The Coca-Cola Department of Regional Water Studies at TERI School of Advanced Studies offers time Ph.D. programme (for both full time and part time candidates) in Water Science and Governance. Over the years, there has been a growing pressure on the water systems leading to severe competition among various competing uses of water. Rapid population growth and climate change has further added to water woes and conflicts at all levels.
There is a growing consensus among the stakeholders to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable water management. The change management however requires an in-depth understanding of complex water-related issues through basic as well as applied research to influence the decision maker and planners. The department offers an interdisciplinary PhD programme that covers scientific, technological, socioeconomic, policy and governance aspects of water research.
Operational aspects of each Ph.D. programme are governed and guided by the provisions laid down in the ‘TERI School of Advanced Studies Ph.D. Regulations-2019”.
At the end of the Ph.D. programme, the students should be able to:
• Have an in-depth understanding of the nuances of the problem being researched and the literature surrounding it
• Explore frontiers of fundamental, applied, and interdisciplinary research as decided by the chosen field of study
• Understand and apply scientific methods, tools and techniques to carry out high quality research work
• Independently plan and execute original research with high ethical standards
• Develop suitable communication and interpersonal skills, critical thinking and problem-solving attitude as appropriate for a Ph.D. student
A research scholar registered at TERI SAS shall conduct research under the guidance of PhD research supervisor. A Co- Supervisor may be allotted to a student, if required. A Student Research Committee (SRC) will be formed comprising Supervisor(s) and other faculty members to monitor the progress. PhD Programme is structured into three stages, mentioned as under:
Stage I: Ph.D. Course work
The Ph.D. Course work is governed by the ‘TERI School of Advanced Studies Ph.D. Regulations-2019’ (and subsequent amendments) and UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil./Ph.D. Degrees) Regulations, 2016 (and subsequent amendments).
A minimum of 8 credits and a maximum of 16 credits will have to be completed by the Ph.D. students in order to complete their course work. Some courses are mandatory in nature and some are prescribed by the Department Research Committee (DRC)) on the recommendations of the Student Research Committee (SRC). The Ph.D. course work must be completed within the first two semesters of the joining of the programme.
Every Ph.D. student must complete the following mandatory courses (or their equivalent on the recommendation of SRC and approval of DRC). a) Research Methodology – 3 Credits (Credit only course)
• NRE 173 Research methodology and thesis writing (2 credits)
• WSW 179 Qualitative research methods and technical writing (3 credits)
• Any other course recommended by TERI SAS on the topic.
b) Research and Publication Ethics - 2 Credit course (Credit or audit course) c) Quantitative Research Method – minimum 2 Credit course from the below list of applicable quantitative methods courses:
• NRE 111 Environmental Statistics (4 credits)
• MEU 173 Stochastic Modelling (4 credits)
• NRE 112 Multivariate Data Analysis (3 credits)
• BSI 175 Statistical Methods for Management (3 credits)
• MPE 172 Econometrics (4 credits)
• MPE 178 Time Series and Regression Analysis (4 credits)
• MPD 111 Quantitative Analysis for Development Practice (3 credits)
• NRC 142 Spatiotemporal Data Analysis (3 credits)
• NRG 163 Spatial data modelling and its applications (4 credits)
• Any other course recommended by TERI SAS on the topic.
Apart from the above, PhD students are encouraged to take ‘Communication Skills and technical writing’ as an audit/credit course. Also, Supervisor/SRC can suggest more courses over and above the mandatory courses. Students may also opt for courses related to the thematic areas of research based on the advice of respective SRCs and approved by DRCs.
Stage II: Research proposal defense and research work
• A student will be permitted to appear for defending his/her research proposal only after he/she has completed the Ph.D. course work as decided by the SRC.
• As a part of the research proposal defence, a draft research proposal must be prepared in the prescribed format by the student in consultation with the Supervisor(s).
• The Supervisor will schedule the research proposal defence activity.
• After a satisfactory defence, the student will submit his/her final research proposal and related documents to the DRC with due approval from the Supervisor. The final research proposal must be submitted to the DRC within a period of 24 months from the date of registration to the Ph.D. programme.
• During the Ph.D. programme, the student shall appear before the SRC at least once in each semester to make a presentation of the progress of his/her work. This process will continue until thesis submission.
Stage III: Thesis submission
Ph.D. scholars may submit his/her thesis at any time provided that s/he has completed the minimum period of registration and s/he has completed the course work requirement as prescribed by the DRC on the recommendations of the SRC with a requisite CGPA and has also successfully defended his/her research proposal. Prior to the synopsis submission, the scholar shall make a presentation in the Department before the SRC and DRC.
Ph.D. Programme of the department is aimed at creating new knowledge by enabling students to exploit their own intellectual potential through carefully conducted and meticulously supervised research. It promotes research that is impactful, and state of the art. Ph.D. Programme prepares students to play an active role in the international academia through their contributions in their chosen field of study.