Department of Philosophy

Academic Programs:

M.A. in Philosophy

About the Course:

Admissions in M.A. philosophy program is announced every year at the start of the academic session once the BA/B.Sc. results are announced.

The minimum requirements for admission to and completion of the M.A. program in philosophy is:

  1. 1st Priority is given to the candidates having at least 45% marks in the B.A/ B.Sc. examination with a philosophy subject.
  2. 2nd Priority is given to the candidates having at least 45% marks in the B.A./B.Sc. examination with a related subject.
  3. Once admitted, the students have to study five courses in the M.A. previous year, one of which is optional and 5 courses in the M.A. Final year.
  4. The regular students will also have an option in the final year to opt for a thesis of not more than 16 thousand words, provided they fulfill the minimum criterion of securing 55% marks in the M.A. previous examination. In such a case he will have the option to choose a thesis work in lieu of either Paper-VIII or Paper-X. The thesis will carry 100 marks and will be evaluated both by the teachers concerned and one external examiner in equal proportion.
  5. Also, in addition to five courses there will be a viva-voce examination at the end of the Final Year examination to assess the overall ability of the candidate. It carries 100 marks and will be conducted both by the external and internal examiners together.
  6. The M.A. Philosophy program still follows the conventional annual examination system, and therefore there are two annual examinations at the end of each academic year, given that the whole program’s duration is of two years.
  7. In order to be promoted to the Final year from the previous year, the students must pass at least two papers out of five, and in order to complete the program, he must pass all the subjects and the viva-voce examination.
  8. A student will avail a maximum of five and four consecutive examination for previous and final respectively including the initial one to clear all the papers, by scoring the required pass percentage in individual subjects as well as in aggregate, failing which he/she will be required to appear in all subjects including Practical’s and viva voce examination as a whole.

 

Duration of Programme: Two Years
Syllabus/Course Outline: [Download]

M.Phil. in Philosophy

About the Course:

Duration of the M.Phil. Program
 
The M.Phil. programme leading to Ph.D. shall extend over a period of at least three years or six semesters. 
ii. There shall be two semesters in a year, i.e. Fall and Spring, each of 18 weeks duration including examinations.
 
Scheme of studies
 
The scheme of studies for M.Phil./ Ph.D. degree programme shall be as under:
 
i. Course-work in the major subject, in which a scholar is registered.
ii. Coursework in subject(s) related to the major subject.
iii. Passing of comprehensive examination after completion of the required course-work.
iv. Publication of a research article/paper in a recognized journal by Ph.D. research scholars.
v. Thesis/dissertation, on a topic approved by the Advanced studies and research board.
vi. Viva-Voce/public defense, as the case may be. 
 
 
ADMISSION CRITERIA:
i. 40% weightage shall be given to the marks obtained in the qualifying examination. 
ii. 50% weightage shall be given to the test (equivalent to GRE test) to be conducted by Graduate Studies Committee provided the candidate secures 60% marks, while less than shall be considered fail. 
iii. 10% weightage shall be given to the interview to be  conducted by the Dean & Graduate Studies Committee. 
ELIGIBILITY:
Candidates possessing the relevant Master’s degree (17 year schooling) or16 years schooling or 4 year Education after intermediate (130 Credit hours), with (at least First Division) or a CGPA of 3.00from any recognized University, shall be eligible for admission to M.Phil leading to Ph.D programme provided that candidates having 50% marks or equivalent grade in English, shall stand eligible for admission. 
 
EXAMINERS’ APPOINTMENT AND OPINION (In case of M.Phil ):-
1. The Graduate Studies Committee in consultation with the supervisor shall send a penal of examiners, consisting of 10 - 20 experts within the country each out of whom, the Secretary will obtain approval of the Vice-Chancellor for the appointment of three examiners for the evaluation of thesis, one of whom shall be within the Country. 
2. The Secretary shall send the thesis to the examiners who shall examine the thesis and communicate the result to the Secretary as follows: 
i. The scholar may be recommended for the award of the degree. 
ii. The scholar may be asked to revise the thesis for re-submission. 
iii. The thesis may be rejected.
iv. If the majority of examiners finds that the thesis is inadequate, the scholar will be advised to revise and re-submit the thesis for a fresh examination by the same examiners, within a period of twelve months. 
v. If the majority of examiners feel that the thesis, despite having some shortcomings, is of sufficient merit, the scholar may be permitted to improve the thesis for re-submission within six months, but without a fresh examination. The re-submitted thesis must carry a certificate given by the Supervisor to the effect that the shortcomings identified, have been rectified.
 
