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Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
School of Solar Energy

Doctoral Program (Ph. D): General Information

School of Solar Energy (SSE), at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, is established to offer state-of-the-art experimental, theoretical and computational research facility in the thrust areas of solar energy technologies. The areas of research including but not limited to:

  1. Fundamental and commercial solar cell technologies, such as, crystalline and amorphous Silicon, Chalcopyrites and Dye Sensitized solar cells etc.
  2. Advanced, nano-structured and hybrid solar cells.
  3. Photovoltaic systems.
  4. Solar thermal systems and components.
  5. Supporting technologies, such as, electrical storage, inverter technologies, hybrid systems, grid tied and off grid technologies etc.

The academic program leading to the Ph. D degree is broad based and comprises of a minimum course credit requirement and a research thesis. The academic programme has been devised to provide a multidisciplinary approach of novel research work related to energy, characterized either by discovery of facts, or by a fresh approach towards interpretation and application of facts, or development of equipment making a distinct advance in technology.

1. Eligibility & Selection
Admissions to the Ph. D program are conducted based on the advertisement put on University and School websites, leading national newspapers and printed poster sent to leading colleges and Universities in India. The qualifying degree requirement for admission in to Ph. D program as follows: First Class or equivalent (60% marks for General categories; 55% for SC / ST/ Physically Challenged candidates) or CGPA/CPI of 7.0 or above (6.5 for SC/ST/ Physically Challenged candidates) in: i) M.Sc. or equivalent degree in Physics/ Applied Physics/ Electronics/ Optoelectronics OR ii) B.E./B.Tech./ M.E./ M.Tech or equivalent degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering/ Electrical Engineering / Instrumentation Engineering/ Engineering Physics/ Semiconductor Device Technology/ Energy Science & Engineering. Reservation for SC / ST / PC (Physically Challenged) candidates as per Government of India rules Selection process The applicants, short listed on the basis of their academic background and performance is called for the admission test & interview conducted by Institute.

2. Categories of Ph. D Students
The Institute admits Ph. D students under the following categories. All categories of students are selected through the same admission procedure (s) unless specified otherwise.

1.1 Regular:
A student in this category works full time for his Ph. D Program. He receives assistantship from the Institute or fellowship from CSIR/UGC/AICTE or any other recognized funding agency.

1.2 Sponsored:
A student in this category is sponsored by a recognized R&D organization, academic institution, government organization or industry for doing research in the Institute on a full-time basis. The student should have at least two years of working experience in the respective field. Sponsorship letter (Form 1) must be attached with the application. The Institute does not provide any assistantship/fellowship to such a student.

1.3 Self-Financed:
A student in this category works full time or part time towards the Ph. D Program. At the time of admission, he should have at least two years of professional experience in the respective field. The Institute does not provide any assistantship/fellowship to such a student.

1.4 Project Staff:
A student in this category is already working on a sponsored project in the Institute and is admitted to the Ph. D Program as a full-time or part-time student. The remaining duration of the project at the time of admission should be at least two years.

Only those candidates short listed by a committee formed for this purpose by the institute, will be sent call letters for test & interviews.


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