National Law University Delhi
(Accredited in 'A' grade with a score 3.59 on a four point scale by NAAC) 

Ph.D. Programme

Admissions

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Eligibility for Admission

To be admitted to the candidature for a doctoral degree an applicant shall have:
    i) A Master's degree in Law or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree in Law by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting, or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.

    Or

    ii) Obtained a degree in law and Master’s Degree in social sciences or humanities from any recognised educational institution, Indian or a foreign educational institution accredited as per UGC Regulations, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed).
    Provided that candidates with qualifications in social sciences and humanities may be admitted to the programme if the research they wish to pursue interfaces with the discipline of law with a special focus on Public Policy or Law.

    For the above two categories, a relaxation of 5% of marks, from 55% to 50%, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/ differently-abled candidates and other categories of candidates, as per the decisions of the UGC from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master's degree prior to 19th September, 1991. The eligibility marks of 55% (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) and the relaxation of 5% to the categories mentioned above are permissible based only on the qualifying marks without including the grace mark procedures.

    Or

    iii) Degree in law and passed the Company Secretary examination conducted by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and awarded the Associate Membership of the Institute shall be eligible for admission to the programme, if the research they wish to pursue interfaces with the discipline of law.

    Or

    iv) Degree in law and passed the final examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India shall be eligible for admission to the programme, if the research they wish to pursue interfaces with the discipline of law.

    Or

    v) Judge of any State High Court in India with three years’ experience or Judge of Supreme Court of India.

    The Vice-Chancellor may also permit a NLUD faculty member to enroll for the Ph.D. programme along with the teaching assignment of the concerned faculty member in the interest of faculty improvement on the condition that teaching and other responsibilities of the faculty member are not hampered in any way provided such candidates fulfill the conditions prescribed in the Ph.D. Regulations.


Eligibility Criteria for Admission of Foreign Nationals

    A. Admission through Open Advertisement
    A foreign national, who is interested in enrolling for the Ph.D. programme at NLUD may apply in accordance with the admission notifications of NLUD. The candidates shall have sufficient proficiency in English language. Foreign nationals are exempted from the entrance examination conducted by NLUD for Ph.D. enrollment. All other requirements for admission which are applicable to Indian nationals shall be applicable to foreign nationals also. The number of seats available for foreign nationals shall be in accordance with the notifications issued by NLUD from time to time. In the event of non-availability of suitable candidates, NLUD reserves the right not to fill up the seats and under no circumstances these seats shall be converted to any other categories of Ph.D. admission.

    B. Admission of candidates from foreign universities/ institutionss having MoU with NLUD
    A foreign national, who is interested in enrolling for the Ph.D. programme at NLUD, and is currently enrolled for Ph.D. programme at a foreign university/institution having MoU with NLUD, may be allowed to be registered for Ph.D. in NLUD subject to the condition that one supervisor will be from NLUD and one from the parent foreign university/institution of the candidate. Such a candidate will be exempted from appearing in the entrance test, subject to the condition that the candidate fulfills the other minimum eligibility conditions. The Vice-Chancellor will be the competent authority to allow registration of such candidates on case to case basis, on the recommendations of the Doctoral Committee. The candidate will be required to visit NLUD for Viva-Voce to defend the thesis as per NLUD Ph.D. Regulations. The fees for the programme shall be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MoU between NLUD and the concerned foreign university/ institute. No separate Ph.D. degree of NLUD will be awarded in such cases. A joint degree may be awarded, if required under the MOU.

    For the purpose of this regulation, a foreign national shall mean a candidate who possess citizenship of a country other than India and holds a valid passport.

Procedure for Admission

  1. The number of seats available for Ph.D. programme will be notified by NLUD every year before the start of admission process keeping in view the availability of teachers for guiding Ph.D. candidates. However, the number of seats may be increased up to 25% for considering the applications of regular faculty members of the NLU Delhi for Ph.D. admission, who are otherwise fulfilling the required eligibility criteria.
  2. The admission shall be through a two-stage selection process, which includes (1) written entrance test and (2) the evaluation of research proposals followed by interview/ viva-voce. In the final selection of candidates, a weightage of 70% shall be given to the entrance test and 30% shall be given to the results of evaluation of research proposals and interview/viva-voce.
  3. 50% of the questions for the entrance test shall be relating to Research Methodology and the remaining 50% shall be from different areas of law. The candidate shall secure a minimum of 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST/differently abled candidates) in the entrance test to qualify for the second stage. Candidates equal to three times the number of available seats will be shortlisted for the second stage, based on the results of the entrance test.
  4. The candidate should also secure a minimum of 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST/differently abled candidates) in the evaluation of research proposals and interview/viva-voce to qualify for the final selection.
  5. The Research Advisory Committee will assist the Doctoral Committee in evaluating the research proposals as per the guidelines prescribed by NLUD.
  6. The decision of the Doctoral Committee in recommending the name of the candidates for admission to Ph.D. programme shall be final. The admissions will be finally approved by the Vice-Chancellor on the recommendations of the Doctoral Committee.
  7. NLUD has the right to keep the seats vacant if sufficient number of candidates with minimum cut off marks are not available.

