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Ph.D. (Regular) Winter Admissions

Admissions in Ph.D. programs at DA-IICT is possible through two channels. These are
1. Ph.D. (Regular)
2. Ph.D. (Rolling)

DA-IICT aspires to take a leading role in the research areas related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The research interest of faculty members is widely spread in the areas of ICT and Humanities, Social Sciences, Design and Arts.

The doctoral program leading towards the award of the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) provides the prospective students an opportunity to carry out innovative research that would strengthen ICT R&D activities in academia, governance and industry.

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Submission of online Application Form commences on 27 October 2022
Submission of online Application Form closes on 02 December 2022
Entrance Examination for Candidates not called for direct interview 11 December 2022
Announcement of list of candidates called for interview (tentative) 16 December 2022
Date of Interview (tentative) 22 / 23 December 2022
Announcement of Result (tentative) 27 December 2022
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Commencement of classes TBD

DA-IICT invites applications from bright scholars interested in pursuing research in ICT and other allied domains. The doctoral program at DA-IICT is an intense program geared towards preparing students for careers both in academia and industry. Research at DA-IICT is conducted in ICT & allied disciplines, Mathematical & Computational Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences. Candidates interested in any of these disciplines, or in interdisciplinary areas, are encouraged to apply.

The details of the faculty members with their research interests can be found here. Candidates are advised to interact and discuss their prospective research supervision with faculty members over email and/or in person.

The Ph.D. (Regular) admissions is conducted twice in an academic year, once prior to the Autumn semester (July) and the other prior to the Winter semester (December).

Admissions in the Ph.D. program is also possible through the Ph.D. (Rolling) category. For more details, please visit here.

The PhD program comprises of both course and research work. The amount of coursework one has to undergo depends on the candidates' past background and the research one is engaged in. The research work to be undertaken for PhD must include original contribution to the knowledge reserve culminating in a thesis to be submitted for the doctoral degree. The detailed Program structure, academic requirement, and comprehensive examination information can be found here.

Institute reserves the right to admit as many as candidates depending on their credentials and potential.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria for Ph.D. (Regular) Admissions:
Category Educational Qualification/Eligibility Criteria Selection Criteria
A. ICT and Allied Domains M.Tech./M.E./M.C.A./M.Sc./M.Phil./B.Tech/B.E. or equivalent degree in ICT / CS / EC / IT / EE / IN / Mathematics / Statistics / Physics / Bioinformatics / Electronics or other appropriate disciplines with 60% marks or its equivalent in the qualifying degree as per the norms set by degree awarding Institute/University.

1. Mode 1: Direct Interview for candidates with valid GATE result. Shortlisting for interview will be based on the GATE score/rank.

The admissions committee would refer the applications received to a panel of experts who can judge the relative merits of each application and accordingly decide the relevant GATE threshold. The applicant is expected to fulfill the GATE score/rank threshold as decided by the committee/panel of experts.

2. Mode 2: This will comprise of proctored online entrance test followed by personal/online interview.
Shortlisting will be on the basis of a proctored online entrance test and the selection will be based on a personal/online interview.

The interview will happen via a video conferencing mode either through Skype or Google Hangout/Meet.

B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences
(Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Computational Science)
M.Sc./M.Tech./M.Phil./B.Tech./B.E. or equivalent degree in Engineering Physics / Computational Science / Computer Science / Scientific Computing / Physics / Mathematics / Electronics / Bioinformatics or other appropriate disciplines with 60% marks or its equivalent as per the norms set by the degree awarding Institute/University.
C. Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

(English, History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Design)

 

M.A./M.Com./M.B.A./M.Phil. or an equivalent degree in the desired discipline with at least 55% marks or equivalent as per the norms set by the degree awarding Institute/University. M. Phil. degree holders will be preferred.

The candidate must furnish a clear academic statement of purpose (SOP) conveying his/her intellectual background, research interests, achievements, and competences.

