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SECTION II –
PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D.) BY RESEARCH
of the Terms and Phrases used in the Bulletin
||Admission Requirements and
||Requirement of Courses
||Completion of the Degree Program
||Evaluation and Grading
||Dropping a Semester
||The Ph.D. Program Committee
1. Definition of the Terms and Phrases used in the Bulletin
1.1. Academic year: one year period beginning July-August (1st -Semester) each year.
1.2. Semester: period
covering start of classes till end of the final
examinations. It covers a period of 90 effective working
days plus two weeks for final examinations.
series of courses designed to provide learning opportunities
to meet the requirements for a degree.
Course: unit of
instruction to be covered.
Credit hours (or
course credit): each credit hour represents one hour of
lecture or 3 hours of field or lab work per week throughout
number of credit hours registered by a student in a
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in
Agriculture majoring in (Name of the subject).
2.2. Doctor of
Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Animal Science majoring in (Name of
2.3. Doctor of
Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Aquaculture majoring in (Name of the
Duration of Ph.D.
duration is four years; however, it may be a minimum of
three years, and a maximum of seven years from the date of
first enrollment in the program. The student failing to
complete the requirements within seven years will be
automatically dropped out from the program.
System of Education
4.1. Semester system will be followed.
There will be two semesters in an academic year.
Number of Seats
5.1. Based on the choice of the students
and available human resource and facilities, students will
be enrolled in the departments in each academic year.
Requirements and Procedures
The candidate seeking for Ph.D.
admission must have obtained M.Sc. or equivalent degree in
the related field with first division marks from the
institutes where the medium of instruction is English,
produced thesis and a minimum of two journal articles
published being the first author or produced five reports
being a researcher. However, if an applicant has second
division marks in the M.Sc degree with proven ability of
doing research continuously for several years and published
at least five papers being the first author in the referred
national or international journals or produced ten reports
being a researcher may also apply for admission in Ph.D.
Application forms and information on
admission can be obtained by writing to the Postgraduate
Program Office, IAAS, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal by paying the
fee for application form and Postgraduate Bulletin. The
application form can also be downloaded from
website, for which fee can be paid before PG Registration by
The candidate must produce properly
filled out applications forms and the certified copies of
the academic certificates and transcripts, two
recommendation letters from the professors, and curriculum
vitae along with three copies of recent passport size photos
to the Postgraduate Program Office prior to the deadline.
6.4. The candidate must submit concept
proposal for Ph.D. dissertation, defend his/her proposal and
face an interview at least a week before the date of PG
6.5. The candidate must produce
sponsorship or financial guarantee for the study program.
The selected candidate must submit a
medical fitness certificate from the physician of government
hospital. The candidate declared medically unfit will not be
admitted for study.
The selected candidate will get
provisional admission in the first semester. The Ph.D.
Admission Committee will have every right for the selection
or rejection of the candidate.
7.1. There will be four members including the Major Advisor in the Advisory Committee of the student based on the area of research.
The Dean of IAAS will appoint the
Major Advisor of the student on the basis of research area
and the student’s priority of selection usually prior to
admission of the student, or not later than a month of
Member of Advisory Committee will be
decided on the basis of proposed area of research upon the
recommendation of Major Advisor / Assistant Dean (Academics)
within a month of Major Advisor appointment.
The Major Advisor must be a Ph.D.
degree holder working at the capacity of Professor or
Associate Professor, or M.Sc. degree holder working at the
capacity of Professor among the faculty members from the
related department, and must have at least five research
papers published in the referred journals being the first
author and must have supervised at least three Postgraduate
students (MS students) being a Major Advisor.
7.5. The members of the Advisory
Committee from IAAS must be a Ph.D. degree holder and have
at least two research publications in the journal being the
first author and supervised at least three Postgraduate
students, or M.Sc. degree holder having at least three
research publications in the referred journal being the
first author and supervised at least five students in MS.
Senior scientists or professors with
MS or PhD degrees having at least three research articles
published in journals or five research reports published
from within or outside the country could also be the members
of the Advisory Committee.
provisionally admitted student in the Ph.D. Program must
take a written qualifying examination during or before the
end of the first semester after formation of his/her
Advisory Committee and finalization of the Ph.D. thesis
research program by the committee. The content of the
qualifying examination will be based on the knowledge of the
working discipline and the area of Dissertation Program. All
the members of the Advisory Committee will give examination
to the candidate and if he/she is unable to get 60% marks,
he/she has to register some of the Postgraduate Course(s) as
recommended by the Advisory Committee to acquire knowledge
and skills in the related discipline.
