National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli PhD Programme: Full-Time & Part-Time July 2022 Session.

National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli PhD Programme: Full-Time & Part-Time July 2022 Session.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

1.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION: National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli

Applications are invited for admission to the Ph.D. Programme in the following 5 categories:

(a)      Full-Time:

( i ) Half-time Teaching/Research Assistantship (HTRA)

(ii) Externally Funded, and (iii) Non-Stipendiary and

  • Part-Time: In-Service

( i ) Internal and (ii) External

for the session starting July 2022 in the disciplines of Engineering & Architecture, Sciences (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry), Computer Applications, Management, and Humanities & Social Sciences.

Admission to the applicants in the reserved category will be done as per the notification of the Government of India.

Applicants                 must                  apply                  through                                           online               portal https://admission.nitt.edu/phdjul22/ only.

Applicants are advised to read this Information Brochure carefully before applying online. Educational qualifications (basic eligibility criteria) and general instructions are as follows:

  1. LATERAL(REGULAR) APPLICANTS: Applicants with masters’ degree (including those currently in their final semester and expecting degree to be awarded in 2022) (i) OC/GEN-EWS/OBC-NCL category applicants must possess 60% or above aggregate marks (equivalently, CGPA at least 6.5/10), and (ii) SC/ST/PwD category applicants must possess 55% aggregate or above aggregate marks (equivalently, CGPA at least 6.0/10.0), in both UG and PG degrees for admission to the Ph.D. program. In addition, a qualified GATE or an equivalent National level test, score, obtained in the last 5 years from the closing date of application form, is mandatory. These applicants are eligible for all 5 categories of Full-Time and Part-Time Ph.D. program. However, GATE/equivalent score is not mandatory for applicants from Industry/organization with R&D facility for admission into Part-Time External (Industry/organization with R&D facility) category. For more details please see section 3.8, page 10 of this document.
  • DIRECT APPLICANTS: Applicants currently in their final semester of their B.E./B.Tech. (2018-2022 batch) /B.Arch. (2017-2022 batch) degree programme, and are expected to get their bachelors’ degrees awarded in 2022 (i) OC/GEN-EWS/OBC-NCL category applicants must possess 80% or above aggregate marks (equivalently, CGPA at least 8.5/10), and

(ii) SC/ST/PwD category applicants must possess 75% aggregate or above aggregate marks (equivalently, CGPA at least 8.0/10.0), in UG degrees for admission to the Ph.D. program (all exams cleared in first attempt without any arrears / backlogs). In addition, a qualified GATE or an equivalent National level test, score is mandatory. These applicants are eligible for Full-Time HTRA category in the Architecture and Engineering

departments only. Selected candidates will be joining a two-degree M.Tech./M.Arch. + Ph.D. programme in Engineering / Architecture.

  • INTEGRATED APPLICANTS: This channel is meant for exceptionally outperforming applicants admitted through CCMT and currently completing their 1st year (2021-2023 batch) master program (M.Tech/M.Arch) of the institute (NIT-T only) with a minimum CGPA of

8.5 upto 2nd semester (i.e. CGPA ≥8.5 and with no course having grade less than C) along with B.E./B.Tech. (4 year) / B.Arch. (5 year) degree. At UG level, if the applicant is (i) OC/GEN-EWS/OBC-NCL category, he/she must possess 60% or above aggregate marks (equivalently, CGPA at least 6.5/10), and (ii) SC/ST/PwD category, he/she must possess 55% aggregate or above aggregate marks (equivalently, CGPA at least 6.0/10.0) for admission to the Ph.D. program. Selected candidates will be joining a two-degree M.Tech/M.Arch. + Ph.D. programme in Engineering

/ Architecture

  • Selection of candidates will be based on an initial screening of the applications, a written test /interview/counseling to be conducted offline

/ online for this session of admission for all categories. Only the shortlisted applicants shall be notified on the Institute’s website at every stage.

  • Mere fulfilling of eligibility requirements does not ensure shortlisting for the written test/interview/counseling. Institute reserves the right to restrict the number of candidates to be called for the written test/interview/counseling process. Depending on the number of applications received, the Institute/ Department(s) may set the criteria higher than the minimum eligibility requirements for shortlisting applicants for offline / online written test/interview/counseling process.
  • Mere appearing in the offline / online written test/interview/counseling process does not guarantee final selection. It is the candidate’s sole responsibility to be present in the offline / online written test/interview

/counseling process on the scheduled date and time. Institute shall not entertain any request for waiver/change of schedule under any circumstances.

