Monday, April 13, 2015

Best institute for part time/ distance PhD in India

PhD is a very niche subject. It is not just about tag, it is about doing empirical research which will be useful for business and the society at large. Unfortunately, it is not happening in India. We have miserably failed to do quality research,

Following are the category of people who want to do PhD or doing

Majority: College and University teachers who want promotions in their job. They want to do it at any cost without any interest and aptitude for the research programme. They even do not know (I mean to say majority of them) what is research. They just want to do it for the purpose of getting promotion and saving their jobs and to earn more. With UGC's regulations, they need it badly at any cost and any cost means any cost.

Who need just as a tag, not for job: There are other people who need this as a tag to get respect in the society. They need it either through study, easy, tough and mix. They are still not large in numbers.

Dedicated researchers: These are very minimum no of people. They want to do it from a good institute or not at all. They are equipped with an aptitude for it or with lot of experience about their work area. They are one in thousands of PhD holders in India.

(Please also read my following article 

How to identify fake, real, recognized and not recognized M.Phil and Ph.D degree in India

Now you must have realised that why we, as an Indian have failed to produce quality research. Majority of our PhD holders and researchers falls from above 1st category and this is a major challenge. Unfortunately, most of the Indian Universities and UGC do not have a proper mechanism to check whether the thesis is real or copied, whether already exist or not. I am sure, if combined together, we will find most of them will be fake research. Recently, Pune University formed a committee and banned PhD from private universities from north eastern states of India. They are CMJ University, EIILM University, MGU University Shillong to name few. Recently, Punjab Police arrested vice chancellor of The Global Open University for selling fake degrees. In similar cases, Vice Chancellors and Registrar of EIILM had been arrested. In India, unfortunately more than 40 such private universities exist selling degrees. Bangladesh is already suffering from such scams of private universities. When we already have so many government founded and funded universities, why government is allowing so many private universities. In fact, recently, UGC reported that the CMJ University has ghost department, ghost students and faculties. I am sure, most of the private universities on these states have similar kind story. In fact, I complained this matter to UGC and ministry of HRD, Government of India, surprisingly no action has been taken so far.

My this article is about the third category of the students, who want to seriously do the research, who are gainfully employed and cannot opt a regular full time PhD. Such people want a good, reputed degree, without leaving job. 

1.  IIM Lucknow Executive FPM
This is a costly course. A full time FPM (Fellow Programme in Management, equivalent to PhD) at IIM and most of the central and state universities are either free or students get research scholarship known as fellowship, however, executive FPM is a very costly (around Rs. 4 lakhs).

Specialization: Agri-Business Management, Business Environment, Business Communication, Decision Sciences, Finance and Accounting, Human Resource Management, Information Technology & System, Marketing Management, Operations Management, Strategic Management and Sustainable Management


The candidates for the programme should have one of the following qualifications obtained from any of the universities in corporate by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions estd by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university u/s 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, or an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE
A MBA or equivalent degree (full time regular PGDM / one year regular Executive PGDM/Part time PGDM equivalent) with minimum 55% aggregate marks or;
Any professional qualification such as CA, ICWA, CS with minimum 55% aggregate marks
Atleast seven years of executive/managerial/academic experience in the relevant area as on 30th June 2015
For engineering graduates the executive/managerial/teaching experience should be eight years
In addition, all the candidates should have secured a minimum of 55% marks in all their public examinations starting with the secondary level
Age limit: Candidates must not be more than 55 years of age as on 30th June 2015

Selection Process

Applicants who fulfill above eligibility criteria would be required to have valid test score of CAT/GRE/ GMAT/ GATE and JRF/NET (UGC/CSIR) / WMP written test conducted by IIM Lucknow
Scores of any of these examinations taken during the last two years (i.e., or after 01 April 2013) would be considered valid
Applicants who have already obtained PGDM equivalent degree (PGP/IPMX/ WMP) from any IIMs or AACSB/AMBA/EQUIS accredited educational Institutes with a minimum CGPA of 5.0 on a 10.0 point scale in India and abroad would be exempted from this test score requirement
Candidates having valid test score as mentioned above or PGDM equivalent degree from
IIMs/AACSB/AMBA/EQUIS accredited educational Institutes are eligible to apply for 2nd year of EFPM program
Candidates, who are appearing for CAT / WMP admission test / GRE / GMAT/GATE and JRF/NET (UGC/CSIR), may fill in relevant column of EFPM application form and provide EFPM admission application information in CAT/WMP admission test/GRE/GMAT/GATE and JRF application form
The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record and performance in the competitive examinations mentioned above will be called to IIM Lucknow Noida Campus, for a personal interview for final selection in May 2015 and successful candidate’s will receive offers in June 2015
Please note that no admission offer will be made to first year of EFPM program during 2015 AY
Reservation: Reservation for eligible categories will be as per Government of India rules applicable for doctoral programme at the time of admission

