Admission Open for 2017-18

Ph.D. in Microbiology

Rules and Regulations
(As per Bengaluru University Notification No. SYN/Si/ORD/2011-2012 dated 25-04-2011)

1. Eligibility :

(a). A candidate with a Master’s degree from Bengaluru University or any University/institution in the state or from any other University recognized as equivalent thereto securing not less than 55% marks in the aggregate at the Master’s degree course as a whole will be eligible. However in case of SC/ST and the Category-I candidates the minimum marks shall be 50%.

(b). A candidate who qualifies as indicated above is eligible on the basis of an entrance test administered by the University i.e Bengaluru University Ph.D Entrance Test (BUPHET), through the centralized examination and evaluation system. The eligibility list of candidates is prepared by considering of the marks scored in entrance test only by the University. Minimum passing marks in the entrance test for General Merit and SC/ST and Category-I will be 55% and 50% respectively. Candidates exempted from appearing from Bengaluru University Ph.D Entrance Test (BUPHET):

Candidates who have passed NET, SLET, GATE, JRF, M.Phil degree by regular course work and not through distance education mod), candidates sponsored under FIP/QIP Programmes are exempted from taking up the University Ph.D Entrance Test (BUPHET). 

(i). Foreign students with 55% marks or equivalent grade in the recognized degree who are sponsored by their Embassies/ICCR, and have passed GRE and TOEFL or any other recognized tests/examination conducted by national bodies are eligible. However, such of those foreign students who are not sponsored by their Embassies/ICCR shall fulfill the eligibility requirement as mentioned in a & b above.


(a). The University will notify the Ph.D Program through a notification published in leading News Papers, once in a year preferably in the month of September/October.

(c). The candidate will have to apply for registration for the Ph.D Program in the prescribed form to the Registrar (Evaluation) of the University. The application has to be forwarded through the recognized supervisor.

(d). The candidate for Ph.D program shall work in University Post-Graduate Departments or in any recognized laboratory/institute of Department of an affiliated college under a supervisor/guide recognized by the University.

(e). Every candidate shall submit a Research proposal along with Application, which will be placed before the Board of Studies (BOS) concerned for approval. Prior to approval, the candidate has to make a presentation of the research topic and obtain the approval of Provisional registration from the University.

3. Course Work

The registered candidate will have to take up course work in respective Departments for a period of one year (two semesters). The course work is compulsory for both full timers and part timers.

The course work for Ph.D Program consists of six papers spread over 2 semesters. The course work shall be undertaken within the first year of provisional registration for Ph.D program. 

I Semester II Semester
Paper I: Fundamental Research Methods. Paper IV: Advanced Research Methods
Paper II: Advanced Theoretical Perspectives. Paper V: Cognate/Allied Paper (in respective discipline).
Paper III: Advanced Computational and statistical Analysis Paper VI: Specialized paper (on the main area of thesis)

Examination : 

i. Each paper carries 100 marks inclusive of 25 marks assigned for internal assessment. A minimum of 75% attendance is must to be eligible to appear for the examination. 

ii. Minimum pass mark for each course shall be 50% considering both internal assessment and course-end examination. Out of which a minimum of 38 marks (i.e 50 % of 75) will be from course end examination.

iii. Failed candidates are allowed to take up one more examination within six months of their first examination. The registration of candidates who fail in second attempt shall be cancelled. 

5. Internal assessment : Internal assessment marks is allotted for 25 marks. The break-up marks is as follows: (a) Attendance-05, (b) Seminar-10. (c) Tests-10.

Upon declaration of result of the candidate, he/she shall submit another application form to the Chairman of the P.G Department for forwarding to the University for issue of order of confirmation of registration.

6. Progress Report : The candidate shall present an half yearly progress report before the teaching faculty including the Research Supervisors. Failing to do so and if the candidate submits two half yearly report at the same time or if the report is certified as not satisfactory, the Doctoral Committee shall recommend to the University for cancellation of registration. However, before the cancellation of the registration, the candidate will be served a show cause notice as to why his/her registration shall not be cancelled. If the candidate fails to submit reply within 30 days from receipt of such notice, the registration will be cancelled.

7. Duration : Candidate who completes Minimum two and a-half years to three years (for full timers) and Minimum Three and half to four years (for part timers) are eligible to submit thesis followed by Viva-Voce. No candidate shall be permitted to re-submit the thesis more than two times after recommendations suggested by examiners. The candidate has to complete the Ph.D degree program within 5 years of registration.