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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The University is inspired by talent and driven by innovations and is firmly committed to provide industry-relevant, socially-responsible manpower to meet the challenges of 21st Century. The vibrant culture of research and innovations in DTU campus inspires students from UG level onwards to engage in cutting edge technology development and discover the value and worth of the knowledge acquired by them during their studies. The University offers Ph.D. programme in a wide range of areas in Engineering, Sciences and Humanities. The academic programme leading to the Ph.D. degree is broad-based and involves a course credit requirement and a research publications leading to thesis submission. Facilities for research work leading to the Ph.D. degree are available in Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Humanities & USME, Design, Delhi School of Management, Computer Science & Engineering, Civil Engineering, Biotechnology, Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, Applied Chemistry and Design.


Research Facilities At DTU

All the academic departments of the university have well equipped research laboratories and workshop facilities. In addition, there are a number of central facilities such as Central Workshop, Solar Energy Centre, Central Instrumentation, Centres for Advanced Studies &Research in Automotive Engineering, TIFAC-CORE, Central Library and Computer Centre. The Central Library has more than 200,000 books, a large collection of back volumes of periodicals, standard specifications and other literature. It subscribes more than 39,924 current journals in Science, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences as e-resources. DTU has a well-equipped centralized Computer Centre which provides state of art high-end networked computing facilities to students and staff.

The University has many research collaborations with leading universities and Institutes in Korea, Singapore, France, Florida USA, Africa and China. As part of these collaborations, the students get opportunities to carry out joint research projects with faculty and students from these institutions.

The location of DTU in close proximity to several leading R&D Centres namely NPL, INMAS, FICCI, CSIR, etc. and other major industrial establishments offers excellent opportunities to interact with them and plan research programmes and projects in collaboration with them.

To celebrate the individual’s excellence in research, the university offers Research Excellence Awards to researchers in three categories of awards annually, namely, Outstanding Research Awards, Premier Research Awards, and Commendable Research Awards. The awards are open to all the researchers of DTU.

Research Specializations Offered in Academic Departments

Dept. of Applied Chemistry Dept. of Applied Mathematics Dept. of Applied Physics

Chemistry including synthetic organic chemistry, Bio inorganic chemistry, Bio organic chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Material Chemistry Green Chemistry, Green Chemistry Cheminformatics; Medicinal Chemistry; including gene delivery applications, Bio Materials, Drug Delivery systems; Polymer Science including fiber Technology, Conducting Polymers, Composites, Hydrogels: Chemical Engineering including Reaction engineering, Multi Phase reactor systems and design, pollution abatement technology and gene; Advance materials development, Separation processes, Transport Phenomena, Pharmaceuticals sciences, Food Science.

Information Theory, Graph Theory, Discrete Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, General Relativity and Cosmology, Optimization Technique, Complex Analysis, Mathematical Modelling, Approximation Theory, Stochastic Process, Fuzzy logic and optimization, Algebra and Mathematical Finance, Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Nanotechnology: Carbon Nanotube / Carbon Nanofiber and Graphene. Plasma Physics / Dusty Plasma / THz Radiation Emission / High power microwave devices, Photonics and Photonic Crystals. Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Density Functional Theory, Heusler alloys-based materials for Spintronics and energy application, Topological insulators and Low dimensional Systems. Glass Science and Technology Phosphors, Photoluminescence, Organic & Nano – Material, Time – resolved spectroscopy, Microelectronic Devices-FinFETs, Tunnel FETs, Nanowires, MOSPETs – Application Oriented Modeling and Simulation, Waveguide based devices. Fibre and Integrated optics, Luminescent Material, Material science, Experimental Lithium Ion battery, Multiferroic materials, Atomic physics, Gas sensors, Atmosphere Science, Memory Devices, CNTFET and Graphene FET Devices, CNTFET based Biosensors.

Dept. of Biotechnology Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering Dept. of Information Technology

Aquaculture, Algal Biotechnology, Bioremediation, Biosensor, Functional Genomics, Genome informatics, Immunology, Immunostimulation, Molecular Neuroscience, Nano biotechnology, Neuro-oncology, Radiation Biology, Water Quality Management

Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, High Performance Computing, Mobile Computing, Soft Computing, Optimisation techniques, Parallel Computing, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Wireless Sensor Networks, Quantum Computing, Block Chain, Nature Inspired Optimisation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Web Technology, Image Processing, Evolutionary Computing, Big Data, Computer Vision, Steganography, Network Security, Information Security, Software Defined

Pattern Recognition, Soft computing, Biometric security system, Neural Networks/ Deep learning, Fuzzy-Neural Networks, Computer Vision, Big date Analytics Web Mining Internet Technologies, Data Mining Social Networks Machine Learning Human behaviour, Multimedia Systems Human Computer interaction, Image processing, Evolutionary Computing, Wireless Ad-hoc & Sensor Networks, Internet of Things, Software Defined Networking, Network Security, Information Security, Internet of Robotics Things, Pattern Mining and Digital Forensics, HCI

Dept. of Environmental Engineering Dept. of Design Dept. of Humanities

Water Pollution, Waste Water Treatment, Environment Modelling, Phytoremediation, Water Management, Air Pollution, Geo- environmental Engineering, Solid Waste Management and Noise Pollution

Product Design, Industrial Design, Visual Communication, Interaction Design

Women Education and Inclusive Growth, Banking and finance, International Trade and other areas of economics.

