Doctoral programme at the Department of Energy and Environment (DEE) is an interdisciplinary programme and encourages prospective students from all disciplines to apply.
1. No. of seats available of PhD admission in July 2019: 10
2. Preferred areas of research interest:
i. Urban housing policy
ii. Migration, sustainable and smart cities
iii. Built Environment
iv. Emerging anthropogenic pollutants and contaminants
v. Innovation in industrial water treatment and reuse
vi. Geogenic contaminants
vii. Air pollution and its linkages with climate dynamics
viii. Justice and climate change
ix. Polycentricity in climate change governance
x. Energy-economy-environment interaction modelling
Admission will be made based on written tests and interview. A weightage of 70% to the written test and 30% to the performance in interview shall be given. Written test will have two papers of equal weightages (35% each). Paper I will be on 'Research Methodology' which will be a common paper for admission in all departments of the University. Paper II will be department/subject specific.
Syllabus for Paper II
The core theme of the Department of Energy and Environment PhD entrance examination will be in the from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Applicants can select one of the following tracks, Environment and Climate Studies, Renewable Energy and Urban Development. Prospective students appearing for the written examination can opt for only one of the specific tracks as per their research interest.
The syllabi for these three tracks are as follows
Track 1: Environment and Climate Studies
Ecology and Environment:
Ecosystems: Fundamental concepts and principles; Structure and function, Ecosystem services. Food chain, Trophic levels and Food Web, Biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, Conservation of biodiversity. Environmental Health: Dose response relationships, frequency response and cumulative response; statistical concepts Lethal Concentration / Lethal Dose (LC/LD) 50
Atmospheric and Earth Processes:
Structure and composition of the atmosphere – weather elements. Potential temperature, dry and moist adiabatic lapse rates. Stability in the atmosphere, mixing heights and Meteorology Fundamentals. Geological processes and ocean margins, land-ocean interaction; biogeochemical cycling of elements. Hydrology, floods, structure and geological components of earth, geological timescale, rocks and rock cycle, rock forming minerals, mineral resources, geosphere, lithosphere, weathering, paleotectonic, geomorphology.
Human activities and impacts: local, regional and global; short-term and long-term impacts on Environment. Concepts of carrying capacity and global commons. Environmental impact of energy use; energy intensities, environmental damage potential. Greenhouse forcing contribution (GFC) and greenhouse warming potential (GWP), evaluation of greenhouse index. Disaster Management and Risk analysis, floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides.
Pollution Studies (Air, Water and Soil) and Solid Waste Management:
Causes, effects and control measures, Pollution case studies, Air pollution, (particulates and gaseous pollutants), heavy metals in air. Sources and diffusion of SO2, CO, NOx smoke, Greenhouse gases.
Water pollution – freshwater and marine, ecological and human health aspects of water pollution, water chemistry. Type, sources of water pollution. Groundwater depletion and contamination.
Soil Pollution and contamination, toxicity from the application of pesticides, insecticides, and synthetic fertilizers. Heavy metals in soil. Environmental problems related to soils: desertification, salinization, erosion. Bioremediation of contaminated soils.
Urban solid waste management, Hazardous waste management. Definition, Classification, Identification, Sources and Characteristics.
Climate Science, Sustainability, Current Environmental and Climate Issues:
Climate change, global warming, acid rain, ozone layer depletion. Climate change: vulnerability and adaptation.
Sustainability, Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals, Kyoto Protocol, COP21 Paris Agreement, Climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Environmental Law and policy:
Environment Protection, International and national efforts for Environment Protection, Provision of Constitution of India regarding Environment (Article 48A and 58A).
Environmental Policy Resolution, Legislation, Public Policy, Pollution control, strategies.
Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 amended 1991, Forest Conservation Act, 1980, Indian Forests Act ( Revised) 1982, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution ) Act, 1981 as amended by Amendment Act, 1987 and Rule 1982, Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, The Water ( Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 as amended up to 1988 and Rules 1975, The Environment ( Protection) Act, 1986 and Rules 1986. Biodiversity conservation and Agenda – 21, National Action Plan on Climate Change, INDCs.
Track 2: Renewable Energy
Basics of Electrical Systems
DC circuits – Loop and mesh analysis, Network theorems, star?delta transformation; AC circuits – Behavior of series and/or parallel combination of RLC, Resonance, Complex Power, Line and Phase Voltages; Magnetic Circuit; Transformers; Electricity Infrastructure – generation, transmission & distribution, HVDC systems, Load Flow, Switch Gear and Protection; Power electronics – rectifier, inverter, AC-AC and DC-DC converters
Basics of Thermal Engineering:
Laws of thermodynamics, Power and Refrigeration cycles, Heat transfer – conduction, convection and radiation; Heat exchangers; Boiling and condensation; Entropy; Enthalpy; Fundamentals of fluid mechanics; IC engines
Basic of Chemical Engineering:
Dimension Analysis, Mass balance in chemical reaction, Energy balance in chemical reaction, Heat transfer in chemical processes, Absorption, and adsorption, ideal and non-idea isothermal reactors, Biochemical reactions – catalytic and non-catalytic; Laws of viscosity; Shell energy balance; Shell mass balance Energy Systems
Renewable Energy Systems:
Solar Energy: solar radiation, solar photovoltaic and thermal systems, Wind: current status, types, measuring instruments, potential assessment, Biomass: gasification, anaerobic and aerobic decomposition, fermentation and incineration and Energy from waste.
