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PhD at School of Engineering and Applied Science

Admission Process

  • Candidates need to apply for PhD admissions, using the prescribed format in the application form. Please click here to download the application form.
  • All eligible candidates will have to appear for PhD entrance test, conducted at School of Engineering and Applied Science. The syllabus for the same can be found here click here 
  • Application should be accompanied by a demand draft of Rs. 1,000/- in favour of "Ahmedabad University" and payable at Ahmedabad.
  • Send an envelope containing hardcopy of the filled in application along with the demand draft to:

                     The Senior Manager - Administration
                        School of Engineering and Applied Science

                        GICT Building, Central Campus
                        Near Commerce Six Roads, Navrangpura
                        Ahmedabad – 380009 Gujarat, INDIA

For more details, please write to graduate.admissions@ahduni.edu.in  with subject "PhD admissions 2021-22"

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Policies regarding Design and Conduct of the Doctoral Programmes

For the Doctoral Programme Policy, Click here.


PhD Entrance Test Summary

  • The PhD entrance test will be of 2 hours, and will have two parts:
    • Part-A: Duration: 45 minutes: Mathematics (Compulsory for all students)
    • Part-B: Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes: Part-B will have the following sections :
      • ICT - Computer Science
      • ICT – Communication and Signal Processing
      • ICT – VLSI Systems
      • ChE - Applied Chemistry
      • ChE - Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering
      • MechE - Thermo-fluids
      • MechE -  Mechanics, Mechanisms and Design
  • Part-A is compulsory for all students.
  • In Part-B, the student can attempt as many questions from as many sections of Part-B. However, it is more likely that the student would attempt all questions from one section (of Part-B) that is nearest to his/her area of interest.


Interview

Candidates shortlisted based on the result/performance of the PhD entrance test, will have to appear for an 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.


Financial Assistance

There are two categories of financial assistance provided to doctoral students:

  • School of Engineering and Applied Science Teaching Assistantship:
  1. School of Engineering provides a stipend of Rs. 12000 per month to eligible doctoral students. Tuition fee waiver is NOT included in this TAship. The responsibilities/load associated with this TAship includes: conducting laboratory courses and tutorials for UG/PG students, assisting in teaching, assisting in Lab development/maintenance/inventory, and academic administration.
  2. University Teaching Assistantship programme: This will be awarded on a competitive basis and the university will periodically establish the academic requirements for this award. This would include valid standardized test scores if applicable, and a high CGPA in the program. Student will have to apply (every year) to the appropriate authorities of AU for this award. Currently, the stipend is of Rs. 25,000 per month for 12 months, and a full waiver of tuition fee. The student would be required to maintain a minimum CGPA, and good academic/research progress, for renewal of the assistantship each year.  The University Teaching Assistantship will be awarded to a student for a maximum period of four years subject to satisfactory academic/research performance. The responsibilities/load associated with this assistantship programme includes: conducting laboratory courses and tutorials for UG/PG students, assisting in teaching, assisting in Lab development/maintenance/inventory, assisting in research projects, and academic administration. Typically, the PhD student would be expected to conduct lab sessions for three courses. 
  3. The student will have upto 6 years (from the date of their research proposal approved by the DPC), to complete all academic requirements related to the doctoral programme.
  • The student is eligible to submit the PhD synopsis (approx. 30-page report) to office of the Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science after completing a minimum of two years (from the date of their research proposal approved by the DPC). However, the PhD synopsis has to be first reviewed and approved by the TAC, before it is submitted to the office of the Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science. Upon receiving PhD synopsis, the office of the Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science may send the PhD synopsis for an internal review.
  1. Within six months of the approval of the PhD Synopsis, the student will have to submit the PhD thesis to the TAC for review (and give a presentation, if needed). The TAC can then provide suggestions for revision, and then approve the PhD thesis. The TAC will also suggest a list of external reviewers.
  2. The student will then submit the PhD thesis to the office of the Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science, which will then be forwarded (along with the list of external reviewers suggested by the TAC) to the DPC for further action (external review process, open defence, etc.) 


** School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University reserves the right to change the PhD program requirements/guidelines/structure/policy, at any time, with or without notice or procedure, for any reason deemed by School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ahmedabad University. 


Programme Office

Doctoral Programme in Engineering and Applied Science
GICT Building, Central Campus Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009 Gujarat, India
Ahmedabad University
Email: graduate.admissions@ahduni.edu.in
Phone: +91.79.61911111  

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