Ph.D. SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION PROCEDURE
- PhD program shall be open to candidates who have Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in the relevant
engineering discipline/specialization recognized by the University.
- The PhD admissions (full time and part time) will be advertised twice a year in the newspapers of
- The minimum CGPA should be 3.00/4.00 or 75% marks in M.Sc./Equivalent Degree for admission
in Full/Part Time in PhD.
- The locally developed test will be conducted by the concerned department. Minimum pass marks will
- The candidate shall apply for PhD admission to the Dean concerned on prescribed form. The Dean
shall depute two faculty members with Director PGS for scrutiny of applications.
The board of Postgraduate studies shall recommend the admission of the students and name of their
Supervisor's to the Director ASR&TD who shall obtain approval from the Vice-Chancellor and notify.
- The department may recommend a co-supervisor if the research is of
multidisciplinary nature and
involves combining expertise from two or more departments/organizations or Universities. The recommendation of co-supervisor will be forwarded to the Director ASR&TD after recommendation of the
Board of PGS of the concerned department and notification will be issued after approval of the Vice-
Chancellor. The co-supervisor will also act as the member of the following committees/examiner:
i) Ph.D. Research Committee
ii) Ph.D. Qualifying/ comprehensive examination
iii) Internal Examiner
- After the approval of the Vice-Chancellor, the Director of Advanced Studies, Research and Technological Development will notify admission of the candidate and appointment of Supervisor.
- After the admission of the candidate, on the recommendation of the Board of Postgraduate
Studies, the Vice-Chancellor shall constitute a Research Monitoring Committee comprising the following:
i) Dean of the respective faculty.
ii) Chairman of the respective department.
iv) Two external members holding PhD degree in the relevant field from outside the University.
v) One faculty member holding PhD degree of relevant field from the department.
The Concerned Dean of the Faculty will chair the meetings of RMC & the concerned Supervisor will
record the minutes of all the meetings.
- All PhD students at the beginning of each semester shall register for the courses/research work
and the examination as such being offered by the department on prescribed registration froms as per
schedule notified by the Director ASR&TD by paying full fee on semester basis as prescribed by the university.
- If a candidate for PhD admission has CGPA less than 3.0/4.0 in MSc, he can improve his CGPA by registering
for a non degree course. He will apply for registration to the concerned Director, PGS and the case will be
approved by the Vice-Chancellor on the recommendations of the concerned Chairman & Dean through
Director, ASR&TD. After approval by the Vice-Chancellor, the registration number will be issued to the
candidate by the concerned department. The new grades will be used for the calculation of CGPA to fulfill
the requirement for PhD admission only. He will pay prescribed fee for the course's.
- A PhD scholar is required to complete 18 credit hours of PhD level course work in consent with his supervisor
after registration in PhD.
- The university shall collect the original documents from the students enrolled in full time PhD Degree
program. These documents shall remain in the custody of the university till the completion of the degree
- If a full time PhD scholar wants to withdraw the admission or does not complete the PhD degree program
within time, he/she will have to return all Fee/stipend paid by the university.
- A full time PhD scholar shall submit an affidavit on a stamp paper of Rs: 30 as per format-A and a part time
PhD scholar will peovide as per format-B given at the end of prospctus.
- The full time PhD students will be required to be present in the University during all working days and will
work under the guidance of his supervisor.
- The full time PhD students will be exempted from fee and other charges up to three years.
- Each full time PhD student will be paid a stipend of Rs. 50,000/- per month for a maximum duration of 36
- The remuneration for research work of Rs. 10,000/- per month per PhD student for three years will be paid to
PhD thesis suprvisor.
- The courses approved for part time and full time will be same.
- All other rules followed for part time PhD students will also be applicable for full time PhD students.
- Each full time PhD student will have to maintain a minimum SGPA of 3.00 throughout his/her course work,
failing which he/she will be terminated from his PhD studies.
- i. Maximum five students will be admitted in each faculty of C&EE, E&EE and T&IE in full time
ii. Maximum of five students will be admitted in both M&AE & IE&MS in full time PhD program.
Ph.D. QUALIFYING EXAM/RESEARCH TOPIC APPROVAL
- After the completion of 18 credit hours of PhD level course work, the part time PhD scholar will take the PhD
qualifying test. Full time PhD scholar may appear for PhD qualifying exam after his course work examination
of 18 credit hours.
- The test shall have three parts:
i. Written test comprising Core courses of the PhD Program of that specialization (3 hours).
ii. Written test comprising elective courses of the PhD Program of that specialization (2 hours).
iii. Oral presentation on the core area of research. The main theme of the oral presentation is the
literature review in the area of research to demonstrate that the scholar is fully aware of the current
research already done in this area.
iv. The pass marks percentage for each written test is 50%. If the scholar fails in written tests/oral
presentation, he will be given two more chances to pass.
v. The result of PhD qualifying exam will be submitted to Director ASR&TD through respective
department for notification accordingly.
