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VIDYAVACHASPATI (PH. D.) PROGRAMME


Subjects
1) Economics
2) Sociology
3) History
4) Political Science
5) Geography
6) Philosophy

Eligibility
Post Graduate Degree in particular Subject
1) Open Category - 55%
2) Reservation Category - 50%
Documents

The application has to submit the attached application form along with the required certificates.
The Documents list is as under :-

a) Bachelor Degree - Mark Sheet & Degree Certificate
b) Post -graduate - Mark Sheet & Degree Certificate
c) 10 copies of Proposed research outline
d) Experience Certificate (if any)
e) Caste Certificate (if applicable)
f) Photo- 01 Copy
g) Candidates in permanent employment at the time of registration must produce written permission of their employers for conducting the research work.
A candidate shall work for the Vidyavachaspati (Ph. D) degree under a
Research Guide is appointed by the Vidyapeeth.

h) Candidate should submit six monthly progress report throughout the period of
research.

i) The candidate selected in the personal interview will have to pay prescribe fees
within period of one month after selection, otherwise his name will be
cancelled from the list of selected candidates.

j) Failure to submit six monthly reports will be warning to the candidate for the
automatic cancellation of his / her Ph. D. registration.

k) Fees once paid will not be refunded on any ground.

l) Candidates in permanent employment at the time of registration must procure a
written permission of their employers for conducting the research work.


SUPERVISION
A) Normally a candidate shall work under the supervision of a recognized
Research Guide appointed by the Vidyapeeth. The Ph. D. Committee (hereafter
referred as the Committee) shall approve the topic of research and appoint the
guide to supervise the particular research.

B) However, as a very special case, the Committee may permit a candidate to
work for vidyavachaspati (Ph. D.) independently, i.e. without working under
the supervision of a Guide provided he/she satisfies the conditions for
eligibility given in Rule 1 above and has demonstrated his/her ability to
undertake independent research work.

C) Normally a candidate shall be required to complete his doctoral research
under the supervision of the initially allocated Guide. However a candidate may be permitted by the Committee to transfer to a new Guide to be appointed who agree to accept the candidate as his/her vidyavachaspati (Ph. D.) student. Such a student shall work under the new Guide for at least one year before the submission of his/her thesis.

DURATION OF THE VIDYAVACHASPATI COURSE
A candidate for vidyavachaspati (Ph. D.) degree must have worked under the
supervision of the Guide for a minimum period of 24 months from the date of
registration and in the normal course he/she will not be allowed to submit
his/her thesis before completing this period. The candidate will be given
permission to submit his/her thesis within a maximum period of six years from
the date of registration. In case the topic of research is in continuation of the
Vidyanishnat (M. Phil.) dissertation a special permission to submit the thesis
before two years may be granted provided that the candidate will have to pay
fees, at least for two years, prescribed by the Vidyapeeth.
PRESENTATION ON THE THESIS
A) Six months before the date of submission of the thesis the candidate will
have to submit 25 copies of the synopsis to the registrar, through his/her
research Guide and through the Head of the Department where he/she is
working. The candidate have to submit a 'no dues' certificate from the
Head of the Department and from the Librarian of the Vidyapeeth. The
Vidyavachaspati thesis shall ordinarily be submitted within three months
from the date of submission of the synopsis of the thesis.

B) A candidate for the Vidyavachaspati degree will have to submit to the
Registrar four copies of the thesis. All copies of the thesis shall be presented in a permanent and legible from in typescript or print copies produced by Photocopying or by similar permanent process on A4 size of the paper.

C) A certificate in form 'B' from the supervisor of the candidate that the work reported in the thesis has been carried out by the candidate himself and that the material from the other sources, if any, is duly acknowledged, shall be incorporated at the beginning of the bound volume of the thesis.

D) The candidate will not be permitted to submit a thesis for which a degree has already been conferred upon him/her in this Vidyapeeth or in any other university but a candidate may be allowed to incorporate his/her work in appropriate cases, which has already been submitted for the Vidyanishnat. (M. Phil.) in this or in any other Vidyapeeth, provided that he/she shall indicate this fact in a signed declaration. (Form A)

E) The thesis shall be written either in Marathi or in English Language.

F) Rules governing the presentation of the thesis are elaborated separately below.

APPOINTMENT OF EXAMINRS
The thesis shall be examined by three Referees of whom two shall be external. The synopsis of the thesis submitted by the candidate under Rule 4(a) above shall be forwarded to the appropriate Vidyashakha (Faculty of Social Sciences) which shall recommend to the Vidvanmandal (Academic Council) a panel of External Referees for the thesis. The Guide of the candidate shall be the Internal Referee. In case, a candidate is working independently, the Vidyashakha (Faculty of Social Sciences) shall recommend to the Vidvanmandal (Academic Council) the name of a teacher of the Vidyapeeth who shall act as an Internal Referee. The panel of Referees prepared by the Vidyashakha shall be submitted to the Vidvanmandal for its approval. The Karyakari Mandal (Board of management) shall select two External Referees from the panel approved by the Vidvanmandal.

