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Can one pursue a part-time PhD in India? If yes, what is the process?


Yes, part-time PhD programs are available in many Indian institutions. Here are the steps involved in the process: 

  1. Identify a university and a supervisor: The first step is to identify a university that offers part-time PhD programs in your area of interest. You should also identify a potential supervisor who can guide you through the research process. 
  1. Check the eligibility criteria: Each university has its own eligibility criteria for part-time PhD programs. You should check the eligibility criteria to ensure that you meet the requirements. 
  1. Submit an application: Once you have identified a university and a supervisor and confirmed that you meet the eligibility criteria, you can submit an application for admission. The application process typically involves submitting academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a research proposal. 
  1. Pass an entrance exam: Many universities require candidates to pass an entrance exam before being admitted to a PhD program. You should prepare for the exam by reviewing the syllabus and past papers. 
  1. Attend an interview: After passing the entrance exam, you may be called for an interview with the department or the potential supervisor. The interview is an opportunity for you to discuss your research proposal and demonstrate your knowledge of the field. 
  1. Register as a part-time PhD student: Once you have been admitted to the PhD program, you will need to register as a part-time student with the university. 
  1. Begin research: Once you have registered as a part-time PhD student, you can begin your research under the guidance of your supervisor. 
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