Course Fee

The course fee will be Rs 400,000/-; this does not include boarding & lodging during campus visits; the detailed fee breakup is given below:
Registration Fee - Rs 50,000/- (Non-refundable acceptance fee)
1st Year: Rs.1,50,000/-
2nd Year: Rs.1,00,000/-
3rd Year: Rs.1,00,000/-
Total: Rs.4,00,000/-
After three years of program, the candidate will pay Rs.50,000 per year as course fee in the sub sequent years

How to Apply

The EFPM application form can be downloaded from the website
Please refer to the link below for download the WMP Admission test Form during December 2014 (
A candidate is eligible to submit applications to a maximum of two areas
In such cases, two copies of the application form, one for each area, with all supporting documents may be sent together Completed application forms along with a draft of Rs.1000/- (Rs.500/- for SC/ST candidates) drawn in favor of IIM Lucknowpayable at Delhi should be sent to the EFPM Office Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, (Noida Campus), B-1, Sector 62, Noida-201307
The application form can also be obtained from the office on request
Duly filled in application form along with a draft of Rs.1000/- (Rs.500/- for SC/ST Candidates) must reach the following address on or before 28th February 2015
The last date for receiving completed application forms is 28th February 2015

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

Noida Campus, B-1, Sec-62, Noida-201307 (Uttar Pradesh), Phone: +91-0120-6678408, Email: /, Website

2. IIM Indore executive FPM
Criteria and everything same as above, course fee is Rs. 5.5. lakhs. For details, please visit

3. IIM Raipur Executive FPM
Please visit for more details

4, XLRI executive FPM
It is best for HR professional and of course for any other business professional. Having tag of IIM, XLRI means a lot. 
The Exec-FPM is a part-time, non-residential, doctoral program that has been designed to cater to the scholarly needs of working executives/ managers/ faculty members/ researchers.
XLRI sells satellite based management programme, this part time PhD but does not accept a distance learning degree holder. This is a best tag management institute with worst example of discrimination and elite minded, the same way British used to treat Indian.
Eligibility and Admission Process
Applicants for the Executive-FPM should
  • have an MBA/Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) or equivalent or GMP/PGPX or One Year full-time residential programme in Management. Candidates from Premier B-Schools will be given preference.
  • be currently employed in a full-time job.
  • have at least 5 years of full-time executive/managerial/teaching/research experience as on March 31, 2015.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for a personal interview at XLRI, Jamshedpur for final selection.
Course Structure
Exec. FPM students will complete 10 courses in 4 campus visits of 20 days duration each spread over a period of 2 years. Besides the campus visits of 20 days' duration each, at least 3-5 additional campus visits will normally be needed. These visits are meant for comprehensive examination, defense of the thesis proposal and final thesis defense. On successful completion of all the requirements of the Programme, a student will be awarded the title 'Fellow in Management of XLRI'.
Not Eligible are
Degree / Diploma / Certificate holders through part-time, weekend, evening, correspondence, private appearance, or satellite-based programmes.
Course Fee
The total fees for the entire programme is Rs. 7,00,000/- payable in four installments.
Note : The institute reserves the right to collect the service tax from the students in addition to the fees if applicable.
This does not include board and lodge charges during campus visits
For details, please visit

5. Birla Institute of Technology and Management (BIMTECH), Noida
Executive Fellow Programme in Management
The Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM) at BIMTECH approved by All India Council for Technical Education (Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India) is a non-residential doctoral programme designed to gratify the erudite needs of working business executives. It prepares executives for careers in management teaching and research as well as in management practice, consulting and development.The programme is built on the executives’ past experience and academic achievements. It helps the executive maximize his/her effectiveness as an educator or practitioner. The programme helps the executives in their current management roles as well as preparing them for possible careers in academia or consulting.The EFPM is designed to enhance the research and consulting skills of the executive. The Programme is also expected to increase the executives’ understanding of research methodology and techniques applicable in business.

