|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.