Doctor of Philosophy is a full-time Doctoral course offered by Forest Research Institute, Dehradun and approved by ICFRE.
Duration of the Programme:
1. A Ph.D. Scholar shall be permitted to submit his/her thesis not earlier than three years from the date of admission.
2. The date of admission of the candidates registering for Ph.D. Programme for the award of degree of Doctor of Philosophy of FRI Deemed to be University shall be 1st September of the year (in which candidate will appear for the entrance test/interview) irrespective of date of commencement of Pre-Ph.D. Compulsory Course work. The date of registration shall be 1st March of the following year.
3. In case a Research Scholar does not submit his/her thesis within a period of 6 years from the date of his/her admission unless the term is extended by the Research Degree Committee on the specific recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee for a period of upto 1 calendar year, his/her registration shall lapse. The recommendations of the R.A.Cs for extension of term of registration must reach this office before expiry of the term of registration.
4. The women candidates and Persons with Disability (more than 40% disability) may be allowed a relaxation of two years in the maximum duration of registration i.e. 5 years and six months. In addition, during the entire period of registration the women candidates may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave once in the entire duration of Ph.D. for up to 240 days with the approval of Vice Chancellor on the recommendation of Supervisor/Head of Division/Nodal Officer of the Research Centre concerned.
The admission to the Ph.D. Programme shall be through an Entrance Test conducted by the FRI Deemed to be University once in a year preferably during the month of June-July followed by an Interview of the candidates who will qualify the entrance test
The Pre-Ph.D. Compulsory Course would be organized only once and would start from September of the year of Entrance Test & Interview. The admission to the Pre-Ph.D. Compulsory Course shall be in the month of September, and the date of admission in Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry Programme shall be 1st September of that year (in which candidate will appear for the entrance test/interview) irrespective of the date of commencement of Pre-Ph.D. compulsory coursework. The date of registration (after passing of 6 months Pre-Ph.D. compulsory course and submission of synopsis approved by Research Advisory Committee) shall be 1st March of the following year. The scholar will normally be required to submit synopsis duly approved by Research Advisory Committee by the end of June for registration from 1st March of the following year of entrance test. On cogent reasons, Vice Chancellor may give two months extension i.e. up to August for submission of the approved synopsis, but in that case, a fine of Rs.2000/- shall be charged and registration will be done w.e.f. 1st September of the following year of entrance test.
The candidates who have qualified UGC-NET (including JRF)/UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF)/teacher fellowship holder will be allowed to appear for the interview directly without appearing in the written entrance test. However, the candidates who have qualified GATE will also be allowed to appear for the interview directly without appearing in the written entrance test subject to securing of 50 normalized marks (out of 100) in case of General candidates and 45 normalized marks (out of 100) in case of SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/differently-abled and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the Commission from time to time, failing which they shall have to appear in the Entrance Test. However, such candidates will have to apply as per the procedure along with other candidates. They will have to provide marks-sheet of above exams along with their application form. The UGC/CSIR/GATE/NET exam should have been cleared by the applicant during the previous two years from the last date of submission of the form in the University.
There will be no entrance test for the Foreign/overseas students. Their admission will be based on the existing Clause 5.8 of the PhD ordinance
An in-service candidate other than the persons employed on a regular basis/on deputation at ICFRE institutes/Research Centers of FRI Deemed to be University shall be required to take leave to pursue PhD for a minimum period of 2 years as the minimum residential period from the date of commencement of Pre-Ph.D. compulsory course. The persons employed in ICFRE institutes/Research Centers of FRI deemed to be University shall be required to take study leave during the period when the regular classes for coursework are being conducted in FRI Deemed to be University or its research centres. The in-service candidate must have to submit his/her application through his/her employer. He/She will have to submit NOC from the current employer before registration letter is issued.
A candidate for the PhD degree in Forestry must apply for registration to the Registrar FRI Deemed to be University or through Nodal Officers of the recognized centres of the FRI Deemed University on the prescribed form as given in Appendix-I along with the prescribed fee. The notification and application form will be made available on website sufficiently in advance.
Post Graduate degree in Environment Management/ Environmental Science or M.Tech Environmental Engineering or Post Graduate degree in Chemistry with specialization in Environmental Chemistry.
Candidates for admission to the PhD programme shall have a Master's degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.
A relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, is allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-Abled and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the Commission from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master's degree prior to 19th September, 1991. The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedures.
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