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PhD.Programme in International Higher Education

International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd) at JGU offers both Full time and Part time PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programme. The mission and vision of IIHEd is to promote research in higher education and capacity building for research. IIHEd aims to conduct research and offer advice on all aspects of higher education with a strong focus on curriculum development; pedagogical innovations; faculty engagement; faculty recruitment, retention and development; research and knowledge creation systems; promotion of scholarship and building research capacities; developing international collaborations; benchmarking and assessments of institutions; and for providing institutional support on law, policy and regulations relating to higher education.

The knowledge and critical thinking skills you will acquire through the dedicated training and supervision you will receive at IIHEd will equip you with deep insight into the complexity and challenges of Higher Education within India and around the world. The PhD in Higher Education program draws upon a rich, interdisciplinary theoretical and research base to illuminate thought and practice within the globalizing higher education sector in India and around the world. Students will gain holistic and critical perspectives on college and university policies and practices. More specifically, students will examine the roots of scientific inquiry and its bearing on research in the field of higher education. In addition to research-based coursework, a focused dissertation research project that advances knowledge in the field of higher education is required.

Students will be prepared for a career in college teaching and educational research, as well as for administrative positions in higher education institutions, higher education-related agencies, boards, and commissions within India and around the world. This degree will be conferred by the O.P. Jindal Global University. At least 5 years of full-time work experience (i.e., administration and/or teaching) in higher education is required for enrolment in the programme. The range of taught courses we offer, in addition to the supervised and independent research you will undertake, will make you a knowledgeable expert in your field of specialization and will place you in a position of high demand in the marketplace.

Why should you choose a PhD Programme at IIHEd?

  1. To undertake deep and meaningful research on a subject with the support and supervision of world-leading scholars in the field in an institute with significant global connections and impact.
  2. To enhance your employment opportunities and receive recognition for your contribution to development of new knowledge in the field of Higher Education.
  3. To undertake path-breaking research collaborations with our international university partners in the United States, Europe, Australia, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
  4. To be part of an active and multidisciplinary research community within Jindal Global University, that seeks solutions to the complex issues that define and challenge contemporary international relations.
  5. To independently develop the knowledge and skills to understand, critique and reframe some of the fundamental problems of higher education in India and around the world. 

PhD Programs at IIHEd

Applicants shall be admitted into the Ph.D. in Higher Education Programme under one of the following categories:

  • Full-time PhD
  • Part-time PhD

Full-time PhD is a fully residential programme on O.P.Jindal Global University campus. The scholar is required to be located on campus and undertake his course and research work under the direct supervision of IIHEd faculty. The candidate has to attend specific research classes as well as advance courses in the area of interest during the tenure. The candidate will be paid a stipend of Rs 25000/ per month along with stay and food facility for first three years of course work. The candidate is required to attend lectures and seminars, present papers in conferences and publish in leading journals and also provide academic inputs to other JGU students. The program allows you, subject to academic approval, to construct a course relevant to your specific area of interests.      

Classes for part- time PhD program students working in Delhi/NCR will be held online. There will be extensive use of technology platform to interact with scholars. The sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for their reference. The part- time students who live outside India will have to be on campus twice a year, at the beginning of each semester, for a period not less than a week to register and agree with their supervisors on the coursework. Between the two semesters, extensive contacts between the students and supervisors will be conducted monthly, or when necessary, through Skype, internet and other available technological means.

The part- time students will undergo the same course structure like a full- time student as per UGC requirements. The students from abroad will make use of available technology to this end. The program is designed to help working professionals to undertake a PhD programme without disturbing their current work engagements.

The one year full-time and two years part-time interspersed course work units are available in following areas leading to PhD in Higher Education:

  • Teacher Education Reform in Higher Education
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum Development in Higher Education
  • Administration and Policy Analysis in Higher Education
  • Student Affairs and Welfare in Higher Education
  • Higher Education Quality Assurance and Assessment
  • International and Comparative Higher Education
  • Internationalization of Indian Higher Education
  • Finance and Economics of Higher Education
  • Organizational Culture and Change in Higher Education
  • Life-long Learning and Academic Professional Development

The full- time PhD program has 12 months of course work (12 credits of core course) and 6 credits of advanced (area specific courses).

The part-time scholars programme for those working in New Delhi or working abroad, will have 18 months of coursework (12 credits of core course) and 6 credits of advanced (area specific courses), before the scholar goes to defend his/ her research proposal.

