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Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) Bangalore, Ph.D. Admissions 2011-2012

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Last date for Application: 16th May 2011
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The Institute

Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) was founded by Professor VKRV Rao in 1972. Its primary objective is to provide high quality academic training to Ph D Students to prepare them as distinguished researchers and teachers in the field of social sciences. ISEC is presently affiliated to Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Osmania Universities and the National Law School of India University for the award of PhD degree. We have collaborated with Maastricht University, Warsaw University, Centre for Asian Studies (Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea), Bombay University, Central University of Rajasthan and University of Central Asia (Republic of Tajikistan).


ISEC is located amidst sylvan landscape of 16-hectare at Nagarabhavi, Bangalore, adjoining to campuses of Bangalore University and National Law School of India University. The Institute’s campus is well maintained with sprawling gardens and lawns and also preserved a variety of flora and fauna. ISEC campus is situated 12 Kms away from Central Railway Station and Central Bus stand with very good networks of buses. To find the location of ISEC campus, visit our website:


The Institute has eight academic research centres with different social science disciplines. These include, Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation (ADRTC), Centre for Decentralisation and Development (CDD), Centre for Ecological Economics and Natural Resources (CEENR), Centre for Economic Studies and Policy (CESP), Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD), Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development (CPIGD), Centre for Study of Social Change and Development (CSSCD) and Population Research Centre (PRC). The faculty of these centres provide guidance to the Ph D Students for pursuing research in the individual disciplines. The strong point of training at ISEC is its emphasis on inter-disciplinary and socially relevant research.

Hostel and Guest House

The Institute has well equipped Hostel for boy and girl students and an excellent and well furnished Guest House for visiting Students. Full time Ph D Students are provided hostel accommodation with reasonable rent. Visiting Students and academicians are provided guest house accommodation.


Dr. V K R V Rao Library, which is digitized, is a treasure house of books, documents, reports and journals with more than 1.21 lakh collections. The library subscribes more than 300 professional foreign and Indian journals. UNDP, World Bank, UN and a number of other international organisations have recognized it as a Depository Library. About 80 journals are accessible online. The housekeeping operations and catalogue is computerized using Libsys integrated library software and the database can be accessed online. One can have access to a large number of rare documents and connection with similar libraries across the world.

Computer Lab

The Institute has state-of-art computer laboratory with web enabled network 2 mbps lease line connection for internet browsing. This is an exclusive Computer Lab facility created for the use of PhD Students.


The Institute has facilitated 164 PhD Students in securing PhD in different social science disciplines. The Students who obtained Ph D from ISEC are occupying high academic and crucial positions in many institutions in India and abroad. ISEC maintains information on its alumni on its website (

PhD Programmes

ISEC offers two categories of Ph D Programme - (a) full time (residential) for students and (b) part-time (non-residential) for serving academicians and interested scholars. The hallmark of our Ph D Progrmme is its bi-annual seminars and doctoral committees. Doctoral Committee will meet at least twice preceding bi-annual seminars and provides valuable inputs to the PhD Students besides monitoring progress of their thesis work. Every PhD Student is required to make presentation in the bi-annual seminars of the Institute in June and December.

(a) Full Time (Residential)

Full time residential PhD course at ISEC normally takes about four years to complete. During the first 10 months Students are provided rigorous training through a pre-Ph D coursework followed by the dissertation work which commences in the eleventh month. The doctoral students admitted under this Programme are given fellowships for three years and provided with hostel facilities up to 5 years. A separate hostel is available for lady students. Candidates are required to pay fees and comply with other requirements of University where they would be registered and pay an annual fee of Rupees one thousand to ISEC.

(b) Part Time (Non-Residential)

This Programme is open for working persons to pursue PhD on a part-time basis. Preference is given to those working in the Universities and Institutions of higher learning and ISEC employees under Faculty Improvement Programme. Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are similar as in the case of the full-time PhD Programme mentioned above except that of age, which is relaxable. Part-time candidates should pass the pre-PhD course work. They are welcome to attend the classes, though attendance is not compulsory. The part-time PhD admission does not carry any form of financial assistance from ISEC. Candidates are required to pay fees according to University norms and an annual fee of Rupees three thousand to ISEC. The part-time PhD Students must adhere to all the conditions and regulations stipulated by the University/Institute.

Doctoral Committee and Bi-annual Seminar

In addition to the PhD Supervisor, every PhD Student will have an advisory Doctoral Committee consisting of faculty across disciplines. Doctoral Committees meet regularly and advise the students at various steps in research. Bi-annual seminar provides an opportunity for research students to make presentations about progress of their PhD work and receive valuable inputs from Panel of experts.


After successful completion of the Pre-PhD Course, students are required to enroll/register with one of the universities where ISEC has recognition. They are required to comply with all the requirements of the university concerned with regard to enrollment/registration, and thereafter remit periodical fee such as tuition, service, processing, thesis submission etc.

Disciplines of Specialisation

The test for admission will be administered only in the disciplines/specializations mentioned here. Eligibility requirements are the same for all candidates. The disciplines or specializations available for taking up entrance test for PhD in the Institute are:

i. Agricultural Economics or Rural Development

ii. Development Studies

iii. Economics

iv. Education

v. Environmental Economics/Ecological Economics/Natural Resource Economics

vi. Political Science/International Relations/Public Administration

vii. Population/Demographic Studies

viii. Sociology/Social Anthropology

(For detailed specializations in the above disciplines see the website:


The aspirants for ISEC Ph D Programme and research fellowships must satisfy the following requirements:


Master's degree or equivalent in any of the above disciplines with at least 55% marks in the aggregate (50% in case of SC/ST applicants);

A pass in UGC-NET or JRF or SLET or M Phil is desirable;

Age limit for ICSSR fellowships - below 35 years, 40 years in case of teachers and members of professional staff in Research Institutes.