  • Admission shall be offered subject to the availability of seats with institute fellowships, fellowships from other funding sources and sponsored & consultancy projects, faculty members in the respective specializations, and other administrative procedures.
  • The admission shall be purely provisional subject to the confirmation that they satisfy the prescribed eligibility conditions, including verification of original qualifying degree certificates and other related documents.
  • A limited hostel accommodation is available.
  1. Applicants MUST upload the following TEN scanned documents while submitting the Ph.D. Application.
  • 10th and 12th Standard Marks Sheets.
    • Passport size photograph.
    • Signature of the applicant.
    • Mark-sheet of the last semester/ Consolidated mark-sheet of the qualifying degree. Applicants whose final result is awaited have to upload their latest/previous semester mark-sheet.
    • Community Certificate (OBC-NCL/SC/ST), if applicable. An affidavit can be uploaded for having applied in case the certificate is not yet received.
    • Applicants from Economically Weaker Section (GEN-EWS) need to submit EWS certificate issued by the Competent Authority in the prescribed format, if applicable. An affidavit can be uploaded for having applied in case the certificate is not yet received.
    • PwD Certificate, if applicable. An affidavit can be uploaded for having applied in case the certificate is not yet received.
    • Sponsorship certificate, if applicable. Please upload Sponsorship Certificate, if not available, then attach Self- Declarant letter stating that the sponsorship certificate will be given at the time of Interview/ Admission.
    • A statement of Purpose (SoP), and research proposal (if any), as a single file irrespective of the number of disciplines/ specializations.
    • At least 2 letters of recommendation (LoR) from their institutes/universities who are familiar with the applicant.
  1. The Institute shall not be responsible for wrong entries and technical error(s) while making the online application/payment of the fees.
  1. Reservation for GEN-EWS/OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD Categories: The Institute follows the reservation policies of the MoE, Govt. of India. Certificates for GEN-EWS/OBC-NCL/SC/ST/PwD will be as per Govt. of India Rules. For OBC (NCL) category, the format for certificates must be as per DoPTOM No.36036/2/2013‐Estt (Res) dated 30.05.2014 and for EWS category, the format for certificates must be as per DoPTOM No.36039/1/2019-Estt (Res) dated 31.01.2019. OBC-NCL / GEN-EWS

certificate must be issued on or after April 1, 2022.

  1. If selected, all the original documents will be verified during physical reporting for admission. If anything found wrong, applicant’s admission shall stand canceled. Fellowships/Stipends to the full-time students shall be paid post physical verification of the documents.
  1. Applicants are advised to visit regularly the Institute’s website (https://www.nitt.edu) for all updates about subsequent amendments in the advertisement and results. No correspondence in any form in this regard will be made by the Institute with an individual applicant.

While filling-in the online application, attention must be paid to the following:

  1. Applicants are requested to apply online only. Hard copy of the application needs to be submitted by part-time internal applicants only. More details are in later pages.
  1. Applicants must fill/enter their CGPA or percentage of marks as issued by their institute/university.
  1. Online application submitted by the applicants shall be considered final and binding.
  1. Requests for making corrections in the online application shall not be entertained once the final submission is made.
  1. Additional instructions to the applicants with Integrated B. Tech.–M. Tech.
  2. Applicants with Dual Degrees are advised to fill up the ‘Academic Qualification’ option in the online application format as follows:
  3. Graduate degree: Fill up the CGPA / % Marks up to 8th Semester (year of passing: 8th Semester Examination year).
  4. Post Graduate degree: Fill up the CGPA / % Marks of the 7th to 10th Semester (year of passing: 10th Semester Examination year).
  • An applicant fulfilling minimum eligibility criteria can choose up to 3 departments for which he/she is eligible.
  • Each application must accompany an application fee of Rs. 1000/- per department for OC/GEN-EWS/OBC-NCL applicants and Rs. 500/- per department for SC/ST/PwD applicants. Applications to more than one department shall be considered only upon payment of the requisite fees for each department. Application fee is non-refundable.
  • The fee payment (one or more departments) should be made through State Bank i-collect mode only, on or before the last date – 27th May, 2022 (5 pm).

https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbicollect/icollecthome.htm

  • IMPORTANT DATES
Start of Online Application (Website Open)25th April 2022
Last      Date    for        submission of Online application (Website Closure)27th May 2022 (5 pm)
Tentative            Schedule            for                                  Written Test/Interview6th – 17th June 2022

3.    Ph. D. Admission Categories & Requirements

This call for admissions to the Ph.D. programme of the Institute is meant for the following categories

3.1  Full-time Research Scholar: National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli

  1. Half-time Teaching/Research Assistantship (HTRA) Scholars#

# Applicants selected for admission under this category in the architecture, engineering and science departments are also eligible for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF). More details at https://pmrf.in

  • Externally Funded Research Scholars
    • Fellowships of UGC/CSIR/DST/DAE/NBHM etc.
    • Sponsored     Research    and Consultancy Projects       with individual departments/faculty.
  • Non-Stipendiary

3.2  Part-time Research Scholar:

  1. In-Service Internal Research Scholar
    1. In-Service External Research Scholar

3.3.  Admission Process

Selection of applicants for admission in all the five categories mentioned in section 3.1 & 3.2 will be based on an initial screening followed by their performance in the written test/interview/counseling to be conducted offline / online for this session of admissions. More details about each category are as follows:

3.4.  For the category 3.1.a, Full-Time HTRA

The number of seats under this category in various departments, is as per the following seat distribution matrix stipulated by the Ministry of Education (MoE). Candidates selected under this category will be called as either LATERAL (those already possessing masters’ degrees), or DIRECT (those who have just completed their B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch.) or INTEGRATED (those who currently completing their 1st year master program (M.Tech./M.Arch.) of the institute (NIT-T only)). All LATERAL, DIRECT and INTEGRATED candidates are admitted through the same process – screening, written-test and/or interview, and they compete for the admission equally.

