School: School of Habitat 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
Areas of research interest:
i) Sanitation, solid waste management and social determinants of health
ii) Energy and climate policy or energy and emissions modelling
iii) Impacts of climate variability in agriculture
iv) Infrastructure policy and regulation: water or electricity
v) Contemporary Indian urbanism and space, housing and intersections of planning, infrastructure and lived experience
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Composition of M. Phil Coursework
The duration of the M.Phil. programme shall be two years, spread over four semesters coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.
The M.Phil. programme in Social Sciences carries a total of 46 credits and has five components1:
(i) Basic Courses (BC) (8 Credits): The four courses provide the knowledge base in theory and practice of research.
(ii) Auxiliary Courses (AC) (non-credit): One course to provide/enhance skills pertaining to scholarly writing.
(iii) Thematic/Optional Courses (TC) (6 Credits): The three courses, to be chosen by a scholar from the list of current offerings in the Schools/Centres, will help extend or update her/his knowledge in the (sub)discipline that he/she has chosen to do research in.
(iv) Optional/Thematic Course (OC) (2 Credits): One course to be chosen by a scholar from any of the courses listed across the Schools and Centres in the Institute.
(v) Survey of Literature (SL) (6 Credits): The survey of literature helps the scholar familiarise himself/herself with the literature available on the problem chosen for the study, and identify the gaps in it and/or formulate alternative hypotheses. A working paper must accompany the survey of literature.
(vi) 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 to the Centre appointed by the Director from a panel of experts suggested by the Deputy Director, Research (and Development).
Some of the thematic/optional courses can be taken in the first semester in addition to the basic courses. However, this depends on the programme requirements and can vary for the various decentralized programmes.
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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