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SECTION I –
PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.) WITH COURSE WORK
1. Definition of the Terms and Phrases used in the
1.1. Academic year:
a period of one year beginning in the month of Shrawan (July-August) each
1.2. Semester: a
period covering start of classes till end of the final exams. It covers a
period of 90 effective days of teaching plus two weeks for final examinations.
1.3. Curriculum: a
series of courses designed to provide learning opportunities to meet the
requirements for a degree.
1.4. Course: a unit
of instruction to be covered.
Credit hours (or
course credit or credits): each credit hour represents one hour of lecture
or 3 hours of field or lab work per week throughout a semester.
the number of credit hours a student registers in a semester.
usually includes both M.Sc. and Ph.D. unless stated otherwise.
2. Degree Name
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Agriculture with major in (name of the major
subject) and minor in (name of the minor subject).
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Animal Science with major in (name of the
major subject) and minor in (name of the minor subject).
Duration of Ph.D. Degree
The normal duration is three
4. System of Education
There will be two semesters, the 1st and the 2nd,
per academic year.
5. Number of Seats
Based on available human
resource and facilities.
6. Admission Requirements
6.1.1. For Ph.D. degree an applicant must have earned an M.Sc. Agric. or
equivalent degree in the related field
6.1.2. The candidate must have graduated from an Institution where
undergraduate and postgraduate teaching medium is English.
6.1.3. The candidate must have graduated in the 1st division or equivalent at
the master level.
6.1.4. The candidate must have published at least two research articles in the
journal as a senior author.
6.1.5. Must produce confidential letters of recommendation from two referees
who would be in a position to judge academic and research capabilities of the
candidate to undertake the Ph.D. study successfully. At least one of the
letters must be from a university professor.
6.1.6. Must produce and present orally a concept research proposal for Ph.D.
dissertation before the Ph.D. Committee.
In-service Candidates from IAAS
Must meet the requirements stated in the Sections 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.4,
6.1.5 and 6.1.6.
Must have graduated with a minimum of the second division or equivalent
at the master level.
6.2.3. Must be officially nominated
Sponsored/In-service Candidates from an Agency within Nepal
6.3.1. Must meet the requirements stated in the Sections 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.4,
6.1.5, 6.1.6 and 6.2.2.
6.3.2. Must have a letter of financial sponsorship
Candidates from Other Countries
6.4.1. Must meet the requirements stated in the Sections 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.4,
6.1.5, 6.1.6 and 6.2.2.
Must have a proof of financial support.
7.1. Properly filled out applications forms, required fees and the certified
copies of the academic certificates and transcripts along with three copies of
recent passport size photo of the candidate should be sent to the Postgraduate
Program, IAAS, Rampur, Nepal, prior to the deadline.
7.2. The candidate must defend the concept research proposal in presence of
the Admission Committee.
For open competition, the deadlines for application and admission will
be advertised each year. The list of the selected candidates will be posted at
the Institute. The selected candidates should submit their original
transcripts, certificates and other documents at the time of admission. The
candidates who have not been previously registered in the Tribhuvan University
are required to submit their migration certificate for their registration at
the Tribhuvan University.
All students willing to
enroll in the Ph.D. program must take a written qualifying examination. It
consists of two parts; Part A: English test, Part B: Subject test. The Ph.D.
Program Committee will conduct this examination. To pass the qualifying
examination, a student must obtain 50% marks in each part. A student failing
the qualifying examination will not be admitted in the Ph.D. program. However,
if a student produces TOEFL score of 500 or above need not to take English
test for Ph.D. admission but qualifying examination Part B: Subject test must
be taken by the end of the 1st semester.
9. Residential Requirement and Time Limit
All the students must meet
the residential requirement of at least two-years. Maximum time allowed for
the completion of the Ph.D. degree from the date of the first enrollment is
seven academic years. The postgraduate students must sign up the daily student
attendance register in the department. A student must enroll in each semester
till his/her degree requirements are completed or till the acceptance of final
hardbound dissertation. If a student fails to do so, he/she will automatically
be dropped from the academic program.
10. Type of Courses
10.1. Departmental courses: These are the courses offered primarily by
the major department or closely related departments.
Basic courses: These are the courses in Statistics, Plant/Crop
Physiology, Biochemistry and Technical Writing.
10.3. Interdepartmental courses: These are the same courses taught by
more than one department.
Seminar: There will be two seminars, each weighing 1 credit
hour. The first seminar will be on dissertation research proposal while the
second seminar will be on research findings.
Dissertation research: This refers to development of research
proposal, planning and conducting experiments, data analysis, and
interpretation of the findings. A student will receive
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade for thesis research.
11. Course Code
The numbers assigned in each
course code represent the followings.
700 series in general : Postgraduate courses
899 : Ph.D. seminar
900 : Ph.D.
12. Credit Hour Requirement
12.1. All students
admitted to Ph.D. program must enroll and pass a minimum of 45 credit hours
including 15 credit hours of dissertation and 2 credit hours of Ph.D. seminar.
12.2. All students must
complete a minimum of 12 credit hours postgraduate courses, 2 credit hour
seminar and 15 credit hours dissertation from major department, and a minimum
of 8 credit hours from the department of minor subjects. The remaining 8
credit hours can be taken from any relevant department.
12.3. All students
majoring in Crop Science (Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Soil
Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology and Environmental Science) are also
required to complete Agricultural Statistics, Crop or Plant Physiology and
Biochemistry courses. The students majoring in Animal Science are required to
complete Agricultural Statistics and Biochemistry. The students majoring in
Social Sciences are required to complete Statistics for Social Sceinces and
Research Methodology. These requirements can be exempted if a student has
completed such courses at the M.S. level. However, exemption doesn't mean the
reduction in the total 45 required credit hours.
