The program develops around the existing broad areas of research:
Anthropology: Human-Animal Relations, Linguistic Anthropology
Development Economics
Linguistics: Syntax, Semantics, Sociolinguistics
Archaeology: Harappan Archaeology; Ancient Technology & Provenance Studies; Ancient Indian Art, Architecture, Epigraphy, Numismatics; Heritage Management and Conservation, Environmental Archaeology, Archaeozoology and taphonomy, Experimental Archaeology
Literature: Digital Humanities, South Asian Literature, Indian Feminist Literature, Comparative Literature, Digital Cultures, Modernist Literature, Psychoanalysis, Mathematics and Literature
Cinema Studies
Development Studies
Sociology and Urban Studies
Indigenous People’s Studies

Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Gandhinagar is looking for bright and dedicated young scholars interested in research to join us as Ph.D. scholars.

Credit Requirements

Students entering the programme will have to take total credits ranging from 88 through 120, out of which coursework credits (typical course is of 4 credits) can range between 32 through 64, depending upon the area of interest/discipline and the previous degree attained by the student. In addition, all PhD students must complete the PG Orientation Programme Aarohan (2 credits) and two courses of Physical Education (0 credits).

A 4-credit Writing course is required to be taken by all doctoral students.

Candidates pursuing their degree in HSS must earn at least four credits through Engineering and Natural Sciences courses.

PhD students may credit undergraduate courses (up to 5xx level) at IITGN. However, only up to 8 credits of such courses can be counted towards the graduation requirement. In addition, they may be allowed to count one UG course (up to 5xx level) of HSS towards their graduation requirements.

Full-time Doctoral students should register for a minimum of 12 credits each semester.

Doctoral Studies Committee (DSC)

For each PhD student, a Doctoral Studies Committee (DSC) will be constituted, typically at the end of the first semester of their registration in the PhD programme. The thesis supervisor will be the convener of the committee and will recommend the constitution of the committee for approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs. Besides the thesis supervisor(s), DSC will typically have two or more faculty members, with at least one member from the same discipline and one member from a different discipline.

Academic Performance Requirements

a) The minimum CPI for graduation is 6.5 out of 10.

b) The minimum CPI for continuing the programme at any point is 6.0 out of 10. That is, if, at any stage, the student has a CPI less than 6.0, the programme will be terminated.

c) In case the CPI of a student falls below 6.5 out of 10, or the student accumulates eight or more Us towards thesis grades, the fellowship provided by the Institute will be stopped permanently. The student may seek financial support from projects or other Institute activities through individual effort. In exceptional cases, the continuation of the fellowship may be approved by the Director on the recommendation of the Dean, Academic Affairs.

d) The student must successfully clear the Qualifying Examination (preferably within three semesters and no later than two years from joining in exceptional circumstances). The admission will be terminated if the student fails to do so.

e) All PhD students must give a Proposal Defense Seminar within four months of successfully clearing the Qualifying examination.