DOCTORAL PROGRAMMES

About the Programme

Our doctoral programs offer a wide range of research topics and strive for excellence while creating meaningful changes to the digital society. The programs are tailored taking into account the needs of the industry and aim to address real-world problems of today and the future. If you have a passion and curiosity to unravel the mysteries of the changing digital world, we welcome you to join a doctoral program with us with open minds to become change leaders, innovators, scientists and leading thinkers of tomorrow. We offer both full-time, and flexible modes of study that are designed keeping in mind the developmental needs of both experienced as well as young graduates.

Kerala University of Digital Science, Innovation, and Technology (Digital University Kerala) is looking for bright and dedicated scholars interested in research to join us as Ph.D scholars. Currently, we offer Ph.D programs in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Digital Sciences and Informatics.

Prospective students satisfying the eligibility criteria are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the research areas of our faculty members for a suitable match of interest. DUK offers Ph.D scholarships and reduced fees for the highly qualified students selected for the full-time regular Ph.D program. DUK offers an attractive option for professionals with experience to carry out their doctoral studies while working in the industry or an academic institution through the industry regular and the part-time regular Ph.D programs respectively.

  • DRAT- Common results are available in the admission portal . Candidates can view their marks either by logging in through the main login form or through the “Check your marks” section in the homepage by entering their roll number and date of birth.
  • To be considered for the interview, candidates need to obtain at least 50 percent marks (35 out of total 70 marks) in DRAT-C + DRAT-S (45% or 31.5 marks for SC/ST/OBC(NCL)/Differently-abled)
  • Minimum cut-off marks for DRAT-C: 15 marks for General Category and 13.75 marks for SC/ST/OBC(NCL)/Differently-abled
  • DRAT-S will be out of 20 marks and will be an online test. However, higher cut-off marks for the total DRAT score may be decided by the individual schools.
  • Information regarding the DRAT-S test will be communicated through email by the respective schools to which the candidate has applied. Candidates applying through DRAT please check your email
  • DRAT-S on 2nd October 2022 will be an online proctored test 
Applications for the PhD program for the July 2022 call are now closed.
Selection Lists
  • School of Electronic Systems & Automation (Selection List)
  • The selection list of SoCSE, SoI, and SoDS will be uploaded after the DRAT-S followed by interviews
  • Approximate number of vacancies
  • Important Dates
  • Program Types
  • Program Progression
  • Eligibility
  • Research Areas
  • Admission Procedure
  • Scholarship and Fees
  • Contact Us

School

Vacancy

School of Computer Science & Engineering

11

School of Digital Humanities & Social Sciences

0

School of Digital Sciences

6

School of Electronic Systems and Automation

12

School of Informatics

1

Total

30

Call for applications: July 2022.

Entrance tests and interviews: August 2022.

Program commencement: September 2022.

Commencement of classes: 1st week of November 2022

DRAT-S (Online proctored) for SoCSE and SoDS: 2 October 2022, 10 AM to 1.00 PM

Program type

Description

Full-time Regular Ph.D

The candidate is expected to work full-time in a research laboratory of DUK

Part-time Regular Ph.D

The candidate is expected to work with a faculty member of DUK remotely while in full-time employment.

Industry Regular Ph.D

The candidate is expected to work full-time in DUK or an industry research lab. A mentor needs to be identified by the candidate in the interested research domain, preferably from his/her organization. Ph.D qualification is not mandatory for the mentor as they will be only acting as a coordinator. Those with a Ph.D degree may be considered by DUK for research supervisory activities.

Program type
Coursework component

Research component

Full-time Regular PhD

Year 1 (Semester 1):10-15 Credits.

Year 1 (Semester 2): 0-05 Credits.

Year 2 (Semester 1): 0-05 Credits.

Year 2 (Semester 2) and further: None

Comprehensive exam: 15 credits (to be completed within 2 years)

Research Credits: 150

(maximum research credits per semester is limited to 30)

Dissertation: 120 credits

Industry Regular PhD

Year 1 (Semester 1):10-15 Credits.

Year 1 (Semester 2): 0-05 Credits.

Year 2 (Semester 1): 0-05 Credits.

Year 2 (Semester 2) and further: None

Comprehensive exam: 15 credits (to be completed within 2 years)

The students are required to undergo an in-campus residential full time research Internship Program of minimum 45 normal working days.

