REGULATIONS FOR INTEGRATED M.Phil/Ph.D. COURSES
Notification inviting applications for admission to the M.Phil./Ph.D. integrated course shall be issued in every year
The prescribed application forms for admission shall be issued on receipt of the cost fixed by the University from time to time
Applications based on the subject shall be submitted to the respective Heads of the Departments / Heads of Research Centres within one month from the date of notification. The application shall be accompanied with the original receipt of entrance examination fee prescribed by the University.
Eligibility: Candidates who possess master’s degree in the subject concerned or in the relevant subjects with not less than 55% marks of this University or equivalent degree of any other Indian or foreign University are eligible to apply for the M.Phil./Ph.D. Integrated Course. The relevance of the subject for eligibility, shall be decided by the Chairman, P.G. Board of Studies. In the case of SC/ST, a relaxation of 5% marks shall be allowed. The teachers of the affiliated colleges of this University/University Departments can be given a relaxation of 5% marks. Those candidates awaiting results can also apply. However, such candidates shall produce their P.G. mark lists and provisional certificates at the time of admission.
There shall be an entrance examination. A committee consisting of the Head of the Department, who shall be its Chairperson and two members from among the supervising teachers nominated by the Departmental Council shall conduct the entrance examination. In each subject there shall be a rank list prepared, based on the marks secured by the candidates in the entrance examination. Admission shall be made from the rank list prepared on the basis of the examination.
The entrance examination shall consist of objective type questions of 50 marks and descriptive type questions of 50 marks. The duration of the examination shall be two hours.
The candidates who secure 50% marks and above in the entrance examination are eligible for admission.
The number of candidates to be admitted to the course in a Department shall be decided by the Departmental Council, depending upon the number of recognized supervising teachers in the Department and availability of seats. A supervising teacher shall be allowed to guide 5 students at a time.
Every candidate shall submit the following original documents at the time of his/her interview: 1) the original/provisional P.G. degree certificate and P.G. mark List, 2) community certificate to prove the caste and religion in the case of SC/ST candidates and 3) a ‘no objection certificate’ from the employer in the case of employed persons.
The selected candidates shall remit the prescribed fee in the CUF account of the University of Calicut, and the caution deposit in the account of the Head of the Department. The fee for the M.Phil/Ph.D. Integrated Course shall be remitted within 15 days from the beginning of each semester.
All candidates who get admission to M.Phil/Ph.D Integrated Course shall do a course work, the duration of which shall be two semesters. The course work shall be based on credit system. Three papers, each carrying four credits, shall be the course requirement in the first semester. Out of these three papers, two shall be of general nature and one shall be a specialized paper, the nature of which shall be decided by the Department. The student shall carry out a research project under the supervision of a Research Guide in the second semester. The project shall be based on the area of specialization which he/she has taken up for study, and submit a dissertation at the end of second semester to the Head of the Department, for evaluation. The dissertation submitted at the end of the second semester shall carry 12 credits for the second semester. The minimum required CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) in each semester shall be 5.5 out of a 10 point scale( for the SC/ST candidates the CGPA shall be 5.0). The grading shall be as follows:
91 and above
C+The respective Departmental Council shall prepare the syllabi for the course work. The Head of the Department concerned shall be the Chairperson of the examinations of the first and the second semesters.
Each Department that offers the programme shall carry out the valuation of the papers of the first semester internally through continuous assessment. The candidates shall submit the applications in the prescribed forms along with the receipts of remittance of the prescribed fees to the Head of the Department, one month before the end of the second semester, for onward transmission to the Controller of Examinations along with the list of the first semester grades, for the evaluation of the dissertation. Those who fail in the first semester examination shall be allowed to repeat the examination along with the next batch of first semester candidates. However, they can proceed with the second semester dissertation work.
