Institute of Management

Ph.D (Full Time)

In its quest to promote excellence in management, the Institute launched an autonomous doctoral programme in 1999 leading to the award of Fellow Programme in Management (FPM). However, after the Institute of Management becoming a constituent of Nirma University in 2003, the degree of Ph.D of Nirma University is granted on completion of the programme.

The primary objective of the programme is to prepare young men and women for challenging opportunities in teaching, research, and consulting. The programme is designed to impart knowledge, develop skills and create attitudes relevant to teaching, research and consulting. The programme requires coursework in general management as well as in the area of specialization, followed by a doctoral level dissertation. In addition to the Institute faculty, resource persons are also drawn from reputed business schools in India and abroad.

Curriculum Architecture:
The programme emphasizes both skills and knowledge in management. Some of the skills are generic in nature: self-development, communication, qualitative and quantitative research methods, computing and information technology. Other skills are more specific to functional areas of management. In a similar vein, a general appreciation of management concepts is provided through the courses at preparatory level, while research based knowledge is imparted through advanced courses offered by the functional areas.

Course Work:
Course work for the doctoral programme will be 60 credits hours. These credit hours will be normally spread over a period of 5 terms, 3 in the first year and 2 in the second year. Students will be expected to complete their courses and the comprehensive examination in the first two years of their admission into the programme. And the remaining two years will be devoted for the completion of the dissertation.
   
Programme Structure: Duration: 4 Years

1. Requirements:
Pre Candidacy Phase I: Minimum 60 Credit Hours Course Work
Phase II: Comprehensive Examination
Phase III: Development of Research Proposal
Admission to Phase IV: Conduct of Research

2. Ph.D Candidacy:
One Credit Hour: 10 sessions of 75 Minutes each
Course Load: 3 & 1.5 Credit Hours

General Management Course Requirement:
DPM students will be required to take courses in various areas of management and business with a view to acquiring an understanding of the managerial decision making process and the inter-linkages among the various dimensions of management. These courses will be drawn from those offered in the Master of Business Administration programme of the Institute.
 
Skill Formation Course Requirement:
DPM students will be required to take various courses designed to develop specific skills in areas such as communication, information technology, research methodology etc. Some of these courses can be taken from the MBA programme, whereas others will be offered exclusively to the Ph.D students.

Advanced Specialized Course Requirement:
DPM students will be required to take courses in the area in which they wish to pursue their research. These courses will be specific to their discipline as recommended by the faculty members of the respective academic areas. Many of the courses will be offered at the University campus. During the course of their studies, it is likely that the students may get an opportunity to associate themselves with management schools abroad including spending 1-2 semesters at a collaborating university and the credits earned there will be accepted by the Nirma University.  However, a minimum of 60 credit hours of courses work has to be done.

The faculty will consider a request for course waiver, if the faculty is satisfied that the student already has the requisite competence in the concerned courses.  The waiver will be given by the Dean on the recommendation of the DPM Committee. Students who have completed their PGDM from Nirma Institute of Management or masters in management from Nirma University can be given a wavier in their first year course work but they have to complete credit hours for the doctoral courses. In any case, the waiver cannot exceed 30 credits.
   

Credit Requirement:
A student can take credit hours varying from 36-42 in the first year and 18-24 in the second year of the programme. The load may vary from a minimum of 12 credit hours to maximum of 15 credit hours in the each term.

First Year Courses: Compulsory Courses

Course Code

Course

Credit Hours

QM501

Quantitative Management I

3.0

BC502

Written Analysis & Communication

3.0

QM502

Quantitative Management II

3.0

MR503

Marketing Research

3.0

SM601

Strategic Management I

1.5

RM 701

Research Methodology

3.0

RM 702

Communication for Management Teachers

3.0

Other courses in the first year:

Area related 1st year courses (Annexure I)--------------------------7.5 – 12 credits

Other courses from either 1st year or 2nd year(Annexure II)--09 – 15 credits

Total requirement for the 1st year------------------------36 - 42 credits

Second Year Courses: Compulsory Courses

Course Code

Course

Credit Hours

800 level

Advance Area Level I, II & III

9.0

SM601

Strategic Management II

3.0

Other courses from either 1st year or 2nd year--------------------06 – 12 credits

Total requirement for the 1st year----------------------18 - 24 credits


Comprehensive Examination:
Comprehensive examination is given after the student has successfully completed the course work. This examination will cover the general as well as the specialized courses. This examination will have three parts: Part A – General Management, Part B- Area of Specialization and Part C- Oral. Student is expected to clear all three parts separately, in maximum two attempts. Student will be declared Pass or Fail in this examination. (Details in Annexure III)