Research Credits: 150

(maximum research credits per semester is limited to 30)

Dissertation: 120 credits

Part-time Regular PhD

Year 1 (Semester 1):10-15 Credits.

Year 1 (Semester 2): 0-05 Credits.

Year 2 (Semester 1): 0-05 Credits.

Year 2 (Semester 2) and further: None

Comprehensive exam: 15 credits (to be completed within 2 years)

The students are required to undergo an in-campus residential full time research Internship Program of minimum 45 normal working days.

Every year the student completes a mandatory 15 continuous working days of full time residential program.

Research Credits: 150

(maximum research credits per semester is limited to 30)

Dissertation: 120 credits

  • Total Credits for the PhD program will be 300.
  • All PhD students will have following mandatory PhD level courses to be completed within the first 2 years of their doctoral study: ◦ Research Methods and Ethics 3 credits
    ◦ Technical Writing 1 credits
    ◦ Pedagogy Design 2 credits
    ◦ Design Thinking and Translational Research 2 credits
  • Remaining credit requirements for coursework shall be decided by the student in consultation with the doctoral committee.
  • Part-time PhD students can complete up to 15 credits during their mandatory on-campus visits.



Minimum eligibility requirement

  • For the General category candidates, a 2-year (or more) Master’s degree with 60% marks or an M.Phil degree with 60% coursework marks in a discipline relevant to the school in which the candidate is applying is required.
  • SC/ST/OEC/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-Abled/Economically weaker section candidates have the same criteria as the General category candidates, except that they need to have only 55% marks.
  • The candidates who have appeared for the final examinations are also eligible to apply if their aggregate marks until then are equal to or above the minimum required marks. If admitted to the Ph.D. program, they have to meet the full eligibility criteria within a date specified by the University.
  • Part-time and Industry Regular Ph.D applicants are additionally required to have a full-time job with at least 5 years of relevant full-time work experience, after their Bachelor’s degree. To apply to the Industry Regular Ph.D program, the applicant should be a full time employee of the industry at the time of application.
  • The mentor identified by an Industry Regular Ph.D applicant needs to provide a letter describing how the chosen industry research lab is sufficiently equipped to conduct the required research.

Additional school-wise eligibility requirements

SchoolPh.D degree inRequired qualification
School of Computer Science & EngineeringEngineeringA minimum of 6 years of study (4-year Bachelor’s + 2 years Master’s.)M.Tech in an area related to computer science, computer engineering, information technology or electronics.
TechnologyMCA or M.Sc/M.Tech in an area related to computer science, computer engineering, information technology or electronics
School of Digital SciencesTechnologyM.Tech/M.Sc/MCA in any discipline
ScienceM.Sc in any discipline
School of Electronics Systems and AutomationEngineeringA minimum of 6 years of study (4-year Bachelor’s + 2 years Master’s.)M.Tech in an area related to electronics.
TechnologyM.Tech/M.Sc in an area related to electronics
School of InformaticsScienceM.Sc in Natural/Physical Sciences or Applied disciplines

School

Indicative research areas for Ph.D admissions - 2022

School of Computer Science & Engineering

Theoretical Computer Science: Algorithms, Automated Theorem Proving, Computational Complexity, Cryptography, Formal Methods, Game Theory, Graph Theory, Mathematics for Computer Science, Optimization, Quantum Computing.

Computational Intelligence: Cognitive Computing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing.

Systems & Networks: Computer Architecture, Cyber Physical Systems, Networked Systems, Security, Privacy and Trust, System Software (Operating Systems, Compiler Design), Software Engineering, Data Engineering (Database Systems, Big Data, Blockchain), Ubiquitous Computing.

School of Digital Sciences

AI based CADD

Computational Neuroscience

Data Analytics

Technology Management

School of Electronic Systems and Automation

AI Hardware: VLSI, Edge AI, Neuromorphic systems, Embedded SoC, Intelligent sensors, NEMS/MEMS design and fabrication, Filter designs, Imaging hardware, Biosensors, Deep learning chips.

AI Robotics: Co-robotics, Drone design, IOT, NLP and conversational AI, Image processing, Sensor systems for robotics, Data fusion applied to robotics.

Signal Processing and Automation: Industry 4.0, Control Systems, Signal Processing, Computer Vision, Sensor Systems, Power Systems, Electric Vehicles.

Computational Imaging System: Medical Imaging, Sparse Signal Processing, Image Processing, Signal Processing, Medical Image Fusion.

