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Wondering what entails to start and finish a Part Time PhD degree in India?

Admission to any PhD programme to most universities in India is based on an applicant’s written examinations results followed by an interview most likely administered by the Dean or Department Chair. In the last few decades, PhD degrees are only given to candidates who wish to pursue the coursework full-time, which means giving up family or work. Now, due to the rise in interested applicants who do not wish to part with their relations or their jobs, universities became open to the fact of giving learners different options but still guaranteeing quality education at the end of the course.

Part Time PhD in Indian Universities

Part Time PhD Academic Procession

Part Time PhD Academic Procession

Universities, now, give students the option on how to pursue post graduate programs. Interested applicants may engage in a doctorate degree as a full-time PhD learner, a part time PhD learner, or a sponsored PhD learner. Eligibility in admission and finishing a PhD degree depends on what type of curriculum one is enrolled in. For example in Bharathiar University, full-time PhD candidates are given a maximum number of 5 years to complete the coursework from the time of enrollment. For part time PhD candidates, they are given a maximum number of six years to finish the research coursework.

Part Time PhD in Open Universities

Part Time PhD Graduation

Part Time PhD Graduation

Even more recently the idea of an Open University or Distance Learning unfolded in most nations worldwide, India included. There are a number of academic institutions in and around the country that offer online accredited PhD programs which cater to interested applicants who would want to pursue further studies as a part time PhD candidate, at the same time, enjoying the convenience of not traveling to and fro school. For those who are interested in taking up post graduate studies under the Distance Learning curriculum may read the articles at

Further studies always coincide with expenses. The more credible a university is in giving quality education, the more expensive it becomes. As a result, eligible applicants who cannot afford the ceiling tuition expenses choose not to study at all. However, there are many institutions that offer scholarship plans to the most qualified applicants in the country. A website,, shows a list of Scholarship opportunities for the underprivileged but highly qualified applicants. It has resources and offering different free education opportunities locally and internationally for International candidates.

More often than not, PhD with Part-time option candidates choose not to take the coursework full-time because they also hold teaching posts in or out of the university. This is mostly true for those candidates who are taking education degrees. Others choose the coursework due to the edge that it gives to businessmen or entrepreneurs.

Whether one decides to take post graduate as a full-time, Part Time PhD or Online PhD aspirant, the reason should always be, above all, to contribute to the world of research and the library of knowledge for future generations to follow later on. As with the term philosophy, a PhD degree holder must a lover of wisdom and should tirelessly search for answers to questions that until recently has not yet been fulfilled.

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