Programme Duration and broad Timeline



Year 1

Course Work

Year 2

Course Work

Comprehensive Examination (End of Year 2)

Year 3

Proposal Work Begins

End of Year 3

Expected Proposal Defense (Earliest)

End of Year 4

Expected Dissertation Defense (Earliest)

End of Year 5

Expected Dissertation Defense (Latest)

Students are expected to complete the programme within 5 years. On case to case basis (upon the recommendations of supervisor / TAC Chairperson) a candidate may be given extension (without stipend) beyond 5 years for another 1 year. Minimum duration of the programme for students who gain admission (into PhD) with B.Tech degree is 4 years. For all other candidates the minimum duration is 3 years.