Research Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Systems, Social Welfare & Management

Duration of the Programme

PhD Programme in Public Systems, Social Welfare and Management shall be for a minimum duration of threeyears, including course work, and a maximum duration of six years from the date of admission to theprogramme. A maximum of an additional two years can be given through a process of re-registration as per UGC regulations.

Ph D Through Part-Time Mode

PhD programmes will be a full time course. However PhD through part-time mode will be permitted for a selected candidate who is employed provided the candidate submits a ‘No Objection Certificate from the employer that the official duties of the candidate permit her/ him to devote sufficient time for research, and if required, she/he will be relieved from the duty to complete the course work.


Every scholar has to complete the course works with minimum of 12 credits (1 credit is equivalent to 18 hours of course work). Course works PSWM-101 and 102 with total credits 4 each are compulsory for all PhD scholars. Another course with credit of 4 has to be chosen from the optional courses. Additional course works may be taken, if the scholarand his supervisor feel that these are necessary for the research.

A. Compulsory course

  • PSWM-101: Systematic Review of Literature - 4 Credit
  • PSWM-102: Research Methodology - 4 Credit

B. Optional Courses (any one) 4 Credit

  • PSWM-103: Computer Applications in Research and GIS
  • PSWM-104: Advance Research Methodology and Statistics
  • PSWM-105: Advance Research Methodology for Public Systems Management
  • PSWM-106: Advance Research Methodology for Social Welfare
  • PSWM-107: Advance Research Methodology for Business Management


Dissertation work shall start after the completion of the mandatory course work. This will be typically divided in six phases, as below:

  • Phase-1 (3 to 6 months)
    In Phase-1 scholar will identify the theme and sub-themes of research, select supervisor and co-supervisors for guiding research, conduct a systematic review of literature on the subject and formulate the research questions to be probed.
  • Phase-2 (3 to 6 months)
    In this phase scholar will identify the primary and secondary data source for the research, do data mining, classify data and undertake analysis of data and data gaps for the research and develop strategy for addressing the data gaps
  • Phase-3 (3 to 6 months)
    In this phase scholar will develop the methodology to be adopted for research, develop the questionnaires for field survey, key informant interviews etc, and frame the issues for discussion in focused groups. Scholar will present the methodology in a Seminar for validation.
  • Phase-4 (6 to 12 months)
    This is the crucial phase of field work when the scholar will visit the field areas, conduct surveys and interviews and collect all primary materials for the study.
  • Phase-5 (3 to 6 months)
    In this phase scholar will write the dissertation and present the same in Seminar for inviting comments, ideas, and suggestions on the work.
  • Phase-6 (3-6 months)
    Based on the feedback received scholar will give a final shape to the dissertation, submit the same for review by external experts and defend his dissertation before the Committee constituted for the purpose.