VIVA-VOCE :-
An M.Phil. scholar would be required to pass a viva-voce related to his research work. This examination would be conducted by one of the three approved examiners and the Supervisor.
CHANCES FOR THE RE-SUBMISSION OF THESIS AND VIVA-VOCE/Public Defence:
i. Only one chance for re-submission of thesis shall be allowed to a scholar. If the revised thesis is not approved under the provision of clause  the thesis shall be finally rejected. 
ii. If the thesis if adjudged as adequate but the scholar fails in the viva-voce/public defence, as the case may be, he may be given a chance to reappear in the viva-voce/public defence, as the case may be, within a period not exceeding six months. 
EXTENSION IN THE STUDY PERIOD:-
In special circumstances to be recorded, extension in the study period up to a maximum of three years may be allowed by the Board on the recommendation of the Supervisor, subject to the payment of Rs. 2000/= per semester to the University, in addition to the payment of normal fee, etc. 
STUDY LEAVE AND NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE:-
An employed person may be considered as a whole-time regular scholar with or without obtaining leave of absence, subject to the production of: 
“A No Objection Certificate from the Head of Institution concerned, to the effect that studies of the scholar in M.Phil. Programme would not be affected by official duties”. 
 PROBATION PERIOD AND CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION:-
The registration shall be confirmed only after successful completion of probationary period of two semesters. Only under extra-ordinary circumstances the probationary period may be extended by one semester by the Board on the recommendation of Supervisor. 
CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION:-
If a scholar does not fulfill the requirements as prescribed in Section 15(i) or fails in the examination as provided under Section 9(ii), 20 to 22, his registration shall be cancelled. 
GENERAL REGULATIONS:-
i. The research scholar shall have to attend at least 75% of the total contact hours of course. 
ii. If a scholar continues as a regular student of the University/Center during the period of revision of thesis, etc., he shall have to pay the tuition fee, etc., for the semester(s), for which he stays in the institution. 
iii. If a scholar qualifies the viva-voce / public defense , as the case may be of the thesis and acceptance of Research Publication of at least one research paper in an HEC approved journal, (in case of Ph.D.) the Dean of the Faculty/Director of Centre concerned will forward the case to the Secretary for approval of the Vice-Chancellor for declaration of his result. 
iv. If a scholar fails to qualify the Public Defense of his thesis in the second chance, he may be recommended for a Viva-Voce for the award of M.Phil. degree. 
i. English language shall be the medium of instruction and thesis/examinations. 
vii. The admission of the research scholar shall be canceled if his academic progress or conduct is found unsatisfactory at any stage by the Supervisor. 
viii. The scholar shall abide by the rules and regulations framed by the University from time to time.
 
 
 
 
Duration of Programme: Two Years
Syllabus/Course Outline: [Download]

Ph.D. in Philosophy

About the Course:

Process for the completion of the requirements of MPhil. Leading to Ph.D. Philosophy   
program
 
Scheme of studies
 
The scheme of studies for M.Phil./ Ph.D. degree programme shall be as under:
 
i. Course-work in the major subject, in which a scholar is registered.
ii. Coursework in subject(s) related to the major subject.
iii. Passing of comprehensive examination after completion of the required course-work.
iv. Publication of a research article/paper in a recognized journal by Ph.D. research scholars.
v. Thesis/dissertation, on a topic approved by the Advanced studies and research board.
vi. Viva-Voce/public defense, as the case may be. 
 
Duration of Course and Semesters
 
i. The M.Phil. programme leading to Ph.D. shall extend over a period of at least three years or six semesters. 
ii. There shall be two semesters in a year, i.e. Fall and Spring, each of 18 weeks duration including examinations.
 