There is no age limit for ISEC Fellowship, Part-time or External PhD Programme.

Other Discipline-wise Eligibility Requirements:


Candidates applying in Agricultural Economics/Rural Development should have a Master’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, Agricultural Economics or Rural Development.

Candidates applying in Economics should have a Master’s Degree in Economics/Statistics/Econometrics.

Candidates applying in Environmental/Ecological Economics/Natural Resource Economics should have Master’s Degree in Economics or other relevant disciplines including Biological Sciences and engineering.

Candidates applying in Education should have a Master’s Degree in Education preferably with specialisation in Economics of Education/Sociology of Education/Educational Planning and Management.

Candidates applying in Political Science/International Relations/Public Administration should have a Master’s Degree in Political Science/International Relations/Public Administration.

Candidates applying in Population/Demographic Studies should have Master’s Degree in Demography/Population Studies or Economics/Statistics/Sociology or Anthropology or Geography, preferably with specialisation in Population Studies.

Candidates applying in Sociology/Social Anthropology should have Master’s Degree in Sociology/Anthropology (Social Anthropology).

Candidates applying in Development Studies should have Master’s Degree in any of the Social Sciences, MBA or acceptable Master’s degree by IDS, Mysore.


Candidates who have passed UGC-JRF are paid the fellowship as per the UGC norms, upon receipt of fellowship grant from UGC. These Fellowship holders should comply with all the requirements of the UGC, from time to time.

The candidates who have UGC-NET or SLET are paid a scholarship of Rs.6,000 p.m. while others (non-UGC-NET/SLET) are paid Rs.5,000 p.m. for a period of 10 months during pre-PhD Coursework and contingency of Rs.12000 per annum. Upon successful completion of PhD Coursework the fellowship is extendable to a further period of three years when fellowship payable during the first two years would be Rs.12,000/- p.m. and a contingency of Rs.10,000/- per annum. During the third year the fellowship payable will be Rs.14000/- p.m. and the annual contingency will be Rs.20,500/-. These Fellowship holders should comply with all the requirements of the ICSSR/ISEC, from time to time.

Selection Procedure

After preliminary screening of applications, the short listed candidates will be called for a written test to be held on July 13, 2011. The list of candidates to be called for written test shall be displayed on our website on or before 25th June, 2011. Candidates qualifying in the written test will be required to appear for an interview at Centre level on July 14-15, 2011.
How to Apply

The prescribed application form can be downloaded (only on A4 size paper) from the ISEC Website: The duly filled-in application form with all the relevant enclosures should be submitted along with the application fee of Rs.500/- (Rs.150/- in case of SC/STs) in the form of a Demand Draft drawn in favour of the Registrar, ISEC, Bangalore. Candidates who are awaiting their final year PG results may also apply. However, it is mandatory to produce the proof of final PG examination results at the time of the admission test. The Pre-PhD Coursework begins in the first week of August 2011

Completed application with requisite attachments should reach the following address on or before May 16, 2011.

Registrar, Institute for Social and Economic Change,
Professor V K R V Rao Road,
Nagarabhavi P.O.,' Bangalore-560 072, (Karnataka)

Instructions for Filling the Application Form


The candidates should clearly mention the preferred discipline in which they are interested to take up Entrance Test (written test) in the application form.

The application form should be duly filled and incomplete applications are liable to be rejected.

Do not use dash (-) or dots (...) If any item in the application is not applicable to you, write as N.A.

Attach only attested photocopies of certificates and testimonials to the application.

The completed application form must be accompanied by a typewritten research proposal within 8000 words or 15 pages. This Proposal will be evaluated critically and used as yardstick for short-listing candidates for the written test. The Research Proposal should not bear name of the applicant anywhere. The proposal should be original and shall provide a detailed description of research work that the candidate intends to carry out and, shall include the following:


Purpose of the study with scope and significance

Statement of problem, review of literature and theoretical underpinning

Objectives of the study and the analytical framework.

Methodology and the sources of data with sampling techniques, the tools of data collection and analysis.

The potential intellectual contribution of your research study to the discipline and its social, economic and developmental relevance.


Selected applicants must be in a position to furnish the migration certificate at the time of joining the Ph D Programme from the Institution attended earlier.

Candidates selected for Fellowship Programme shall submit an undertaking to complete the Programme. Those leaving in the middle shall repay the entire fellowship/contingency amount received by them with interest.

List of Documents to be Submitted

The candidate must submit the following documents along with the application form:

i. Matriculation Certificate (as a proof for date of birth).

ii. Master's Degree Certificate and Marks Card.

iii. UGC-NET or JRF or SLET Certificate/letter (if applicable).

iv. M. Phil Certificate (if applicable).

v. Research proposal (without applicant’s name or identity anywhere).

vi. Copies of academic publications (if applicable).

vii. Testimonials of work experience (if applicable).

viii. Caste Certificate (applicable to SC/ST candidates only).

Download Application Form

Ph.D Programme Application form (.pdf)

For more information and clarifications

FOR MORE INFORMATION contact over telephone (080) 23217013



Dr. Sunil Nautiyal,
Coordinator, Ph D Programme
Institute for Social and Economic Change
Dr. V K R V Rao Road, Nagarabhavi
Bangalore- 560 072, India
Email: [email protected]
Phone (office): 080-23215468 Extn: 246
Fax: 080-23217008

Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
The Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) is an All India Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Training in the Social Sciences, established in 1972 by the late Professor V K R V Rao. It is registered as a Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960, to create a blend of field-oriented empirical research and advances in social science theories leading to better public policy formulation. The Governor of Karnataka is the President of the ISEC Society.

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