12.4. All students must
enroll in 9-16 credit hours per semester except for the last semester of final
graduation where credit hours may be lower.
13.1. The research proposal for the dissertation submitted by the student
will be reviewed by the members of the Advisory Committee and forward to IAAS
Research Committee through PG Coordinator. The Dean upon the recommendation of
the Research Committee will approve the proposal. The suggestion of the
sponsoring/funding agencies may be considered, if timely made.
All students must get the research proposal approved by the end of the
2nd semester. However, dissertation research may be initiated in the second
semester if a student passes all the courses enrolled in the first semester.
13.3. The student must conduct the research, write a report, and successfully
defend it through an open seminar in the presence of the members of his/her
advisory committee who will evaluate the performance and recommend if the
student has successfully defended the dissertation. The Advisory Committee
members may ask the student to modify, change or rewrite the report, if
necessary. The student will be allowed only two chances to defend the
dissertation. If the student fails twice, he/she will be automatically dropped
from the program.
13.4. Eight copies of a well-written dissertation approved by the Advisory
Committee must be submitted to the Dean for final approval. Dissertation must
be prepared according to the guidelines provided in the dissertation
The Dean will send the student's dissertation for the external
evaluation either in country or outside the country. The external examiner
must approve the dissertation for degree award. The student may be asked to
incorporate the comments of external examiner(s) before accepting for degree
award. In case of disapproval of a dissertation, a second opinion would be
sought from a second examiner. If the second examiner also rejects the
dissertation, the student will be automatically dropped from the Ph.D.
13.6. Six copies of the full explanatory abstract, both in English and in
Nepali, must be submitted.
14. Advisory System
14.1. An Advisory Committee consisting of a Major Advisor and a minimum of
two other members will academically guide a student throughout the Ph.D.
course. One of the two members will come from the major department and another
from the minor department. The Major Advisor will serve as the Chairman of
the Advisory Committee.
14.2. The Major Advisor will be assigned by the Dean usually prior to the
acceptance of a student for admission.
14.3. If the Major Advisor is not assigned prior to the admission, the
Assistant Dean of the Postgraduate Program will serve as a temporary Major
Advisor till a regular Major Advisor is assigned. The Major Advisor will
assist the student in setting up an Advisory Committee.
14.4. The Major Advisor must be a Ph.D. from among the faculty members of the
related department at the rank of Reader or Professor, have served as the
Chairman of the advisory committee at M.Sc. level, and have published 5
articles with a minimum of 3 as the senior author.
14.5. Senior Ph.D. scientist from outside IAAS within T.U., other
universities, NARC, Department of Agriculture, or from any related
national/international institutions may serve on the Advisory Committee as
Co-advisor or as a member if agreed upon by the Major Advisor and the approved
by the Dean. For such a member, prior approval must be taken from the Dean by
completing the required form. The role of such a member must be specified in
preparation of the student’s dissertation.
14.6. The members of the Advisory Committee from IAAS must be a Ph.D. and
have 3 research articles published in the journal as a senior author. The
non-teaching member from outside IAAS must be a Ph.D. with proven records of
research experience and published at least 3 research articles in the journal
as a senior author.
For being appointed as a Co-advisor, the person must be directly
supervising the student in conducting thesis research.
15. Attendance Requirement
Same as Section 15 of M.Sc.
16. Evaluation and Grading
Same as Section 16 of M.Sc.
17. Comprehensive Examination
After successful completion of at least 80% of the courses approved on
the Plan of Study, there will be a written comprehensive examination conducted
by the examination section followed by a verbal examination conducted by the
students Advisory Committee. The student will be graded on the basis of both
written and verbal examinations. The written and verbal examinations will
carry 75% and 25% points, respectively. For successful completion of this
examination, the student must secure cumulative 50% marks. In case of failure,
a second chance will be given to the student only after at least one month
from the first examination. The student, failing even in the second
examination will be automatically dropped from the program.
A student will be declared a candidate for Ph.D. degree only after
his/her successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination.
17.3. A student can submit dissertation to the Postgraduate Program for
examination only after passing the comprehensive examination.
18.1 A student must enroll and present two graduate
seminars of one credit each. The
first seminar will be usually
on the dissertation proposal and second on the findings
of thesis research.
However, only one credit will be registered in a semester.
18.2 The student seminar will be evaluated jointly by
the seminar teacher and the
external examiner. The passing
score is 50% in aggregate.
19. Completion of the Degree Program
19.1. For completion of the
Ph.D. degree program, a student must have:
i) passed all the courses with a minimum of 50% in each course, and
ii) successfully conducted the doctoral dissertation research, written an
acceptable dissertation, incorporated the comments of external examiner and
passed all the required examinations.
student enrolled in a semester who intends to graduate must submit the final
hardbound dissertation signed by all members of his/her advisory committee, to
the postgraduate program by the last working day before admission date for the
following semester. The student failing to do so must enroll in the following
20. Dropping a Semester
Once admitted, a student
shall not be allowed to drop the semester or course(s). If a student does not
appear in the final examination, he/she will be considered as failed in the
subject(s) registered in a given semester. A student cannot differ
the admission. For valid reasons, if a student must misses out a complete
semester of instruction with enrollment, the Postgraduate Program Committee
may allow re-admission, if prior approval is obtained by the student. Once
admitted, no fees, whatsoever, will be refunded if a student decides to quit
the academic program.