Department of Regional Water Studies at the TERI School of Advanced Studies offers both full time and part time PhD programmes in Water Science and Governance. Over the years, there has been growing pressure on the water systems leading to precarious balance between various competing uses of water. Rapid population growth and climate change has further added to water woes and conflicts at all levels. There is a growing consensus among the stakeholders to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable water management. The change management however requires an in-depth understanding of complex water-related issues through basic as well as applied research to influence the decision maker and planners.
Students admitted to the PhD programme are required to go through coursework for one year. During this pre-PhD programme, students are exposed and orientated to the interdisciplinary nature of issues in the water sector. They must develop a basic knowledge of economics, social science, policy and research methodology in addition to a sound knowledge of ecological/environmental science. After successfully completing their pre-PhD courses, students are registered for PhD
Admissions are open throughout the year. However, applications will be considered until 31 May and 31 October for admissions in the semesters commencing July and January each year.
1. No. of seats available for PhD admission in July 2019: 04
2.Preferred areas of research interest:
Climate change, gender, institutions and governance
Urban and peri-urban water in a changing climate
Climate change and agrarian distress
Artificial Intelligence applications in Water resource management
Admission will be made based on written tests and interview. A weightage 70% to the written tests and 30% to the performance in interviews shall be given. Written test will have two papers of equal weightage. 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.
Water and Society, Integrated water resources management, water and disaster, water supply and sanitation, water security and stress (water demand and supply are part of this), concept of green, blue and grey water, water pollution, water and ecosystem
Method of examination for Paper II:
The method focuses on assessing candidate's critical thinking, expression and research abilities to understand hisher ability to do research in an interdisciplinary way.
Candidate would be given an article to read. There would be questions which a candidate has to answer. These questions are designed to assess the reading accuracy, analysis and interpretation, language comprehension and expression, background knowledge of the subject, summarization of the major ideas and ability to critique or challenge established ideas.
Eligibility criteria: - Minimum cut-off marks for admission is 60% with at least 50% marks in written tests.
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