The dissertation submitted at the end of second semester for the M.Phil degree shall be evaluated by the members of a Board of Examiners consisting of one external examiner appointed by the Vice-Chancellor from the panel of five examiners submitted by the respective supervising teacher and one internal examiner who shall be the supervising teacher. The Head of the Department shall forward to the Controller of Examinations, the panel of external examiners within one month after the commencement of the second semester. The internal examiner shall be the Chairman of the Board of Examiners. After evaluation there shall be a viva voce examination, jointly conducted by the external examiner and the supervising teacher. The candidate shall be graded on the basis of his/her performance. The respective supervising teacher shall hand over the grades awarded on the dissertation and the grade given for the viva voce examination with respect to all the candidates under him/her to the Head of the Department, who shall in turn forward the same along with applications and fee receipts to the Controller of Examinations one month before the end of the second semester. The Controller of Examinations shall publish the results after the meeting of the Pass Board, within 15 days from the date of receipt of the grades from the Heads of the Departments
The candidates after the successful completion of the second semester shall be awarded the M.Phil. degree, based on the grades of the examinations of the first semester and the grades of the dissertation and viva voce of the second semester. The Controller of Examinations shall make arrangements to issue the grade sheets and the degree certificates to the students concerned
The candidates who secure a minimum of 6.5 CGPA out of a 10 point scale in the first semester examination are eligible for registration to Ph.D Course. The candidate shall work out the preliminaries of his/her research project to be carried out for the Ph.D thesis under a recognized supervising teacher allotted to him/her by the Departmental Council. The candidate who continues for the Ph.D. degree course shall submit in the last month of the second semester/in the end of second year for those coming under clause 19, a written account outlining the Ph.D. programme, containing a) the title of the project/broad area of the project, b) the objectives, c) the importance of investigation, d) the review of the earlier work done in the area of proposed work and e) the details of the methodology.
There shall be a Doctoral Committee consisting of the Head of the Department who shall be the Chairman of the Committee, the supervising teacher and one expert from a relevant Discipline. This committee shall scrutinize, review and evaluate the written account on the research programme submitted by the candidate. If it is needed, the Doctoral Committee can suggest modifications in the topic/research programme, after discussion with the candidate. The evaluation shall be done in the first month of the third semester/in the end of the second year for those coming under clause 19.
The candidate shall present a seminar, immediately after the evaluation, on the proposed research work approved by the Doctoral Committee to all the members of the Department. The presentation is a prerequisite for getting the registration. The Chairman of the Doctoral Committee, in consultation with the supervising teacher shall issue notice regarding the presentation of seminar by the candidate. The Departmental Council shall approve the list of candidates to be registered for the Ph.D. degree course based on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee. The Head of the Department shall forward the list to the section concerned of the University office for issuance of the orders registering the candidate for the Ph.D. degree course with effect from the date mentioned in the list.
The candidates who have qualified the JRF – NET examinations can register for the Ph.D. Degree Course as and when they are awarded the fellowship by the UGC/CSIR/other funding agencies. However they shall undergo the two semester courses prescribed above as a prerequisite.
The teachers of the affiliated colleges/University Departments/candidates appointed as Research fellows or Research Assistants in the Research Projects, who wish to join for the M.Phil/Ph.D Integrated Course, shall undergo the two semester course work as a prerequisite. They shall be admitted without the entrance examination, on the condition that they shall complete the M.Phil course work within a period of two years. They need not attend the regular classes. But they shall attend the Research Department/Centre at least five days in a month to discuss the progress of the research work with the teachers who supervise the course and project. They are eligible to register for the Ph.D. course if they secure CGPA 6.5 out of a 10 point scale in the examination based on the first semester course content and shall follow the clauses 15, 16 & 17 of the regulations for registration. They shall attend the Research Department/Centre at least five days in a month during the Ph.D. Course. Those candidates who secure CGPA 5.5 and above out of a 10 point scale in each semester examination shall be awarded M.Phil. degree after the successful completion of the M.Phil course work.
Those candidates who posses the M.Phil Degree of this University with 60% marks, and who want to register for the Ph.D Course shall write the entrance examination. If they qualify in the entrance examination, they can be directly registered for the Ph.D course, subject to their fulfilling the other relevant conditions.