1. Mode 1: Candidates with a valid UGC-NET JRF and/or M Phil degree will be shortlisted for the interview solely on the basis of their statement of purpose (SOP) and other relevant academic credentials.

2. Mode 2: This will comprise of proctored online entrance test followed by personal/online interview.
Shortlisting will be based on proctored online entrance test and the selection will be on the basis of a personal/online interview.

The interview will happen via a video conferencing mode either through Skype or Google Hangout/Meet.

D. . External (part-time)

Educational qualifications as mentioned in the category (A, B and C) above with three years of relevant experience.

The candidates should be working in an R&D organization or university/institution.

The candidate who intends to apply in this category should forward his/her application through proper channel, that is, forwarding certificate/letter by the head of the department/institute.

Find here Sponsorship certificate template link (PDF)

The candidate who intends to apply in this category should forward a No Objection certificate.

Find here No Objection certificate template link (PDF)

DA-IICT reserves right to relax eligibility criteria for the external category for deserving candidates based on candidate’s research profile and experience.

1. Mode 1: Direct Interview for candidates with valid UGC-NET JRF/DST Inspire/PM scholarship/Visvesvaraya PhD scheme at the time of application.

2. Mode 2: This will comprise of proctored online entrance test followed by personal/online interview.
Shortlisting will be based on proctored online entrance test and the selection will be on the basis of a personal/online interview.

The interview will happen via a video conferencing mode either through Skype or Google Hangout/Meet.

 

Note:

  • The guidelines and syllabus for PhD entrance test can be found here
  • For sample questions in engineering disciplines click here.
  • The sample paper for the Ph.D. (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) can be found here
  • The guidelines and sample question paper for the Ph.D. (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences )
    • Note:
      In line with DA-IICT's emphasis on interdisciplinary pedagogy and research, the HSS & Design question paper is prepared keeping in mind the full range of the HSS disciplines. All competent candidates from any of the disciplines mentioned on our admissions webpage will be able to attempt the question paper. The answers should be clear and cogent, and should at the same time reflect the candidate's critical thinking skills.
    • For sample question paper in HSS disciplines click here.
  • Candidates with M.Sc./M.C.A., unless they have a subsequent M. Phil. degree will be considered equivalent to candidate with a B.Tech./B.E. degree and are required to fulfil (additional) course and research requirements.
  • DA-IICT reserves right to relax eligibility criteria for the sponsored category for deserving candidates based on candidate’s research profile and experience.
  • The decision of the Competent Authorities of DA-IICT regarding eligibility of any candidate shall be final.

Regarding Online Proctored Mode: In this, the candidate will be remotely administered the test at any location of his/her choice. While proctoring online, the candidates will be monitored by a software assisted mechanism. This is a browser based test through a URL facilitated by a strict authentication process. The candidates will be assigned a fixed time slot on the day of the test. The entire test will be constantly monitored for any suspicious activity using advanced video and audio analytics. While the candidate takes the test, a qualified proctor monitors the candidates, the audio-video, and screen and shares feeds in real time throughout the duration of the test. System requirements for online proctored test would be a working computer system (Desktop or Laptop) with webcam and mic. A stable internet connection with minimum upload speed of => 512 kbps and updated web browsers chrome or firefox.

Age

There is no age limit applicable to this program.
Tuition fee
  • Rs. 50,000 per Semester, Applicable from academic year 2022-2023.
  • Fee waiver of 25% for candidates having passed NET/GATE, Sponsored candidates & External candidates.
  • There is increase in fellowship as follows::
    • The fellowship is Rs. 28,000/- per month till comprehensive examination.
    • After comprehensive examination, for the first two years Rs. 31,000 per month. For the next two years the stipend will be revised to Rs. 35,000/- per month
Registration Fee Rs. 2,500 per Semester
Caution Deposit Rs. 25,000 (Refundable at the end of the Program)
Hostel Rent Rs. 23,000 per semester
Food On actuals. There are multiple food options available in the campus (The expense will be approximately Rs. 5,500 per month)

At the time of admission an amount of Rs. 75,000/- (Rs. 50,000/- towards tuition fee for the first Semester and Rs. 25, 000/- towards caution deposit) is to be paid by way of bank draft drawn in favour of ‘DA-IICT,’ payable at Ahmedabad. The registration fee is payable at the time of registration and hostel rent on allotment of the hostel room.
*Subject to revision.

