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Doctoral Programme (Full Time)

In its quest to promote excellence in management, the Institute launched an autonomous doctoral programme in 1999 leading to the award of Fellow Programme in Management (FPM). However, after the Institute of Management becoming a constituent of Nirma University in 2003, the degree of PhD of Nirma University is granted on completion of the programme.

The primary objective of the PhD in Business Management programme is to prepare young men and women for challenging opportunities in teaching, research, and consulting. The programme is designed to impart knowledge, develop skills and create attitudes relevant to teaching, research and consulting. The programme requires coursework in general management as well as in the area of specialisation, followed by a doctoral level dissertation. In addition to the Institute faculty, resource persons are also drawn from reputed business schools in India and abroad.

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Curriculum Architecture

The programme emphasises both skills and knowledge in management. Some of the skills are generic in nature: self-development, communication, qualitative and quantitative research methods, computing and information technology. Other skills are more specific to functional areas of management. In a similar vein, a general appreciation of management concepts is provided through the courses at preparatory level, while research based knowledge is imparted through advanced courses offered by the functional areas.

Pre-Registration Course-work

Requirement of pre-requisite course work before formal registration for PhD The candidates would be required to undergo one-year pre-requisite course work equal to 32 Credit Hours before formal registration to PhD Programme.

PhD Course Work

The candidates would be required to study four PhD courses equal to 16 Credit Hours. The course work shall be treated as prerequisite for PhD A common four credits course Research Methodology, covers areas such as quantitative methods, computer applications, research ethics and review of published research in the relevant field, training, fieldwork, etc and needs to be covered by all PhD students. Remaining three advanced courses pertain to functional area chosen and the theme in which the candidate wants to pursue his/ her research.

Passing Standards

A PhD scholar has to obtain a minimum of C+ grade in each course and minimum CPI 6.00 in course work in order to be eligible to continue in the Programme.

Duration

The average duration for the completion of the progamme is 4 years including course work and maximum of 6 years [Till submission of thesis].
Provided however that the Director General, on the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and Dean, Faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research, on completion of 6 years, permit the research scholar to renew the registration on payment of due fees up to 7 years.
The women candidates and Persons with Disability (more than 40% disability) may be allowed a relaxation of two years in the maximum duration, i.e. up to 9 years. The women candidates may be provided Maternity Leave / Child Care Leave once in the entire duration of PhD for up to 240 days and male research scholars shall be eligible for paternity leave as per University rules once during their entire tenure.

Attendance Requirement

A research scholar, who is pursuing course-work as a part of his PhD Programme, is expected to have full (100%) attendance in each course. However, a maximum of 30% attendance deficiency may be condoned by the Dean, Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research for genuine reasons.

Award of the Title

After the doctoral students of the Institute has satisfied all the requirements of the PhD Programme, he/she will be awarded the title of ‘Doctor of Philosophy” by the Nirma University.

Research Fellowship:The Full-Time research scholar will be given Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) for first three years and Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) for one year.Provided, however, the fellowship will be commenced from the date of original admission and the SRF after three years will be approved by the Dean of the faculty concerned on the basis of the satisfactory performance.

Payment of Tuition & other Fees:The research scholar registered for the PhD degree shall be required to pay the tuition fees and other fees as prescribed from time to time for all the Terms from the registration to the date of submission of thesis.

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First Three Years Rs.18,600/- Per Month
Fourth Year Rs.21,700/- Per Month
Fees Amount
Tuition Fee Rs. 40,000/- per annum  (Fourty Thousand Only)

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Duration

The average duration for the completion of the progamme is 4 years including course work and maximum of 6 years [Till submission of thesis].

Provided however that the Director General, on the recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and Dean, Faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research, on completion of 6 years, permit the research scholar to renew the registration on payment of due fees up to 7 years.

The women candidates and Persons with Disability (more than 40% disability) may be allowed a relaxation of two years in the maximum duration, i.e. up to 9 years. The women candidates may be provided Maternity Leave / Child Care Leave once in the entire duration of PhD for up to 240 days and male research scholars shall be eligible for paternity leave as per University rules once during their entire tenure.

Residential Programme

The PhD Programme is a full time residential Programme. The scholar is required to stay at Institute hostel. However, a scholar may seek permission for exemption from hostel on justified genuine reasons.

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