NRCVEE - National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

NRCVEE PhD program

NRCVEE has a vibrant PhD program which offers full-time as well as part-time PhD research opportunities in a wide range of research areas. The PhD program focuses on understanding what it means to be a human being from a multidisciplinary perspective involving wellness, neuroscience, classical music and arts, Yogic psychology, consciousness and inner development, value education, sustainability, to name a few. One of the major highlights of the PhD program is that it renders PhD candidates an adequate time duration to connect with prospective PhD guides/supervisors, subsequently explore and finalize upon common research area/interest. A full-time PhD candidate receives 18-month time duration to finalize a research topic. Whilst, a part-time PhD candidate gets two years to finalize a research topic.

Besides PhD research, full-time candidates have the opportunity to expand their horizons through a number of academic and extra-curricular engagements. These involve mandatory participation in NRCVEE Journal Club and voluntary participation in IIT Delhi wellness club activities.

The NRCVEE Journal Club was started in the year 2021. The Journal Club meetings are held once a week where PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty members and experts present talks/lectures on research topics relevant to NRCVEE. This promotes academic and research related discussions and interactions within NRCVEE. Click here for a list of Journal Club talks.

Please contact with Head NRCVEE for further details regarding the PhD program. 

Eligibility requirements

Minimum eligibility criteria for admission

Master degree in Engineering/Technology or master degree in Science /Humanities or equivalent in relevant discipline with CGPA 6.00 on 10 point scale or 60% marks in aggregate for General/OBC/ EWS category. Full time students who do not possess M.Tech. or equivalent degree are required to have a valid GATE/CEED* Score or UGC/CSIR /DBT /ICMR /INSPIRE fellowship examination for Sciences/Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. OR B.Tech. or equivalent with CGPA of 7.0 on a 10 point scale or 70% aggregate marks and qualified GATE or UGC/CSIR /DBT /ICMR /INSPIRE fellowship examination for Biomedical Engg., candidates having M.B.B.S. with 60% marks or more are eligible provided they have qualified ICMR. The Candidates having Postgraduate degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD)/ Master in Surgery (MS) with 60% marks or more after MBBS will also be eligible for admission to Ph.D. Programme in CBME. • For the currently registered students in Centrally Funded Technical Institutes (CFTIs) having CGPA of 8.0 or above (on a 10 point scale) at the end of 6th semester or later, in B.Tech./ B.E./Integrated M.Tech./Integrated M.Sc. programmes (or any other programme of minimum four years duration, admission to which is on the basis of JEE), the requirement of GATE /National Examination is waived for consideration of admission the Ph.D. programme in IIT Delhi. Moreover, such students must have obtained CGPA of 8.0 or above at the time of graduation (and before they formally register for the Ph.D. programme). • The requirement of GATE /National Examination is waived for consideration for admission to the Ph.D. programme for all graduates of CFTIs with a B.Tech./ B.E./Integrated M.Sc. (or any other programme of minimum four years duration, admission to which is on the basis of JEE) with CGPA of 8.0 or above at the time of graduation. • The Requirement of GATE /National Examination is also waived for MA or M.Sc. graduated from IITs with CGPA 8.0 or above

Selection basis – Written test  and/or interview

At the outset, it is stated that the selection process highlighted below is tentative and liable to change. Hence, the prospective PhD candidates are requested to refer to the Information Brochure for admission to PhD. In case of further queries, please contact Head NRCVEE.

The tentative selection process is as follows –  The prospective candidates will be required to register themselves on the IIT Delhi admission portal. The shortlisted candidates will be informed through email and asked to submit a 3-4 pages research proposal outlining their proposed research at NRCVEE along with their detailed CV. The candidates will be shortlisted based on their CV and the quality and relevance of their submitted research proposals. The shortlisted candidates will be informed about the final interview dates. The candidates will be asked questions related to their research proposals and NRCVEE areas of research. The shortlisted candidates will be informed through email about their selection.

Information brochure Semester 1, 2022 – 2023 for admission to PhD

NRCVEE research areas for PhD candidates

NRCVEE offers PhD program in the areas listed below. The candidates are evaluated on a 4-5 page research proposal that they are required to submit after they get shortlisted in the first round. If their proposals get shostlisted, then the final round consists of a technical interview with experts. 

1. Holistic health and wellness

All issues pertaining to the holistic view of individual’s health and wellness. These include modern scientific research on proven mind-body techniques for physical and mental health, such as Mindfulness, Yoga, Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong, Ayurveda, Holistic nutrition and others. Yogic Neuroscience, Indian Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, Clinical trials on Yoga and Ayurveda, fMRI-based Neuroimaging (fMRI), EEG, MEG, PET, fNIRS

2. Leadership for sustainable development

Various aspects of holistic and sustainable development, Notions of development which go beyond  material well-being and consider other aspects of human/societal well-being such as intellectual, emotional and overall happiness, Notions of development which encompass sustained co-existence among human-beings as well as with nature. How to create leadership (in various walks of life – especially in Engineering/Technology) for taking forward these alternate views on development.

3. Inner development 

Understanding first person mental phenomenon, especially those pertaining to Meditation, Mindfulness and Contemplation in a rigorous academic framework. Theoretical frameworks for alternative worldview based on deep contemplative insights. Teaching and research on first person mental phenomena through accurate and reproducible observations.

4. Inner and outer harmony through music and arts 

Classical music, dance and art forms that promote introspection, concentrations; various aspects of self-awareness and devotion; Evolution of parallel streams of classical music in India; Development of classical art forms through folk art forms. Societal awareness through classical music; Streams of thought in classical music; Connections between Sufism, music and values; Technology-based analysis and dissemination of music 

5.Value education and technology 

Teaching the teachers, tools and techniques for inculcating value education to students, especially at tertiary level of science and engineering; Research on effectiveness of various techniques for value education; Newer models of education; Use of technology for large scale dissemination of knowledge

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