- The comprehensive examination mentioned in Clause 5.4b for the scholar will be prepared and conducted by
PhD Research Monitoring Committee of the scholar. The Chairman of the concerned department will notify
the venue , date and time in consultation with the concerned supervisor.
- The scholar will write a technical report based on the literature review on prescribed format after passing
PhD qualifying exam. He shall appear for presentation in front of PhD Research Monitoring Committee and
other invited audience for PhD research topic approval.
- On the positive recommendation of RMC the topic of research will be finalized, the scholar will be allowed to
continue his work; otherwise he may be dropped from PhD Programe.
- The meeting of RMC will be notified by Director ASR&TD on the recommendation of supervisor in
consulta tion with the members of RMC. The meeting will be chaired by the respective Dean.
- During the studies every student shall submit quarterly progress report to the Vice-Chancellor on prescribed
form through the Directorate of ASR&TD. In case, two consecutive reports are unsatisfactory, admission of
the student shall be cancelled forthwith.
i) If a PhD scholar fails to submit his two consecutive progress reports or delays the
submission of the required reports by six months, his admission shall be suspended and a notifica
tion shall be issued by the Directorate of ASR&TD to this effect. His admission shall be restored by
the Dean Concerned on the recommendation of the Chairman on the:
1) Justification of delay properly endorsed by the supervisor;
2) Payment of Rs. 1000/- per month of his absence.
ii) In case of absence from more than six months to one year, the suspension can be removed by the
VC on the recommendations of concerned Supervisor, the Chairman and the Dean.
iii) In case of absence for more than one year, the case will be referred to the Academic Council for
RESEARCH THESIS: REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
- The Research Monitoring Committee shall evaluate the progress made by the scholar after research
- PhD scholar shall report twice a year in front of RMC and other invited audience.
- On completion of his research work to the satisfaction of the supervisor, the student shall embody the results
of his research in a thesis, written in English. The thesis must make a distinct contribution to knowledge and
give evidence of original research.
- Thesis may be submitted within a minimum period of three years(for both the programs), however there
should be at least one year duration elapsed between date of approval of research topic and the
submission of thesis. The maximum time for completion of PhD studies is six years for part time and four
years for full time scholars, with at least three years residency period. This period shall be counted from the
date of registration.
- The scholar shall submit seven copies of his thesis written on a prescribed format. Research Monitoring
Committee on the date notified by Director, ASR&TD on the request of PhD Supervisor shall first evaluate the
thesis and shall recommend its foreign evaluation. The minutes of the meeting will be notified by Director
- Two copies of the thesis shall be sent to the two PhD experts from HEC list of technologically/
academically advanced foreign countries to be recommended by the Research Monitoring Committee for
their evaluation. US $1000 each will be paid to the foreign experts for evaluation of the thesis. RMC will
recommend four foreign evaluators to the Director ASR&TD and out of this panel of two will be approved by
- Based on the fact that the thesis makes a distinct original contribution to the field of knowledge, research
publications and the evaluation report of the foreign experts, the Research Monitoring Committee shall
submit its report to the Director, Advanced Studies, Research and Technological Development on a
prescribed form recommending that:
i) The minor revisions suggested by Foreign Experts have been incorporated. The thesis is satisfactory
and final examination may be arranged to enable the scholar to defend his thesis, or
ii) Presentation on the basis of foreign evaluator’s reports (as per remarks/observations/suggestions)
will be given by the scholar in front of RMC as per instructions given below:
1. Scholar should provide both copies of thesis (original forwarded to evaluators and after the
amendments) to all members of RMC through his Supervisor.
2. Photocopies of the comments/suggestions of foreign evaluators should be provided to all
RMC members well before the meeting through the Supervisor.
3. Scholar must ensure that soft copies of both the thesis are available at the time of subject
4. Soft copy of comments/observations/suggestions of the foreign evaluators and subsequent
corrections/replies of these should beavailable with the scholar at the time of RMC and these
be clearly indicated with Chapter, Page, Line and Fig No. etc. on both the copies.
5. Scholar should highlight in the soft copy of amended thesis, the changes made in the
light of foreign evaluator’s remarks and explain these to members of RMC from this soft copy.
iii) The thesis be resubmitted by the scholar after revision according to the directions of the
Committee/Foreign Experts. In this meeting, Research Monitoring Committee may recommend
changes in the title of thesis, which will be final thesis title subject to the approval of the Vice Chan
- For the Award of PhD degree there must be acceptance of at least one research paper in journal of
international repute from the list of HEC impact factor recognized journals in case of part time scholars and
two research papers, in journal of International repute from the list of HEC recognized journals in which at
least one has impact factor, in case of full time scholars. The date of acceptance of the paper must be
after the date of recommendation of research topic by the Research Monitoring Committee provided that
the research topic/proposal is approved by the Board of Advanced Studies, Research and Technological
- The Vice-Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Board of Postgraduate Studies, shall
appoint the panel of Examiners comprising the following:
i) The supervisor/co-supervisor who shall act as the internal examiner/s.