School of Informatics

Ecology

Ecological Physics

Earth Observation

Sustainable Development

Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Floral Radiometry

Acoustic Ecology

Once the admissions open for the Ph.D programs, interested candidates need to apply online through DUK’s Ph.D application portal and upload all the required documents. If a candidate wishes to apply to more than one school or type of Ph.D program, he/she has to register separately and apply separately for each. The fee per application is Rs. 1500/-. There is no application fee for SC/ST and differently-abled candidates.

A candidate needs to be either NET/JRF qualified in the relevant discipline or should qualify the Digital University Research Aptitude Test (DRAT) to be shortlisted for the Ph.D interview.

DRAT has two parts: DRAT-Common (DRAT-C) that is common to all the applicants and DRAT–Subject (DRAT-S) that will be conducted by the individual schools.

DRAT-C will be conducted as an online AI and human proctored test. The candidates can take the test from their homes. The candidates need not travel to any specific test centers to take the test. DRAT-C shall contain questions on English comprehension, quantitative aptitude, research aptitude and analytical aptitude. The candidates who qualify DRAT-C will be called to take the DRAT-S test.

  • The marks distribution for DRAT-Common will be as follows: 
  • English comprehension (10 marks), 
  • Quantitative Aptitude (15 marks), 
  • Research aptitude (10 marks)
  • Analytical aptitude (15 marks).
DRAT-S test will be conducted offline at DUK by the different schools. The candidates will be tested for their knowledge in the subjects and the research areas of interest of the individual schools.

Candidates will be shortlisted for an interview/viva-voce based on their NET/JRF qualification or the overall DRAT score. The shortlisted candidates are required to send one letter of recommendation and a Statement of Purpose (SOP). During the interview/viva-voce, the candidates are required to give a presentation that includes

(a) A brief self-introduction.

(b) A discussion of their research interests and proposed area of research. Alternatively they can present a research proposal.

(c) A presentation of a recent journal or conference paper (published in 2017 or later).The paper has to be selected from a journal/conference contained in the list provided by the schools to their shortlisted candidates. The schools will not share any research paper with the candidates.

The interview/viva-voce shall assess whether

(a) The candidate possesses the competence to work in the proposed research area.

(b) The research work can be suitably undertaken at DUK.

(c) The proposed area of research can contribute to new/additional knowledge.

The list of selected candidates will be published in the DUK website, and they will also be notified by email.

DRAT-C sample questions 2022

Program type

DUK scholarship

Tuition fee

Full-time Regular Ph.D

Rs 20,000/month for the 1st year. Rs 25,000/month for the 2nd year. Rs 30,000/month for the 3rd year. No scholarship from 4th year.

No tuition fee in Years 1-5.

50% fee concession in Year 6.

Re-registration with full fee from Year 7.

Part-time Regular Ph.D

No scholarship

Rs. 50,000/year

Industry Regular Ph.D

No scholarship

Rs. 50,000/year

 

  • Admission fee, caution deposit, lab fee, student amenities charges etc. will be additional.
  • On campus accommodation is charged additionally if availed.
  • An admission fee of Rs 10,000/- and a refundable caution deposit of Rs 5,000/- need to be paid initially by all the selected candidates to confirm their seats for the Ph.D program.
  • DUK scholarship is only for those who are not project assistants and do not have external fellowships such as JRF.
  • All the students who are receiving the DUK scholarship are expected to contribute to the academic activities of the University for around 10 hours every week.
  • The candidates admitted to the full-time regular Ph.D program in the School of Electronic Systems & Automation are eligible to apply for the IICG (India Innovation Centre in Graphene) fellowships. The candidate selection for the fellowship will be based on a test and interview. The selected candidates will be expected to work on a three-year research project involving the use of graphene for electronics engineering applications. They will receive a monthly fellowship of Rs 35,000/-. The number of positions is subject to the availability of supervisors and funds. About 5-10 vacancies are expected this year.
For any general queries on the admission process, please contact: For queries to specific schools of DUK on Ph.D. programs

Doctoral Programmes-Important Dates

  • Last date for application: 26 August 2022
  • Date of DRAT-Common: 4 September 2022
  • Announcement of short list for school level selection process: 11 September 2022
  • School level selection process: 17-27 September 2022
No. of candidates in the selection list coming under reservation categories
SC/ST: 2
OBC-NCL: 10
Provisional offer letters will be sent by email to the selected candidates by 3rd October.