Ph.D in Development Studies at Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS)


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Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), an autonomous research institution supported by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi and the Government of Telangana, Nizamiah Observatory Campus, Begumpet, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500 016, has invited applications for admission to the Ph.D Program in Development Studies for the academic year 2022-23, to be conducted in collaboration with Telangana University, Nizamabad.

The regular Ph.D Programme is offered in (i) Economics (ii) Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work (iii) Development Statistics (related to research areas of CESS) (iv) Political Science/Public Administration and (v) Commerce/ Business Management (related to research areas of CESS).

Research topics for Ph.D thesis can be chosen from any of the above given subjects with a Development Studies Perspective. The duration of the programme will be five years of which, one year is for course work; and four years for completion of Research/Thesis work after Registration for Ph.D. The Research/Thesis work will be taken up only after successful completion of the course work and Registration for Ph.D.

Eligibility: Applicant should hold Post-Graduate Degree with at least 55% marks or its equivalent Grade [50% for SC/ST/ Differently-Abled categories] in the concerned subject from any recognized university. Those with other qualifications can also apply for different Programs as follows: Economics-Agricultural Economics- M.Sc Agriculture; Development Statistics- Statistics -M.A/M.Sc Statistics, M.Sc Mathematics; Commerce- Master of Business Administration (MBA). However, Degree shall be awarded only in the five categories of subjects mentioned above.

Those having M.Phil Degree in the subject concerned from any recognized university or qualified in UGC-NET/State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) or should be UGC–FDP (Faculty Development Programme) and Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship holders.

Selection: Selection will be based on an entrance test (70% weightage) followed by interview (30% weightage) of candidates who qualify in the entrance test. The entrance test will be conducted Online/Offline. The medium of examination for the Entrance Test shall be English only. The entrance exam consists of 2 sections - Section I Research Methodology, Section II - Respective Discipline. Candidates who qualify in the entrance examination shall be called for an interview.

Detailed Notification is available at ‘Events/Notifications’ link at www.cess.ac.in.

Application: Application can be submitted online at www.cess.ac.in/phd-enrol-online-2022/ latest by 30.7.2022. Application Fee is Rs. 1000/-.

Application can also be submitted offline. The Application form can be downloaded from the ‘Events/Notifications’ link at www.cess.ac.in.

Filled in application form along with self-attested copies of documents should reach ‘The Dean, Division of Graduate Studies, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Nizamiah Observatory Campus, Begumpet, Hyderabad-500016’, by 30 July 2022.

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