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Programme Structure

The programme follows the semester system. There will be 6 semesters spread over the period of three years, with two semesters in each year. Each semester will be equivalent to one term. The Ph D programme consists of two phases.

The first phase of the programme involves course work followed by a qualifying examination. The second phase requires scholars to work on their thesis, which involves the preparation of a thesis proposal, development of the thesis, and finally an examination based on the thesis. In addition, the full-time Ph. D candidates will have to participate in teaching programme, research projects, case writing, and independent studies, workshops and seminars.

Course Work

Compulsory Courses

These courses are aimed at providing basic knowledge and skills that Ph. D students would require for their Ph D research. Students are required to take a set of core courses in Research Methodology, Epidemiology, Demography and Population Sciences, Quantitative Techniques, Health Systems and Scientific Writing.

Each student will be required to take course work. If the student has already taken such courses, the course requirement may be waived on case to case basis for individual courses subject to a documentary evidence based credits and transcripts. A scholar must attend all the classes of course work, however, in case of sickness 25 percent attendance may be condoned by Dean Academic and Student Affairs.

Qualifying Criteria for Registration

Following criteria are required to be fulfilled for registration in the PhD Program.

  • Candidate should have completed the required number of credits for the courses offered and qualified in all the courses. Qualifying marks for all the courses are 50 percent. Examination for the courses will be held after course work.
  • Presented at least one seminar in first year during the course work.

Cancellation of Registration

The registration of a scholar will be cancelled if he/she does not fulfil following conditions

  • A research scholar fails to appear before the Research Advisory Committee once in six months to make a presentation of the progress of his/her work for evaluation and further guidance.
  • A research scholar fails to deposit his/her fees instalments in time.
  • A research scholar fails to complete his/her thesis within six years from the date of admission
  • In case a research scholar is found involved in gross misconduct like involvement in ragging, sexual harassment, using unfair means during examination, plagiarism etc

No cancellation of registration shall be done unless an opportunity of hearing is afforded to the research scholar


Thesis proposal

The scholar's research work starts with the identification of a thesis topic (usually based on guidance / advice from Research Supervisor), and getting a Research Advisory Committee constituted for supervision of this research. The Research Advisory Committee would consist of a Research Supervisor (guide) and two other members, based on the relevance of their expertise in the thesis topic. The scholar will work with his / her supervisor to develop a research design, leading to the development of a thesis proposal. He/she will then give an open seminar on the thesis proposal to the IIHMR academic community. In case any modifications are suggested to the proposal, a revised proposal will be presented based on the required modifications. Once the proposal is approved by the Research Advisory Committee, the scholar will seek approval of the Institute’s Ethics committee. Thereafter scholars will proceed with the research work.

Research Advisory Committee and its Functions

There shall be a Research Advisory Committee, or an equivalent body for similar purpose as defined in the Statutes/Ordinances of the Institution concerned, for each Ph.D. scholar. The Research Supervisor of the scholar shall be the Convener of this Committee. This Committee shall have the following responsibilities:

To review the research proposal and finalize the topic of research;

To guide the research scholar to develop the study design and methodology of research and identify the course(s) that he/she may have to do.

To periodically review and assist in the progress of the research work of the research scholar.

A research scholar shall appear before the Research Advisory Committee once in six months to make a presentation of the progress of his/her work for evaluation and further guidance. The six monthly progress reports shall be submitted by the Research Advisory Committee to the Institution/College with a copy to the research scholar.

In case the progress of the research scholar is unsatisfactory, the Research Advisory Committee shall record the reasons for the same and suggest corrective measures. If the research scholar fails to implement these corrective measures, the Research Advisory Committee may recommend to the Institution/College with specific reasons for cancellation of the registration of the research scholar.

Thesis writing

The thesis work of the scholar, in consultation with the supervisor and the Research Advisory Committee, is expected to provide a distinct contribution to know-how in the subject, and should provide evidence of discovery of new facts by the exercise of rigorous research skills. Before submitting the thesis for final examination, the scholar would give an open pre-submission seminar to the IIHMR academic community for comments and suggestions. The scholar will discuss the suitable suggestions given during the seminar to be incorporated in the thesis with his/her Supervisor and the members of Research Advisory Committee.

Thesis examination

Upon receiving the approval of the Research Advisory Committee and the Supervisor, the Ph. D Coordinator will appoint a Thesis Examination Committee, consisting of the thesis supervisor and two external examiners from reputed institutions from India or abroad. This Committee will examine the thesis and will invite the candidate to an exhaustive oral examination based on the thesis. Based on the comments of the examiners and the oral examination, the thesis could be accepted as it is, accepted after modifications, or rejected.

Submission of thesis may be extended by not more than six month under special circumstances, on a written request by the scholar duly forwarded and recommended by his/her supervisor.

Publication requirement

The research undertaken by a Ph. D scholar is expected to provide sufficient basis for writing papers in refereed academic journals. One of the objectives of the Ph. D programme is to prepare scholars for such academic work. Hence the final requirement for qualifying for the title of Ph. D is to have at least one paper accepted for publication in a peer reviewed international/ national journal with and presentation of at least two papers in conferences/seminars.


Both thesis proposal and thesis will be examined for plagiarism. Policy on plagiarism is attached as per annexure 1

The Academic Council (or its equivalent body) of the Institution shall evolve a mechanism using well developed software and gadgets to detect plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. While submitting for evaluation, the dissertation/thesis shall have an undertaking from the research scholar and a certificate from the Research Supervisor attesting to the originality of the work, vouching that there is no plagiarism and that the work has not been submitted for the award of any other degree/diploma of the same Institution where the work was carried out, or to any other Institution.