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 integrated M.Phil. & Direct 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 50 per cent of aggregate marks, or a grade point average of 3.05.
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 Direct PhD programmes. In case of the Integrated M.Phil-PhD 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 Integrated M.Phil-Ph. D and Direct 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 Direct PhD
The MPhil-PhD Programme in Rural Development will be a five years (2 years MPhil + 3 Years PhD) programme starting from academic year 2014-15. The first year of Programme will consist of two semesters of course work followed by one year for completing MPhil dissertation. The coursework for the programme is on theories and practices in development and research methods. The dissertation topic selected by students will specifically be on Rural Development. After successful completion of the two years MPhil Programme, the students with minimum CGPA of 6 will automatically move to the PhD Programme which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of PhD Thesis. The usual process of proposal and synopsis presentation at TISS will be followed. The students will have option to exit the Programme after two years of successful completion of MPhil Programme. The broad research areas that the students of the Programme can work on are:
Rural development in the context of globalization, Human and Institutional Development
Developmental Social Work, Community Organisation and Development Practice
Rural Livelihoods, Food Security, Natural Resources Management, Disaster Risk Reduction
Rural and Inclusive Marketing
District and Micro Planning, Issues of Local Governance
Communal Harmony and Peace; Marginalisation and Identity, Anthropology of Religion
Sociology of Caste, Social exclusion, Tribal Development, Nomadic and Denotified Tribes
Social Movements and Social Action
Peasant Studies and Agrarian Relations
Public Health Management, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Maternal and Child Health, Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
Rural Credit Market
NGO and Rural Development
Distribution of Credit Hours:
The duration of the M.Phil. Programme in Rural Development shall be two years, spread over four semesters coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.
The M.Phil. programme shall carry a total of - 46 credits - and will have four components:
Compulsory Courses (CC): 16 credit
Auxiliary Courses (AC) (non-credit): - one course provide/enhance skills in the use of scholarly writing,
Survey of Literature (SL) (6 Credits): As a prelude to embarking on the study proper, the student is helped to familiarise herself with the literature available on the problem chosen for study, and identify the gaps in it and/or formulate alternative hypotheses.
Dissertation (DI) (24 Credits): Provides an opportunity for the student to practice the craft of research by using the knowledge acquired during the course work. Embodying the outcome of the practise or process of research, the dissertation constitutes the product of research. The dissertation shall be evaluated and graded by the guide and an examiner external as per the Institute rule.
Semester I Courses: There will be four courses (14 credits) provide the foundation for theoretical understanding of development, research methods and one non-credit course in research writings
Semester II Courses: There will be two courses (8 credits) – one on Statistical Application in research (2 credits) which will impart basic statistical skills and software packages to students and other on Survey of Literature (6 credits) which will familiarizes students with the existing literature on the area the research and help students to develop their research proposal
Semester III & IV- Dissertation: The coursework in the first year of the Programme intended to prepare students for research, and the research undertaken by students in the second year culminate into a dissertation thesis (24 credits) submitted by the students at the end of the Programme. The usual process of MPhil dissertation evaluation rule will be applicable.
PhD Thesis: will require successful completion and defence of PhD Thesis after obtaining MPhil Degree with prescribed CGPA
Proposed Courses for Integrated MPhil-PhD Programme in Rural Development
Description of paper/activity
Compulsory Course 1: Philosophy of Development
Compulsory Course 2: Approaches to Development
Compulsory Course 3: Aspects of Rural Development
Compulsory Course 4: Research Methods
Compulsory Course 5: Computer based statistical application in Research
Auxiliary Course 1: Research Writing
Survey of Literature (SL)
Semesters III & IV - MPhil Dissertation (DI)
PhD (years 3-5)
Degree will be awarded after successful completion of thesis
Note: Students can audit the course(s) of their interest in any of the semesters from the pool of courses offered to MA Students
Fee Structure for Integrated M.Phil and Ph.D Programme and Direct 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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