Refund Policy

The refund policy for the withdrawing candidates will be in accordance to the UGC/AICTE rules.

Financial assistance: The following is a summary of financial assistance provided by the institute to the non-sponsored category students.

DA-IICT fellowship: With effect from July 2022-23 session, all those admitted as full-time PhD students will be eligible for financial support (fellowship) in the form of Teaching Assistantship (TA)/Research Assistantships (RAs).  The fellowship is for a maximum duration of four years after passing the comprehensive examination or clearing of Synopsis, whichever is earlier.  The responsibilities associated with the teaching / research assistantship includes conducting laboratory courses and tutorials for undergraduate students, assisting in teaching, research projects, and academic administration.

  • The fellowship is Rs. 28,000/- per month till the end of the semester in which the candidate clears the comprehensive examination.
  • After passing the comprehensive examination, for the first two years the stipend would be Rs. 31,000 per month. For the next two years the stipend will be revised to Rs. 35,000/- per month
  • Candidates with either M. Phil, valid NET-JRF, GATE score of 500 or above or top rank in University/Institute in their qualifying degree would be eligible for DAIICT fellowship of Rs. 35,000 per month after passing the comprehensive examination.

TCS Research Fellowship: The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has recognized DA-IICT as one of the Institutions to administer the TCS Research Scholar Program. This prestigious program provides attractive doctoral fellowships to full-time students pursuing PhD programs in selected areas. The eligibility and other details are as follows:

The scheme is open for Ph D students in their first year of the program. Students who are within 28 years of age, having a first class throughout their education, and wish to pursue research in broad areas of Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology and Software Engineering.

Period: For a maximum of four years or submission of thesis, whichever is earlier.

Fellowship: Rs. 41,000/- per month for the first two years and Rs. 45,000/- per month for the next two years. Other Incentives are:

  • A contingency of Rs.1,00,000/- is available in first year for use during the tenure of studies.
  • A student enrolled as TCS Research Scholar is eligible to receive support for paper presentation in one International refereed conference, held outside India, and two National/International refereed conferences, held in India, during her/his tenure.

Selection: Institute will invite applications from students who are offered PhD admission, and recommend suitable candidates to TCS. TCS reserves the right of final selection for the award of the fellowship.

Other Fellowships: Candidates who have been selected for DST Inspire / PM Scholarship / Visweshvaraya PhD scheme and other appropriate fellowships and admitted to the program can avail their fellowship.

  • Submit online application form by clicking on the link given below. Application fee (non-refundable) is Rs. 1200/- (Total Rs. 1416/-) plus GST@ 18%.

    Click here to apply online

  • The Candidate has to satisfy the eligibility criteria in order for her/his application to be considered for admission into the PhD. program.
  • Applicants who have not been invited directly for the interview are required to appear for DAIICT’s PhD Entrance Examination.
  • The candidates shortlisted based on either their performance in the DA-IICT PhD entrance test OR invited directly for interview, have to appear for personal interview. In the interview, the candidates will be evaluated by a panel of expert faculty on foundational as well as specialized topics of their background and research interests. For this purpose, the candidates have to submit a one page statement of purpose as a part of their application. Final merit list for admission into the program will be prepared based on the written examination (wherever applicable) and/or the interview.
  • The candidates who have accepted admission offers will be notified to appear for registration, followed by document verification, payment of fees and on confirmation of admission, the orientation program.

Admission Offer

List of candidates selected for admission to the Ph.D. Program will be posted on the website of DA-IICT, and the candidates will be intimated accordingly through post and/or email.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the Ph.D. (Regular) program can be found here

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