The Institute provides facilities for research leading to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). The award of the Ph.D. degree is made on the basis of satisfactory performance of a registered candidate in
i. Prescribed course work, comprehensive examination & seminar
ii. Publication of original research work in reputed journals/conferences or award of patents/technology transfer etc.
iii. The thesis submitted by the candidate and a final viva voce. The thesis shall be the report of research work characterized by either discovery of new facts or a new interpretation of known facts and theory, or an independent design and development, or development of new instrument/technology
2. Research Areas
Areas of research available in the different fields are listed on website at https://iipe.ac.in/p/research-areas-faculties.html. IIPE is also engaged in interdisciplinary work with research groups.
3. Eligibility Criteria for Admission
3.1. Minimum qualifying degree required for seeking admission to the Ph.D. program
a. M.Tech (Master of Technology) / MS / ME (Master of Engineering)/ M.Sc.(Engg.,) with a consistent first-class record
b. A degree equivalent to any of the above with a consistent first-class record
a. B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology)/ BE (Bachelor of Engineering)/ B.Sc (Engg.) with a consistent first-class record
b. M.Sc. (Master of Science) with a consistent first-class record
c. A degree equivalent to any of the above with a consistent first-class record
3.2. All candidates seeking admission to the Ph.D. program under the categories mentioned above shall have to possess requisite marks/grades in the qualifying degree as shown below:
Minimum 60% or first class (55% for SC/ST) in the qualifying examination in Engineering /Science/ and/or equivalent
3.3. Additional Requirements for different Admission category
I. Regular with Institute Assistantship
a. Candidates who are having minimum qualifying degree as mentioned above in 3.1. and 3.2. should have to possess a valid GATE score or NET qualification with Assistant Professorship for the award of Institute Research Assistantship.
b. Candidates with a master’s degree in Engineering or Technology after qualifying GATE is also eligible for Institute Research Assistantship.
c. A person who is in employment and is applying for Institute Assistantship and selected for admission, he/she must resign and produce the acceptance of resignation by the employer at the time of joining or produce a document that he/she is not receiving any salary from his/her employer along with proper document of sanctioned leave.
d. The Institute Research Assistantship shall be awarded for a maximum period of 5 years. At present the amounts are as follows:
• Rs. 31,000/- pm for first 2 years
• Rs. 35,000/- pm for next 3 years
• Contingencies amount: Rs. 30,000/- Per annum
e. No Research Student shall be permitted to receive any other emoluments, salary, stipend or any other scholarship/assistantship during the tenure of Institute Research Assistantship.
II. Individual Fellowship (CSIR/UGC/DBT/ICAR/INSPIRE etc.)
a. All candidates applying for Individual Fellowship category must have valid award letter with fellowship issued by the respective funding agency (i.e. CSIR/UGC/ DST/DBT/ICMR etc.).
b. Candidates having provisional Individual Fellowship award letter must give an undertaking that “In case of cancelation/withdrawal of Provisional award of fellowship by the funding agency, the admission at IIPE Visakhapatnam will be cancelled from the date of joining the Ph.D programme and there is no liability on the part of IIPE in this regard”.
III. Ph.D. through Project
a. Candidates who possess the prescribed qualifications as mentioned in eligibility criteria and are working in a sponsored project in the Institute shall be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program under project category.
b. An intending candidate must submit his/her application in prescribed form for admission through Principal Investigator, Head of the Department and Dean (Research and Development) with suitable endorsement.
c. The minimum remaining period of the project as well as tenure of the project employee should be at least 2 years from the date of joining the Ph.D. program.
IV. Sponsored candidates (IAR) in Engineering and Sciences
a. Persons who possess the minimum prescribed qualifications as mentioned in 3.1. and 3.2. (without GATE/NET) and are in service in any of the following establishments with minimum of two-year job experience shall be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program as sponsored candidates (IAR).
· Public Sector Undertaking (PSU)
· Petroleum & Natural Gas, Coal, Earth Sciences, Chemical & Fertilizer, Defence or other ministries of the Government of India or any other government organizations
· Established industrial R&D organizations.
· Autonomous bodies and National Laboratories.
· Reputed industries as may be recognized by the Institute
b. These candidates must have a Supervisor (internal) from the Institute (IIPE) and an external supervisor from their parent organization where they will be doing the research work.
c. The competence of these candidates will be assessed along with the regular candidates.
d. After joining, the rules and regulations as specified by the Institution (IIPE) for regular candidates with regard to academic performance will remain applicable for candidates under this category also.
e. The candidate should submit a Sponsorship Certificate (Appendix-III) from the organization, in which s/he is employed, at the time of application giving an undertaking that s/he would be released from the normal duties to fulfil the course-work requirement. The certificate should also provide details of facilities relevant to the research programme and available to the candidate.
f. The candidate has to complete the course-work immediately after joining the programme within a period of one to two semesters. Depending on the student's background and the programme requirements, an additional semester may be needed to complete the coursework.
g. After fulfilling the course-work, these candidates will be allowed to register for Ph.D.
h. The selected candidates will have a Doctoral Scrutiny Committee (DSC) as per the existing regulations.
i. The candidate will have to submit a yearly progress report and appear for seminars every year after his/her registration. In addition, the candidate will have to appear for a comprehensive examination (viva voce only) before registration seminar.
j. The minimum duration of Ph.D program for such candidates is 3 years and the maximum tenure is 8 years from the date of enrolment.
k. The tuition fee for sponsored category (IAR) will be ₹ 25000.00 per semester.
l. Persons working in colleges/universities are not eligible under this category and rather apply under QIP category.
m. There is no provision of any financial assistance for sponsored candidates.