Energy conservation Act; Energy Conservation: Basic concept, energy conservation in Household, Transportation, Agricultural, service and Industrial sectors, Lighting, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning. Tariffs and Power factor improvement in power system, Demand Side management concept, Energy Efficient Practices and Technologies.
Different modes of energy storage, Technology Types– Mechanical energy storage: flywheels, compressed air, and pumped hydro; Electrical and Magnetic Energy storage: Batteries, Capacitors, electromagnets, Chemical energy storage
Building and Energy:
Role of building design and building services to evaluate the energy performance in buildings. Study of Climate and its influence in building design for energy requirement, Principles of energy conscious design of buildings, Building Envelope, Orientation, Building Configuration, Passive Cooling, Basic Principles of Day-lighting
Energy Policy and Regulation:
Assessment of International Energy Policy & Regulatory Aspects; Indian Power Sector – Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Energy Markets & Power Exchange; Indian Electricity Regulations and Acts, Electricity Act 2003, Rural Electrification Policies; CERC – Regulations, Orders, Tariff Guidelines.
Track 3: Urban Development:
Natural and man-made ecosystem; Ecological principles; Concepts of Environmental Impact Analysis; Environmental considerations in planning and design; Thermal comfort, ventilation and air movement.
Concepts and Rating; Building Performance Simulation and Evaluation; Environmental pollution- types, causes, controls and abatement strategies.
Urban design and planning:
Concepts and theories of urban design; Public Perception; Townscape; Public Realm; Urban design interventions for sustainable development and transportation; Historical and modern examples of urban design; Public spaces, character, spatial qualities and Sense of Place; Urban renewal and conservation; Site planning; Landscape design; Development controls – FAR, densities and building byelaws.
Urban planning and policy:
Planning process; Types of plans - Master Plan, City Development Plan, Structure Plan, Zonal Plan, Action Area Plan, Town Planning Scheme, Regional Plan; Salient concepts, theories and principles of urban planning; Sustainable urban development; Emerging concepts of cities - Eco-City, Smart City, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), SEZ, SRZ etc. Housing; Concepts, principles and examples of neighborhood; Housing typologies; Slums; Affordable Housing; Residential densities; National Housing Policies, Programs and Schemes.
Transportation, Water Supply, Sewerage, Drainage, Solid Waste Management, Electricity and Communications. Process and Principles of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering; Road capacity; Land-use – transportation - urban form inter-relationships; Traffic and transport management and control in urban areas; Mass transportation planning; Paratransit and other modes of transportation, Pedestrian and slow-moving traffic planning.
Principles of water supply and sanitation systems; water treatment; Water supply and distribution system; Water harvesting systems; Principles; Sewage disposal methods; Methods of solid waste management - collection, transportation and disposal; Recycling and Reuse of solid waste.
Contact Dr. Akash Sondhi (email@example.com) for any query related to PhD admission in Department of Energy and Environment.
The Pre-Ph.D course requirements shall be as follows :-
(i) In order to overcome any deficiency in the breadth of fundamental training for advanced work, several courses are offered across disciplines taught at the Deemed University. Such courses would include those at Masters level or could be special ones created only for the doctoral student/s.
(ii) The courses will be offered by TERI SAS.
(iii) The credit assigned to the Ph.D course work shall be a minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 16 credits.
(iv) Four credits shall be assigned to one or more courses on Research Methodology which could cover areas such as quantitative methods, computer applications, research ethics and review of published research in the relevant field, training, field work, etc. One course on Technical Writing (2 credits) will be a mandatory course for all Ph.D students. Other courses shall be advanced level courses preparing the students for Ph.D degree.
(v) The course requirement will be determined by the DRC (Department Research Committee) on the recommendations of the SRC (Student Research Committee) after considering the student?s background in relation to the proposed topic of research.
(vi) Grades in the course work, including research methodology courses shall be finalized after a combined assessment by the SRC and the Department and the final grades shall be communicated to Registrar.
(vii) The minimum CGPA requirement will be 7.0.
(viii) The pre-Ph.D course work must be completed within the first two semesters and the first three semesters of joining the programme by full-time and part-time students, respectively.
(a) Candidates having a B.Tech./M.A./M.Sc. or equivalent degree are required to be registered for a period of not less than three years from the commencement of course work (date of registration). In exceptional cases the minimum period of registration may be reduced to two years with the approval of the Academic Council. The minimum period of registration for candidates having an M.Tech. or M.Phil equivalent degree is two years. The minimum period of registration for part-time students will be five years
(b)* A candidate is normally expected to submit his/her thesis within five years from the date of registration. This period may be extended by the Academic Council as a special case to a maximum of seven years after which the registration will stand cancelled.
(c) A full-time candidate may be allowed by the Chairman, Academic Council, to convert his/her registration into part-time registration only after completion of three years from initial registration or after submission of a synopsis, whichever is earlier.
(d) Full-time Ph.D. scholars with M.Tech. qualification can be permitted to convert their registration from full-time to part-time after one year or after completion of course work and comprehensive examination whichever is later, if they get employed in the University's/ TERI's sponsored projects.
(e) Full-time Ph.D. scholars in the Faculty of Applied Sciences with M.Sc. qualifications can be permitted to convert their registration from full-time to part-time after two years or after completion of course work and comprehensive examination, whichever is later, if they get employed in the University's/TERI's sponsored projects. Such conversion will be permissible only if the work is in the projects of the University/TERI and not for employment outside. This provision will also be applicable to Ph.D. scholars with a B.Tech. degree.
* This maximum time period for submission of thesis is under review and is likely to be revised downward, subject to approvals.
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