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Dept. of Electronics and Communication Engineering Dept. of Electrical Engineering

Turbo Machinery, Fluid Mechanics, Power Plant b Engineering, Refrigeration and Air conditioning, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Solar Energy, Bio Fuels, Power Plant, Industrial Engineering & Supply Chain Management, Robotics, CAD/CAM, Welding, Production Engineering, System Dynamics, Structural Vibration, Modeling & Simulation, Automation, Advanced Manufacturing Process, Human Factor Engineering, Quality Engineering.

VLSI Design, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Object Tracking, Image Processing, Human Computer Interaction, Wireless Sensor Network, Microwave Engineering, Antenna Design, Digital Signal Processing, Wireless Communication, RF Devices, Nano- electronics, Network Security, and Cloud Computing, Optical Communication, R F Circuit Design.

Power system optimization, AI techniques, Modelling & Analysis of Electrical machines, Power Electronics & Drives, Intelligent control of nonlinear systems, FACTS, SSR, Voltage stability, Power quality improvement, Grid integration, Micro grid, Smart grid, Analog Signal processing (Linear and Nonlinear), Power system & control, System Engineering, Power System Analysis, Power electronics, Renewable energy, HVDC, Power systems restructuring, AI in Electricity market forecasting, Wind energy forecasting, Embedded system, Information security, Design of power supply, Electric traction systems, Energy conversion, IOT enabled electrical system, Charging infrastructure for EVs, Battery management system (BMS), Electric drives & control, EV retrofitting.

Dept. of USME Delhi School of Management Dept. of Civil Engineering

The research focus of USME faculty covers diverse areas within management, economics and analytics. The management research focus is in the areas of work performance management, CRM and behavioural models. The research interests in the area of analytics are in optimization and multi-criterion decision models, quantitative models of innovation diffusion and analytics, social networks and collective intelligence. Faculty in economics stream have research focus in the area of international banking and market structures and health economics and capital markets.

Managerial themes such as E-Governance, Information Technology Management & Strategy, Marketing Management, Distribution and Retail Management, Organizational Behaviour& Human Resource Management, Corporate Governance and Ethics, Public Policy and Governance, Accounting and Finance (including but not limited to CEO succession, Accounting Theory, Accounting Standards, Directors’ Remuneration, Valuation of Human Resources and Intangibles), Portfolio Management, Mergers and Acquisition, Corporate Restructuring, Knowledge Management, International Business and Trade, Supply Chain Management and Operations Management.

Structural Engineering, Concrete Technology, Cementitious Materials, Prestressed Concrete, Tall Structures and Rehabilitation of Structures, Geotechnical Engineering, Rock Mechanics, Soil Mechanics, Geo- Environment Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Pavement Engineering. Hyper Spectral Microwave and LIDAR Remote Sensing.
Multidisciplinary Centre for Geo- informatics
Defense, Security and Intelligence, Water Resources and Glaciology, Urban Infrastructure Development, Planning and Urban Transportation Systems, Earth Sciences, Oceanography, Soil and Geosciences (Geomorphology & Geology), Environment, Health, Forest, Atmosphere, Meteorology, Climate Change and Pollution, Geohazards and Disaster Management, Satellite Image Processing and Photogrammetry, GNSS and Geographical Information System. Imaging & Non-Imaging Sensor Development.

Dept. of Software Engineering

Empirical software engineering, machine learning, software quality and testing, search based software engineering, web engineering, opinion mining, social web, mobile healthcare, telemedicine, internet of things, cryptography


Ph.D. Disciplines

The University offers the following disciplines under various academic departments for the award of Ph.D. degree depending on the master’s degree specialization:



Eligibility Criteria:

Discipline/Department wise eligibility for the Ph.D. program can be referred in the Admission Brochure.

Selection Procedure:

The short listing of applications possessing the minimum educational qualifications, for the purpose of screening test & interview.

The mode of conducting the screening test shall be one of the following depending upon situation at the time of test:

i. OMR Based Pen-Paper type at DTU Campus.

ii. Computer Based Test at DTU Campus.

iii. AI & Manually proctored Online Examination.

iv. Any other mode as per the situation.

The exact mode of examination shall be posted on the University Website prior to the Admission Test.
The entrance test will be of 90 minutes’ duration comprising of 60 multiple choice questions. The cut off for the same will be decided by the University.

Fellowships and Awards for Ph.D. Scholars:

Govt. fellowship such as : CSIR, UGC, QIP, DBT, DST, ADF, etc. and DTU fellowship

DTU Fellowship
1. Ph.D. Fellowships
• DTU releases fellowships for Ph.D. Scholars as JRF (Junior Research Fellow) Per Month plus an annual contingency amount as per University guidelines notified from time to time.
• Those Ph.D. scholars who are getting fellowship from DTU are given a defined teaching work load per week as per norms.
• DTU fellowship is granted normally upto 03 years from the date of admission in Ph.D. programme/course or thesis submission whichever is earlier.
• The fellowship period may be extended upto 4th year in special cases if the Ph.D. scholar has published research papers as per laid criteria.

2. Progress Linked Award

Courses as part of coursework (Total credit: 8 minimum and 16 maximum):

(i) Research Methodology(SM-901) – 4 credits - Mandatory Course) (Click here for Syllabus)
(ii) Research and Publication Ethics (SM-903) – Mandatory and Qualifying Course (Click here for Syllabus)

Remaining credits to be earned by opting:

(iii) Subject specific courses from the department enrolled – To be Guided by respective Supervisors (Credit 4 minimum & 12 maximum)

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