All the 17 departments of the institute admit candidates in this category, and selected candidates are eligible to receive the HTRA. It is mandatory that the recipients assist the department with academic work assigned by the Head of the Department and/or Research guide for at least 8 hours per week as per guidelines issued by the MoE; this is in addition to satisfying other conditions for the award/renewal of the fellowship. The award and renewal of the Assistantship is as per the guidelines prescribed by the ministry of education from time to time. At present, the fellowship is payable for a maximum duration of 5 years or up to the thesis submission, whichever is earlier. The monthly fellowship/assistantship is Rs. 31,000/- for the first 2 years and it will be enhanced to Rs. 35,000/- for the remaining 3 years’ period subject to the performance evaluation of the Doctoral Committee. Moreover, LATERAL, DIRECT and INTEGRATED candidates are eligible for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF). More details at https://pmrf.in.

S.No.DepartmentsOCGEN – EWSOBC – NCLSCSTTotal
1Architecture312118
2Chemical Engineering31228
3Chemistry32117
4Civil Engineering5232113
5Computer Applications2+1PwD3118
6Computer Science and Engineering51+1 PwD2110
7Electrical and Electronics Engineering3+1PwD132111
8Electronics and Communication Engineering513+1 PwD2113
9Energy and Environment1+1PwD13
10Humanities and Social Sciences (English)1111 PwD15
11Instrumentation and Control Engineering311+1 PwD17
12Management Studies30211 PwD7
13Mathematics41218
14Mechanical Engineering6132113
15Metallurgical and Materials Engineering213118
16Physics31116
17Production Engineering4132111
Total5915392211146
The list of available seats mentioned above is tentative. The number of seats may change at the time of admission without any further information or notification.

Reservation: Government of India reservation policy will be followed for GEN-EWS/OBC- NCL/SC/ST and the Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates.

The category tags of candidates who are eligible for various Allotted Category are as shown in the table below:

Allotted CategoryActual Category tag(s) of eligible candidates
OPEN (OC)GEN, GEN-EWS, OBC-NCL, SC, ST, GEN-PwD, GEN-EWS-PwD, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC-PwD, ST-PwD
GEN-EWSGEN-EWS, GEN-EWS-PwD
OBC-NCLOBC-NCL, OBC-NCL-PwD
SCSC, SC-PwD
STST, ST-PwD
OPEN – PwD (OC -PwD)GEN-PwD, GEN-EWS-PwD, OBC-NCL-PwD, SC-PwD, ST-PwD
GEN-EWS-PwDGEN-EWS-PwD
OBC-NCL-PwDOBC-NCL-PwD
SC-PwDSC-PwD
ST-PwDST-PwD

Further, there is a specific research stream, the DRDO (CAIR) -MHRD SCHEME, wherein the candidates selected in the departments of CSE, CA, EEE, ECE and ICE upon completion of the prescribed course work at NIT Tiruchirappalli have provision to pursue their research work, with the HTRA, in DRDO-Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR), Bangalore in the thrust areas of research listed below. Interested applicants may indicate this in their application.

  • Navigation and control of autonomous ground vesicles, Machine Learning for Speech Processing, Cyberspace Monitoring, Algorithm for Web context (Text) Mining, Design and Development of Post-Quantum Cryptographic Algorithm, Multi-agent Semantic Task planning, Bipedal jumping gaits with stable landing, Localization for unmanned systems, Recent Advances on Social Network Analysis (SNA) Techniques, Finite field and its applications, Cognitive Architectures for Human-Robot collaboration, Unified deep learning framework for object and activity detection in videos, Satellite image processing, Data Analysis for Unified Threat Management, Hardware Security, To automatically register images obtained from different sensors and sources.
  • For the category 3.1.b, Full-Time Externally – funded research scholars Under this category, admission is offered to those applicants with masters’ degrees:
    • Having their own fellowships from funding agencies such as DST, CSIR/ UGC, NBHM, etc., relevant to the research grant typically in the departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Management, Humanities & Social Sciences. The number of seats is limited and may vary from time to time based on selection and administrative procedures.
    • Project Assistants/Associates/Fellows/JRFs etc., working in sponsored research and consultancy projects under the faculty of NITT, and with a qualified GATE/UGC/CSIR/NBHM/NET/CAT/ATMA/XAT/MAT score (obtained in the last 5 years for engineering and architecture candidates, and for others in the last 3 years from the closing date of application form). The number of seats is limited and may vary from time to time based on

availability of projects/grants with the departments/faculty.

  • Up to 4 fellowships every year are available from the Institute of Development & Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT), Hyderabad for the students selected in the department of Computer Applications. These research scholars will complete the prescribed course work at NIT Tiruchirappalli, and will work at IDRBT, Hyderabad for their research tenure. The thesis shall be submitted to NIT Tiruchirappalli for the award of the degree. Interested applicants may indicate this in their application.
  • Non-Stipendiary: A very small number (decided from time to time) of seats on completely self-finance basis, for exceptionally good students possessing relevant masters’ degrees, may be available in the departments of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Humanities & Social Sciences. There is no financial assistance available for these candidates.

3.7  For the category 3.2.a, Part-Time Internal (staff) In-Service research scholars

A limited number of seats are allotted for the employees of the Institute(NIT-T), subject to the approval by the competent authority. Applicants to this category need to possess qualified GATE/UGC/CSIR/NBHM/NET/CAT/ATMA/XAT/MAT score obtained at some point of time in the past, in addition to possessing masters’ degrees. Applicants for this category must submit a hard copy of the completed online application through proper channel. However, the selection procedure remains the same, i.e., screening of the application as per the norms mentioned above, followed by performance in the written test /interview.