Course work requirement for Sponsored Candidate (IAR)
i) The coursework will be a minimum of 20 credit points (for candidates with Bachelor’s degree) and 16 credit points (for candidates with Master’s degree) with due consideration to special requirements if any. No compulsory courses e.g., English for communication, management etc. are required.
ii) DSC may recommend relevant courses of MOOCS/NPTEL/GIAN/virtual classrooms/interactive exercises and active learning programs offered only by IIPE/IIT/IISc/IIM/IISER/AIIMS besides the available courses in the Institute.
For ongoing MOOCS courses the grade assigned at the end of the course will be directly transferred to the student’s coursework. For all other courses, a faculty member having expertise in that subject will set the question paper and evaluate the performance of the student.
iii) Self-study courses with standard format (Student need to submit weekly or bi-weekly assignments via email to course coordinator) will be mandatory to ensure progress and rigor. The candidate will have to appear for only the end semester examinations, preferably during the regular examination period of IIPE Visakhapatnam. For self-study course the consent of the course coordinator must be obtained before registration.
iv) At the end of the online & contact courses listed above, the student should submit the course completion certificate(s) with grades/marks for record in his/her course work.
v) Submission of semester progress report though seminar and presentation will be compulsory.
vi) The candidate shall have to spend at least one week per semester at IIPE, Visakhapatnam interacting with his supervisor that may include working in the laboratory.
V. QIP (Quality Improvement Program) category
a. Candidates fulfilling the above eligibility criteria and selected/ sponsored under the Quality Improvement Program (QIP) as per State/Central Govt., Human Resources Ministries/ Technical Education Boards are eligible in this category.
b. Persons who possess the minimum prescribed qualifications as mentioned in 3.1. and 3.2. (without GATE/NET) and are in service in any of the following establishments with Minimum of two-year job experience shall be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program as sponsored candidates:
c. An intending sponsored candidate under QIP category must submit his/her application in prescribed form along with No objection certificate (Appendix II) for admission through his/her employer, who will forward the same to the Institute with suitable endorsement.
d. They are expected to be released for fulltime course work and research at the Institute for a minimum period of three (3) years.
e. The candidate has to complete the course-work immediately after joining the programme within a period of one to two semesters. Depending on the student's background and the programme requirements, an additional semester may be needed to complete the coursework. After fulfilling the course-work at the Institute, these candidates will be allowed to register for Ph.D.
f. A sponsored candidate under QIP Category selected for admission shall be required, at the time of joining the Institute, to produce certificate in the prescribed form from the employers to the effect: (i) that he/she has been officially released from his duties for purpose of joining the program and has been granted leave for the required period; (ii) that his services shall be retained with the employer.
g. There is no provision of any financial assistance for sponsored candidates.
3.4. Degrees from IITs/IISc/IIPE/RGIPT
B.Tech degree, Dual Degree (B.Tech & M.Tech), 5 year Integrated MSc degree, 2 year MSc degree (admitted through JAM) holders having final CGPA >= 8.00 from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum and Technology (RGIPT) may be considered for direct admission in Ph.D programme with Institute Research Assistantship.
3.5. Special Notes
a. Department may fix additional admission criteria without compromising the eligibility criteria mentioned here.
b. Mere fulfilment of eligibility criteria does not give guarantee for admission to the PhD programme.
c. Any document will be considered as valid if that is valid on or after the date of admission.
d. The decision of IIPE regarding determination of equivalent degree is final and binding to all applicants.
4. Instructions to fill Application form
Interested candidates can obtain the prescribed application format given in Appendix I. Candidates who wish to apply to multiple departments or research programmes should send separate application for each departments/ programmes. Filled application and self-attested copies of the following documents should be emailed as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.
i. Copy of the Mark sheets and Certificates of 10th, 12th, Bachelor degree, Master Degree
ii. Copy of the valid GATE score or CSIR-UGC NET qualified certificate
iii. Category certificate (if applicable)
iv. EWS certificate issued by competent authority (if applicable)
v. PwD certificate (if applicable)
vi. Sponsorship certificate/ NOC (if applicable)
After application through email, send the hardcopy of filled and signed application form, self-attested photocopies of all relevant certificate in one single envelop named as “APPLICATION FOR PhD IN...............................(DISCIPLINE)” to the following address:
Indian Institute of Petroleum & Energy Visakhapatnam,
2nd Floor, AU Engineering College Main Block, Andhra University,
Andhra Pradesh 530003.
Note that the filled forms that are not received in hard copy before the deadline or that are incomplete will not be considered.
N.B. The candidates shortlisted for test & interview will be informed through email only.
5. Selection and Admission
The admission of a candidate to the Ph.D. program is recommended by the Institute Academic Committee (IAC) on the basis of
i. Overall Academic Performance
ii. Written/Computer Test or Interview or both