Doctoral Studies Programme

Doctoral Studies Programme

About Doctoral Programme

Karnavati University offers doctoral programme (Ph.D.) which is designed as per global standards. The University promotes innovation and excellence in educational research and development. The university provides ample opportunities to support and develop research inclination among students, subject supervisors and research scholars. Doctoral students at Karnavati University are encouraged to pursue problem-oriented studies, and utilize advanced research methods to address real world problems. The research scholars are encouraged to work with international subject experts so as to understand the global scenarios of their research area.


At present, the university offers selected doctoral programmes. It anticipates significant growth in the number and scope of its doctoral programmes in the coming years. We invite you to visit this page regularly for updates.

Ph.D. in Management is the highest academic degree awarded in the study of management science. Ph.D. in Management degree is designed for candidates seeking academic research and management teaching careers as faculty or professors business schools worldwide. Ph.D. programme at Karnavati University attracts prospective scholars from various walks of life including academia as well as corporate. The institute has demonstrated capability in guiding scholars across multiple areas of specialization. Ph.D. Programme is structured along globally acknowledged processes. Providing robust and systematic research training is core strength of our Ph.D. programme at Karnavati University.
Dentistry is a broad subject focusing not only on the health of your teeth and oral structures but also with the Aesthetics and functioning of head and neck region: From alignment of teeth to smile design to even to the extent of posture and stress related problems with stomatognathic system. Dentists play a vital role in ensuring that all maxillofacial structures are in proper working order and that everything is healthy and kept in its place. Like any other field of health sciences, there are always new diseases and problems related to maxillofacial region which needs constant research and development. With constantly developing field of dentistry, to stay up-to-date with the advances and research, we also run PhD program in various specialities of dentistry under Karnavati University / at Karnavati School of Dentistry. We are proud to have faculties with years of experience in the field of academics and research from all the specialties of Dentistry to help PhD scholars take forward their research work.

Ph.D. in Design (Fashion Design)

The Doctoral Program in Fashion Design is being offered by Karnavati University United World Institute of Design. The program is led by professors of repute who have both Industrial as well as Academic Excellence. The doctoral Program in Fashion Design is suitable of individuals who want to undertake independent original research and aims to stimulate Research and Development in Various aspects of Fashion, focussing on interdisciplinary approach. Thesis mode is directed towards candidates taking a creative practice research approach to conduct research into fashion design, textile design, curatorial practice, communication, research into advanced textiles and material science techno textiles; smart textiles; or a social science approach to conduct research into an aspect of the fashion and textiles system such as historical or contemporary cultural studies, documentation of Crafts; Craft Cluster Management Practice ; Sustainable Fashion; Artificial Intelligence and Fashion; fashion enterprise and business management to name a few.

Ph.D. in Design (Product Design)

Design is the professional skill of creating and developing context-led concepts into tangible solutions for the benefit of society, industry and the environment. Product design domain requires in-depth knowledge of variety of allied fields such as ergonomics, HCI Design, Socio-technical systems, system designs, human centred design, user interface design, user experience design, kansei engineering, packaging design, information, interaction design and many more. The Ph.D. curriculum offered at the institute have uniquely evolved from a value based interdisciplinary approach to creative problem solving approach wherein research is essential to the process of product design. A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in product design shall be awarded for a period of advanced study that culminates an research experience along with accompanying thesis that creates building blocks of design knowledge and the application of design thinking process and practice. Objective of PhD programme in product design is to facilitate deep understanding of design research methodology, innovative product development and creating of new ideas, process and skills in the field of product design and allied fields. Research work shall contribute new design theories, physical product design and design philosophy. The purpose of this programme is to support the creation of products or services that improve the quality of life of people, create new design research methodologies, solving industrial complex problems, help in design education and research at large. PhD researcher should engage with original research and create new knowledge for design fraternity. Also, researcher should get opportunity to enable industrial research collaboration, avail seed grants, business incubation, entrepreneurship and product design services.

Ph.D. in Design (Visual Communication Design)

The world we inhabit today is getting visually richer every passing day. We consume much more visual content than our previous generations did. And with exponential advances in information technology and access, a constantly evolving global visual culture has emerged. Visuals have transcended conventional mediums and are perceived more as multi-sensory experiences. The Ph.D program of the School of Visual Communication of Unitedworld Institute of Design, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar is a rigorous research led program for academics and professionals who are driven to expand and enhance their knowledge and practice while challenging the boundaries of the discipline through new insights and innovations in the global visual culture. It will promote contextualized immersive engagement and inquiry; explore collaboration with academic and industry professionals; foster original research and synthesis with the aim to innovate new experiences, theories, practices, products, services and knowledge within design in general and visual communication in particular.