3.8  For the category 3.2.b, Part-Time External In-Service research scholars

A limited number of seats are available in all the 17 departments and the Center of Excellence in Corrosion & Surface Engineering (CECASE) for the working professionals, with masters’ degrees, from Govt. R&D Organizations / Public sector / Industries / National Research laboratories.

Part-Time (External-Industry/organization with R&D facility): A limited number of seats are available in all the 17 departments and the Center of Excellence in Corrosion & Surface Engineering (CECASE) for the working professionals, with masters’ degrees, from Government and quasi-government R&D Organizations / Public sector having R & D facilities / National Research laboratories /Reputed industries/organizations (private sector/MNCs) having well-established R&D facilities. For applicants in this category GATE score is not mandatory, but they must be working in establishments equipped with necessary research and library facilities only shall be considered for admission under this category.

A committee appointed by the Director (consisting of Dean Academic or his nominee, Dean-R&C or his nominee and Head of the Department) shall assess the adequacy of these facilities before recognizing the organization for the above purpose. However, the applicants must be officially sponsored by their employing organization. The candidate should have at least 3 years’ experience in a regular/permanent position at the time of application. The industries/organization must have at least 5 years of its existence for patronizing candidates to part-time Ph.D. program.

The minimum residential requirement for candidates under Part-time (External- Industry/organization with R&D facility) category for undertaking course work is as follows, a) The residential requirements is waived, b) The scholar shall report to the research supervisor /DC at least on three different occasions in every semester for official discussions and c) The scholar’s visits to the department may be scheduled during summer / winter vacations, but only on institute working days.

Applicants to the external registration programme must provide detailed information about the research facilities available at his/her organization and a certificate from the employer that these would be available to him/her for carrying out research (Form-1). He/she should also provide the bio-data of the prospective Co-Supervisor or Research Coordinator who would coordinate the candidate’s work at his/her organization with the principal supervisor at NIT Tiruchirappalli (Form-2).

Part-Time External (On Campus) category 3.2.b is also available for faculty members and working professionals with masters’ degrees from Govt./Govt. Aided/Reputed Private Engineering Colleges/Science and Arts Colleges/Universities/ Industry/Public Sector. Regular/Full-time teachers/ employees working in these institutions with qualified GATE score (obtained in the last five years from the closing date of application form)/ UGC/CSIR/NBHM/NET/CAT/ATMA/XAT/MAT score will be considered for admission under this category. At the time of admission, the candidate must submit a “no objection” certificate (Form-3) and also a “relieving certificate” from the Parent institute/organization to relieve him/her to complete his/her residential requirement of one semester to complete the mandatory course work. The candidate should have at least 3 years’ experience in a regular/permanent position at the time of application. The college/organization must have 5 years of its existence for patronizing candidates to part-time Ph.D. program.

·       There is no stipend/fellowship for the candidates selected under categories

3.2 a & b, i.e., Part-Time Internal and Part-Time External. These programmes are completely self-financed.

4.      Additional Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the basic eligibility criteria described on page 3, the following additional criteria are considered by various departments. Applicants may apply to more than one department based on these additional criteria.

4.1.  Department of Architecture

Applicants with Bachelor’s degree in Architecture/Planning and Master’s degree in Architecture/Design/Planning/Building Engineering and Management/Building technology or its equivalent.

4.2.  Department of Chemical Engineering

Applicants with B.E/ B.Tech. in Engineering/Technology followed by M.E./ M.Tech./MS (By research)/other appropriate relevant degrees in Chemical Biochemical, Biotechnology, Petroleum, Petrochemical, Electrochemical, Polymer, Nano Technology, CFD, Bio-pharmaceutical, Industrial Safety Engineering, Thermal Power Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Process Control, Electronics and Instrumentation, Industrial Biotechnology, Instrumentation Engineering, Process Control and Instrumentation, Control and Instrumentation, Applied Instrumentation, Control Systems and

Instrumentation, Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Process Instrumentation or any other appropriate/relevant specialization.

M.Sc. degree with specializations including Industrial Chemistry, Advanced Biochemistry, Environmental Management, Instrumentation Technology, Instrumentation and Applied Physics, Environmental Science, Biotechnology, Nano Technology, Material Science, Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics, Industrial Biotechnology, Polymer Science, Applied Electronics or any other appropriate/relevant specialization.

4.3.  Department of Civil Engineering

Applicants with B.E. / B. Tech in Civil Engineering and M.E./M. Tech. specialization in Transportation Engineering/ Structural Engineering Environmental Engineering/Hydraulics and water resources/GIS and Remote sensing/ Geotechnical Engineering under Full Time (HTRA category).

For applications under part time category specialization includes Structural Engineering /Transportation Engineering/ Environmental Engineering/Hydraulics and water resources/GIS and Remote sensing/ Geotechnical Engineering.

4.4.  Department of Computer Applications

Applicants with masters’ degree in Computer Applications or M.Sc. (Computer Science/OR&CA) with a qualified GATE score / UGC/ CSIR/ NBHM/ NET score. M.E./M. Tech. with specialization related to Computer Science/ Information Technology with a qualified GATE score.

