Certificate course in Research Methodology

Duration and eligibility

As per the UGC Guidelines, Research Methodology is a mandatory five-credit course for Ph.D. students at Deccan College Post-Graduate & Research Institute. The certificate course in Research Methodology is of six months duration. Lectures will be conducted twice a week i.e., Friday and Saturday. Two Lectures per day will be conducted on these days. This course is open to registered Ph.D. students and students who have completed Post-Graduate degree in AIHC& Archaeology, Linguistics and Sanskrit and Lexicography. The student has to appear for the written examination and give a presentation at the end of the course.

Eligibility : Registered Ph.D. students in the field of AIHC & Archaeology, Linguistics and Sanskrit and Lexicography.
Post-Graduate degree in AIHC & Archaeology, Linguistics and Sanskrit and Lexicography.

Note : The degree should be as specified by and of a university/Institute approved by the University Grants Commission/Association of Indian Universities.

We are also delighted to announce that Dr. Pankaj Goyal will be serving as a co-coordinator for this course starting this year. Furthermore, for your convenience, we have designated subject-wise in-charge faculty members.

  1. Dr Pankaj Goyal from the Department of Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology
  2. Dr Vijaya Valhe from the Department of Sanskrit and Lexicography
  3. Dr Subhangi Kardile from the Department of Linguistics

Key Points

  • Duration
    6 Months
  • Course Fee
    Registered Ph.D. Students of Deccan College (free of cost)
    Rs.6000 (For other Students)
  • Course Type
  • Classes Schedule
    Friday and Saturday
  • Course Status
    Starting on 20th October


Learning outcome

The overall aim of this course is to establish a common basis for the Ph.D. research education within the field of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Linguistics, Sanskrit and Lexicography as well as to provide insight into the historical, methodological and theoretical framework of concerned subjects, qualitative and quantitative research methodology and research ethics.

The student should have insight both into the theoretical and practical aspects of research methodology, research ethics as well as the quality criteria for research. Students are expected to acquire the following;

  1. Develop skills to formulate research goals and a plan to reach these goals within the subject area of the candidate, and especially prepare the research plan for his/her Ph.D. thesis
  2. Carrying out the literature search and acquiring knowledge from previously published research articles.
  3. Understanding the peer review process for regular and scientific articles.
  4. Gaining general competence into the understanding of quality in research as well as his/her ability to reason critically and utilize this ability to ensure quality control and further development of the knowledge present in the literature.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group discussions, assignments, and self-study. Lectures to be announced and independent projects work will be encouraged. Mandatory attendance and preparation of an approved research plan.


Course content

The course contents are;

Theoretical and Practical information about different phases of research, an overview of research planning, time management, and supervisor’s role, and others;

Research methods: Criteria for literature review, critical use of existing knowledge, generalising and defining limits for generalization of new findings;

Publication: Various aspects related to publications in various national and international journals, books, and conference proceedings such as the structure of the article, keywords, referencing, and others;

Theorising: Scientific method, innovation, systemizing and classifying, hypothesis development and testing, establishing models, evaluating own work, and others;

Ethics: Ethics in the field of the concerned subjects, avoid research that causes the unjustified risk to people, striving for objectivity (in the research process and the presentation of results), handling uncertainty, plagiarism, and copyright information.

PDF General Syllabus

PDF AIHC & Archaeology Syllabus

PDF Linguistics

PDF Sanskrit & Lexicography

Course Duration: 6 months

Contact Details:
Professor Shahida Ansari
Dept. of A.I.H.C & Archaeology,
Course coordinator for Research Methodology,
Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute,
Email: rm@dcpune.ac.in

Fee Structure

No tuition and exam fees will be charged for the PhD students of Deccan College (Those who have registered for PhD with Deccan College) Outside PhD students and Post-Graduate students will be charged Rs.5000/-. This includes the tuition fees and exam fees for the course. Library facility will be provided to the outside PhD students as per the university library rules.

How to apply

Ph.D. students have to apply for participating in the Research Methodology Course. A duly filled application form should reach the Academic Section after they receive a formal intimation letter from the office. The announcement of the same will be uploaded on the Deccan College homepage (https://www.dcpune.ac.in).

Outside students should pay the fees and then fill the form as they have to give the payment details in the form

  • Application incomplete in any sense will not be considered for admission
  • Admission to a course will initially remain provisional. It will be confirmed when the documents specified below are submitted and accepted at the time of registration. A notice for the submission of eligibility application along with the below mentioned documents will be issued after the provisional admission process is over. Failure to submit the documents then will be viewed seriously by the authorities and action will be taken as per rules against the defaulting student.

List of Enclosures

  • Registration letter issued for PhD by the College/University.
  • Post-Graduate degree certificate by the College/University
  • A letter of confirmation of the admission will be issued to the candidate after the documents specified above have been submitted, verified and found in order.

Exam Structure

As part of continuous assessment, the pattern of Evaluation is designed as follows;

  1. Out of the 75 sessions planned for the course, 30% of sessions will be conducted commonly for the students of all the disciplines and 70% of sessions will be conducted by the respective departments for the Subject-specific Research Methodology. Students should have 75% attendance.
  2. Students, who complete the assignments and have 75% attendance, will be considered eligible for the test and presentation.
  3. The procedure of assessment will be divided into four sections :
    1. Consists of a descriptive written test of 30 marks based on the part of the syllabus covered in the General Sessions on RM Course.
    2. Mid-Term Tests (I & II) Consist of 40 marks. The Course Coordinator may organise these two tests in two to four instalments giving multiple options of questions (MCQ, fill in the blanks, yes/no, true/false, research article and book review, quiz, and even a discussion session to approve or disapprove a hypothesis or a premise, etc.).
    3. Consists of a PowerPoint Presentation given by the student on the topic of research of his or her interest. 10 Marks are assigned for this presentation. This presentation will be evaluated by a panel of experts on the basis of following parameters; Topic selection, aims, and objectives, research methodology, content, structure, and defence.
    4. Consists of the Research paper the student has to prepare during these six months’ time and has to be submitted after the written examination. This research paper will be evaluated by the experts for 20 Marks.

Terms of Passing

Individual passing in all four components is compulsory for every student.

  1. Thus, written tests (30 marks), Mid Term Tests (40 marks), presentations (10 marks), and Research Paper (20 marks) will be scored out of 100 marks.
  2. To be eligible to pass in the examination of the course a student should secure minimum passing percentage of 50% i.e., 50 marks out of 100 marks (Written test and presentation marks taken together. However, minimum 7 marks in the written test are required).
  3. The grade will be assigned to the students on the basis of marks they secure out of 100. The grade will appear on the certificate












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