The candidates who want to register for their Ph.D at the Recognized Research Centres, other than the University Departments, shall take the entrance examination conducted by the University Departments. These candidates can register for Ph.D at the Recognized Research Centres after the successful completion of the course work in the first and second semesters at the University Departments.
The Departmental Doctoral Committee shall review the research programme of each research scholar twice a year. The research scholar shall publish either a research paper/short communication/new record related to his research work or present a paper in a seminar/workshop/symposium each year. The continuation of registration of the research scholar shall be based on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee.
The research scholars shall submit his/her theses after a minimum period of three years and a maximum of four years from the date of registration. The candidates who join the M.Phil./Ph.D. Integrated Course under clause 19 shall submit their theses with in a maximum period of 5 years. The candidate shall submit 4 copies of the thesis along with the following documents within one week from the date of receipt of the theses from the candidate:a) a declaration signed by the candidate that it has not previously formed the basis for the award of any degree, diploma, associateship, fellowship or title or recognition,b) a certificate from the supervising teacher certifying that the thesis is a bonafide research work carried out by the candidate, c) a completed application in the prescribed format,d) the original receipt of remittance of fee prescribed by the University,e) no-dues certificates from the hostel, library and Department/Research centres andf) a compact disc of the thesis, to the Head of the Department who shall forward the same to the Controller of Examinations.
He/she shall submit ten copies of the abstract of the thesis, through the Supervising teacher, to the Controller of Examinations three months prior to the submission of the thesis. The supervising teacher shall forward a panel with the name, designation & address of at least six experts from academic institutions or academicians in research institutions along with the abstract. The Vice-Chancellor shall constitute a committee comprising two experts from the panel provided by the supervising teacher, for the evaluation of the thesis.
The Controller shall make arrangements to complete the evaluation of the thesis within 6 months of the date of the submission of the thesis. Within one week from the date of the receipt of the reports from the experts, the Controller of Examinations shall forward the reports, recommending the award of Ph.D. degree to the Head of the Department and the supervising teacher.
The Head of the Department in consultation with the supervising teacher and one of the experts shall fix a date for the conduct of an open defence. The Board of Examiners shall consist of one of the experts who evaluated the thesis and the supervising teacher, who shall be the moderator. In addition to the teachers, the research scholars and the P.G. students of the Department concerned and all those who are interested in the field shall be allowed to attend the open defence. The external expert alone shall put questions to the candidate. All others shall be only listeners. As and when the external examiner winds up the viva voce, the open defence can be thrown open to the listeners for healthy academic discussion, the outcome of which shall in no way affect the examiner’s grading the thesis. The grading can be done by the external examiner in consultation with the guide. The Board of Examiners shall prepare a report on the open defence and it shall be forwarded through the Head of the Department to the Controller of Examinations, who shall forward the recommendations and the reports of the experts to the Vice-Chancellor for the award of the Ph.D. degree. The Vice-Chancellor shall issue orders for the award of the Ph.D. degree subject to ratification by the Syndicate.
If the experts suggest correction, modification, revision etc. for the approval of the thesis for the award of Ph.D. degree, the candidate shall submit the revised thesis after an interval of 6 months.
If the experts differ in their opinion on the award of the Ph.D. degree to the candidate, the thesis shall be sent to a third expert appointed by the Vice-Chancellor from the original panel submitted by the supervising teacher. If two experts do not recommend the award of Ph.D. degree, the thesis shall be rejected.
The candidates who have already registered for the Ph.D. degree shall also come under the purview of the new regulations for the evaluation of the thesis
As soon as these new regulations for the M.Phil/Ph.D Integrated Course come into effect, all the earlier rules and regulations shall be treated as cancelled. However, the Ph.D Courses under the Faculties of Medicine and Engineering shall continue to be governed by the rules and regulations existing prior to this revision
Those subjects of PG Studies in which the University does not directly offer PG Courses at any of its Departments, but in which a college or a few colleges offer PG courses shall also continue to be governed by the rules and the regulations existing prior to this revision, until the University begins offering PG Courses in such subjects at the University Departments.