Ph.D. in Design (Interior Design)

The PhD program at the School of Interior Design focuses on developing a competency of high quality in-depth inquiry and rigorous research around the themes of people, space and technology. Research areas could focus on a range of topics from understanding of heritage & history, probe on contemporary knowledge of art & design, culture studies, art & design pedagogy, application of design thinking to business and retail, consumer behavior and space planning to the application of science and technology to further design forms and knowledge. The research could also be based on the theoretically reflections of artistic and creative productions and their impact on society.
The UWSL and the Karnavati University are committed to promote quality research and innovation in the field of law and related disciplines by way of encouraging inter-disciplinary research. With an aim to enrich the discourse on law and socio-legal research, the UWSL of Karnavati University is offering two Ph.D. Degree programs, namely: Ph.D. Degree in Law and Ph.D. Degree (Inter-Disciplinary).

Duration of the Programme:

The stretch of the Doctoral programme will be for three years followed by submission of the thesis. The programme is available on fulltime/part time basis.

Course work:

Research scholars registered with Karnavati University need to complete one semester of course work (included in the duration of three years), and then periodically appear before the Research and Development Committee, who monitors the scholars’ progress.


Major advantages of completing a Doctoral Programme are:

  • Fulfilling the basic requirement of UGC and other regulatory agencies
  • Reputation in academic world
  • Learn to effectively communicate the research finding in systematic manner
  • Make an original, distinct contribution to existing knowledge in the subject
  • Collaborative work with world-class, leading experts in the field
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Positive impact on classroom teaching and learning process

Admission Process

Research scholar interested in getting admission to the Doctoral Programme (Ph.D.) at Karnavati University needs to follow the below mentioned process:

  • The number of available seats for each subject for Ph.D. programme in the university shall be decided well in advance and notified on the university website or by an advertisement.
  • The candidates seeking admission shall have to fill up the prescribed admission form designed by the Karnavati University from time to time and submit the same within the prescribed date specified in the admission announcement. For the academic year 2020-21 the last date to submit the application form is Monday, 30th Sept. 2020.
  • There shall be a common Entrance Test for all the eligible candidates interested for Ph.D. admission in Karnavati University as full time, part time or independent research. For the academic year 2020-21 the entrance test shall be conducted from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, 10th Oct. 2020.
  • Candidates have to appear for Personal Interviews (PI)/Viva Voce at the concerned subject Department/School at Karnavati University, Gandhinagar .
  • The list of qualified candidates shall be displayed on the University website
  • Only stipulated number (available seats) of candidates shall be admitted to the Ph.D. programme based on the merit position of the eligible candidates. Merit position shall be decided after completion of the entire process of Entrance Test, and Personal Interview (PI)/Viva Voce.
  • The University shall adopt the reservation policy of State Government for admission to Ph.D. programme, however, the reservation shall be observed on a rotation basis within departments by maintaining the overall percentage of the total number of seats announced. The directors of the concerned school in coordination with heads of the departments would coordinate for such provision.

Exemption from Entrance Test

The candidates having one of the following qualifications shall be exempted from the entrance test:

  1. Qualified in SET/UGC-NET, JRF/TRF, Entrance Test of CSIR/ ICAR/ICMR/DBT/DST/ etc.
  2. M.Phil. from other UGC recognized University and whose admission has been done through the Entrance Test.
  3. Candidates who are granted fellowship/scholarship from state/central government agencies.
  4. Candidates with GATE/CAT and more than 75 percentile or 75 percent score (Management & Technology).
  • Candidates eligible for direct admission to the Ph.D. programme without entrance test, group discussion and personal interview:
  1. The candidates who are awarded Junior Research Fellowships (JRF/TRF) or any other prestigious fellowship from UGC, CSIR, DBT, ICMR, ICAR, etc., shall be eligible for direct admission to the Ph.D. programme any time of the year. Such candidates should, however, discuss their topic, research content etc., with the RDC for final approval
  2. Following candidates shall also be admitted direct to the Ph.D. programme on the recommendation of the Admission Committee with the approval of the RDC, provided they fulfill other requirements regarding eligibility, qualification, etc. However, such candidates shall have to present a seminar and discuss the broad area of research before the RDC. Such admissions shall be done on a case to case basis by RDC and RRC.
    1. Candidates sponsored under MoU/agreement between the Karnavati University and University/Institution/research station/laboratory etc. in India or abroad where specific clause(s) exist for registration of candidates for Ph.D. degree by the university and/or those selected under international cultural/educational/research/investigation exchange schemes of Government of Gujarat/India/UN bodies etc.
    2. Non-resident Indians and foreigners residing/working abroad, who have the required qualifications and working in academics/ research/industry/professional bodies for at least 05 years.
    3. Teachers working in government/aided/unaided institutions having at least 03 years of continuous teaching experience at degree and/or postgraduate level in the subject concerned and granted leave for pursuing Ph.D. programme and are awarded fellowship under Quality Improvement Programme or equivalent programme to pursue full-time Ph.D.
    4. Project fellows/Teachers working for minor/major research project approved/accepted by Karnavati University, as per the guidelines of the funding agency will also be exempted from Entrance Test. However, such candidates are required to fulfill other applicable rules and regulations for admission and discuss their research content before the RDC.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Possesses Master’s Degree from a University recognized by UGC or any other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto in such fields of study as are notified for the purpose from time to time by the University with at least 55% marks [50% marks in the case of SC, ST, OBC (Non-creamy Layer) and Differently-Abled and other categories of candidates as per the decision of UGC from time to time, or for those who had obtained their Master’s Degree prior to 19th September, 1991].
  • Possesses a Degree considered equivalent to M.Phil. Degree of an Indian Institution or from a Foreign Educational Institution accredited by an Assessment and Accreditation Agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country for the purpose of assessing, accrediting or assuring quality and standards of educational institutions.
  • Regular employees of Karnavati University are eligible for “In service” Ph.D. programs in their respective faculty provided they meet the eligibility criteria mentioned in UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M. Phil / Ph.D. Degrees) Regulations 2016.

