The Ph.D programme leads the student to gain advanced knowledge and research experience in a particular field of study. The principal component of the programme is a dissertation based on original research. The student is associated with one or more research advisors.

Students are required to complete as part of the Research Training Programme (RTP), a specified number of courses, in consultation with their advisors. Following the RTP, the student is expected to clear a comprehensive examination (comprising a seminar and oral questions on the RTP). In addition to acquiring knowledge in a broad area, students in the Ph.D programme, through coursework, reading peer-reviewed research articles, and seminars, develop an advanced understanding in a field of study, and perform original research, which generally leads to peer-reviewed publications, patents, and technologies for social impact. Other opportunites include:

  • Collaboration and visits to other universities.
  • Internship and placement through OCCAP.
  • Financial support for attending international conferences.
  • Support for entrepreneurial efforts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For details of admissions: click here.

The number of credits of coursework to be registered for as part of the Research Training Programme is based on the qualification of the student as follows.

ME/MTech/MTech (Res) equivalent qualification 12 credits
BE/B Tech/M.Sc or equivalent qualification 24 credits
Transfer from MTech to PhD(within two terms) 24 credits
Transfer from MTech (Res) to PhD (within two terms) (MTech (Res) 12 credits, additional 12 credits) 24 credits
Continuation after submitting MTech (Research) thesis 12 credits
Continuation M Tech to PhD after the award of degree 12credits


The Department of ECE (in collaboration with various Sponsors and Departments) also offers fellowships to bright students. A PhD candidate can apply for these after being admitted to the PhD programme. The prominent ones include:

  • TCS PhD fellowship
  • IBM PhD fellowship  
  • MSR PhD fellowship