PhD Eligibility and Application

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Eligibility for Admission

An applicant to the Ph.D programme at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences should meet one of the following requirements:

1) The applicant should have obtained at least 55% marks (50% marks for SC/ST) in M.A. or equivalent degree in Humanities / Social Sciences subjects, OR

2) A First Class or 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ST) in Master’s degree in Science / Commerce / Graduate Degree in Engineering / Technology will be considered for research areas consistent with the academic background and special interests of the applicant, OR

3) An M.Phil. degree in any of the six disciplines (pertaining to the research areas listed below) or in any allied subjects, or an M.Phil. in “Humanities and Social Sciences with specialization in Planning and Development” awarded by IIT Bombay.

A minimum of 2 years of professional work experience for Sponsored or External Category (EX) and Self Financing Category (SF) is mandatory. To be considered for the Institute Teaching Assistantship (TA), the applicant must possess a valid GATE score or have qualified the CSIR/ UGC/ ICSSR/ ICPR/ MET/ an equivalent qualifying examination.

Research Areas: 

 i) Economics: Money, Banking & Finance, Economic Systems, Gandhian Thought, Managerial Economics, Applied Econometrics, Monetary Economics, Industrial Economics, Industry  Environment Linkages, Monetary Economics and International Finance, Multinationals and Technology Transfer, International Trade

ii) English: Modern Critical Theory, Aesthetics, Linguistics & ELT, Indian and Western Drama, Modern Literature, Creative Writing, Literature, Drama & The Contemporary Media, A Conscientization Method for Language Teaching, Victorian Studies, Postmodern Literature and Intertextual Theory, Syntactic Theory, First Language Acquisition, Linguistic Deficits, Language Processing, Conservation of Endangered Languages (especially Dravidian minority languages), Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, South Asian Fiction in English and in Translation

iii) Philosophy: Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Language, Contemporary Western Philosophy, Meta-Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Postmodern Theory, Classical Indian

Philosophy, Buddhism, Vedanta Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, Comparative Religion, Analytical Philosophy 

iv) Psychology: Stress Management, Women’s Studies/Psychology, Gender Roles, Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior and Social Development, Social Psychology of Education, Crisis Management and HRD, Technology and Rural Development, Health and Clinical Psychology, Ergonomics.

Cognitive Science/Psychology/Neuroscience, Cognitive Disorders, Cognition and Emotion, Time perception


v) Sociology: Political Sociology, Sociology of Development, Rural Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Religion and Social Movements, Sociology of Contemporary India, Social

Change, Family and Kinship, Urban Sociology, Ethnic Relations/Communal Violence, Sociology of Agriculture, Technology Adoption and Social Impact Assessment, Ethnicity and

Multiculturalism, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Gender, Sociology in India, Dalit Studies, Media and Culture

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