10.1 At the viva-voce, the candidate shall be examined by the Supervisor (if there is any) and an expert to be appointed by the Doctorate Committee from the panel recommended by the Research Advisory Committee (RAC). It will be an open session, the date and time of which will be communicated to the members of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) so as to enable them to attend the viva-voce. Copies of reports of the adjudicators on the written part of the thesis shall be sent to the examiners conducting the viva-voce and also to the candidate prior to the viva-voce. During viva-voce the candidate shall respond to the suggestions made by the examiners, if any, in writing which will be forwarded by the viva-voce examiners to the Research Cell, addressed to the Registrar, along with the viva voce report.

10.2 The examiners of the viva-voce shall jointly submit a report to the Research Cell, addressed to the Registrar, on the performance of the candidate at the said examination, clearly indicating whether the candidate deserves to be admitted to the Ph.D. Degree. If the candidate fails to satisfy the examiners at the viva-voce, the candidate shall be allowed by the Doctoral Committee to appear again at a viva-voce after a period of three months from the date of the first viva-voce.

10.3 The Dean/Chairperson of Doctorate Committee, after considering the reports on the thesis and the viva-voce, shall recommend to the Presidency Council/Appropriate Body of Governance of the university regarding the award of the Ph.D. Degree to the candidate.

10.4 In case a candidate is not awarded the Degree on the basis of reports of the adjudicators or of the viva-voce examiners, the Dean/ Chairperson of Doctorate Committee on the recommendation of the Doctorate Committee of the concerned Faculty may permit the candidate to resubmit the thesis after necessary corrections or modifications after six months but within two years from the date on payment of usual fee for submission.

10.5 A copy of the thesis accepted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, with necessary corrections or modifications, if there be any, shall be retained in the University Library.

10.6 Abstracts, written in English, of all theses, accepted by the University, will also be sent to the ‘Dissertation Abstracts International’ by the Registrar for publication immediately after the candidate is admitted to the Degree.

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