Dissertation:
After successfully passing the comprehensive examination, the student will work on his/her dissertation under the guidance of a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The chairman of the committee will be drawn from Institute’s faculty, who will be the principal guide for the participant’s dissertation. The other members of TAC will be chosen from among the faculty of management and one member can be co-opted from a leading external institution. The participant will be required to develop a research proposal under the guidance of the TAC and present a seminar. After the proposal has been accepted, he/she will be allowed to continue to work on the dissertation.
The dissertation must make significant and original contribution to the body of knowledge in the subject area. After the dissertation has been written, he/she will be asked to defend it in a public seminar. (Details in Annexure IV)

Research Publication:
The student must publish at least two research articles in his/her area of research in refereed journals. It is a pre-requisite for scheduling the final oral defence. However the DPM Committee may consider a student’s request for final oral defence in case a student has not published his/her paper, but the same is accepted or conditionally accepted for publication. The DPM Committee will also approve the list of journals to be considered as refereed Journals.

Promotion, Conditional Promotion, Supplementary Examination and Failure:
Condition for promotion from first year to second year:
(i) Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Index of 2.300 is required for being promoted to the second year at the end of the first year during the course work. Apart from this, a minimum GPI of 2.500 is required in the area courses. In addition the student also should not obtain more than 2 Ds or any Fs in any of the non area courses.
(ii) A student who fails to qualify for promotion at the end of the first year of the course work, can be given conditional promotion provided he/she fulfils the following conditions:
a) his/her CGPI is at least 2.200
b) he/she should not obtain "F" in more than one course.
c) he/she should not obtain "D" in more than two courses provided that he/she does not obtain "F" in any course.
d) If he/she obtains "F" in one course, she/he should not obtain "D" in more than one course.
(iii) lf a student fails to meet any of the above conditions, then:
a) The student will be allowed to repeat the first year. The courses in which they have received a letter grade B- and above for area courses and C+ grade and above for other courses be exempted while repeating the year.
b) They will be allowed DPM Advance courses as soon as they meet the minimum requirement for promotion.
c) Their academic performance may be monitored by the Committee during the 1st term and, in case, they do not perform satisfactorily, they may not be allowed to 2nd term.
d) Unless they meet the minimum academic requirement/s with regard to the first year courses, no stipend will be paid.
Conditions for successful completion of course work at the end of the second year
(i) For successful completion of the course work, the over all Grade Point Index of the student must be 2.3. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.500 is required in the area courses with minimum Letter Grade C- in each course. In addition the student also should not obtain more than 2 Ds or any F in non-area courses, including first year courses.
(ii) If the student fails to meet the condition for successful completion of the course work and meets the following conditions, he/she will be permitted to take special: examination in two courses that he/she opted during the second year and meet the condition for the successful completion of course work:
a) his/her CGPI is at least 2.200
b) he/she should not obtain "F" in more than one course.
c) he/she should not obtains "D" in more than two courses provided that he/she does not obtain "F" in any course.
d) If he/she obtain "F" in one course, he/she should not obtain "D" in more than one course.
(iii) If a student fails to meet any of the above conditions then, the student will be allowed to repeat the second year. The courses in which they have received a letter grade B- and above for area courses and C+ grade and above for other courses be exempted while repeating the year.

Unless they meet the minimum academic requirement/s with regard to the successful completion of course work, no stipend will be paid.

Duration:
The average duration for the completion of the progamme is 4 years. For a DPM student, 6 years can be permitted by the Dean and in exceptional case a student may be permitted to continue beyond 6 years by the Director General and under no circumstances, the duration can exceed 8 years.

Attendance:
The Programme requires regular and prompt attendance in all classes. The students under extraordinary circumstances may request for leave of absence under the following rules and procedures:
Prior permission of the Chairman (DPM) must be obtained for availing of leave. Leave applications must be submitted normally prior to the commencement of the class. Leave applications on the ground of sickness must be accompanied by a medical certificate.
The students must note carefully that he can abstain from a class only for an important reason, a justifiable serious problem. The responsibility of providing justification for absence is solely on the student. Substitute quizzes or tests or examinations may be given to the student, only if the student is on leave with the prior permission of the Chairman (DPM).
Absence without leave will be considered a serious breach of discipline and the Institute will take appropriate action in such cases.
The Chairman (DPM) can grant the leave of maximum 20% in a term. On account of bonafide illness or any other reason deemed sufficient by the Director, he can condone the attendance upto another 10% in the course or courses. For beyond 10% in any genuine cases, the decision to condone the attendance will be taken by the Director General on merits.
After completion of their course work and comprehensive examination, doctoral students will have to take the permission of their TAC chairperson for leave. And in any case, the upper bound for leave remains the same as mentioned above.

Award of the Title:
After the doctoral students of the Institute has satisfied all the requirements of the Ph.D Programme, he/she will be awarded the title of 'Doctor of Philosophy" by the Nirma University.