4.5.  Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Bachelor’s and Master’s / M.S. (by Research) degree in Engineering / Technology in

the relevant branch of study.

4.6  Department of Energy and Environment Engineering

Applicants with B.E/ B.Tech. in Engg/Tech. (Energy and Environment/Energy/ Chemical/ Biotechnology/ Mechanical/ Electrical and Electronics / Metallurgical and Materials) followed by M.E/ M. Tech./MS (by-research) in Energy and Environment/ Chemical/Biotechnology /Mechanical /Energy Engg.

/Environmental Engg./Energy conservation and mgmt/Renewable Energy / Electrical and Electronics / Metallurgical and Materials and equivalent in appropriate branch of study related to energy and environment.

4.7  Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering

Bachelor’s and Master’s / M.S. (by Research) degree in Engineering / Technology in

the appropriate branch of study.

4.8  Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

B. E or B. Tech in (Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering) and Masters in any relevant field.

4.9  Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

Masters’ degrees in the relevant discipline of Humanities/Social Science/Economics/Business Administration/Commerce/Statistics with a qualified UGC/ NET/ CAT/ AIMA/ XAT/ MAT score.

Master’s degree (M.E. / M.Tech.) in Engineering with a qualified GATE score.

4.10.  Instrumentation and Control Engineering

Applicants with Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technology or other relevant

degrees, in the appropriate branch of study and M.E. / M.Tech. / M.S. (by Research)

/ other appropriate relevant degrees in Instrumentation / Sensor System Design, Control System, Biomedical Instrumentation, Biomedical Signal/Image processing, Process Control, Cyber-physical systems, Cyber/Networked Control System, Industrial Automation, and any emerging area of specialization related to Instrumentation and Control Engineering or any other appropriate/relevant specialization.

4.11.  Department of Management Studies

Applicants with Two-year Full-time Master’s degree in Business Administration/ Two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Management/Masters’ Degree in Industrial Engineering/Management with a CAT/ UGC-NET/ XAT/ MAT/ GMAT/ GATE score. Candidates with the above eligibility requirements and qualified doctoral research fellowships like UGC-JRF/RGNF/other equivalent research fellowships in Management may also apply.

4.12  Department of Mechanical Engineering

Applicants with   B.E/B.   Tech.   in   Mechanical   Engineering   with   Master’s   in

Design/Thermal/Industrial Safety streams.

4.13  Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/ Technology in the appropriate branch of study, PG degree in Science (Physics/Chemistry/Material Science/Applied Science/Applied Physics/Applied Chemistry) followed by M.Tech. Degree/M.S (by Research) in Material Science and Engg./equivalent PG degree in related discipline.

  • Centre of Excellence in Corrosion and Surface Engineering (CECASE) Applicants with M.E. / M.Tech. in Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Welding Engineering, Industrial Metallurgy, Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Engineering, Manufacturing, Design, Automobile Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Nano Science & Nano Technology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Engineering or any other equivalent degree. The Ph.D. programme at CECASE is purely part-time.

4.14  Department of Production Engineering

Bachelor’s and Master’s / M.S. (by Research) degree in Engineering / Technology in

the relevant branch of study.

4.15  Department of Mathematics

M.A./M.Sc. in Mathematics/ Applied Mathematics, M. Math /M. Stat. Applicants having their own fellowships from funding agencies such as CSIR/ UGC – JRF/DST/DAE/NET/NBHM/INSPIRE, etc., can apply for Ph.D. in the department relevant to the research grant. Candidates having Qualified GATE Score in Science streams only will be considered for HTRA.

4.16  Department of Physics

Masters’ degrees in Physics/Applied Physics/Materials Science/Applied Electronic. Valid GATE score/ UGC/ CSIR/ NET/INSPIRE fellowships or other valid fellowships. M. Tech. in Non-Destructive Testing/Materials Science, with a qualified GATE score.

4.17  Department of Chemistry

Masters’ degrees in Chemistry/Applied Chemistry. Applicants having their own

fellowships    from    funding    agencies    such    as                             CSIR/UGC/DST/DAE/NBHM

/INSPIRE, etc., can apply for Ph.D. in the department relevant to the research grant. Qualified GATE Score in Science streams should have been obtained.

5.  SELECTION PROCEDURE

  • For all the 4 categories (full- and part-times), the mode and norms for selection shall be uniform. Following the scrutiny and short-listing of the applications, eligible candidates will be called to attend a written test. The conduct of written test will be based on the number of applications received and the prevailing pandemic situation.
  • Candidates, short listed based on the performance in written test need to appear for a technical and personal interview conducted by the Departmental Research Committee comprising of HoD, all eligible research guides/supervisors and the Dean’s nominee (observer).
  • The tentative schedule of this process is around 6th -17th June 2022, but information on shortlisted applicants and the dates of written test/interview shall be put up on the institute’s website in due course of time. No correspondence from the applicants is entertained, unless otherwise the institute officials write an email.

6.  Miscellaneous Information

Apart from the aforementioned information, the following may be useful to the applicants.

6.1. Duration of the Programme

The duration of the programme and the timeline for submission of the thesis are counted from the date of provisional registration. However, it must be noted that the HTRA is available for 5 years only, and for the externally funded students fellowship is available till the project is completed, which is usually 2-3 years; no financial assistance is available thereafter.

