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Objective

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) offers doctoral programme through its Head Office in Delhi. The programme is in recognition of high academic achievements, independent research and application of knowledge in the areas of Design, Management and Technology as applied with reference to textile, fashion, lifestyle, apparel, craft and any other related field. NIFT encourages Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

NIFT recruits outstanding researchers to create a vibrant research culture and strengthen it’s research focus. NIFT research training gives candidates the skills they need to conduct research, which aims to solve critical problems affecting the industry, communities and the environment.

NIFT expects its PhD scholars to demonstrate independent research and thought leadership through publications in academic journals and scholarly presentations of their work and also their passion for knowledge and research, for developing new ideas and paradigms. Creativity and the potential to do outstanding research must be a hallmark of their personality and intellectual skill set.

PhD degree would read the title of the thesis and would not state any area i.e Design, Management, Technology.

Research Proposal

The completed Application Form has to be submitted alongwith an outline of Research Proposal in prescribed word limit. This Research Proposal is the most important part of the Application. It will be expected to clearly set out an appropriate set of issues to be explored through research. It should include an indication of the approach that the candidate intends to take during research (e.g. literature-based / empirical / experimental / practice-based research) and identify what is sought to be achieved as an outcome. The proposed research can be related to any previous work/studies carried out by the candidate.

 

Shortlisting, Selection, and Preliminary Registration

All admission applications must be accompanied with the research proposal and be submitted with the consent of the NIFT PhD Supervisor (Research proposal Format 1 and consent of NIFT PhD supervisor-Format 2).

For students who are shortlisted after step 1 will be called for the written test. The test will examine the candidates’ communication skills, aptitude for research, logical reasoning and research disposition (Subject Areas for written test in downloads). The test shall be for sixty minutes with descriptive/objective type questions.

The merit of candidates will be drawn up on the score of written test .The names of qualifying candidates will be put up on NIFT website, who then have to appear for research proposal presentation and interview (as per the Calendar of activities) and depending on the number of seats available in that year, will the admission be offered.

(The criteria and procedure could be changed by NIFT without prior notice. Depending on the number of applications received and considering the constraints of time and other resources for conducting Written Test and Interview, NIFT may put additional academic performance-based, short listing criterion.)

NIFT will not provide travel and accommodation facilities for applicants appearing for the written test and interview. Candidates must bear all expenses for travel and accommodation.

Exemptions from Written Test

PG Applicants with minimum 10 years of professional experience (teaching / working) in the areas of research relevant to NIFT

Masters degree holders who have minimum 10 years of experience and  have cleared UGC NET, CEED, CSIR (JRF), similar tests and hold a valid score  will be exempted from written test

ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY (Full Time & Part Time)

Qualification

Min Education after class X

CGPA

Work Experience

Post-graduation degree in the relevant area of Design, Management or Technology (or) equivalent qualification from an institute/ university  of national/  international repute

Seven years

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 6.0 on a 10 point scale (5.5 for SC/ST candidates) or equivalent

OR

55% (50% for SC/ST candidates) marks in aggregate (of all the years/semesters)

 

Where the Master’s Degree is found to be in a discipline not relevant to the areas identified by NIFT

 

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 6.0 on a 10 point scale (5.5 for SC/ST candidates) or equivalent

OR

55% (50% for SC/ST candidates) marks in aggregate (of all the years/semesters)

10 years of professional experience (teaching / working) in the areas of textile, fashion, lifestyle, apparel, craft and any other related field

 

Bachelors  degree in the relevant area of Design, Management or Technology (or) equivalent qualification from an institute/ university  of national/  international repute

Five years

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 8.0 on a 10 point scale or equivalent as determined by the Institute wherever letter grades are awarded; or 75% marks in aggregate (of all the years/semesters) where marks are awarded

10 years of professional experience (teaching / working) in the areas of textile, fashion, lifestyle, apparel, craft and any other related field

 

Marksheets of class X, XII, Marksheets of-Bachelor’s, Master’s (if applicable), Scanned Copies of Degree- Bachelor’s , Master’s(if applicable), work experience certificate(s) on employer’s letterhead(if applicable), must be uploaded along with application form.

Programme Duration For Full Time Scholars

The Scholars shall normally submit their thesis within a period of FOUR  years , with the option of submitting in three years from the date of their initial registration for the PhD Programme. However, as a special case, this limit may be extended to a maximum of five years by the DG-NIFT after which the registration shall stand automatically cancelled

For Part Time Scholars

The Scholars shall normally submit their thesis within a period of SIX  years , with the option of submitting in FOUR years from the date of their initial registration for the PhD Programme. However, as a special case, this limit may be extended to a maximum of seven years by the DG-NIFT after which the registration shall stand automatically cancelled

Full time PhD Scholar Categories

I. NIFT Teaching Fellowship(NTF)-The scholars under this category are entitled to financial support of Rs 31000 per month for first two years and Rs 35000 per month for next two years. On-campus housing will be provided to NTFs only if it is available. In case on-campus housing is not available, HRA of Rs 7000/- pm. towards off-campus housing will be paid. A contingency amount of Rs 20,000 per year will be allocated for  all NTFs. The NIFT teaching fellows will be present in NIFT campus as per rules and regulations of NIFT,  for the duration of the PhD enrolment.  Number of vacancies for year 2019 admission is 5, (Reservations will apply as per extant orders of Government of India).