Entrance Exam

  • Procedure for conduct of Entrance Test
    • An Entrance Test shall be conducted with minimum qualifying marks as 50%. The syllabus of the Entrance Test shall consist of 50% of research methodology and 50% shall be subject specific.  Total marks for the Entrance Test will be 100 for 100 MCQs each of one mark and the duration will be 120 minutes.
  • Interview/Viva Voce
    • An interview/viva-voce to be organized by the University when
    • the candidates are required to discuss their research interest/area through a presentation before a duly constituted Department Research Committee. The interview/viva voce shall also consider the following aspects, viz. whether: (a) the candidate possesses the competence for the proposed research; (b) the research work can be suitably undertaken at the Institution/College; (c) the proposed area of research can contribute to new/additional knowledge.
    • If requisite number of candidates do not qualify in the Entrance Test, Hon. VC/ University may, if deemed fit, relax these conditions in a subject/discipline/faculty on a year-to-year basis

Fees Structure

ParticularsIn-Service CandidateFull time  CandidatePart Time Ph.D. Candidate
Tuition Fee
(per semester)
Application Form Fee400040004000
Registration Fee (one time)500050005000
Viva Voice Exam (one time)150001500015000
Course Work Fee (one time)100001000010000
Library Fee (annually)500050005000
Sr. No Name Branch
1 Dr. Nilesh Raval Oral Medicine & Radiology
2 Dr. Dipti Shah Prosthodontics & Crown and Bridge
3 Dr. Nimisha Desai Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
4 Dr. Neelampari Parikh Oral Pathology & Microbiology
5 Dr. Kalyani Trivedi Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics
6 Dr. Vaishali Parekh Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics
7 Dr. Kalpesh Vaishnav Prosthodontics & Crown and Bridge
8 Dr. Vibha Kalaiya Textile Design
9 Dr. Bhavesh Shah Interior Design
10 Dr. Sanjay Pandey Law
11 Dr. Aiyaz Ahmad Law
12 Dr. Ram Niwas Sharma Law
13 Dr. Amit Bhaskar Law
14 Dr. Debarati Haldar Law
15 Dr. Kishor Bhanushali Management
16 Dr. Sunil Patel Management
17 Dr. Tushar Panigraphi Management
18 Dr. Bansari Dave Management
19 Dr. Kavitha Joshi Management
20 Dr. Malay Patel Management

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Ph.D. Batches

Sr. No Name of Student Subject Guide Title
1 Agrwal Surbhi Premchand Management Dr Himanshu Barot
2 Akanksha Shrivastava Dentistry
3 Bhatt Naishadh Shivshanker Management Dr Sunil Patel B2B E-marketplace Adoption Success Factors: A Study in Perspective to Buyers and Sellers of Indian Firms
4 Bhatt Rohan Kaushik Dentistry
5 Gaurav Arora Management Dr Soumendu Bhattacharya The Role of Travel Agents in Promoting Tourism through International Outbound Travel: A Study in Mumbai & Mumbai Suburbs
6 Jain Sanjeev Rajkumar Management Dr Daisy Kurian
7 Matariya Ridhi Gaurang Dentistry Dr Nimisha Desai Intra Oral  Use of Dexmedetomidine as an Additive to Local Anesthesia in Oral and Maxillofacial Procedure
8 Patel Bhaveshkumar Govindbhai Management Dr Sunil Patel A Study of International Solar Alliance (ISA) Effects on Indian and Global Economy
9 Patel Chhaya Bharatbhai Dentistry Dr Nilesh Raval Oral Health Awareness and Practices Among Pregnant Women in Gandhinagar City, Gujarat
10 Patel Nikhil Ganpatbhai Dentistry Dr Nilesh Raval Comparative Assessment of Malocclusions with Palatel Rugae, Lip Prints & Finger Prints in the Age Group of 12-14 Years Old Children
11 Santosh Kumar Dentistry Histochemical Evaluation of Nature of Collagen Fibres in Various Grades of Squamous Cell Carcinoma with the Use of Picrosirius Red Stain
12 Singh Arya Rahul Dentistry Dr Mahendra Narwaria Common Nutrition Deficiency and Change in Biochemical Parameters in Patients After Bariatric Surgery
13 Singh Krishna Kumar Ram Management Dr Gurmeet Singh A Primary Study on the Impact of Mathematic Skills on Performance
14 Vaghela Yash Pradipbhai Management Dr Kishor Bhanushali Job Satisfaction Among Teachers in Higher Education Institutes; A Comparative Study of Public and Private Sector
Ph.D. Programmes at karnavati University