
Ph.D. Course Work Related
  • What are the details of course work?
    The course work will consist of three courses having minimum of 08 credits. All research scholars 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 Research Scholar has to obtain a minimum of 55% of marks.
  • What is the schedule of course work classes for full time and part time research scholars?
    We offer flexible course work in three different options and tentative schedule is mentioned below:
  • Duration Spring Term Autumn Term Class Timings
    Option I One semester January to April September to December Saturdays 03:00 P.M. - 06:00 P.M.
    Sundays 09:00 A.M. - 04:00 P.M.
    Option II 4 days* every month February to May September to December 09:00 A.M.- 06:00 P.M. (daily)
    Option III 15 days April/May December/ January 09:00 A.M.- 06:00 P.M. (daily)

    Preferably every second week (Thursday-Sunday)
    Note: Option II & III will be applicable only if batch of each discipline/cluster is having minimum 10 Research Scholars.
  • Is there any difference in the syllabus or number of credits in any of the option for course work?
    No difference in any course work options. The syllabus and credits are same for three options.
  • If, I am not able to do course work in the first semester, so when can I complete this?
    It is essential to complete the course work in the initial two semesters of your Ph.D. programme. If you are not able to attend course work in first semester due to some genuine reason, 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.
Ph.D. Supervisor/Co-Supervisor
  • What is the process of selection of Ph.D. supervisor?
    • Sufficient time is given to Ph. D. Research Scholar to select his/her supervisor and process for the same is mentioned below:
    • During the course work, Ph. D. Research Scholars will be provided "Supervisor Selection Module " interface to their UMS account,where they will get the primary information about the research profile of all the doctorate faculty in brief (department wise). After going through the profiles of all the listed doctoral faculty, Research Scholars will select 4-5  preferences  (maximum) initially
    • Once the preferences recorded by the Research Scholars, CRDP will plan an interaction session with doctorate faculty members (as per their recorded preferences) for discussion on the research area of interest of Research Scholars.
    • After this interaction, Research Scholars will submit the final two preferences to the CRDP at 38-202 and then the final allocation of the supervisor would be done by the committee constituted by the Centre for Research Degree Programme.
    • During the course work, interactions with industry experts and experts from NGO’s may also be arranged for Research Scholars to find out research problems persisting in industries and society.
  • 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.research scholars, supervisors will be allocated during their first semester only and such research scholars 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.
  • What is the procedure to take Co-supervisor?
    The Research Scholar will be allowed to take Co-supervisor after the completion of his/her course work successfully. He/she is required to get the consent from Co-supervisor in the prescribed form (available at CRDP) and submit it to the Center of Research Degree Programmes (CRDP), Block 38-202. Once it is approved, the Research Scholars and the co-supervisor will be notified by CRDP.
  • 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 Research Scholars and supervisor. In such cases, Research Scholars can submit a request for change of supervisor in writing to Center for Research Degree Programmes.
  • Does University provide any hostel facility to a Ph.D. Research Scholars?
    Yes. Hostel facility is provided to full time research scholars subject to availability. Part time Research Scholars can also avail hostel facility as per their requirement. The Research Scholars can book the room online by following instructions given in the link-Click here to know more.

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