School: School of Development Studies
Applicants will be shortlisted for the Research Aptitude Test (RAT) on basis of them meeting the following considerations with regard to educational qualifications, work experience and research proposal:
Educational Qualifications: The minimum academic qualification for admission to the M.Phil. & Ph.D programmes is a Second Class Master’s or equivalent degree in the relevant subject awarded by a recognised university in India or abroad, with at least an average of 55 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.5 under the seven-point scale of the University Grants Commission (UGC). In the case of SC/ST/OBC(non-creamy layer)/differently-abled candidates, the minimum eligibility is an average of 45 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 2.50.
Candidates who are likely to complete all the requirements of their final year Master’s Degree examinations by July 1, are also eligible to apply for M.Phil, provided they have successfully completed their first year Masters degree. In such cases, admission will be provisional. If a provisionally admitted student successfully completes the admission formalities such as clearing the Research Aptitude Test, but fails to score the minimum required mark/grade at the end of the final year examination of his/her Master’s degree, the offer of provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.
Work Experience: A minimum of five years of post graduation work experience is required for Ph.D. programmes. In case of the M.Phil. Programme, there is no requirement of work experience. However, candidates with one to two years of work experience, will be preferred.
Submission of a research proposal is a compulsory requirement for admission to the M.Phil and Ph.D. Programme. A research proposal consisting of approximately 1,000 words should accompany the proposal and indicate the Specification of the broad field of study, Statement of the research problem and scope and objectives of the study, rationale for and the significance of the study, methodology to be followed, references, and the candidate’s research/work experience in that area, if any.
Candidates who have an M.Phil or equivalent degree awarded by a recognized university in India or abroad are also eligible for a PhD
Curriculum for M.Phil Programme
The M.Phil. Programme in Development Studies is a full time programme for the duration of 2 years. This would include 2 semesters of course work and 12 months of dissertation writing. The candidates would also be expected to develop their proposals during course work.
The course work would be based on class room teaching along with other interactive methods of seminar presentations and discussions. The research work would be based on a one-to-one interaction between the guide and the student. However, the student would also be expected to submit reports on regular intervals on the progress on the research work to the M.Phil. programme coordinator.
During the period of the course work, the student/s would be expected to interact with prospective guides/faculty to discuss their research interest. At the end of course work, students would also be expected to present their research proposals.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
1) The M.Phil. Programme in Development Studies, which carries a total of 50 credits, has three components :
Compulsory Courses (MDS) (12 credits) : There are a total of six compulsory courses that seek to equip students with the knowledge of research methods and thematic areas of development. All compulsory courses are located in the First Semester.
Optional Courses (MDSO) (8 credits) : The optional papers offered would be based on various sub-themes within development, seeking to address the specialized interests of the students as well as papers on advanced statistical techniques, GIS and spatial statistics. Students would be given the choice of taking four optional papers (of 2 credits each). Research Proposal/Survey of literature (6 credits) Mandatory.
All optionals are located in the Second Semester.
Dissertation (MDSD) (24 credits): The dissertation would involve fieldwork/data collection, research and writing over a period of one year under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
Semester-wise Listing of Courses
Sociological Perspectives on Development
Economics of Development
Development Experiences: International Perspectives
Philosophical Methods in Social Science Research
Methodological Issues in Development Research-Part I
Methodological Issues in Development Research – Part II
OPTIONAL COURSES (ANY FOUR)
Changing Geopolitics in the Contemporary World Order
Social Justice and the City
GIS and Spatial Statistics
Health, Nutrition and Development
Population and Development
Idea of India: Discourses and Practices
Interpreting Justice and Welfare; An Enquiry into the Nature of Politics
State, Democracy and Democratic Politics in India: Institutions and Processes
Tribes in the Contemporary World
Ethnography, Governance and the City
Macroeconomic Theories and Policies
Advanced Statistical Methods for Development Studies
Political Economy of Agrarian Relations
Sociological Methods in Social Sciences
International Relations and Analysis of Foreign Policy
Prison Lives and Worlds: Carceral
Contexts and Beyond
Research Proposal/ Survery of Literature (Mandatory)
Total= (4x2) + 6
3) Provision for supervised Self study papers/Directed Readings can be made for M. Phil, which would enable students to develop core competency in any specific field related to their research. These would be non-graded papers equivalent to auditing. It is not mandatory to have a self study paper. Not more than two self study papers can be taken by students during the Programme. They may approach any faculty member of the Institute for the same. The self study paper would not be exactly identical* to any course offered at the Institute at the Master's level. Faculty concerned would submit a note to the Coordinator of the Programme stating broadly the content and pedagogy of the paper.
(*Note: If the faculty deems it necessary s/he may direct the student to attend the lectures of any existing Master's level course with the prerequisite that the self study has some additional component in terms of content and/or application which makes the course suitable to the M.Phil Progamme).
The course work would be based on class room teaching along with other interactive methods of seminar presentations and discussions. The research work would be based on a one-to-one interaction between the guide and the student. However, the student would also be expected to submit reports on regular intervals on the progress in research work to the M.Phil. programme coordinator.
The students would be evaluated for the course work through end term examinations/ term papers, and class presentations. Prior to submission, the M.Phil. student would be expected to make a seminar presentation related to the dissertation. Three copies of the dissertation have to be submitted to the School. The evaluation of the dissertation or research work would be as per the norms and regulations of the UGC.
Fee Structure for M.Phil and Ph.D Programme
(Prices in INR and subject to revision)
The full fees and deposits should be paid within the stipulated time after the announcement of the admission results. In addition, Rs. 50/- towards bank processing charges should be paid in any branch of the State Bank of India. If students fail to pay the fee on time, their candidature can be cancelled. Once the students details have been entered into the Online platform, a scanned copy of the fee receipt must be submitted via the online platform. Non-adherence to the above will be considered as equivalent to non-payment of fees.
Students’ Mediclaim Insurance Premium
For M.Phil per Semester
For Ph.D. per Semester for 2 Years
Medical Examination Fees
Student Union Fee
Payable three months before submission
Degree certificate replacement
Issue of duplicate Identity Card
Hostel Room(Double/Triple) (if allotted)
*subject to revision
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