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PhD Programme

Offered by:

1. School of Kalayoga
2. School of Vedic Knowledge Systems
3. School of Linguistics & Literary Studies
4. School of Ethics, Governance, Culture & Social Systems
5. School of Philosophy, Psychology & Scientific Heritage
6. School of Contemporary Knowledge Systems



Minimum 3 years(including course work) to six years.

Eligibility :

Please see the Eligibility Criteria

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Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth(CVV) announces the launch of its PhD programme, for the academic year 2019-2020.  This is a call to committed and sharp young scholars for cutting edge interdisciplinary research questions that integrate Indic wisdom with contemporary knowledge systems. As a ‘De Novo’ Institution, the focus of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV)  PhD programme is on original and cutting edge research that:

  • Highlights the Indic Wisdom traditions and its unique insight into knowledge, methods and applications
  • Integrates the insights from the Indic Wisdom tradition with modern streams of thought and applications thereof 
  • Any other disciplinary or interdisciplinary research that investigates a national or a human concern. 

The Ph.D. programme will follow the UGC guidelines, with a mandatory 16 credit course work.

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Course Structure

Programme Structure & Credit Details

Course Work Details:
A course work of 16 credits is a requirement for Ph.D. program. All Ph.D. scholars shall undertake and complete the Ph.D. Course Work of 240 hours of both contact and self-study which may be conducted over one semester or in a modular fashion spread over two semesters.

The candidates will take the following four courses:

  • A four-credit course on theoretical and application frameworks in Indian Knowledge Traditions (IKT), this will be mandatory for all scholars, including part-time scholars.
  • A four credit course on Research Methodology which shall cover areas such as quantitative methods, qualitative and textual research methods, computer applications and research ethics.
  • A four credit advanced seminar course in the candidate’s areas of research and specialization.
  • The candidate will need to take an additional course or a set of courses for a total of four credits from any of the core or minor courses taught in CVV.

Thrust Areas:


Thematic Areas

Thrust Areas


Indic Studies

Vedic Studies, Vedanga, Upanga, Upaveda, Gandharvaveda, Ayurveda Ancient Mathematics and Astronomy, Comparative Indic insights and STEM


Advaita Vedanta

Pre Shankara, Shankara and Post Shankara studies, Advaita Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta and other schools, Comparative Studies, Consciousness:Vedanta and Western Systems, Advita Vedanta, Social and Religious reformation, Vedanta and Humanism, universalism, Neo-Vedanta and Culture, Vedanta and the Contemporary World, Manuscripts; Editions and Translations



Clasical Indian Philosophical Traditions(Samkhya, yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Purva and Uttara Mimansa, Charvaka, Buddhism and Jainism) Shaiva Philosophical Schools(Shaiva Siddhanta and Kashmir Shaivism) Puranas, Itihasas and Philosophical Traditions, Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness, Philosophy of Language(Bhartruhari) , Philoophy of art and aesthetics, Comparative philosophy, Applied Philosophy, Social Philosophies



Indian Psychology, Life span Development Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology, Biological Psychology, Perception, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Mental Health, Educational Psychology.


Social Sciences

Social Inclusion, Social conflicts, Ethnic and Cultural Studies, Globalisation and Development, Civil Society and Social Movements, Social change, ICT, Media and Society, Comparative social systems, Health and Wellness, Education and Development, Culture, Science and Technology, Gender Studies, Social geography and demography, Migration, Rural and Urban Studies


Public Policy and Governance

Ethics, Economics and Political Systems, e-Governance, Governance in the Indic traditions, Governance and Development, Political Sociology, Public Policy and Environment, Comparative Public Administration, Public Policy and Management, values and ethics in Public Affairs, Distributive and Redistributive public policy, International Organisations, Sustainable Development Goals.


Human Rights, Duties and Ethics

Equality and Inclusion, Cultural Diversity, Economic Justice, Migration, Refugees and socio-political conflict, Trafficking, Indigenous legal traditions, Trans-systemic conflicts, Globalisation, Human rights and Social justice, Culture and Human rights, Environment and Human Rights, Gender and Human rights, Crime, Justice and Human Rights


Commerce and Business Studies

Business Accounting and Taxation, International Trade Relations, Banking and Insurance, Economics and Financial Aspect of Businesses, Business History, Commerce and Trade, Indian Family Business Systems, Service Sector Industries.



Indian Leadership Styles, Ethical and social Leadership, Spiritual Leadership and Social change, Leadership Theories, Leadership and social transformation, Human relations and Behaviour, Sustainable Development, National Integration and Nation Building.



Functions of Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility


Language and Literary Studies

Classical Sanskrit Language and Literature, Comparative Literature, Koshashastra, Shabdabodha, Alankara Shastra, Sanskrit Poetics, Studies in Sanskrit Drama, Paninian Grammer, Sanskrit Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Cognitive Linguistics

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate seeking admission to the Ph.D. programme shall satisfy any one of the following eligibility requirements: 

  • A Master's degree or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 60% marks in aggregate or its equivalent.  
  • Candidates who have successfully completed the M.Phil. Degree with 55% marks or its equivalent.
  • Master's degree or equivalent in any subject with 60% marks plus minimum of three years of work experience in the area of interdisciplinary research in which admission is being sought.
  • International candidates (NRIs, Foreign Nationals and PIOs who have obtained Master's degree from foreign universities), whose post-secondary education is not in English are required to qualify IELTS or equivalent English language exam with 6.5 score or an equivalent test for English language proficiency. Similarly, candidates seeking admission in other Indian languages, proficiency in that language will be assessed by suitable internal test conducted by CVV. 
  • Any other candidate, who by virtue of publications or work experience prove to the Academic Council of CVV, that he/she possesses equivalent academic qualifications to the criteria mentioned above. 

A relaxation of 5% of marks, or an equivalent relaxation of grade, may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled and other categories of candidates advised by the UGC and accepted by Academic Council of CVV will be granted. 
Admission criteria is liable for periodic review by the competent authority in CVV.

Exit Criteria

Registered Candidates will need to complete their course work and defend their proposal to continue in the program. 

Programme Fee




Amount in

(Indian Rupees)

For Indian/Other SAARC Nationals

Amount in (US Dollars)

NRI/PIO/Other International Students


Admission and Registration fee

One Time




Security Deposit

One time




Coursework Fee (including Tuition Fee)- Full time Scholars

Per Year/paid in two semesters




Coursework Fee (including Tuition Fee)- Part Time Scholars

Per Year/paid in two semesters




Exam Fee- Coursework per course

Each Appearance




Coursework Certificate fee

Each Appearance




Thesis Evaluation Fee

One Time




Provisional Certificate

One Time




Alumni Registration

One Time




Boarding & Lodging

Per year



All part-time Chinmaya VishwaVidyapeeth (CVV) internal candidates registering for Ph.D. program shall be entitled to get 50% concession in all fees except course work fees.
Fee concessions to JRF/JRF/RA/ARF/SARF and scholars from where CVV has MoU are allowed by the university on case to case basis.

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