Guidelines for Degree of Ph.D. in Architecture
The following guidelines are meant to supplement the general regulations operative in various universities in respect of Ph.D. programme and serve as a ready reference for architectural institutions intending to start Ph.D. programme in architecture.
An institution may be permitted to offer Ph.D. programme in architecture only after having run Master’s Degree Programme in architecture/allied specializations for at least five years.
The institution shall have at least five full time members on its staff, having master’s degree and one or more with Ph.D. qualification in architecture/allied specialization.
The Library and other infrastructure facilities:
- The library should have at least the number of books and journals prescribed as minimum essential by the Council of Architecture.
- The institution should have the facility of ‘Broad Band Internet’ available freely to research scholars.
- 25% of Library Budget has to be reserved for research oriented books and journals.
- The institutional library should be associated with other large libraries in the city and/or university as part of a “Library Network”.
Eligibility of Candidates:
The applicant for admission to Ph.D. programme shall possess the following qualification.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture or equivalent and Master’s degree in architecture/allied specialization or equivalent from any recognized institution.
- Bachelors Degree in architecture or equivalent in first class with ten years experience in teaching/research/professional practice.
All the candidates shall successfully complete a ‘Research Methodology’ course and one optional course prescribed for the programme or any two courses specified and recommended by the institutional Research Committee. A candidate having only a B.Arch. Degree shall, in addition, be required to pursue the course work successfully in six subjects of the Master’s Degree courses of the School recommended by the Research Committee.
The following may act as Advisors/Guides Co-Guides/Supervisors of a candidate for Ph.D.
Professors in Schools of Architecture.
Architects and Faculty members having a Ph.D. qualification in architecture and three years experience in teaching/research/practice.
Such other members of the faculty who guided research at P.G. level for 10 years.
Co-Guide should be from the profession of architecture.
An advisor may not normally guide more than five doctoral candidates at a time. In exceptional cases special permission of the Institutional/Departmental Research Committee or Committee for Doctoral Programme may be sought.
Doctoral Committee should have professionals who have done significant work in architectural profession.
Assignment of Teaching Load:
Each full time Ph.D. scholar receiving Govt./University/Institutional assistantship may be assigned at least four hours of teaching load in consultation with his/her respective internal guide, during the period of his/her residence at the institute.
Submission of Thesis:
On completion of the Ph.D. thesis, the candidate, apart from submitting necessary number of copies in the prescribed format as per the regulation/guideline of the respective university, must also submit a hard copy to the Council of Architecture and a CD, within three months of declaration of result of the thesis examination.