ADMISSION PROCEDURE:
 
i. Admission to M.Phil leading to Ph.D programme shall be advertised simultaneously by the Secretary in consultation with the concerned Head. 
ii. The number of scholars to be admitted shall be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee. 
iii. Application on prescribed form shall be submitted to the Secretary, within the prescribed period, who will forward it to concerned Head after the closing date. The Secretary will keep the record of all the applications received. 
iv. A test equivalent to G.R.E Test shall be conducted for admission to M.Phil/M.S leading to Ph.D. 
v. Before moving in to the Ph.D. Programme, a candidate shall have to complete 30 credit hours, out of which 24 credit hours shall be reserved for Course Work, which may lead to the award of M.Phil./M.S, degree under these Regulations. 
vi. Additional Ph.D. Level course work of at least 18 Credit Hours followed by comprehensive examinations along with thesis defence and publication of one Research Paper shall be mandatory for award of Ph.D. Degree. The minimum CGPA shall be 3.00 or First division in M.S. / M.Phil. or equivalent degree for admission clarifying to Ph.D. Programme.
 
viii. Provisional admission may be granted within one month of the last date of the receipt of application by the Graduate Studies Committee under intimation to the Secretary. 
ix. The maximum number of Ph.D. students under the supervision of a full time faculty member will normally be 5 which may be increased to 8 under special circumstances in teaching departments. In research institutes where the faculty is involved in full time research with low teaching work load, the number of Ph.D. students may be larger with approval of the Higher Education Commission. 
X. There should be at least 3 Ph.D. Faculty members in a department to launch a Ph.D. programme. However, in extra ordinary cases, even one Ph.D. teacher could start a Ph.D. programme if justified properly and approved by the Higher Education Commission.
 
ADMISSION CRITERIA:
i. 40% weightage shall be given to the marks obtained in the qualifying examination. 
ii. 50% weightage shall be given to the test (equivalent to GRE test) to be conducted by Graduate Studies Committee provided the candidate secures 60% marks, while less than shall be considered fail. 
iii. 10% weightage shall be given to the interview to be  conducted by the Dean & Graduate Studies Committee. 
ELIGIBILITY:
i. Candidates possessing the relevant Master’s degree (17 year schooling) or16 years schooling or 4 year Education after intermediate (130 Credit hours), with (at least First Division) or a CGPA of 3.00from any recognized University, shall be eligible for admission to M.Phil leading to Ph.D programme provided that candidates having 50% marks or equivalent grade in English, shall stand eligible for admission. 
ii. Those who have already completed a M.Phil / MS (18 year) shall be eligible to Ph.D. programme provided the candidates have secured at least CGPA of 3.00 or First Division.
 
COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION:-
i. On completion of the course work, a Scholar shall have to pass the comprehensive examination in the subject / discipline in order to move to the Ph.D programme. 
ii. The comprehensive examination shall be conducted by the Graduate Studies Committee. 
iii. If a scholar fails in the comprehensive exam, he shall be awarded an M.Phil. Degree under the prescribed Regulations. 
EXAMINERS’ APPOINTMENT AND OPINION (In case of M.Phil ):-
1. The Graduate Studies Committee in consultation with the supervisor shall send a penal of examiners, consisting of 10 - 20 experts within the country each out of whom, the Secretary will obtain approval of the Vice-Chancellor for the appointment of three examiners for the evaluation of thesis, one of whom shall be within the Country. 
2. The Secretary shall send the thesis to the examiners who shall examine the thesis and communicate the result to the Secretary as follows: 
i. The scholar may be recommended for the award of the degree. 
ii. The scholar may be asked to revise the thesis for re-submission. 
iii. The thesis may be rejected.
iv. If the majority of examiners finds that the thesis is inadequate, the scholar will be advised to revise and re-submit the thesis for a fresh examination by the same examiners, within a period of twelve months. 
v. If the majority of examiners feel that the thesis, despite having some shortcomings, is of sufficient merit, the scholar may be permitted to improve the thesis for re-submission within six months, but without a fresh examination. The re-submitted thesis must carry a certificate given by the Supervisor to the effect that the shortcomings identified, have been rectified.
 
