SUBMISSION AND EVALUATION

8.1 A registered candidate shall have to work for a minimum period of two years after registration. If the Supervisor certifies that the candidate has carried on research for two years and that the thesis embodies at least two years’ work, then the Doctorate Committee on recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) may permit a candidate to submit his/her thesis one year after the successful completion of coursework.

8.2 A student must have at least one research publication in a refereed journal, out of his/her doctoral research work, and produce presentation certificates for two paper presentations made at conferences/seminars prior to submission and shall produce evidence for the same in the form of acceptance letter or offprint to the Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

8.3 Ordinarily, six months prior to submission of thesis, the candidate shall, through the Supervisor/ Convener of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) six copies of the summary of work preferably within 5000 words. The same shall be circulated by the Convener to the members of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Committee at least fifteen days before holding a pre-submission Seminar. In the pre-submission Seminar, the candidate shall report the research work before the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) which shall also be open to all faculty members and other research scholars. Notice of the Seminar shall be circulated and the same may be put up on the Departmental Notice Board.

8.4 During the seminar any member of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) may put forward specific suggestions, if any, to the candidate and, if necessary, in writing. The candidate will be required to work upon the suggestions given by the Committee in consultation with the Supervisor(s). If required, the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) may ask the candidate to re-appear at the seminar. Immediately after the Seminar, the convener of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) shall forward to the concerned Doctoral Committee a report in the prescribed form, on the performance of the candidate.

8.5 At least two months prior to submission of the thesis, the Supervisor and the members of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) shall meet to prepare a panel of six experts for the written part of the thesis (at least three from outside the state) and a panel of three experts for the viva-voce and send it to the Doctoral Committee. The Research Cell shall forthwith send to the Registrar the recommended panels of experts to seek their consent for adjudication of the thesis and for the viva-voce, along with eight copies of the abstract of the thesis of the candidate, not exceeding 350 words (Submission in electronic format may also be allowed).

8.6 A registered candidate shall have to submit four hard copies (the number may be determined separately in case joint supervision) and one electronic copy of the thesis duly recommended by the supervisor(s) embodying the results of the research she/he has carried out together with four copies of the synopsis of the thesis. The copies of the thesis should be submitted to the Research Cell, addressed to Registrar, together with a receipt of the non-refundable fees (to be decided by the university from time to time) paid to this University for this purpose.

8.7 The candidate shall also deposit a fee, as decided by the University from time to time, along with a prescribed form duly filled in by the candidate, a certificate from the Supervisor, as well as attested copies of necessary documents at the time of submission of the thesis.

8.8 The candidate may also submit in support of the thesis the contents of any work which may have been done previously by him/her, but the candidate shall not submit any work for which a degree or distinction has been conferred on the candidate by this or by any other University. The candidate will not, however, be precluded from incorporating any such work in a thesis covering a wider field, provided a clear statement of the work so incorporated is given.

8.9 The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) shall appoint a panel of three examiners including the Supervisor (or four experts, if there is Joint Supervisor), out of which at least one shall be from outside the State, after considering the recommendation of the relevant Research Advisory Committee (RAC) for adjudication of the thesis (The adjudicators/examiners shall send the report in the prescribed format).

In case of independent submission of the thesis by the candidate with the permission of the Vice Chancellor, the Doctorate Committee shall appoint a panel of two examiners out of which at least one shall be from outside the State, after considering the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) for adjudication of the thesis (The adjudicators/examiners shall send the report in the prescribed format).

8.10 External examiners will be requested to state their opinion within three months from the date of receipt of the thesis in the prescribed form that has the following options:

(a) The candidate may be awarded the PhD degree of the University

(b) The candidate may be awarded the PhD degree of the University provided that the following modifications are addressed in a separate addendum. The Examiners present at the viva voce must certify that the modifications are satisfactorily addressed, failing which the thesis must be resubmitted after addressing the suggested modifications.

(c) The candidate may be awarded the PhD degree only after addressing the following questions and resubmitting the thesis.

(d) The candidate will not be awarded the PhD degree of this university.

8.11 When a thesis is unanimously and unconditionally recommended for the Degree by all the examiners, the candidate will be eligible for appearing at the viva-voce.

8.12 If there is any ambiguity or conditionality in the reports of the examiners, the Doctorate Committee on the advice of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) may consider the appointment of a third external examiner.

8.13 In case of non-recommendation by one of the external examiners, the Vice Chancellor may consider the appointment of a third external examiner from the existing panel of examiners.

In case of non-recommendation by both the of the external examiners, the candidate will not be eligible for viva-voce and the Ph. D. degree will not be awarded to the candidate for that research work reflected in thesis.

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