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Doctoral Program in

The PhD. in Education Program at Chitkara University provides students with the skills and research opportunities to become a theory-driven, transformative scholar advocate. The multidisciplinary program is focused on advancing educational sciences and contributing to improved educational opportunities and outcomes for individuals across the entire lifespan.

By collaborating with world-class faculty and working in a diverse, burgeoning county with endless research opportunities, students in the Ph.D in Education program are given the opportunity to address complex issues, problems and inequities confronting our society. Additionally, Chitkara University’s Ph.D in Education program aims to support an inclusive learning space for students to develop into scholars who advocate for equity, diversity, and social justice.

Program Overview

The program’s required coursework will develop your knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of education and expertise in a range of quantitative and qualitative methods needed to conduct high-quality research. Guided by the goal of having a transformative impact on education research, policy, and practice, you will focus on independent research in various domains, including human development, learning and teaching, policy analysis and evaluation, institutions and society, and instructional practice. You will assume roles as university faculty, researchers, senior-level education leaders, and policymakers.

Furthermore, the PhD. in Education degree program is led by a small group of world-class faculty with a strong commitment to equity in education and expertise in cultural and social aspects of education across contexts. Program faculty draw from diverse theoretical perspectives and have a history of community engagement and policy work at the community, state, and national levels.

  • Strong research programs and teaching opportunities prepare students to navigate, and contribute to a field of research while putting theory into practice.
  • The program is designed to be flexible and personalized in order for students to pursue their unique interests and benefit from collaborations with other units at Chitkara University.

Admission Eligibility

The candidates who have completed any of the following qualification(s) are eligible to seek admission to the PhD program as per Chitkara University regulations and UGC Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of PhD Degree Regulations, 2022 issued dated 07.11.2022 [(New Delhi, 7th November, 2022; No. F. 1-3/2021(QIP)].

  • A 1-year/2-semester master’s degree program in relevant discipline after a 4-year/8-semester bachelor’s degree program
  • A 2-year/4-semester master’s degree program in relevant discipline after a 3-year bachelor’s degree program
  • Qualifications declared equivalent to the master’s degree in relevant discipline by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed
  • An equivalent qualification from a foreign educational institution accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or assure quality and standards of the educational institution

A 4-year/8-semester bachelor’s degree program in relevant discipline with a minimum of 75% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade on a point scale wherever the grading system is followed, subject to the following conditions:

  • The candidate should have a full-time teaching or research/industry experience of atleast 4 years.
  • The candidate should be currently working in AICTE/UGC approved College/University/Government agency/industry.

Note: Relaxation for reserved categories as per UGC norms

How to Apply

Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria, are required to fill the admission form with required documents of all particulars to be attached. All application forms will be screened by a separate screening committee whose representatives will be from Doctoral Research Committee and Experts from the University in the respective areas. The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record and relevant experience will appear in a written test to be conducted by the University. Time-table & Curriculum will be intimated to the registered candidates. The candidates will then appear for a personal interview for the final selection.

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Program Fee Structure

Fee ComponentsAmount
Enrolment FeeRs. 30,000/-
Career Advancement Services FeeRs. 20,000/-
Course Work Fee 1Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 2Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee 3Rs. 25,000/-
Doctoral Seminar on SpecialisationRs. 60,000/-
Synopsis Seminar FeeRs. 60,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 1Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 2Rs. 20,000/-
Progress Review Seminar 3Rs. 20,000/-
Pre-Thesis SubmissionRs. 40,000/-
Thesis Submission & Defence FeeRs. 75,000/-
TotalRs. 4,20,000/-

Program Structure

The curriculum includes compulsory coursework, research proposal and objectives, research work and progress, pre-thesis work, and thesis defense.

The course work comprises of five components: research methodology, advanced research methodology, doctoral foundation seminar, doctoral concentration seminar, and research & publication ethics. After successfully completing coursework, the research scholar works in close coordination and under the strict supervision of his / her research guide, prepares the research proposal, and identifies the objectives of the research work.

Progress of the research work is reviewed every six months and finally, the scholars submit their thesis and defend it. The Doctoral Research Committee (DRC) closely mentors and monitors this process.

PhaseSub componentsOutcome
Course WorkResearch MethodologyEnabling scholars to purse research in a methodical manner
Advanced Research MethodologyEnabling scholars to know about tools and technologies to process their data
Doctoral Foundation SeminarEnabling and equipping scholars with required tools and technologies in their broad discipline area
Doctoral Concentration Seminara) Motivation to Research, b) identification of base paper(s), c) State-of-art, d) Identification of research gaps, e) Identification of Tools/Technologies for conducting proposed research
Research & Publication EthicsSensitisation towards research; Ethics and respect to science and research integrity; Intellectual honesty and research integrity; Scientific misconducts; Falsification, Fabrication and Plagiarism
Submission of Research ProposalExtensive literature review / patent data bases, research proposal submitted to Dean (DRC) in prescribed format
Progress Seminar – IProgress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – IIProgress on identified research objectives
Progress Seminar – IIIProgress on identified research objectives
Pre Thesis SeminarAchievement of all objectives, Thesis ready in final shape, Research paper(s) communicated to Conferences / Journals
Thesis Submission and DefenceEligibility for award of PhD. degree
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What to Expect

The PhD. program at Chitkara University will prepare you for an outstanding career in research and teaching. Right from your first semester, you’ll get to work with faculty mentors across your field as you investigate the challenges that interest you. Our doctoral program students have the ability—and diligence—to study complex issues that the world right now faces.

  • Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers at Chitkara
    Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers at Chitkara

    Developing Transferrable Skills for Non-Academic Careers

    Our Ph.D Program is strategically designed to cater to the needs of high-achieving professionals aiming to enhance their career in the world beyond academia as well. While conventional academic skills are often developed through courses and mentoring, we also incorporate various pedagogical approaches to mentor them as leaders, entrepreneurs, etc., equipping them with numerous transferable skills, thus grooming them for successful careers in the industry.

  • Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences Chitkara
    Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences Chitkara

    Opportunities to Present Papers at Prominent Conferences

    Our PhD. students get the opportunity to present their work at prominent conferences. Such conferences, we believe, provide a platform to present one’s research to a global and important audience of scholars and experts in the field. Resultantly, our scholars are ahead at knowing about latest developments as well as open issues that the research community is collectively deliberating upon.

  • Student Support Chitkara
    Student Support Chitkara

    Student Support

    Our faculty closely works with research scholars on all phases of the research process—from idea generation and study design to data analysis and writing. The culture is collegial and informal, with students viewed as colleagues and co-authors. Moreover, students are encouraged to work with multiple faculty, which helps them widen their perspective on contemporary issues in their field.

  • Collaborative Research Environment Chitkara
    Collaborative Research Environment Chitkara

    Collaborative Research Environment

    In our PhD. Program one finds the most conducive environment to work in collaboration with other scholars, teachers and ace researchers. Our ideology is simple - collaborative teams exhibit important research outcomes, far beyond what could be accomplished by individuals working independently.

Concentrations Offered

  • Educational Technology
  • Environmental Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Educational Research and Statistics
  • E- Learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Hybrid Teaching
  • Curriculum Development
  • Assessment
  • Career Counselling
  • Research in School Education
  • Educational Philosophy and Sociology
  • Special Education

Framework for Ph.D Program

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