The minimum duration of the Ph.D. Programme prescribed is three years for all categories. For full-time students with HTRA/external funding the permitted duration is up to a maximum of 6 years, and for part-time students it is up to a maximum of 7 years. Under extraordinary circumstances, based on the recommendations of the doctoral committees, extension of duration may be considered. Nevertheless, at the end of 8 years from the date of provisional registration, no further extension will be given and the registration to the Ph.D. programme stands cancelled.

6.2 Place of research work

The candidates admitted under full-time category shall work at NIT Tiruchirappalli till the submission of thesis. Their work is supervised by the principal supervisor (and co- supervisor, if any) allotted at the time of admission.

Those admitted under part-time (External-Industry/organization with R&D facility) category from industry/organization/national laboratories, will normally carry

out part or all of his/ her research work in their place of employment. For these students, there will be two Research Supervisors, one principal research supervisor from NIT Trichy and one co-supervisor/coordinator from his/her place of work.

For those candidates admitted under part-time external (On-Campus) category from academic institutions, industries, and public sectors the place of work shall be NITT even though he/she may be carrying out a part of research work in his/her institution of employment. For these students, their work is supervised only by the guide (and co- guide, if any) allotted at the time of admission.

Candidates admitted under part-time external (External-Industry/organization with R&D facility) category shall visit and physically report to the research supervisor/Doctoral Committee at least on three different occasions during every semester for official discussions, until the submission of the thesis.

7.    Course work

The course work requirement will be considered to be fulfilled upon the student’s successful completion of the courses at NIT Tiruchirappalli only. However, for the convenience of Part-Time (External-Industry/organization with R&D facility) students (from Government and quasi-government R&D Organizations / Public sector having R & D facilities / National Research laboratories /Reputed industries/organizations (private sector/MNCs) having well-established R&D facilities) alone the course work requirement can be considered to be fulfilled either by undertaking to study the courses at NIT Tiruchirappalli or by taking online courses offered under reputed agencies such as NPTEL which are approved by the Doctoral Committee. For the online courses after certification from the agency, an evaluation will be carried out by the research supervisor/Doctoral Committee at NIT Tiruchirappalli.

HOW TO APPLY?

Applicants                 must                  apply                  through                  online portal https://admission.nitt.edu/phdjul22/ only.

While filling-in the online application, attention must be paid to the following:

  1. Applicants are requested to apply online only. Hard copy of the application is needed through proper channel from the part-time internal applicants only.
  2. Applicants must fill/enter their CGPA or percentage of marks as issued by their institute/university.
  3. Online application once submitted by the applicants shall be considered final and binding. Requests for making corrections in the online application shall not be entertained once the final submission is made.
  4. Additional instructions to the applicants with Integrated B. Tech.–M.Tech.
    1. Dual Degree applicants are advised to fill up the ‘Academic Qualification’

option in the online application format as follows:

  • Graduate degree: Fill up the CGPA / % Marks up to 8th Semester (year of passing: 8th Semester Examination year).
    • Post Graduate degree: Fill up the CGPA / % Marks of the 7th to 10th Semester (year of passing: 10th Semester Examination year).
  • An applicant fulfilling minimum eligibility criteria (cf. page 3) can choose up to 3 departments he/she is eligible.
  • Each application must accompany an application fee is Rs. 1000/- per department for OC/GEN-EWS/OBC-NCL applicants and Rs. 500/- per

department for SC/ST/PwD applicants. Applications to more than one department shall be considered only upon payment of the requisite fees for each department. Application fee is non-refundable.

  • The fee payment (one or more departments) should be made through State Bank i-collect mode only, on or before the last date – 27th May, 2022 (5 pm).

https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbicollect/icollecthome.htm

IMPORTANT DATES

Start of Online Application (Website Open)25th April 2022
Last      Date    for        submission of Online application (Website Closure)27th May 2022 (5 pm)
Tentative            Schedule            for                                  Written Test*/Interview6th – 17th June 2022

For further queries, contact:

The Chairman (PhD Admission) Office of the Dean Academic National Institute of Technology

Tiruchirappalli – 620015, Tamil Nadu. Phone: +91-431-2503911/2503011

E-mail: [email protected]