ii) Two external examiners (out of the panel of four) recommended by board of PGS other than his
- . The Controller of Examinations shall notify the panel of Examiners, date and place of Examination and ensure
proper advertisement (Press/News/University Web site and Notice boards) of the notice of examination in
order to maximize the presence of interested persons in the open presentation prior to oral examination of
the scholar before the examiners. Examination Branch will ensure the following for the conduction of final
examination and public defense seminar:
1. Availability and readiness of conference hall with sound system, multimedia and laptop or desktop
2. Necessary documentation/papers for examination.
3. Light refreshment after seminar.
- 1. The internal examiner will send the copies of thesis to external examiners three weeks before the
examination and get their availability and intimate to controller of examination for the conduct of
public defense and examination.
2. Public Defense Seminar will be conducted in conference hall and the presentation of the research
work will be made by scholar in front of audience followed by Q/A session.
3. Director ASR&TD will introduce the scholar to the audience before the seminar.
4. The seminar will be open for all, however the presence of the Dean/Chairman, all faculty members
and all MSc and PhD students of concerned department is mandatory.
5. Oral examination will be held in the conference room of the respective department.
6. The examiners shall conduct the oral examination. The panel of examiners shall submit its report
a) The candidate be declared to have satisfied the examiners, or
b) The candidate should again apear for oral examination, after a stipulated period.
- The candidate shall be admitted to PhD degree provided he has been declared to have satisfied the
examiners during the oral examination in accordance with the regulations.
- The maximum number of PhD scholars under the supervision of a full time faculty member will normally
be 5 which may be increased to eight under special circumstances in teaching departments. In research
Institutes where the faculty is involved in full time research with low teaching work load, the number of PhD
scholars may be larger with approval of the Higher Education Commission.
- There should be at least 3 PhD faculty members in a department to launch a PhD program. However, in
extraordinary cases, even one PhD teacher could start a PhD program if justified properly and approved by
- VC shall have powers to grant extension up to a maximum of six months for full time scholars and one year
for part time scholars to complete the degree requirements in hardship cases on the recommendations of
the Supervisor, Chairman and Dean of the concerned department through ASR&TD Directorate. The
extension fee of Rs. 20,000/- will be charged from the scholars of both programs in addition to normal fee /
- The meeting of Research Monitoring Committee can be conducted at any time.
- The Credit of a maximum of 3 subjects taught by a PhD teacher and passed at a percentage of 70% and
above or at least B Grade at an institute recognized by HEC/ PEC/NCEAC may be transferred at this University
and the affiliated institutions; provided that the subjects for which the student is applying for transfer must
be read at other institution/university being a student of the same degree (PhD) in which he seeks
admission before his transfer of credit is considered and that the concerned Board of Postgraduate Studies
allows such transfer by assessing the relevance and contents of the subjects.
- It will be required to submit an anti-plagiarism certificate produced using TURNITIN software (sample of
certificate is available in the Directorate of ASR&TD).
- Stipend to full time scholars, if available will be only for the minimum duration of the program.
- The transfer of credit hours will only be allowed to MSc students who have completed their MSc and
waiting for PhD admission. Credit hours of maximum three courses may be transferred to PhD course work
under the following conditions only:
a. The courses are studied under PhD program of HEC recognized university from
abroad with minimum SGPA 3.0.
b. The Courses are relevant, recommended by the Supervisor and approved by the respective
Board of Post Graduate Studies (BOPGS).
- Passing Qualifying/Comprehensive Examination.
- Proposal defence in the presence of PhD Research Monitoring Committee.
- Completion of course works (18 Credit Hours after PhD admission) under the relevant clauses.
- At least One publication in Journal of International Repute from the list of HEC impact factor
recognized journals for part time and two Research papers in HEC approved journals in which
atleast one has impact factor for full time PhD scholar. The date of acceptance of the paper must be
after the date of recommendation of Research Topic by the Research Monitoring Committee
provided that research topic is approved by Board of Advanced Studies & Research.
- Satisfactory reviews from two experts from technologically/academically advanced countries.
- Successful defence of thesis written in the prescribed format.
TRANSFER FROM FULL TIME TO PART TIME Ph.D. DEGREE PROGRAM
No transfer from full time to part time PhD degree program and vice-versa shall be allowed.
- Casual leave not exceeding 24 days per year shall be admissible. More than 10 days leave at one time shall
not be allowed. If weekend or gazetted holiday falls as prefix or suffix of leave, it will be counted as leave.
Record of leave allowed by the Chairman/Dean concerned will be maintained by the Department.
- Leave on medical grounds without stipend shall be admissible on production of medical certificate by the
Chief Medical Officer of the University as per Punjab Medical Attendance Rules. However, if medical leave is
continued and exceeds two months, full time admission shall be terminated and the schaolar will have to
refund the complete stipend and deposit complete fee etc.
- Leave will only be sanctioned on the recommendation of concerned supervisor.