The Department of Policy Studies embraces the philosophy that policy level recommendations for sustainable development can follow only from rigorous research that engages with alternative strands/schools of thought across disciplines. The research agenda at the Department is advanced by its multi-disciplinary team of faculty members with specializations in anthropology, economics, management, development studies, sociology and demography. Their research interests, under the core theme of public policy, cuts across various aspects of ecology-economy-society interface. The research is taken forward primarily through various research projects, PhD programme and master’s dissertation.
No. of seats available of PhD admission in July 2019: 16 (tentative)
Openings under the PhD programmes:
The Department invites PhD applications on the following areas of research:
• Agrarian Studies
• Climate Policy
• Demography and Public Health
• Development Studies
• Education and Development
• Energy and Climate nexus
• Energy Economics and Policy
• Energy Market and Regulations
• Environmental Anthropology
• Environment and Health
• Environmental Governance
• Environmental Valuation
• Environment-Development Conflict
• Gender Studies
• Governance and Institutional Analysis
• International Economics
• Intersection of Energy Technologies, Resources and Social Systems
• Microeconomic Theory and Applications
• Payment for ecosystem services
• Political Ecology
• Political Economy
• Population and Development
• Social Inequality, Exclusion and Development
• Valuation of ecosystem services
• Resource Economics
Admission will be made based on written tests and interview. A weightage of 70% to the written test and 30% to the performance in interview shall be given. Written test will have two papers of equal weightages (35% each). Paper I will be on 'Research Methodology' which will be a common paper for admission in all departments of the University. Paper II will be department/subject specific.
The core theme of the PhD entrance examination will be Public Policy/Policy Studies from a multi-disciplinary perspective at the Department of Policy Studies (DoPS). More specifically, the topics/courses that are being covered at the DoPS, viz. MA in Sustainable Development Practice, MA in Public Policy and Sustainable Development and MSc in Economics (with specialization in Environment and Resource Economics) can be considered as areas that will be covered in the exam.
Pattern of examination for Paper II: A research paper from a journal is selected such that it is broadly in sync with the parent discipline of the faculty members of the Department, under the core theme, viz. Public Policy. The questions in this paper will be based on this research paper. Answers will be evaluated to assess candidate’s critical thinking, expression and to understand their ability to do research in an interdisciplinary way.
The research paper and sample question paper for Ph.D. entrance exam of the Department of Policy Studies can be seen in the following link. Click here
The Pre-Ph.D course requirements shall be as follows :-
(i) In order to overcome any deficiency in the breadth of fundamental training for advanced work, several courses are offered across disciplines taught at the Deemed University. Such courses would include those at Masters level or could be special ones created only for the doctoral student/s.
(ii) The courses will be offered by TERI SAS.
(iii) The credit assigned to the Ph.D course work shall be a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 16 credits.
(iv) Four credits shall be assigned to one or more courses on Research Methodology which could cover areas such as quantitative methods, computer applications, research ethics and review of published research in the relevant field, training, field work, etc. One course on Technical Writing (2 credits) will be a mandatory course for all Ph.D students. Other courses shall be advanced level courses preparing the students for Ph.D degree.
(v) The course requirement will be determined by the DRC (Department Research Committee) on the recommendations of the SRC (Student Research Committee) after considering the student?s background in relation to the proposed topic of research.
(vi) Grades in the course work, including research methodology courses shall be finalized after a combined assessment by the SRC and the Department and the final grades shall be communicated to Registrar.
(vii) The minimum CGPA requirement will be 7.0.
(viii) The pre-Ph.D course work must be completed within the first two semesters and the first three semesters of joining the programme by full-time and part-time students, respectively.
(a) Candidates having a B.Tech./M.A./M.Sc. or equivalent degree are required to be registered for a period of not less than three years from the commencement of course work (date of registration). In exceptional cases the minimum period of registration may be reduced to two years with the approval of the Academic Council. The minimum period of registration for candidates having an M.Tech. or M.Phil equivalent degree is two years. The minimum period of registration for part-time students will be five years
(b)* A candidate is normally expected to submit his/her thesis within five years from the date of registration. This period may be extended by the Academic Council as a special case to a maximum of seven years after which the registration will stand cancelled.
(c) A full-time candidate may be allowed by the Chairman, Academic Council, to convert his/her registration into part-time registration only after completion of three years from initial registration or after submission of a synopsis, whichever is earlier.
(d) Full-time Ph.D. scholars with M.Tech. qualification can be permitted to convert their registration from full-time to part-time after one year or after completion of course work and comprehensive examination whichever is later, if they get employed in the University's/ TERI's sponsored projects.
(e) Full-time Ph.D. scholars in the Faculty of Applied Sciences with M.Sc. qualifications can be permitted to convert their registration from full-time to part-time after two years or after completion of course work and comprehensive examination, whichever is later, if they get employed in the University's/TERI's sponsored projects. Such conversion will be permissible only if the work is in the projects of the University/TERI and not for employment outside. This provision will also be applicable to Ph.D. scholars with a B.Tech. degree.
*.This maximum time period for submission of thesis is under review and is likely to be revised downward, subject to approvals