PhD - Offering Departments/ Centers and Research Areas


You need to choose your areas of interests for your research work from the following table and mention it in the online application form.

Also you need to write a one-page write up on proposed research work (in any one of your chosen of areas of interests) for your PhD thesis and upload it in PDF format.




Areas of Research


Department of Computer Science & Engineering


Algorithms, Formal Verification, Logic, Automata Theory. Data Mining. Machine Learning.

Computer Architecture, Embedded Systems, Electronic Design Automation.

Computer Networks, Distributed Systems, Internet of Things, Software Defined Networking, Wireless Networks, Connected Vehicles.

Speech and Image processing, Artificial Intelligence, Bio-inspired Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems.



Department of Electronics & Electrical Engineering


Communication Engineering: Wireless Communications; Information Theory and Coding; Communication Networks; Computer Networks;

Computational Photography; Data Compression; and Cryptography.


Signal Processing: Biomedical Signal and Image Processing; Speech and Handwriting Processing; Image/Video Processing and Computer Vision;

Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning; Multimedia Analytics; Multimedia Security;


Power Systems & Power Electronics: Power Systems; Power Electronics; Power Quality; Power electronics application in power system; 
Micro grid and renewable energy resources; Power distribution system planning; Custom power devices; Electrical Machines; Control of Electrical Drives; 
Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles; High Voltage Engineering; High Voltage Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics; Condition Monitoring of Power Apparatuses; 
High voltage and Pulse power


Control and Instrumentation: Control Systems; Instrumentation; Optical metrology.


VLSI: Solid-State Devices, Analog and RF Integrated Circuits, Digital Systems, DSP Architectures, CAD for VLSI, High Performance Computing;

MEMS; Organic Electronics


RF and Microwave: Antenna; Microwave Engineering; Electromagnetics; Computational Electromagnetics.


Photonics: Fiber Optic Communication; Optoelectronics; Optical Communication and Networks; Optical Sensors; Microwave and Photonics,

Silicon Photonics, Optical metrology, plasmonics and metamaterials' and smart electrotuneable plasmonic metasystems.



Department of Mechanical Engineering


Nonlinear Finite Element Methods, Isogeometric Analysis, Computational Contact-Impact, Biomechanics and Biomedical Devices, Powder metallurgy,

Vibration, Engineering in traditional systems, Rehabilitation Robotics, Fatigue and fracture, Experimental & Numerical Microfluidics,

Thermal Energy Storage, Heat Transfer.



Department of Civil Engineering


Infrastructure Management, Construction Management, Construction materials; Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering;

Structural Engineering; Transportation Engineering; Water Resources Engineering and Management; Surveying and Remote sensing;

Earth System Science and Engineering.



Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering


Applied Biodiversity; Bioengineering and Informatics; Biomechanics; Bioprocess Analytical Technology; Bioprocess Engineering; Biochemical Engineering; Biomaterials; Bioprocess for Biofuel/Biotherapeutic production; Biosensors; Brain Computer Interfaces and Android/iOS programming;

Calcium signaling; Cancer Biology; Cell Biology; Cell Reprogramming; Computational Biology; Environmental Biotechnology;

Gas Fermentation for Biofuels, High value compounds from Microalgae; Industrial Microbiology; Molecular Biology;

Molecular Diagnostics and Nanobiosensors; Molecular Microbiology; Nanobiotechnology; Organelle Biogenesis; Plant Molecular Biology and Translational Crop Research;

Plant Tissue Culture and Secondary Metabolite Production; Protein Biochemistry and Structural Biology; Protein Engineering and Structure;

Protein-nucleic acid interactions; RNA Biology; Stem Cell Biology; Systems Biology and Cell Signaling; Tissue Engineering; Virology.


Department of Chemical Engineering


Fluids Dynamics, Separation and Mixing Processes, Multiphase Flow, Reaction Engineering, Chemical Engineering Science, Biological physics (computational biology),

Environmental Pollution Control, Energy Engineering, Process Systems Engineering, Process Control, Material science and Technology,

Petroleum Science and Technology, Polymer Science and Engineering.



