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In a first, Lucknow University launches part-time PhD programmes for working professionals

The admission tests for the part-time PhD programmes will be held in the old campus, on the 21st and 23rd of August.

For the first time ever, Lucknow University has come up with a provision where working professionals can apply for a part-time PhD here, in lieu of a full-time course. The final admission process for the same will be held between August 28 to September 5. As agreed in the Admission Committee meeting, the enrollments will be done by the Departmental Research Committee (DRC), across all academic fields.


Six days of attendance in six months will be mandatory for PhD students


Based on the seats allotted by the admission cell for the PhD courses, the Departmental Research Committee (DRC) will prepare a category-based merit list. Taking into consideration various parameters like research writing, interview, work experience and academic index, this merit would be deciphered and the admission process will commence.

Reportedly, researchers who are interested in part-time PhD have to attend classes only once a week, making the attendance criteria for them extremely convenient. At least, six days of attendance in six months will be mandatory for the PhD students but they would have to pass the 'course work exam'.

The mandatory process to get selected


As discussed by DRC, 28 departments will reserve a total of 92 seats for the part-time PhD admissions of 2021. This step has been initiated to give an opportunity to the working section of the society, who wish to be a PhD graduate. Interested candidates have to prepare and submit a research paper of 1000 words, comprising of a topic-research method, design data collection plan, data analysis method and so on, in 90 minutes. The admission tests for the part-time PhD programs will be held in the old campus, on the 21st and 23rd of August.

Candidates entering the exam hall need to carry 2 copies of the admission form, passport size photos, two black and two blue ball pens, along with any one of their official identity cards. As per reports, other related instructions will be issued soon. The marking system of the entrance examination will be as follows:

  • Research paper of 1000 words- 70 marks
  • Experience- 10 marks
  • Academic Index- 10 marks
  • Interview - 10 marks

70 objective questions will be formulated for the entrance

On the basis of seat allocation by the admission cell, DRC will choose individuals based on their research article, interview, work experience and educational qualification and thereafter, prepare a category-wise merit list. As per a professor at Lucknow University, there will be 70 objective questions of 1 mark each, in the admission process.
Out of these 70 questions, 35 will be based on the chosen subject and the remaining 35 will be on the basis of research methodology, with no negative marking. The candidate is supposed to reach on time as no one will be allowed to enter the gates after 15 minutes of the scheduled time of the exam.

Within the campus, two centres will be allocated for the entrance test and the candidates are expected to read all instructions written on the admission card, carefully. On 21st August, about 1866 candidates will appear for 15 different subjects and on 23rd August, around 1886 pupils will appear for the remaining 17 subjects, under the ambit of LU's PhD programmes.

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