The Ph.D program at ASB is structured along globally acknowledged processes. There are 4 significant milestones to be covered as part of the program. These four stages can be completed in a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 8 years. While the part-time scholars are allowed up to a maximum of 8 years to complete their Ph.D, the full-time PhD program requires the scholars to focus on their research and aim to complete their Ph.D in a maximum of 4 years.
Stage 1: Course Work
All scholars are required to undertake 8 courses of which 4 are core and the rest are electives. The course work is structured over two terms in a year. While the winter term is during December 26th and January 25th, the summer term is between May 21st and June 20th. These dates are fixed to allow scholars plan their leave in advance and be present in campus. In general, a scholar can aim to complete 3 courses in a term. Below is reproduced the winter and summer terms of recent two terms.
In addition, the scholars are exposed to a variety of thought provoking workshops and conferences by distinguished faculties from across the Globe. A short summary of select workshop from 2017 is provided below.
|Knowledge dissemination session on the work and findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR-5)
|Dr. E. Somanathan (Economic and Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute)
Dr. Purnamita Dasgupta (Environmental and Resource Economics Unit , University of Delhi)
Dr. Govindasamy Bala (Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences , Indian Institute of Science)
|An expert panel representing the field of climate change and environment visited Amrita School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham on Nov-9th, 2017 as part of knowledge dissemination sessions of the 9th INSEE Biennial Conference.
The panel members discussed the key findings from the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR-5). The panel session was moderated by Dr. Deepak Gupta, Amrita School of Business. Dr. E.Somanathan commenced the session with an overview of the history, process, structure and work of IPCC and briefed the audience on the impact made by experts. Dr. Bala Govindasamy discussed the human influence on the climate system and in specific, the heightened stress on the environment due to anthropogenic emissions. The third session by Dr Purnamita Dasgupta focussed attention on the severe, pervasive and often irreversible changes caused by the greenhouse emissions and the need for adequate adaptation and mitigation measures. Finally, Dr. Somanathan delved on the effective policy implications across multiple levels, spanning international, regional, national and sub-national levels. The session concluded by stressing the need for an integrated approach to policy across levels supporting technology development, diffusion and transfer, as well as finance.
|Randomized Control Trials
|Dr. P K Biswas, Director of Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR)
Dr. Amlan Das Gupta
Dr. Jyoti Prakash Mukhopadhyay
Dr. Mousumi Das.
|A two day workshop on randomized control trials (RCT) for conducted for the doctoral scholars on 10th and 11th January 2018 at Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore. The workshop was aimed at providing an overview of the Randomized Control Trial methodology, including its various applications and hand-on exercises. The key aspects of RCT such as regression discontinuity design, instrumental variables were discussed to guide participants in carrying out experiments. The workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by the 25 PhD scholars, who are at their various stages of doctoral studies at ASB.
The first session was handled by Dr. Jyoti Prakash Mukhopadhyay, who provided an overview of randomized control trials (RCT) as an experimental methodology. This was followed by Dr. Amlan Das Gupta, who delved on the applications of RCT and introduced the concept of Regression Discontinuity Design (RDD). The third session by Dr. Mousumi Das elaborated on the concept of Instrumental variables (IV). In the concluding a qualitative perspective to field experiments and assessment of their impact was presented by Dr. Biswas.
|Theory Building and Measurement
|Dr. Richa Agarwal, Assistant Professor, IIT Madras
|A two day knowledge session for doctoral scholars on the topic “Theory Building and Measurement” were organized on 12th and 13th January 2018 with the prime objective of providing an overview of theory building and were well received. At the outset, Dr. Richa urged scholars to observe each one’s study from a perspective of making a difference to the stakeholders. She went on to stress the importance of articulating the research question in simple terms that even a stranger could understand. The important concepts covered include the essential differences and relationship between ‘concept’ and ‘construct’, ‘proposition’ and ‘hypotheses’, importance of defining and setting boundary conditions for the research topics etc. Each of the concepts were discussed and illustrated with examples and hands-on exercises. Dr. Richa advised the scholars to exercise adequate caution in defining the constructs before advancing on their research topics as that step would define what their future course of research and its boundaries.
|Use of Indian data for publication
|Dr. Rajiv Kozhikode Krishnan of Simon Fraser University
|A fun filled and very creative session by Dr. Rajiv Krishnan on using Indian data for publication was organized in January 2018. He began by addressing creative means to obtain data, and what data and information meant. Through an episode of the reality show ‘Shark Tank’, he illustrated how it can be a rich source of data for those seeking to examine entrepreneurship, funding and innovation. He joined the scholars to the library to examine other sources that provide data (and inspiration) to find a good research topic or question. By examining various periodicals, business magazines such as Fortune and Businessweek, as well as area specific magazines like Aerospace Weekly, he demonstrated how secondary data and primary data can support each other and generate truly creative ideas to pursue. This session proved to be a refresher for senior scholars on staying current and broadening horizons, and first year scholars were able to familiarize themselves with various types and sources of data they could explore.
Stage 2: Comprehensive Qualifying Exam
After completion of a minimum of 8 courses, the scholars would move to the second stage of their Ph.D which includes formation of a dissertation committee and writing their comprehensive qualification exam (CQE). The CQE is a 1 month take home exam, which seeks to test the readiness of scholars to take up their thesis research and is designed to assist scholars in narrowing the focus of research. The written exam is followed by an oral viva by the committee members.
Stage 3: Proposal Defense
The 3rd stage is the proposal defense where the scholars are expected to defend their thesis proposal in an open forum and a special invited external examiner. Subsequent to the successful defense, the scholar can focus on executing their research with constant support from the dissertation committee.
Stage 4: Thesis Submission & Defense
This is the final stage of the Ph.D wherein the scholar would defend his/her dissertation in an open forum and a special invited external examiner. In the interim period, the scholars are required to demonstrate their ability through successful journal publications.