EXAMINERS APPOINTMENT AND OPINION (In case of Ph.D.) :-
1.The Graduate Studies Committee in consultation with the supervisor shall send a penal of examiners, consisting of 10-20 examiners who shall be from the foreign Technologically Advanced countries and at least 10 examiners within the country, the Secretary for obtaining approval of the Vice-Chancellor for the appointment of three examiners for the evaluation of thesis, one of whom shall be within the Country. 
1 (a) The Thesis Report of both the foreign examiners shall be positive for award of Ph.D. Degree. 
2. The external examiners for the evaluation of the thesis shall be experts in the relevant field. 
3. The Secretary shall send the thesis to the examiners who shall examine the thesis and communicate the result to the Secretary as follows: 
i. The scholar may be recommended for the award of the degree. (In a such case, the scholar shall have Public Defence of the thesis in the presence of his supervisor and one of the external examiners). 
ii. The scholar may be asked to revise the thesis for re-submission. 
iii. The thesis may be recommended for the award of M.Phil degree. 
iv. The thesis may be rejected. 
4. If the majority of examiners find that the thesis needs revision, the scholar will be allowed to revise it. It shall be re-submitted for a fresh examination by the same examiners within a period of twelve months. 
5. If the majority of examiners feel that the thesis, despite some shortcomings, is of sufficient merit, the scholar may be directed to improve the thesis for re-submission within six months, but without a fresh examination. The re-submitted thesis must carry a certificate by the Supervisor to the effect that the shortcomings identified have been rectified. 
25 VIVA-VOCE :-
i. An M.Phil. scholar would be required to pass a viva-voce related to his research work. This examination would be conducted by one of the three approved examiners and the Supervisor.
 
CHANCES FOR THE RE-SUBMISSION OF THESIS AND VIVA-VOCE/Public Defence:
i. Only one chance for re-submission of thesis shall be allowed to a scholar. If the revised thesis is not approved under the provision of clause  the thesis shall be finally rejected. 
ii. If the thesis if adjudged as adequate but the scholar fails in the viva-voce/public defence, as the case may be, he may be given a chance to reappear in the viva-voce/public defence, as the case may be, within a period not exceeding six months. 
EXTENSION IN THE STUDY PERIOD:-
In special circumstances to be recorded, extension in the study period up to a maximum of three years may be allowed by the Board on the recommendation of the Supervisor, subject to the payment of Rs. 2000/= per semester to the University, in addition to the payment of normal fee, etc. 
STUDY LEAVE AND NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE:-
An employed person may be considered as a whole-time regular scholar with or without obtaining leave of absence, subject to the production of: 
“A No Objection Certificate from the Head of Institution concerned, to the effect that studies of the scholar in M.Phil. Programme would not be affected by official duties”. 
 PROBATION PERIOD AND CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION:-
The registration shall be confirmed only after successful completion of probationary period of two semesters. Only under extra-ordinary circumstances the probationary period may be extended by one semester by the Board on the recommendation of Supervisor. 
CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION:-
If a scholar does not fulfill the requirements as prescribed in Section 15(i) or fails in the examination as provided under Section 9(ii), 20 to 22, his registration shall be cancelled. 
GENERAL REGULATIONS:-
i. The research scholar shall have to attend at least 75% of the total contact hours of course. 
ii. If a scholar continues as a regular student of the University/Center during the period of revision of thesis, etc., he shall have to pay the tuition fee, etc., for the semester(s), for which he stays in the institution. 
iii. If a scholar qualifies the viva-voce / public defense , as the case may be of the thesis and acceptance of Research Publication of at least one research paper in an HEC approved journal, (in case of Ph.D.) the Dean of the Faculty/Director of Centre concerned will forward the case to the Secretary for approval of the Vice-Chancellor for declaration of his result. 
iv. If a scholar fails to qualify the Public Defense of his thesis in the second chance, he may be recommended for a Viva-Voce for the award of M.Phil. degree. 
i. English language shall be the medium of instruction and thesis/examinations. 
vii. The admission of the research scholar shall be canceled if his academic progress or conduct is found unsatisfactory at any stage by the Supervisor. 
viii. The scholar shall abide by the rules and regulations framed by the University from time to time.
 
 
Duration of Programme: Three Years
Syllabus/Course Outline: [Download]