The scholar has to undertake a comprehensive examination at the end of the course work and, upon successful completion, will move to the research and thesis writing stage under the supervision of IIHEd faculty members.

Completing the Doctorate: The scholar is required to submit a thesis of 75000-100,000 words for completion, depending on the discipline.

IIHEd PhD Curriculum

The PhD program consists of two phases. The first phase of the program involves core and doctoral course work, followed by a First Year Viva and a Research Proposal Presentation. The second phase requires the PhD scholars to undertake fieldwork, further research and writing, and finally defend the completed thesis.

The thesis is expected to make significant contribution in the field of Higher Education.The course work aims at providing inputs on various aspects of Higher Education from comparative and international perspective to enable the scholars apply them in their research. Seven core courses have to be completed during the first phase. These courses will provide basic knowledge and skills that the PhD scholars must be familiar with while conducting research on emerging issues of Higher Education in the globalizing context. These will include the use of latest methodologies and other research tools. The coursework and the research work is interspersed with two semester breaks (for full-time), and four semester breaks (for part-time) during which the scholars are expected to work on their areas of interest. The scholars are encouraged to do a research paper/project with an area faculty during the summer and winter semester breaks.

On successful completion of the core courses, the scholars will have to appear for comprehensive exams based on these courses. On passing the exam, they will be allowed to do the doctoral level courses, spanning a semester. The scholars are required to do four such area specific doctoral courses. Out of these four, at least three have to be from the scholar’s area of specialization and the fourth course may be a doctoral course from any other area or a seminar course. These courses will provide the required subject knowledge in the area of specialization and also provide exposure to contemporary issues worth investigating. During the second phase of the coursework, the scholars are allowed to undertake a seminar course in consultation with an area faculty in the field of research interest. This will be a course of 1.5 credits. The scholar needs to identify a topic of interest which may potentially lead to a thesis problem. The outcome of this course should be a research paper/working paper of IIHEd, and can be taken for publication in an appropriate journal. The scholar and guide will be co-authors of the paper for the journal.

Following are the timelines for the full-time and part-time PhD scholars:

Full-time PhD (3 – 7 years)

 

Semester I

Semester II

Summer Break

Semester III

Winter Break

Semester IV

Summer Break

Semester V & VI

 

Core Courses

Core Courses

Research Paper/ Comprehensive Exam

Doctoral courses

Viva

Proposal Presentation

Research/Thesis

Research/Thesis Defence

 

Part-time PhD (4-7 years)

Semester I

Semester II

Summer Break

Semester III

Winter Break

Semester IV

Summer Break

Semester V & VI

Semester VII, VIII

Core Courses

Core Courses

Research Paper

Core Courses

Comprehensive Exam

Doctoral courses

Viva

Proposal Presentation, Research/Thesis

Research/Thesis Defence

Following is the credit requirement during the coursework:

Course Structure

8 basic courses

1.5*8

12

3 doctoral courses

1.5*3

4.5

1 doctoral seminar course

1.5*1

1.5

Total

 

18

 

Following is the course curriculum that shall be followed:

Core Course

Introduction to Doctoral Studies

1.5

12 credits

Research Methodology (Quantitative)

1.5

Research Methodology (Qualitative)

1.5

Technical & Research Writing 

1.5

Social & Philosophical foundation of Higher Education

1.5

Inclusive Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

1.5

Educational Psychology & Higher Education

1.5

International and Comparative Higher Education

1.5

 

Total

12 credits

 

Advanced Doctoral Courses (Any  three courses)

History of Indian Higher Education

1.5

4.5 credits

Higher Education Policy in India

1.5

Democracy, Human Rights & Peace Education

1.5

Technology and Higher Education Reform

1.5

Multicultural & Intercultural Issues in Higher Education

1.5

Higher Education, Gender and Development

1.5

Student Welfare & Development in Higher Education

 

Teacher Education and Staff development in Higher Education

1.5

Economics and Financing of Higher Education

1.5

Globalization of Education

1.5

Internationalization of Higher Education

1.5

Leadership in Higher Education

1.5

Educational Management Information System

1.5

Advanced Statistical Methods 

1.5

Advanced Qualitative Methods- Field Research in Higher Education

1.5

Seminar Course

One Advanced Doctoral Seminar Course

1.5

1.5 credits

Following is the credit requirement during the coursework:

Thesis Defence

The final stage of the PhD program is the thesis defence. This is to judge the scholarly contribution of the thesis to the knowledge pertinent to the understanding and resolution of problems in the field of higher education. The scholar should demonstrate professional competence in either contributing empirically to the existing body of knowledge in a particular area of higher education research, or the scholar should break new grounds and bring new knowledge into the field of research.

