Duration: 1 year



1. Scope:The scope of the third cycle leading to a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) is thecompletion of the academic studies in Philosophy.  Its objective is specialization in aparticular area of philosophy as well as refinement in the methodology ofphilosophical research.


2. Board ofPostgraduate Studies (BPS): There shall be a Board of Postgraduate Studiesconsisting of the Dean and two other members elected by the Faculty Council fora period of three years.  The Dean shallbe ex-officio the Chairperson of the Board, and he shall be directly in-chargeof the Doctorate Programme.


3. Requirements:For admission to the Doctorate Programme the applicant must hold a LicentiateDegree in Philosophy with at least a high second class.  Admission will also be granted on individualmerit to students who have a Master-s Degree in any other allied subject,provided they successfully complete the one-year MPhil programme of the Institute(see below for more details on MPhil).


The mode of commutation of any of the requirements forDoctorate with the courses one has done in another ecclesiastical or secularinstitute or university or college shall be determined by the Syndicate, takinginto consideration the merits of each case. The BPS shall also decide the equivalence of a degree awarded by anotherinstitute or university with a degree from the Institute.


4. Admission:Admission is open to all who have the proper qualifications but only to thosebelow 55 years.  An exemption to theage-limit can be granted by the BPS in deserving cases.  The candidates shall be introduced andrecommended by his/her Major Superior/Ordinary or a competent person acceptableto the Institute.  Admissions shall begiven only at the beginning of each semester, i.e., in June or November.           


5. Duration:The minimum duration of the Doctorate Programme shall be two years (foursemesters), which may be extended up to five years.  The Dean may grant a further extension of onemore year after examining the merit of each case.


Residence in Bangalore is a requirement during thefirst year of the Doctorate Programme. Exemption from this can be given only by the BPS after examining themerit of each case.


6. Director andSecond Guide: The candidate chooses the director from among the teachers ofthe Faculty in consultation with the Dean. A second guide, in case of researchin interdisciplinary areas, may be appointed by the Dean in consultation withthe Board of Post-Graduate Studies, and he can be from outside theInstitute.  The student shall haveconsultation also with the second guide, and the draft of the dissertationshall be approved also by him.  In casethe director is to be from another Faculty of the Institute, prior approval bythe Board of Post-Graduate Studies is required.


7. DoctoralResearch: The doctoral candidates shall be required to have a workingknowledge of appropriate languages according to the nature of the research, andalso a working knowledge of modern languages, besides English, that may berequired for the research.


The research programme during the first two semestersshall be the following:

a)     Two tutorials/research papers.

b)     Two faculty seminars in which the members of the faculty and thestudents of the LPh programme are present.

c)     Some teaching assignments under the guidance of the director of thecandidate.

d)     The candidate shall meet his/her director once in two months fordiscussions on the research.

e)     The candidate shall have the grade of first class for the tutorials andthe research papers so that he/she may be promoted to the second year of thedoctorate.  The promotion is given by theDean in consultation with the BPS.

f)      The director of the PhD candidate shall prepare a semestral report onthe performance of the candidate and send it to the Dean of the Faculty.

8. Research Proposal:

a)     After having completed all other requirements the candidate shallpresent a Research Proposal to a panel of three examiners (including thedirector) appointed by the Dean in consultation with the members of theBPS.  Four copies of the ResearchProposal have to be presented to the office of the Dean.

b)     The Research Proposal shall include a statement of the question or issueof research and its significance, methodology and procedure of the research,provisional titles of the chapters and their contents, projected conclusions,and the bibliography both primary and secondary.

c)     The Research Proposal session shall be private and its duration may beabout an hour.

d)     The main objectives of the session are critical evaluation of theresearch project and its methodology, and offering concrete suggestions towardsthe improvement and revision of the research project.

e)     The examiners have to give formal evaluation of the Research Proposalindividually in writing and hand it over to the Dean along with their commentsand suggestions towards the revision of the research project.

f)      The candidate shall be informed of the result of the Research Proposalin writing along with the comments and suggestions of the examiners, and a copyof this communication shall be kept in the office.


9. Dissertation Approval: The maximum number of words for thedissertation shall be 1,20,000.  Beforethe public defence, the candidate shall submit three copies of the dissertationin its final draft to the Dean.  Threereaders are appointed by the Dean to scrutinize the draft, and at least two ofthem must approve it before promoting the candidate to the public defence.  The director shall not be a member of thispanel. The observations of the readers shall be intimated to the student andthe director of the dissertation. If two of the readers are not in favour ofpromoting the candidate to the public defence, the dissertation shall berevised and a second session may be arranged for approval after six months. Ifthe panel approves the final draft, five bound copies of the dissertation shallbe submitted to the office of the Dean. It may take about at least two months for the public defence of adissertation, after it has been submitted. The format of the dissertation shall be according to the prescribedstandards of DVK.

10. Public Defence

a)     The Dean appoints the panel of examiners in consultation with the BPS.The panel shall not be less than four members.

b)     The public defence shall be chaired by the Dean of the Faculty or hisdelegate, and shall have the duration of an hour and a half.

c)     The director, the second guide, if any, and at least one of the threereaders shall be included in the panel of examiners.

d)     The panel of examiners may include competent persons from any of thefaculties of the Institute and persons from other faculties in India andabroad.

e)     Taking into consideration the local practice of universities, thepublication of the dissertation is not considered an essential requirement forconferring the degree at the Convocation.


11.Marks and Grading System:The grade of the Doctorate will be determined by calculating the marksaccording to the following proportions: Tutorials, Research Papers andSeminars: 20%; Written Dissertation 60%: Public Defence: 20%.


12. Special Fees:  Besides theannual fees, the candidate shall pay special fees as prescribed in the Handbookfor the Research Proposal, Dissertation Approval, and the Public Defence.

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