Digital University Kerala PhD Admission 2022: Application Form, Dates

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Digital University Kerala PhD Admission

Digital University Kerala PhD Admission 2022 – Kerala University of Digital Science, Innovation, and Technology (Digital University Kerala) invites application for PhD admission for the academic year 2022-2023.

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Digital University Kerala PhD Programs

School of Computer Science & Engineering11
School of Digital Humanities & Social Sciences00
School of Digital Sciences06
School of Electronic Systems and Automation12
School of Informatics01

Program Types

Program typeDescription
Full-time Regular Ph.DThe candidate is expected to work full-time in a research laboratory of DUK
Part-time Regular Ph.DThe candidate is expected to work with a faculty member of DUK remotely while in full-time employment.
Industry Regular Ph.DThe 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.

Research Areas

SchoolIndicative research areas for Ph.D admissions – 2022
School of Computer Science & EngineeringTheoretical 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 SciencesAI based CADD Computational Neuroscience Data Analytics Technology Management
School of Electronic Systems and AutomationAI 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 InformaticsEcology Ecological Physics Earth Observation Sustainable Development Traditional Ecological Knowledge Floral Radiometry Acoustic Ecology

Digital University Kerala PhD Admission Eligibility Criteria 2022

  • 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

SchoolPhD 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.
School of Computer Science & EngineeringTechnologyMCA 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
School of Digital SciencesScienceM.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.
School of Electronics Systems and AutomationTechnologyM.Tech/M.Sc in an area related to electronics
School of InformaticsScienceM.Sc in Natural/Physical Sciences or Applied disciplines

Digital University Kerala PhD Admission 2022 Important Dates

Last date for application26 August 2022
Date of DRAT-Common Test04 September 2022
Announcement of short list for school level selection process11 September 2022
School level selection process17-27 September 2022

Digital University Kerala PhD Admission 2022 Application Process

  • Interested candidates can apply through official website
  • Applicants should proceed to fill the Online Application Form only after they satisfy themselves that they fulfill all the eligibility criteria.
  • 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.

Selection Process

  • 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.
  • 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.

Digital University Research Aptitude Test (DRAT) 2022 Details

  • 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.
  • 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.

Scholarship and Fees

Program typeDUK scholarshipTuition fee
Full-time Regular Ph.DRs 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.DNo scholarshipRs. 50,000/year
Industry Regular Ph.DNo scholarshipRs. 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.

Important Links

NotificationClick Here
Application FormClick Here
DUK WebsiteClick Here