Direct Ph.D Programme

The direct Ph.D programme focuses on interdisciplinary research on Indian informal sector and labour scenario. The programme encourages to work on themes such as– Political Economy of State, Development and Underdevelopment in the contemporary world, Labour History, Globalization and the changing forms of Labour, Global Production Systems, Informalisation in various sectors, Labour Market, Forms of Employment, Poverty, Migration, Urbanisation, Labour Rights and Regulation, Workers’ Organizations and Politics, Trade Unions, Resistance, Peasant Production, Non-farm Economy, Agrarian Change and Rural Development, Political Economy of Care, Discrimination on the basis of Caste, Gender and Community, Common Property Resources, Public Policies in the Unorganised Sector, and Sustainable Development. The objective of the programme is to enable students to understand the linkages between the formal and the informal sectors and between theory and empirical investigations in research work.


Students from all disciplines in Social Sciences and Humanities fulfilling the criteria mentioned below can apply for admission to the direct PhD programme—

(a) obtained M.Phil./MD/MPH degree of a recognized University/Research Institution as relevant to each centre with minimum Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 6.00 in 10 point scale/comparable standard where the grading is based on system other than 10 point scale. The candidates who have obtained M.Phil. degree from a University/Institution where dissertation is not graded or grading is not on 10-point scale, are required to forward a copy of their M.Phil./MPH dissertation along with the Application Form for the purpose of assessment of their credentials;


(b) at least 2 years research experience in reputed institutions with research publication(s) comparable to M.Phil./MPH standard in the areas of informal sector and labour studies. In addition, they should have obtained Masters Degree with FGPA of 6.00 in the 10 point scale/ comparable standard or equivalent percentage.

Students will be expected to have a well developed research proposal which focuses on issues related to informal sector and labour. They also need to be aware of the available literature in their proposed research areas. Candidates will be assessed on merit, analytical framework and the relevance of the research proposal to broad theme of informal sector and labour. After the shortlisting of the application based on the fulfillment of the entry requirements and the merit of research proposal submitted (of about 2000 words) candidates will be called for an interview. The final selection will be based on the interview.