EXAMINATION, VIVA AND OPEN DEFENCE
A) After submission of Thesis by the candidate and recommendations of the
internal referee the Karyakari Mandal (Board of management) will appoint
the two External Refrees and the Registrar will invite the referees to
exmmine the thesis. A copy of the Synopsis of the thesis given under rule 4
(a) above shall be sent to the Referees alongwith the letter of invitation.
After getting the acceptance of the invitation to examine the thesis, it becomes
the responsibility of the Registrar to send the thesis to the external referees
within two weeks from the receipt of the letter of acceptane.

B) After giving acceptance, external referees are expected to return the thesis
with report within 90 days. If it is clearly mentioned in both reports that, the
thesis is acceptable the candidate will be invited for the Viva-Voce and open
defence of his/her thesis. If two of the three Referees find the thesis
unacceptable, the candidate will be declared to have failed.

C) The day, date, time and place where the will give the Viva Voce and defend his
thesis shall be duly notified by the Registrar. One of the External Referees shall
be invited for the open defence. Registrar will provide the reports of the external
referees to the candidate.

D) If none of the external Referees is able to remain present for the Viva Voce and the open Defence, the Kulguru on recommendation of the Head of the Department shall appoint a referee from outside or an Expert in the subject who may not be in service of the Vidyapeeth at the time of Viva-Voce of the candidate.

E) The Dean shall nominate the Chairman for the open defence from a panel of
three senior research guides to be suggested by the internal referee.

F) All persons interested in the topic can attend the open thesis and they shall have
a right to ask question and participate in the discussion on the thesis. The
Chairman appointed for the open defence will exercise his discretion to allow
or not to allow a question. However, the members of the audience at the
defence shall have no right to express their opinion on the suitability or
otherwise of the thesis for the award of the Vidyavachaspati (Ph. D.) degree.

G) The examiners who are present for the Vice Voce shall submit to the Registrar
their final consolidated Report about the award of the Vidyavachaspati Degree
immediately after the Viva Voce and the Open Defence. Their
commendations shall be specific and shall state either that the
Vidyavachaspati degree be awarded to the candidate or that the candidate
should undertake a fresh Viva-Voce after a specific period.

H) If it is recommended by the referees after viva voce to award the
Vidyavachaspati (Ph. D.) degree to the candidate, the first copy of the four
copies will be deposited in the Vidyapeeth Library, the second copy will be
kept in the Department where the research has been carried out, the third
copy will be returned to the candidate, and the fourth copy will be retained by
the guide.

RULES GOVERNING THE PRESNTATION OF THE THESIS

1. BINDING:
The copies of thesis shall be bound in cloth/card boards with leaves permanently secured. The front cover shall bear the title of the thesis. The name of the candidate, the name of the degree (Ph. D.) for which the thesis is submitted, and the year of submission. If possible it may also bear the subtitle of the thesis. All this shall normally be printed along the spine in such a way that it is readable when the volume is lying flat with the front cover upper most. If the thesis consists of more volumes than one, the front cover and the spine shall also bear the number of each volume. Thesis with spiral binding will not be accepted.

2. PAPER & TYPE:
All copies of the thesis shall be presented in a permanent and legible form in typescript or in print. Copies produced by Photocopying or by similar permanent process will be acceptable. Drawing and diagrams should be in black ink. Paper of good quality (i.e. 28.3 cms x 22 cms. approx.). Margins at the binding edge shall be not less than 4 cms. and other margins not less than 2 cms. Double or one and a half spacing should be used in typescript, except for indented quotations or footnotes where single spacing may be used.

3. THE TITLE PAGE AND TEXT ETC.:
A) The title page of the thesis shall give the information contained in the Form A.
B) Certificate in Form 'C' except for those who have been permitted to work
independently should follow the title page.
C) Acknowledgements, if any, will be given immediately after Form 'C'.
D) A table of contents will immediately follow the page of acknowledgements.
E) The list of tables and illustrations will be given after the table of contents in the
order in which they occur in the text.
F) If the Thesis contains any material which the candidate has used before, this fact
shall be indicated in a declaration immediately following the
acknowledgements.
G) There shall be an abstract of the thesis. The abstract shall follow the
acknowledgement and declaration, if any.
H) For Abbreviations. References cited, Appendices and Indices if any, and for the
Bibliography, a standard method should be adopted.

4. ILLUSTRATIVE MATERIAL:
A) Practical diagrams, maps, illustrations, published papers and tables shall have a
binding margin of at least 4 cms. and should, if possible, be bound in the thesis
near the relevant text.
B) Material which cannot be conveniently bound in the text (maps etc.) shall be
packaged in such a way that it can be bound with the thesis. Unbound material
and its packaging shall both be marked with the candidate's name initials and
the degree for which is submitted, in such a way that it can be readily linked
with the thesis and it shall contain appropriate instructions for use.