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ANNEXURE – I

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

S.NoDepartmentSpecializations
    1    ArchitectureEnergy Efficient/ Sustainable Architecture, Housing, Urban Heritage and Conservation, Building Conservation and Adaptive Re-use, Urban Design, Cost-effective Construction Techniques, Construction Management, Building structural systems, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Planning/ Design, Urban Landscape, Environment and Behavior Studies, Environmental Psychology, Urban Micro climate, Cultural Landscape, Environmental Planning and Urban Planning.
      2      Chemical EngineeringProcess Control and Instrumentation, Nanotechnology, Environmental Engineering & Management, Photo catalysis, Polymer, Membrane Technology, Membrane Separation, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Catalysis, Renewable Energy, Bio-Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Process Modeling and Simulation, Electrochemical engineering, Advanced materials, Fuels and energy, Transfer operations, Separation and purification, Chemical Technology, Process Intensification, Process development, , Biochemical processes, Water treatment & reclamation and any emerging area of specialization related to chemical engineering discipline.
3ChemistryOrganic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical chemistry and Analytical Chemistry
    4    Civil EngineeringFor applications under full-time (HTRA) category: Transportation Engineering/ Structural Engineering Environmental Engineering/Hydraulics and water resources/GIS and Remote sensing/ Geotechnical Engineering. For applications under part time category: Structural Engineering /Transportation Engineering/ Environmental Engineering/Hydraulics and water resources/GIS and Remote sensing/ Geotechnical Engineering.
      5    Computer ApplicationsBig Data Analytics, Bioinformatics, Cloud Computing, Computational Optimization, Computer Networks, Cryptography, Data Base Management Systems, Data Compression, Data Mining, Distributed Systems, DNA Computing, Graph Theory and Algorithms, Information Extraction, Information Retrieval, Information Security, Membrane Computing, Multimedia Computation, Parallel Computing, Software Engineering, Text Analytics, Theory of Computing, Soft Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), IoT, Web Mining, NLP, Web Technology and any emerging area of specialization related to Computer Science discipline.
      6      Computer Science & EngineeringAlgorithms and Graph Theory, Computer Architecture/Computer hardware, Computer Networks and Network Security, Databases and Data mining, Operating Systems, Cloud Computing, Speech and Vision, Theoretical Computer Science, VLSI design, Web Informatics and Web Technology, Wireless Networks, Cryptography, Security, Image Processing & Image Security, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural language processing, Software Engineering, Social Network Analysis and Recommendation Systems, Embedded and Real-time Systems, High Performance Computing, Data Analytics, Data Science, Human Computer Interaction, Cellular Automata, Artificial Life, Mobile Security and any emerging area of specialization related to CSE discipline.
    7  Energy & EnvironmentAlgal technology, Wastewater treatment, solar hybrid systems, Carbon capture technologies, Energy system analysis, Coal and Biomass Conversion, value added products from biomass, Thermal storage, Energy storage, Energy conservation, Thermo-chemical conversion of biomass, DC microgrid, Load management, smart energy systems, Materials for energy storage and Renewal energy applications.
  8Electronics and Communication EngineeringSignal and image Processing, Wireless communication, Wireless networks, Microwave engineering, Microwave integrated circuits, Antennas, Metamaterials, RFMEMS, Optical communication, Photonics, Pattern recognition and Computational intelligence, VLSI Design / Systems / Technology and any emerging areas of specialization related to ECE.

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  9Electrical and Electronics EngineeringApplied Electronics, Wireless Sensor networks and Knowledge Management, Control and Instrumentation Energy Engineering, High Voltage Engineering, Power Electronics / Power Electronics & Drives / Electrical Drives & Control / Electrical Machines, Power Systems, VLSI Systems and any emerging area of specialization related to its discipline.
          10        Humanities and Social SciencesEnglish: English Language Teaching, Second Language Acquisition, Biolinguistics, Indian Writing in English, Somaesthetics, Life Writing, Culture Studies, Digital Humanities, American Literature, Health Humanities, Visual Culture, Comic Studies, English Language Education, Anglo-American Modernism, Autobiography Studies, Queer Studies and Modernity in India with a special focus on Odisha, Postcritical Literary Studies, Author Studies, Literary Theory and the Philosophy of Literature Economics: International Economics, Micro & Macro Economics, Environmental Economics & Sustainability Development, Monetary & Finance, Econometrics, Data Science, AI & ML Techniques, Agriculture & Industrial Economics, Growth Model, Economics Policy, Entrepreneurship Development
      11      Instrumentation and Control Engg.Instrumentation, Sensors and Actuators, Flexible devices and sensors, RF and microwave sensors, Signal Processing Applications, Embedded System Design, Biomedical Instrumentation Engineering. IoT / IIoT framework, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Deep Learning for Control and Instrumentation Applications, Industrial Automation Modeling and Control of Dynamical Systems, Process Control, Process Systems Engineering, Design and development of robots and sensor platforms, Modeling Control and implementation of smart structures, Design and development of smart materials-based systems for sensing, actuation and control, Energy harvesting.
  12Management StudiesHuman Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour, Marketing, Finance, Production and Operation Management, Data Sciences, Information Systems and Technology, General Management.
13MathematicsComputational Fluid Mechanics, Numerical analysis and Differential Equations, Mathematical Modelling.
      14    Mechanical EngineeringAlternate Fuels, Automobile Engineering, Biomechanics, Combustion, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Cryogenics, Design of Pressure Vessel and Piping, Energy storage systems, FE Simulation, Fluid Mechanics, Fluid Power Systems and Control, Heat Transfer, IC Engines, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Applications, Thermal management, Industrial Safety Engineering, Machine Design, MEMS, Nanomaterials and Composites, Stress Analysis, Peridynamics, Vibrational Analysis, Welding, Wind turbine, and 3D Printing
      15  Metallurgical                       and Materials EngineeringBio-materials, Ceramic Materials, Composite Materials, Computational materials science, Corrosion, Electro – chemistry, Failure Analysis, Foundry Technology, Fuel Cells, Iron making and Steel making, Joining of Materials, Material Characterization, Materials Processing, Mechanical Behaviors of Materials, Metal Casting, Metal Forming, Mineral Processing, Nano-materials, Non Destructive testing, Non-ferrous extraction, Non-metallic materials, Physical Metallurgy, Polymers, Powder Metallurgy, Process Metallurgy / Extractive Metallurgy, Process Modeling, Simulation, Structure Property Correlations, Surface Engineering, Welding and any emerging area of specialization.

