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Doctoral Programmes Features

Geared for All-Round Development

Types of Input

While the preferred input is a Higher Degree of BITS or its equivalent, our Academic Regulations do permit the admission of students with only a first degree from our institute or its equivalent and also of students between these two extremes. Additionally, professionals of high standing and proven practical competence equivalent to the course-work of a higher degree can also be considered for admission. In such cases competence will be evaluated through considering published papers, technical reports, etc.

Qualifying Examination

Every student admitted to On-Campus Ph.D. must pass the Qualifying Examination. The exam is based on the courses of a higher degree programme, which the candidate has earlier pursued or on named courses from higher degree programmes from our institute. The Qualifying Examination tests the student's knowledge, grasp of fundamentals and ability to apply them in novel situations. The exam is designed to be equivalent to the standard, content and intent of the comprehensive examination of the named courses.

Admission to On-campus Ph.D. programme is provisional in the first instance and is confirmed only after passing the Qualifying Examination within the prescribed time. Candidates who are unable to pass the Qualifying Examination within the prescribed time are automatically discontinued from the programme.


In the majority of cases a Ph.D. student registers every semester in a Seminar course or in the In-dependent Study course.

Course Work

The detailed list of the various courses that are mandatory or optional for Ph.D. students are described in the Academic Regulations. In the majority of cases, this course work consists of courses which are required to be completed for a higher degree programme at our institute. The Qualifying Examination is also conducted on the basis of these courses. Departure from these normal situations is described in the Academic Regulations.

Teaching Practice

There are two courses of Teaching Practice mandatory for every Ph.D. student. These courses attempt to train the students in the art, methodology and skill of teaching. Alternatively, Dean R & C may permit a student to register in Practice Lecture Series courses.

Language Requirement

A foreign language can be prescribed as an eligibility requirement for a Ph.D. only when the supervisor and/or the Dean Research & Consultancy have made recommendations for the same for a particular topic of research. Every recommendation must be ratified and accepted by the Research Board.

A Ph.D. student for whom foreign language is prescribed is expected to demonstrate an ability to translate a piece from current periodicals in one of the modern European languages into English with the help of a dictionary.

In most cases English or an Indian language, as the case may be will suffice as choice of language.

Fellowships and Scholarships

All students admitted to Ph.D. Programme normally bring one or other fellowship from outside sources such as UGC, CSIR, MNES, Nokia etc. However, we have ample resources intended to take care of needs not covered by these sources.


One of the unique features of BITS Pilani is the flexibility it offers its students. Students can opt for Dual Degrees, transfers and the courses that form a programme.


The evaluation system at BITS Pilani encourages and rewards continuous and systematic study. It also provides a continuous feedback to students and thus encourage more holistic learning.

Practice School

Aimed at orienting students to the professional world. Implemented at various professional settings such as national laboratories, financial institutions, R&D centres, software & health care organizations.

Students Achievements

  • Citi Women Leader Award 2016-17

    Ms. Vidhi Jain (ID No.2014A7PS113) was declared as the Winner of the 'Citi Women Leader Award 2016-17' on 7th March, 2017 at Citi Group's First International Financial Center in BKC, Mumbai. Citi India shall provide her scholarship to support one year of her study at BITS Pilani.

  • BITS, Pilani Students Shine in Sports Tournament “SPORTECH” held at IIT Delhi

    SPORTECH'17 - A sports was organised by IIT, Delhi during 24th - 27th February, 2017 in which 48 colleges and around 1600 students from various parts of the country participated. Out of these, 149 students were from BITS Pilani campus, Rajasthan. They won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in various categories.

  • BITS Pilani Student Team wins Silver Position in National KPIT Sparkle 2017

    A student team from BITS Pilani, comprising of Mr. Vandit Gandotra (Project Lead), Mr. Piyush Sharda and Mr. Tanmay Sharma from the Dept. of Electrical & Electronics, bagged the Silver position in National KPIT Sparkle 2017- Smart City Innovation Challenge. 

  • Roshni Chabra Receives Mahindra Transport Excellence Award for Short Story

    Five best stories from 4000 entries were selected for Mahindra Transport Excellence Awards. Roshni Chhabra, a student of BITS Pilani (Chemical Engineering) was one of the five shortlisted writers. The award ceremony was held on 3rd February 2017 at The Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi. Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Hon. Minister of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

  • Young F1 car designers gear up for international contest

    A team of 20 students from BITS Pilani, Dubai, designed UAE's first Formula 1 car, student race car. Recently the team also won at the Innovator Show 2016 in Abu Dhabi. Dh 200,000 was spent in total for designing and manufacturing the car. The team is also going to show case  their latest car at Formula SAE in Germany next year.

  • India's Official First Aid App Launched

    Six students from BITS PILANI, i.e.  Tushar Dhalwani (Pilani Campus), Rishabh Garg (Pilani Campus), Bhuvan Gupta (Goa Campus), Akanksha Pandey(Hyderabad Campus), Shrey Bansal (Hyderabad Campus), Rahul Mittal(Hyderabad Campus) have created India’s Official First Aid Mobile Application as their summer internship project from 23rd May -16th July, 2016 at Indian Red Cross Society, NHQ, New Delhi. 

  • Three BITS, Pilani Students Win the Aditya Birla Group Scholarship

    Three students from BITS, Pilani - one each from Pilani Campus (2016A7PS019P-Mr. Tanay Sharma), Goa Campus (2016A7PS004G-Mr. Dinku Sarmah) and Hyderabad Campus (2016A7PS001H-Ms.Sandhya Biksham Preethi Sharma) are selected for the 18th Aditya Birla Scholarship Programme – Class of 2016-17. 

  • Five BITS, Pilani Students Win O.P. Jindal Engineering & Management Scholarships

    Five students from BITS, Pilani have won OPJEM scholarships- 2016, worth Rs. 80,000 each. They are Harsh Sharma (2014A4PS405P), Sishir Suresh Mohammed (2015A4PS136P), Pragyan Trivedi Priyamedh (2013A4PS063P), Prithu Mitash (2013A4PS392P) and Prateek Arora (2014A2PS556P).

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