Indore : Here is good news for students wishing to pursue PhD from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya. The university has updated course-wise vacancies in PhD programmes, a move which resulted in an increase of 121 seats.

At the time of release of notification for entrance test of doctoral research degree courses last month, the number of seats was 460 which has now reached to a mark of 581 with the updation of seats. The updation will facilitate 121 more students to pursue the PhD course from the university.

“With the time release of the notification, we had clearly mentioned that the number of vacancies is tentative and the figure may change at the time of research degree committee (RDC). The figure changed drastically as we updated the list of vacant seats,” said Ganesh Kawadia, chairman of PhD cell, DAVV.

He said that many supervisors have not provided details of seats vacant with them before the release of the notification. “When they provided the information on vacant seats available with them, we updated the list. Some new supervisors also registered themselves with the DAVV which led to increase in the seats,” Kawadia added.

He signaled at another updation which will further increase the seats. “We have received information on about 40 more vacant seats. We are likely to update the list again,” he said. When the notification was released there were no vacancies for PhD aspirants in 12 subjects but now that figure has come down to six.

There are still no vacancies in Law, Social Studies, Sanskrit etc.   Till last year, the DAVV used to conduct PhD programmes in 51 subjects. Two subjects of medical streams shifted to the Madhya Pradesh Medical Science University, Jabalpur so the number shot down to 49. Of the 49 subjects, the DAVV has offered PhD programmes in 43 subjects.

“In half a dozen subjects, there are no vacancies so entrance test for those subjects won’t be conducted this year,” said Kawadia.The candidates who have completed PG course in these and others subjects where there are no vacancies for PhD-2015 will have to wait for at least one year for seats to be vacated as universities generally conducts doctoral research degree entrance test generally once in a year. However, as per the guidelines of the University Grants Commission, the test should be conducted twice in a year. Last entrance test was held in March last year.


A candidate at the time of application must hold a masters degree in the subject with 55% marks or an equivalent grade of MPhil degree. Candidates are required to apply in a prescribed format along with the application fee of Rs 1000 in the form of demand draft in favour of “Registrar, DAVV”. The question paper for entrance will preferably comprise of 5 sections, each containing 20 multiple choice questions. The paper will have 100 multiple choice questions. There will not be any negative marking. The students can appear in entrance test of the subject of their post graduate (PG) degree.

After test

Once the student is eligible for PhD admission, he or she has to appear for an interview conducted by the Departmental Research Committee (DRC), which will examine the research potential of the candidates. The eligible candidates will have to bring the research plan along with the preferences of two supervisors under whom he/she desires to work at the time of interview. The DRC on the basis of interview will finalise the list of candidates for six-month course work. After the coursework, test will be conducted and successful candidates would be registered for PhD programme.

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