The following criteria to be met by these Scholars for getting/continuation of Teaching Fellowship:

i. Scholars concerned must assist in teaching or research, as assigned by the respective NIFT Campus/Supervisor/Department to the extent of 8 hours of work per week.

ii. Continuation of the assistantship will be subject to satisfactory performance of the duties assigned by the Academic Units as well as satisfactory academic performance.

iii. The scholars should not be employees on the rolls (with or without pay) of any organization. (i.e. The employees on rolls of any organization -with or without pay- are not eligible for admission under NTF category).

Those applying in this category are required to give undertaking that they have applied for admission to PhD and they are not employees on the rolls (with or without pay) of any organization (Format 3)

The Teaching Fellowship will be awarded initially for one year and may be renewed annually on the recommendations of the SIAC-R after a performance review for a maximum period of four years. The total tenure as NTF will not exceed four years. 

ii Self-Financed, including those on Study Leave (SF)- This category refers to persons who are admitted through the usual admission procedure but are not eligible for financial support from the Institute. If admitted, Self financed candidates have to complete their programme within the prescribed time without any financial support from the Institute. This category also includes candidates who are released from Governmental or educational institutions on study leave for a period of at least two years. Employer’s Letter for Study Leave would be required. Employer’s consent for Study Leave should be submitted (Format 4).

Those who may be sponsored by their employers to undertake PhD in NIFT submit sponsorship certificate with application form (Format 5)

Part Time PhD

Candidates, who are working in reputed research organizations, academic Institutes and industries, are eligible to apply under Part time PhD degree programme subject to fulfillment of other eligibility criteria of PhD degree programme. The sponsorship letter for a part time candidate will be required along with the application form and a relieving letter at time of admission.

Academic and the Non-academic employees working in NIFT will also fall under this category.  The study leave conditions of NIFT shall become applicable for the Part-time (internal) candidates

A member of the non-academic staff of the Institute after completion of three years of service (including probation) at the Institute, who satisfies eligibility qualifications may be considered for admission to the degree as a part time Scholar provided he has been given administrative clearance by the Comptent Authority at NIFT.

Academic staff of NIFT may be given administrative clearance to seek registration on a part-time basis after satisfactory completion of  service  period of 3 years subject to recommendation of the concerned Chair Person of the department and the Campus Director.

There is no provision for financial assistance/stipend to Part time candidates.

Those who are employed with any organization will submit No Objection certificate from their employer, (if selected for NIFT PhD) with the application form (Format 6)

Location of the PhD Scholar

NIFT currently has 16 campuses all over the country. The Full Time Scholars will be based in the NIFT campus of the assigned PhD supervisor. All Full Time PhD scholars will be required to travel to the NIFT campus where compulsory coursework classes are held and also travel to NIFT campus where progress seminars, comprehensive examination, Pre PhD Seminar, Viva Voce etc. are being held.

The part time Scholar could be based anywhere, however the Scholar has to travel to the NIFT campus where compulsory coursework classes are held and also travel to meet the supervisor, and for progress seminars, comprehensive examination, Pre PhD Seminar, Viva Voce etc.

Qualifying Stages of Work

There are primarily two stages of work for scholars after preliminary registration and before the final registration as candidate for PhD. Stage One: Course Work-In the first stage, Supervisor will guide him/ her to select course work and develop a detailed research plan. A joint supervisor can be added anytime during the next 18 months. Candidate will be required to take requisite course work with the suggestion of his/her supervisor. The subjects can be selected either one or multiple of three options; [i] from the ongoing semesters of the postgraduate programmes of Design, Management and Technology at NIFT [ii] from different institute like IIT/NIT/IIM/selected International institutes with whom NIFT has MoU [iii] through Mass Open Online Courses (MOOC) from edX and Coursera. Minimum CGPA of 7.0 on a 10 point scale is required for continued candidacy of PhD Degree. CGPA below 6.5 will cause termination of registration with immediate effect. However, if the CGPA is above 6.5 but less than 7.0, the candidate would be asked to take more courses in order to enhance his/ her CGPA to 7.0 or above, subject to the condition that this should be achieved within one semester. Attendance of 75% is compulsory.