Department of Design


Industrial Design; Visual communication (including art & visual culture); Interaction and Usability engineering; Human Computer Interaction(HCI),

Design Management; Ergonomics (including Occupational health and safety), Service design, Design for sustainability,

Virtual Reality, User interaction on flexible and deformative displays; and Information Communication Technology for Development(ICTD).



Department of Physics


Condensed Matter Physics - biomaterials, cold atoms, quantum computation, computational materials physics, materials for energy and environmental applications,

ferroelectric and oxide materials, Graphene and analogue atomic thin materials, organic semiconductors, semiconducting materials, smart magnetic materials, Multiferroics, Luttinger liquids, soft condensed matter, spintronics, statistical physics, Percolation,

Network, Self-organization, Active matters and collective motion, strongly correlated systems, superconductivity, topological insulators, quantum turbulence, quantum phase transitions, ultracold atoms in optical lattices, nanomaterials and nanotechnology, polymer physics,

AdS/CMT, Magnetohydrodynamics.


Laser and Photonics - Computer generated holography, optical tweezer, free space communication, Fiber Optics, Laser Matter Interaction,

Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics, terahertz plasmonics and metamaterials, Quantum optomechanics


High Energy Physics - Experimental particle Physics: B-Physics and neutrino Physics.

Gravity, Cosmology and Astrophysics - Black hole Physics, Astrophysical flows, Ultra high energy cosmic rays.



Department of Chemistry


All areas of Chemistry.



Department of Mathematics


Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, Mathematical Probability, Numerical Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis and Differential Equations, Fluid Dynamics, Mathematical Biology;


Statistics (Life Time Data Analysis), Applied Probability, Stochastic Processes, Queueing Theory, Financial Mathematics,

Computational Finance, Statistical Analysis of Financial Data;


Theoretical Computer Science, Swarm Robotics, Wireless Sensor Networks, Distributed Computing, Cyber Security, Software Defined Networks.



Department of Humanities & Social Sciences


(1) Psychology

(2) Archaeology

(3) Sociology

(4) Economics

(5) Linguistics (Sub-areas: Acoustic Phonetics, Phonetics and Phonology, Prosody, Intonation and Information Structure, Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism, Socio-Cognitive Linguistics, and Tonal Phonetics)

(6) Development Studies (Sub-areas: Health and Food Security, Public Health, Climate Change and Sustainable Development)

(7) Geography (Sub-areas: Urban and Human Geography)

(8) History (Sub-areas: Business History, Diplomatic History, India and the World Wars)



Centre for the Environment


Environmental organic and inorganic Chemistry/Biotechnology/Economics/Engineering; Bioengineering; Biopolymers and Biomacromolecules:

Environmental Chemical Biology; Waste Water Treatment and supply; Solid Waste Management; CO2 Capture/storage; Atmospheric Chemistry;

Air Quality monitoring; Environmental Hydraulics; Environmental Genomics; Environmental aspects of Algal Biotechnology; and

Other emerging areas of environment with interdisciplinary application of science, technology, arts and humanities.



Centre for Energy


All the areas related to renewable energy, liquid and gaseous biofuels, biomass pyrolysis, gas fermentation for bioethanol and biodiesel,

biohydrogen, solar energy materials, solar cells and thermal energy storage.



Centre for Nanotechnology


Nano/Bio Materials Science and Engineering; NanoTheranostic Devices; Nano/Bio-Electronics and Sensors;

Experimental and Computational studies of micro- and nano-fluidics, Polymer self-assembly; Polymer Nanocomposites;

Nano Devices and Applications; Energy Applications; Areas of Chemistry and Physics including Nanoscale Materials,

Polymers, Optoelectronics, and Photonic applications.



Centre for Linguistic Science and Technology


Language Processing, Computational Phonology, Speech Analysis, Spoken Language Resources, Neuroimaging of Language disorders.

Language and Cognition, Quantitative Phonetics, User Interface, Script Processing, Type Design and Typography, Language Acquisition and Visual Attention.



Centre for Rural Technology


Technology and Development; Public Policy and Governance; Energy, Environment, Rural Water Supply, 
Rural Point of Use of Indigenous Water Treatment Systems, Climate Change and Development; 
Environment Assessment; Water Resources; and Agro-Food Processing, Bio-fertilizer Development, Soil Quality Improvement.




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