1. A master's degree in any discipline with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average recognized by AICTE /AIU with a Bachelor's degree / equivalent qualification after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) (OR) 2. Five year integrated Masters Degree Programme in any discipline with at least 60% marks, obtained after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent (OR) 2 3. A professional qualification like CA, ICWA, CS with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average (OR) 4. 4 years / 8 semester bachelor's degree (B.E./B.Tech./B. Arch. etc.) with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average. 5. For EFPM, a minimum of 3 years of managerial / executive work experience with experience at middle levels would be required. * Those appearing for their final examinations in the respective disciplines can also apply.

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 6. IITs: almost all IITs offer PhD for working professionals. You just need to spend 6 months in the campus as a pre-research programme. After that, you can carry it at your workplace. Please visit respective IITs website for more details.

7. TISS, Mumbai
TISS Mumbai offers PhD for working professional. It works in the same manner as IITs.

8. University of Mumbai
University of Mumbai offers PhD for working professionals at almost every affiliated college where research centre is available. 

9. University of Pune,
University of Pune also has similar arrangement, similar is the case of most of the state universities.

!0. Pondicherry University
Pondicherry University offers part time PhD for working professionals with minimum 10 years industrial work experience. 

11. IIM Kashipur Executive FPM
Minimum 10 years work experience required
Please check following for more details

12. BITS, Pilani
It is another most reputed institute from India. Please visit following link for more details

13. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Nothing can be a better institute than this for pursuing PhD in physical, natural or life sciences. Please read following link

14. NIT Trichy and other NITs
After IITs, NITs are better institute and offers part time PHD
I hope these information is useful for you. I will post remaining institute list later.

April 13, 2015


  1. hi i am about to start teaching and i want to do mba in hr can u plz suggest me good distance learning universities from where i can do mba[hr]and also can i get a govt job if i do mba through distance mode like railways.plz do reply.Thank u.

    1. if you are looking for a government job, you should do a full time MBA from an AICTE approved institute
      For distance, you may opt IGNOU or Pondicherry University or a good state university depend on where you live.
      Such as Utkal University offers distance as well as evening MBA
      Kurukshetra University
      Bharati Vidyapeeth
      D Y Patil vidyapeeth etc

  2. plz reply soon.And i want to ask u one more thing from where i can do mba[hr] while teaching so that it will be easy and not hard for me to complete the full course

    1. Opt Pondicherry University or any other good state and central universities which are very reputed.

  3. Thanks for if i do mba from distance then that degree wont be applicable to get a govt job.since i will be working it will be difficult for me to do mba full time or rather can u plz tell me if distance mba degree will be equal to full time mba degree and will it be good for me to get a govt job.

    1. No, for teaching job, although AICTE has not made it compulsory to have a full time MBA, most institutes are not keen to accept a distance MBA holder. similarly, SBI does not accept a distance learning MBA holder for specialist officer or management trainee cadre. NTPC and ONGC also has similar dictate. However, for few other government jobs it may be accepted if it is approved from AICTE as well as DEB without violating any territorial jurisdiction and other guidelines

  4. sir can u plz tell distance mba degree will be regarded valid to get a govt job.

    1. Acceptable if the respective government accept a distance learning degree and the same degree has AICTE and UGC DEB approval

  5. Hi Govind
    I have an enquiry with regards to one of your articles about ADTU ( Assam downtown University) from MIT
    I am currently pursuing a course ( integrated course BBA+MBA ADTU) through MITSDE, 2nd year.If you could kindly share your experience/views about the same.
    thank you.

    1. ADTU lost UGC DEb recognition this year, they are violators and not a good institute. MITSDE cannot offer any course

  6. Govind keep up the good job. Is IIBMS a recognized institution?

    1. Hi
      thanks IIBMS is a fake institute. Please note, this year, UGC has approved only all state open universities, IGNOU. University of Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad (please note IMT's programme is not equivalent to MBA), Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyappeth, Guru Jambhlehwar University

  7. Thanks Bro for your quick answer and rescuing my cash. When i asked them for accreditation links, they disappeared. Keep up the good work.

  8. Bro some institutions claim they have accreditation with Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), The National HRD (NHRD) Network, BMA and The International Association for Distance Learning"(IADL), is their degree recognized without approval from UGC or AICTE?


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