Stage Two: Comprehensive Examination

After successfully clearing Stage One, scholar will reach the second stage of work before qualifying to become a final registered candidate for PhD, the scholars will be required to take a comprehensive examination which will be a combination of (a) an oral examination and (b) evaluation of the Research Proposal. This tests comprehension of the broad field of research and academic preparation and the potential to carry out the proposed research plan. Scholar is permitted to give a maximum of two attempts to pass the comprehensive examination and should be able to complete it within 18 months for full time and 24 months for part time from date of joining the programme, failing which his/her registration will be cancelled. Scholar shall be formally registered as a candidate for the PhD Degree after he/ she has successfully completed Stage One and Stage Two of work. Scholar will be required to renew the registration

every semester till the submission of the Synopsis. The renewal of registration every semester shall be subject to completion of specified number of credits/ courses and/or satisfactory progress in research work as recommended by Supervisor. PERFORMANCE MONITORING Scholar shall be monitored by PhD Scholar’s Progress Committee (PSPC). Scholar will submit a progress report at the end of every odd semester to supervisor(s) for monitoring of the progress of work. At the end of every even semester, the candidate will present Research Progress Seminar (RPS). In the event of getting two consecutive unsatisfactory grades by any scholar, the registration will stand terminated.

SYNOPSIS SUBMISSION On completion of the research work, scholar shall submit a Synopsis including bibliography of research work to the respective supervisor. It is essential for the scholar to hold Pre-PhD seminar before his/her Synopsis is considered. The Synopsis will be examined by a panel of experts.

THESIS SUBMISSION Scholar will be required to submit the thesis within a minimum of 2 months and maximum of 9 months after submission of Synopsis.

THESIS EVALUATION Submitted thesis will be examined by two examiners. Scholar will be recommended for viva-voce examination on the basis of the thesis evaluation. In case scholar has been advised to submit a revised thesis, the same may be done within a period of one year from date of communication.

AWARD OF PhD DEGREE After getting recommended for viva-voce examination on the basis of thesis evaluation, the scholar shall be required to defend the work/thesis orally before the Oral Defense Committee. The Committee may recommend the award of the degree or suggest corrections/ modifications which have to be incorporated in the thesis.

Fee Structure

Fee structure in the attached prospectus. The fee has to be paid till the submission of the Synopsis.

Assistance from NIFT

50% tuition fee waiver will be extended to NIFT employees (regular and contract) or candidates admitted to PhD programme from other Government Organisations /Institutions under Ministry of Textiles. In case the contract of the employees is not renewed during the course of her/his research for any reason, s/he would not be eligible for the 50% tuition waiver henceforth.

Additionally, the NIFT employees are allowed waiver of Security Deposit, Library Fee and Mediclaim & Student Development Fee. Also, financial assistance may be extended for NIFT employees (regular and contract) for product development, experimentation and thesis documentation.

How to Apply : Submission of Application Form

Candidates must apply online at www.nift.ac.in or https://www.cmsnift.com/ pages/cms_forms/application_form_research_start_page.aspx.

Applicant should follow the prescribed procedure step by step for online submission of application. Candidates should scan and upload photo copies of required certificates wherever asked for. The application fee has to be paid through online net banking.

 

Non-Refundable Fee for General/OBC (Non-Creamy) Category: Rs.2300/-;

Non-Refundable Fee for SC/ ST/ PWD Category: Rs.1300/-.

An alternate payment option, candidate can submit application fee through NEFT/ RTGS/IMPS in following bank account:

Account Name – NIFT GENERAL A/C Account No - - 340602050000022

Branch Address—1,GREEN PARK EXTENTION NEW DELHI 1100016

IFSC Code –UBIN0534064

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must register online for PhD admission in the website https://www.cmsnift.com/pages/cms_forms/application_form_research_start_page.aspx. Applications should follow the prescribed procedure step by step for online submission of application.

Faculty members of NIFT for PhD Supervision

 

Contact for further queries:

Mr. Ashutosh Kumar Sahi Assistant Professor (TD) & Unit Incharge (Research) NIFT Campus, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016 Tel: 011 - 26542209,
Email: ui.research@nift.ac.in

PLEASE NOTE

1. Candidate is advised to keep printout/photocopy of application form for further reference alongwith proof of payment (e-receipt/UTR).

2. Application forms incomplete in any way or not having required educational / experience certificates or the latest photographs are liable to be rejected without intimation.

Calendar of Activities

Particulars

Important Dates

Revised Admission Guidelines on NIFT Website

23.04.2019

Submission of Online Application starts from

30.4.2019

Last date of submission of on line Application Form

14.05.2019
Extended Upto 19.05.2019

List of short listed candidates  for written test and those exempted

from written test on NIFT website

28.05.2019

Written test *

13.06.2019

Announcement of Written test - those who qualify for Research

Proposal Presentation and Interview on NIFT website

18.06.2019

Research Proposal Presentation and Interview*

25.6.2019 & 26.06.2019

Announcement of Results on NIFT website

02.07.2019

Registration

16.07.2019

PhD Programme starts

As per NIFT academic calendar

29.07.2019

 

*The last date of submission of PhD application form is extended to 19th May 2019.

* Written test and Research Proposal Presentation & Interview will be held in NIFT New Delhi

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