Admission Requirements:

An applicant seeking admission to the PhD in Higher Education Programme must satisfy the following academic criteria:

  • Full-time PhD:
    • The candidate must possess a Master’s level degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution prior to being admitted to the programme with a minimum of 55%.
    • S/he must provide two references, a letter of motivation and his/her CV during application.
    • A PhD student in IIHEd cannot be enrolled in another higher education institution for full-time or part time programmes with or without financial assistance.
  • Part-Time PhD:
  • In addition to the above qualifications mentioned for full- time PhD candidates, candidates who have experience in higher educational administration for at least 5 years can apply for the part-time programme. But, an exception can be considered for bright candidates with less than five years and more than three-year work experience.   
  • Full time/ Adjunct/ Visiting faculty members working in higher educational institutions can also apply for part- time PhD program.
  • Preference will be given to scholars if they have relevant work experience in the area of their PhD.

Application Procedure:

 Currently admission into the PhD. Programme is available in the fall semester (on 1 August)

  • Applications Deadline for 2017 admissions: 31st July, 2017
  • An applicant shall submit:
    1. An online application through the JGU website/ office at (http://www.jgu.edu.in/admissions/phdadmissions/)
    2. Scanned copy of the relevant academic transcripts;
    3. A short note on the professional background and experience of the applicant, if any;
    4. A “Statement of Purpose” explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue the Ph.D. Programme, in around 1500 words; and
    5. The names of two academic/ non-academic referees from whom the University may seek information on the research potential of the applicant.
    6. An applicant is required to pay an application fee of Rs.1000/- only.

 Selection Procedure:

An application to IIHEd does not guarantee admission into PhD program. An internal committee will evaluate the applications on merits and shortlist the candidates.

  • Shortlisted applicants are required to take an online Research Aptitude Test (RAT) followed by a personal Interview.
  • The following categories of applicants are exempted from taking the Entrance Test:
    1. Applicants who have qualified UGC/ CSIR/ JRF/ NET/ SLET (Haryana State) or any other similar examination.
    2. Candidates holding Teacher Fellowships from the UGC or any other Government funding agency.
    3. Applicants who have completed their PhD coursework/ MPhil in another University/ Organization, subject to approval by the School Doctoral Committee (SDC).

Candidates shall be selected on the basis of their academic record, performance in research aptitude test and personal interview.

Duration of the PhD:

As per the UGC rules, the minimum & maximum period of study and research shall not be less than 3 years from the date of enrolment (36 months) & 7 years (84 months) respectively from the date of provisional registration of the candidate. However, in case the performance of the research scholar has been exceptionally good and proven through substantial publications, the period can be reduced by six months. The part - time PhD program is for minimum 4 years (48 months) and maximum 7 years (84 months). However, in case the performance of the research scholar has been exceptionally good and proven through substantial publications, the period can be reduced by six months. 

Fee Details:

The full- time PhD students will have to pay registration fee of Rs. 10,000 at the time of joining (one time fees) and a submission fee of Rs 5000/ at the time of thesis submission. They will receive a stipend of Rs. 25000/ per month during the first three year of PhD program. Contingency and conference allowance are under active consideration for successful PhD students. The full- time scholars are eligible for free accommodation and food during the first three years of their PhD program. The number of scholarships for full time PhD program is limited and is purely based on merit. Hence interested scholars who intend to pursue full- time PhD program without any scholarship have to pay the fees of a part- time scholar and join the program.  

The Ph.D. fees (for the full- time scholars without fellowship/ part- time scholars) are as per the following:  

 

 

Semester

Annual

Registration Fees (One Time)

10000*

   10000*

Semester Fees

40000

80000

Library Usage Fee

15000

30000

Software and Database usage Fees

20000

40000

Total

75000

150000

 

IIHEd scholars have to bear their expenses for international exchange programs and the Institute will only facilitate their engagement with partner Institutions.

Part-time scholars will only pay INR 100000 for registration fee ( one time) , 40000 each semester, and 5000 upon submission of thesis. 

 Contact Details:  

For further information on the programme, please contact:

Dr Mousumi Mukherjee

Assistant Director, IIHEd

Email: mmukherjee@jgu.edu.in

Mobile:+91 8930110818

Ms Pragya Paromita Mohanty

Manager (Research), IIHEd

Email: pp.mohanty@jgu.edu.in

Mobile: +91 8800222989

 

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