Categories of Enrolment

  1. Full-time enrolment
    i) Enrolment for the Ph.D. Degree shall ordinarily be full-time. The candidate shall put in a minimum of three-years residence of which at least 18 months shall be in NLUD. During this period, the candidate may be attached to a supervisor and the candidate may assist the supervisor in teaching at NLUD. After this period, a candidate may be permitted to conduct research work outside NLUD. There shall thus be provision for the candidate to earn credits for research work done outside NLUD.
    ii) Five years shall be the maximum period within which a full time candidate should complete the doctoral research and submit the thesis for evaluation. However, this time period is extendable up to one year in two extensions of six months each, in case the candidate requests in writing for such extension. This is subject to the approval of the doctoral committee on recommendation of the Research Advisory Committee.

  2. Part-time enrolment
    i) There shall be provision for part-time enrolment for the Ph.D. Degree. A part-time candidate shall put in a minimum of four years of part-time study, and this includes the time spent for research at any other place with the permission of the supervisor.

    ii) The part-time candidates shall be in residence in NLUD for at least a total period of two semesters spread over the five-year period. However, persons working at senior level such as a Judge in the High Court / Supreme Court, a senior Advocate in Supreme Court and Judicial Officers (with LL.M. degree and ten years’ experience as Judicial Officer) and IAS/IPS/IRS and allied Services Officer (with LL.M. degree and 10 years’ experience as IAS/IPS/IRS and allied Services Officer recruited through UPSC) may be exempted from the said residence requirement on the condition that they should complete the certificate course in research methodology within six months after admission.

    iii) Five years shall be the maximum period in which a part-time candidate shall complete the research work and submit it for evaluation. However, this time period is extendable up to one year in two extensions of six months each in case the candidate requests in writing for such extension. This is subject to the approval of the doctoral committee on recommendation of the research advisory committee.

Conversion

Conversion from either part-time to full-time or from full-time to part-time will be permitted only with the approval of the Doctoral Committee. All cases of pre and post-employment of candidates, including JRF and SRF, will be considered and approved by the Doctoral Committee.


Monitoring the Research Work

In cases of both part-time and full-time enrolment, the supervisor of the candidate shall ensure adequate and constant monitoring of the research work done outside the campus by the candidates by insisting on production of adequate proof of work done.


Expiry/ Lapse of Enrolment

i)  Enrolment for the Ph.D. shall be deemed to have lapsed after six years from the date of enrolment both in case of full-time candidates and part-time candidates.
ii) The women candidates and differently enabled candidates (more than 40% disability) may be allowed a relaxation of two years for Ph.D. in the maximum duration. In addition, the women candidates may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave once in the entire duration of Ph.D., for up to 240 days.


All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)

Timing of AILET
10:00 am to 11:30 am on May 3, 2020 (Sunday)


Entrance Test

The AILET has 100 Multiple Choice Questions for 100 marks that must be attempted within 1 hour 30 minutes. 50% of the questions for the entrance test shall be relating to Research Methodology and the remaining 50% shall be from different areas of law i.e. all major subject of law like Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Contract, Jurisprudence, Law of Tort, Corporate Law and International Law etc.

All the candidates are required to appear in the Entrance Test. Only Foreign Nationals are exempted from the Entrance Test. The Foreign Nationals are also required to apply online on the same portal.

NEGATIVE MARKING: There will be Negative Marking in AILET 2020-21. The criteria for negative marking will be based on the formula 0.25*4=1 that means per wrong answer 0.25 Marks will be deducted. Therefore, four wrong answers will lead to deduction of 1 Mark.

Entrance Exam Fee

SC/ST and Persons with disability         - Rs.1050.00
Unreserved/ Foreign Nationals              - Rs.3050.00

No Entrance Examination Fee for SC/ST below Poverty Line (BPL) only

Fee Structure for Indian Nationals


Particulars

Fee from Hostlers

Fee from

Non-Hostlers

Registration Fee (One Time)

INR 50,000.00

INR 50,000.00

Continuation Fee (from 2nd Year onward p.a.)

INR 30,000.00

INR 30,000.00

Examination Fee (One Time)

INR 20,000.00

INR 20,000.00

*Refundable Security Deposit (One Time)

INR 15,000.00

INR 15,000.00

Room Rent p.a.

INR 18,000.00

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Hostel Facilities p.a.

INR 20,000.00

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*Library Deposit

INR 3,000.00

INR 3,000.00

*Hostel Deposit

INR 5,000.00

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*Mess Deposit

INR 3,000.00

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Total

INR 1,64,000.00

INR 1,18,000.00


*Fee structure for Foreign Nationals will be issued soon separately.

In addition to above, Mess advance INR 21000/- per semester will be paid by the scholar allotted Hostel to be adjusted as per actual charges/expenses of the Hostel Mess. The amount may be increased after reviewing the actual expenses on the recommendations of Mess Committee, if required, with the approval of the Vice-Chancellor. *50% of the deposits remaining after dues will go towards Student Welfare Fund and 50% towards Alumni or completion of the course. The Student Welfare Fund and Alumni Fund shall be kept in a separate accounts and will be used only for students & alumni.

NLU Delhi Ph.D. Regulations

Guidelines for Writing Ph.D. Synopsis