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      15a.      CECASEBasic and Applied Aspects of Corrosion Science and Engineering, Basic and Applied Aspects of Surface Science and Engineering, Surface Catalysis, Spectroscopy and Sensors, Engineering and Industrial Tribology, Lubrication, Industrial Coatings, Thermal Spray, Laser Surface Engineering, Weldment Corrosion & its Control, Corrosion Inhibition, Castings, Development of New Materials, Coatings for High Temperature Applications, Nano Materials, Nano Composite Coatings, Solid State Joining, Process Control and Instrumentation, Electro Chemical Engineering – as applicable to Railways, Power Plants, Process Industries, Petro Chemical Plants, Naval / Marine, Mining, Paper and Pulp, Automobile and all their allied industries.
    16    PhysicsFiber Optic Sensors, Laser Spectroscopy, Materials Science, Nano materials, Thin Films, Photonics, Development and Processing of the Flexible Energy Harvesters, Quantum Computation and Information, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Theoretical High Energy Physics, Micro-robotics, Electronic-nose and, Artificial Neural Network, Non- Destructive Testing and any emerging area specialization related to its discipline.
17Production EngineeringProduction Engineering / Manufacturing Engineering / Industrial Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and any emerging area of specialization related to Production Engineering.

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Sponsorship Certificate

Form – 1

(To be submitted in the Official Letter Head by the Ph.D. External (External-Industry/organization with R&D facility) Registration Candidates)

The application from Mr./Ms…………………………………………………………………………………………….. working

as………….…….……….…..…………… in ……………..………………since …..……….. is herewith recommended and forwarded for admission under External Registration Scheme for part time Ph.D. Program in the Department of…….……………………………., National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.

Certified that:

  1. Our organization has adequate facilities for carrying out the research as indicated by the applicant and if he/she is selected, these will be made available to him/her till the completion of the programme.
  2. The applicant will be deputed/given leave for duration of his/her residence period at NIT, Tiruchirappalli (if required).
  3. Facilities will be made available to the Supervisor (External Research Co-Supervisor) to supervise the work of the applicant and to attend the DC meetings at NIT, Tiruchirappalli, whenever necessary.
  4. Till the completion of his/her research programme, the applicant will not ordinarily be transferred to another unit or place which may impede his/her work under this scheme. If such a transfer is necessary, NIT, Tiruchirappalli will be informed atleast before one month of such transfer order.
  5. No part of the work carried out in fulfillment of the Research programme will be utilized commercially or for applying for a Patent without the approval of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

Date:                                                                    Signature of the Sponsoring Authority

Name and Designation

Seal of the organization/ Institution

Postal address of the Organization/ Institution:

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Form – 2

Certificate from the External Research Co-Supervisor/ Research coordinator

(To be submitted by the Ph.D. External (External-Industry/organization with R&D facility) Registration Candidates)

This is to state that in the event of Mr./ Ms……………………………………. of this organization being selected

for part time Ph.D. programme in the Department of……………………………………………………………………………………………………. under the

External Registration Scheme of NIT, Tiruchirappalli, I agree to be his/her External CoSupervisor / Research coordinator and shall extend all possible guidance and access to the following facilities# to enable him/her to carry out his/her research programme towards the submission of thesis.

*Particulars of Prospective External Co-Supervisor/Research Coordinator:

  • Name of proposed External Research Supervisor / Research coordinator (In Block letters):
  • Designation:
  • Academic qualifications of External Research Supervisor /Research coordinator:
  • Experience (No. of Years):
  • No. of Publications with details:
  • Membership in Professional Societies:

#Research Facilities (relevant to area of research only) Available: (To be listed here)

Date:                                     Signature of the External Co-Supervisor/Research Coordinator Name and Designation

Seal of the organization

*The external Research Co-Supervisor should have a Ph.D. degree and a minimum of 2 papers in refereed journals. The research coordinator should have a PG degree with atleast ten years of experience.

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Form – 3

No Objection Certificate from the Employing Organization

(To be submitted in the Official Letter Head by Ph.D. Part time – External (On campus) candidates)

The applicant ………………………….……..…………………………………………………… working as

..……….…….……in……………………………since………………. is herewith recommended and forwarded

for admission under Part time – External – On campus scheme for Ph.D. programme in the Department of…….. National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.

  1. We note that facilities of the NIT, Tiruchirappalli will be made available to him/ her for carrying out the research work under the supervision of a Research Supervisor and he/ she has to pay full fees every semester for the use of laboratory, library and other facilities of the Institute.
  • The research facilities available in our organization will also be accessible to him/ her in the case of selection.
  • The applicant will be deputed/given leave for duration of his/her residence period at NIT, Tiruchirappalli.
  • Till the completion of his/her research programme, the applicant will not ordinarily be transferred to another unit or place which may impede his/her work under the scheme. If such a transfer is necessary, NIT, Tiruchirappalli will be informed atleast before one month of such transfer order.
  • No part of the work carried out in fulfillment of the Research programme will be utilized commercially or for applying for a Patent without the approval of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.
Date:Signature of the Sponsoring Authority Name and Designation

Seal of the organization/ Institution

Postal address of the Organization/ Institution

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