Normally no courses will be required
to get registered, however, if the Advisory Committee feels
that he/she needs to take some of the specified or other
courses such as certain techniques, research methodology,
biochemical analysis, design of experiments so on to support
to the research work to be carried out, he/she should take
them as non-credit courses and must pass in the final
examination conducted by the Examination Division, Office of
9.2. If courses are required, the student
must register three (minimum) to nine credit hours (maximum)
in a semester as specified by the Advisory Committee.
assigned in each course code represent the followings:
700 series in general
The Ph.D. dissertation will be a
total of thirty credit hours. However, he/she can register
six credit hours each semester to accomplish his research
activities, progress report preparation and presentation in
the concerned department including a dissertation seminar in
The student will develop the
research proposal and upon the recommendation of the
Advisory Committee, he/she will forward to the Postgraduate
Office for approval. The Assistant Dean (Academic) will
forward to the Dean through Research Committee for final
11.3. The research conducted by the
student will be frequently monitored and reviewed by his/her
11.4. The student will submit three copies
of loosely bound dissertation (150-250 typed pages) for
internal and external evaluation.
The scholar will present proposal
seminar in the first semester and progress of the research
activities in the following semesters. The members of the
Advisory Committee will evaluate them independently. If
majority of advisory committee evaluate unsatisfactory, the
candidate will get another chance to improve and present
his/her progress, and again the student failing to complete
the requirements will be automatically dropped out from the
After successful completion of at
least 80% of the research works approved on the Plan of
Research, there will be a written comprehensive examination
conducted by the examination section followed by oral
examination conducted by the students Advisory Committee.
The student will be graded on the basis of both
written and oral examinations. The written and verbal
examinations will carry 75% and 25% points, respectively.
For successful completion of these examinations, the student
must secure cumulative 60% marks. In case of failure, a
second chance will be given to the student only after one
month from the first examination. The student, failing even
in the second examination will be automatically dropped from
A student will be qualified to Ph.D.
degree study only after his/her successful completion of the
A student can submit dissertation to
the Postgraduate Program for examination only after passing
the comprehensive examination.
Completion of Degree
14.1. The student must conduct the
research, write a dissertation draft, and present progress
report through his/her presentation in the department and
dissertation seminar in each semester and finally submit
his/her dissertation for external evaluation. One copy will
be examined internally within the institute, other two
copies externally, i.e. nationally and internationally.
After the acceptance from at least two examiners, the
student is required to defend his dissertation successfully
through an open seminar in the presence of the members of
his/her advisory committee. The members of the advisory
committee will evaluate the performance and recommend for
the award of the degree if the student has successfully
defended the dissertation and completed all the
Majority of the Advisory Committee
must agree research progress, departmental presentation,
dissertation seminar and final draft submission for
satisfactory result. The Advisory Committee members may ask
the student to modify, change or rewrite the report, if
necessary. The student must publish at least one research
article in international journal and two articles in
national journals from his dissertation research or accepted
for publication before defending his/her dissertation. The
student will be allowed only two chances to defend the
dissertation. If the student fails again, he/she will be
automatically dropped from the program.
The Dean will send the student's
dissertation for the external evaluation either within the
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. program.
14.4. After incorporating all the comments
and suggestions, 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 for thesis/dissertation
preparation provided in the Annex I and Appendices A- J) of
Bulletin: Postgraduate Program.
In addition, a copy of published
articles and articles prepared for publication, eight copies
of the full explanatory abstract, both in English and in
Nepali, including electronic version of final dissertation
draft must be submitted.
If the student has not taken any
courses, and he/she is fully involved in research in or
outside the institute, he/she has to regularly report
his/her advisor. His/her advisor and committee members are
solely responsible and regular attendance may not be
necessary. However, the student has to be regular in the
campus in the first semester for qualifying examination,
full proposal preparation, proposal presentation seminar and
if any courses specified to audit by the advisory committee.
Similarly, the student must be regular in the final
semester in the campus for all data management, analysis,
draft preparation and presentation in the seminar before
finalizing the draft to submit for internal and external
evaluation. The residence requirement for the student is one
year before defending his dissertation of PhD degree.
students are advised by the Advisory Committee to enroll and
audit/visit some departmental and inter-departmental
courses, they must be regular in the class, complete all
assignments, pass in the examination and get satisfactory
course completion form filled up and submitted to the
17. Dropping a
admitted, a student shall not be allowed to drop the
semester or course(s). If a student does not appear in the
final examination, or present his/her progress report,
he/she will be considered as failed in the subject(s) or
research registered in a given semester. For valid reasons,
if a student must miss 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
18. The Ph.D. Program Committee
The Dean will
constitute the Doctoral Program Committee to assist the PG
Program for the execution and implementation of the Ph.D.
program. The composition of the committee will be as
Assistant Dean (Academics)
Professor from relevant department