The department of Sociology is introducing a newly designed M.Phil. course during the academic year 2013 ï¿½ 2014. The proposed course will be of three semesters, two semesters of course work and one semester for the M.Phil. dissertation. The course work would involve three papers; two compulsory papers on Methodology of the Social Sciences and Research Methods in Sociology along with a third paper on Contemporary Debates in India, for which the student may choose any one of the electives on offer. Semester Three is earmarked for the M.Phil. dissertation.
Since the inception of the department of sociology in 1919 about 250 PhD and MA dissertations have been completed. The doctoral dissertations completed in the department cover such wide and varied themes as well as all the sub disciplines in Sociology and Anthropology.
Procedures for Admission and Fee Structure
In general a candidate for the PhD programme must have secured 55% or CGPA of B Plus at the Masters Level.
Most the rules and regulations regarding admission to PhD are framed by the University of Mumbai from time to time in line with the framework provided by University Grants Commission.
The candidate applying for the PhD programme needs to pass the PhD Entrance Test (PET) conducted by the University of Mumbai. This examination is held twice in a year. The validity period for those who clear PET examination is three years. The candidates with any one or more of the following qualifications are exempted from appearing for PET.
Those who are NET, SET, JRF qualified and teacher fellowship holders from apex bodies such as UGC.
Those who have completed MPhil degree from University of Mumbai or any other recognised Universities as per extant UGC guidelines.
c) Approved teachers affiliated to the University Department or affiliated colleges having not less than FIVE years of full time continuous teaching experience after the date of the first approval of appointment of the University of Mumbai.
A candidate who fulfils the conditions for eligibility as laid out above, shall make an application to the Department of Sociology in the prescribed form seeking admission to the PhD programme, along with a Demand Draft/cash for '100/-. The shortlisted candidates will be called for interviews to be held by a PhD Interview Committee constituted by the Head of the Department of Sociology. The said committee decides on selection of candidates for the PhD programme as well as allocation of PhD supervisors for the eligible candidates.
The eligible candidates who have been allotted PhD supervisors are required to submit an outline of their research proposal to the Department of Sociology to be forwarded to the Research and Recognition Committee (RRC) for consideration. After the approval of the RRC, the candidates shall submit their application for registration for PhD programme to the Thesis Section of the University of Mumbai.
Every candidate is to complete a six month long PhD course work conducted at the Department of Sociology. Those who have completed MPhil from the University of Mumbai or any other University recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and whose date of registration for the same was before 11th July 2009, are exempted from PhD course work (See No. 2.10 of Circular No. Exam/COE/Thesis/2891 of 2011, http://archive.mu.ac.in/Ph.D_Circular_2891_21-04-2011.pdf")
All research students are required to renew their admission each term within a week of the opening of the term by submitting the prescribed form along with the term fees. Such applications for renewal are to be countersigned by the Guiding teacher and the Head of the Department.
Submission of Synopsis
Two months prior to the submitting of the PhD dissertation the student is to submit 25 copies of the synopsis of the dissertation countersigned by the guiding teacher, along with examination fees of '5010/-. In case the student fails to submit the dissertation within six months of the submission of the synopsis the examination fees are to be paid again.
Submission of the thesis
Upon the approval of the thesis by the guiding teacher, the student is required to submit 3 copies of the thesis to the Department of Sociology. It will be examined by two external examiners to determine whether the student can be conferred the degree of PhD based on the said thesis. If both the examiners accept the thesis, the student will be asked to defend it at a viva voce in the presence of the guiding teacher as well as one of the external examiners. However, if any one of the examiners rejects the thesis, it will be sent to a third external examiner whose decision on the matter shall be deemed final. If both the external examiners reject the thesis, the student is required to modify the thesis based on the recommendations of the external examiners and re-submit it for consideration.
As per University Ordinances 770 and 771 a declaration by the student is required to be attached to the thesis stating that the work embodied in the said thesis is the result of original research conducted by the student and that the work has not been submitted for a degree in any university. It further states that wherever the student has used material from other sources and authors, they are duly cited and acknowledged.
The PhD programme is for the minimum duration of two academic years. The maximum period for the completion of PhD is five academic years.