The thesis for research should be primarily driven by the student’s interest. Students have to develop and pursue independent research questions for their PhD. The Research Supervisor, co-Supervisor (if any) and DAC members will serve as mentors who will help guide the student’s research. Doctoral students will be expected to contribute to grant proposals and also write short proposals to secure funding for their research. Grant proposals written by students should be submitted in consultation with Research Supervisors and should follow the TDU guidelines for submitting grant proposals.

TDU promotes collaborative research and encourages students to collaborate with competent persons in other institutions both within India and abroad. TDU has formal/informal partnerships with several leading research institutions in the country, thus enhancing the range of possible areas for student-driven research.

Submission of thesis

  1. The Student for the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy will submit 5 (five) printed copies (including as electronic copy) of his/her thesis (in a prescribed format) to TDU not earlier than the prescribed minimum period and not later than the prescribed maximum period (or on expiry of the approved extension period).
  2. The student in consultation with his/her research supervisor will recommend atleast 5 external examiners along with the submission of their thesis to the DRC.
  3. DRC will identify 2 (two) external examiners along with the Research Supervisor who serves as the internal examiner to constitute the “Board of Examiners” and then send them the thesis for evaluation.
  4. The two examiners will submit a detailed critique of the thesis. In the event of the examiners are of the opinion that the thesis has to be revised to achieve the desired standard, the student shall re-submit the thesis incorporating the revisions within a maximum period of six months from the date on which the student is informed.
  5. In case the thesis is completely rejected by one examiner, it will be referred to another examiner by the DRC. In case the thesis is approved by this examiner, it will be considered unanimously approved. In case the thesis is rejected by more than one examiner, it will stand rejected and shall not be referred to any other examiner.
  6. Students have to submit 5 (five) printed copies of the final thesis along with a soft copy as per the following guidelines, while submitting the thesis to TDU for evaluation.
    • Please use the required formatting style
    • The soft copy should be in both PDF and Word formats
    • The entire thesis should be included in a single document
    • The soft copy can be submitted in a CD or it can be submitted through email attachment or a digital drop box facility to the PhD Program Administrator. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the thesis has reached the administration and the document opens without any problems by the administration computers.

Thesis defense

  1. The Student shall appear for a public defense of their thesis and oral examination only if the thesis is unanimously or by consensus, approved by the `Board of Examiners’ which includes the research supervisor and atleast one of the external examiners who has assessed the thesis.
  2. The topic, date and time of the open defense of thesis will be notified well in advance and also published on TDU’s website. The open defense will be conducted by one of the external examiners selected by DRC.
  3. At the oral examination, the Student’s general proficiency in the subjects allied to the field of his / her study shall also be evaluated.
  4. The response of the Student to questions, criticism and suggestions offered by the audience in the open defense will be taken into consideration. However, the final decision is solely that of the members of the `Board of Examiners’.
  5. The PhD defense and oral examination will be conducted at TDU’s campus.
  6. Written approval of the external examiners and research supervisor is required to be provided to DRC for the official notification of the PhD degree.

Publications from the PhD work or thesis

  1. “The Institute of Trans-disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology, India” name must be cited in all publications of research by the student.
  2. TDU name must be cited in the front page of the thesis.
  3. PhD Students should publish a minimum of 2 publications in a peer reviewed journal after the registration with TDU and before the submission of thesis.
  4. Copy of all publications should be sent to TDU library and the PhD Program Administrator.
  5. The full thesis shall not be published as a separate volume without the approval of the University. However, individual chapters can be published as journal papers or book chapters.
  6. The University may grant permission for the publication of the full thesis as a separate volume under such conditions as it may impose.
  7. All Intellectual Property (IP) Rights issues will be discussed with TDU after the registration of the student for the PhD program. In usual circumstances the IP is expected to belong to the institution where the student’s research supervisor is employed.
  8. Students admitted to the PhD program and receiving fellowships as part of PI projects will be required to execute a Confidentiality Agreement with the respective school to which the PI belongs.

Award of Degree

  1. The Student shall be declared eligible for the award of the degree of “Doctor of Philosophy”, only on the recommendations of the members of the board of examiners after successfully completing the final public defense of thesis and oral examination.
  2. In case the examiners are not satisfied with the performance of the Student in the above final defense, the Student shall be required to reappear for an oral examination after a period of two months provided such specific recommendation is made by the Board of Examiners.
  3. Students who qualify for the PhD degree shall be issued a provisional certificate of completion of the PhD program. The award of the official degree under the seal of the University and signed by the Vice Chancellor and Registrar shall be at any of the subsequent convocations held for conferring degrees.

Complaint Redressal

  1. Completing a PhD is a long and challenging task, and can often lead to tensions and occasionally friction between Research Supervisor and Student, or between students and other faculty. Students are encouraged to deal with such situations openly, preferably by taking it up with the research supervisor or concerned faculty directly. They may also consult and solicit help from their DAC and the DRC to resolve the matter.
  2. If however, the matter does not get resolved informally, the student may submit a formal complaint to the DRC.
  3. The DRC will investigate the matter, including giving the student, research supervisor and concerned faculty a proper hearing, and submit its report ordinarily within one month of the complaint being filed, and at the most 2 months to the Graduate Research Committee (GRC).
  4. The GRC will take the final decision in the matter and recommend appropriate actions, if any.

Plagiarism -Zero tolerance

Plagiarism is a serious matter and TDU will take strong exception towards any student indulging in acts of plagiarism. For further information on what constitutes plagiarism, and for guidelines regarding proper citation and acknowledgement of published work and of data available in the public domain, please visit