Institute for Social and Economic Change



Doctoral Research Programme

Candidates provisionally selected for ISEC Ph.D Programme 2017-18


1. The Institute

The Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) is a premier inter-disciplinary research and training institute in Social Sciences in India. Over the years, ISEC has carved a place of pride in Social Science Research map of India by the research contributions of the distinguished faculty and with the guidance of eminent members of the Board of Governors. Today, ISEC is the largest research institute established under Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). 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. Currently ISEC is recognized by University of Mysore for PhD programme in Economics, Sociology, Political Science and Development Studies.

2. Location

ISEC is located in the sylvan landscape in the northern part of Jnanabharathi campus in Nagarabhavi, Bengaluru. The campus houses a variety of flora and fauna. The ISEC campus has been adjudged as the best maintained garden by the Mysore Horticultural Society conferring the first prize on 14th Aug 2017. Situated 12 Kms from the Kranthi Veera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station and Kempegowda Bus Station, the ISEC is well connected by buses as well as the Bengaluru Namma Metro (Nayandahalli). The Kempegowda International Airport is 42 kms from ISEC. The location map is in the website.:

 3. Organisation

The Institute is organized into nine academic research centres which are inter-disciplinary in nature. These are: Agricultural Development and Rural Transformation Centre (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), Population Research Centre (PRC), and Centre for Research in Urban Affairs (CRUA) The faculty members of these centres provide guidance to the Ph D Students pursuing research in individual disciplines. The strong point of training at ISEC is its emphasis on inter-disciplinary and socially relevant research.

4. Amenities

4 (a) Hostels : The Institute has well equipped Hostel for boy and girl students and a furnished Guest House for visiting scholars. Full time Ph.D. Students are provided hostel accommodation at reasonable rate. Visiting scholars and other visitors are provided guest house accommodation, subject to availability.

4 (b) Library : Dr VKRV Rao Library is one of India's premier research libraries in social sciences with more than 1.35 lakh collections. The library subscribes to about 300 professional foreign and Indian journals, out of which 80 journals are accessible online. Library also subscribes to online databases viz., EconLit fulltext, JSTOR, Prowess-CMIE,, EPWRFITS, ISID, etc. The housekeeping operations and catalogue is computerized using Libsys integrated library software and the database can be accessed online. UNDP, World Bank, UN and a number of other international organizations have recognized it as a Depository Library. Dr VKRV Rao Social Science Digital library provides access to more than 10000 rare documents to the social science research community.

4 (c) Computer Lab: The Institute has state-of-the-art computer laboratory with web enabled network of 34 mbps leased line connection for internet browsing . Further, Wi-Fi connectivity is also available for the use of PhD Students.

5. PhD Programmes

ISEC offers two categories of Ph D Programme - (a) full time (residential) for students and (b) part-time (non-residential) for those already in service. The hallmark of our Ph.D. Programme is its bi-annual seminars and doctoral committees. Doctoral Committee meets at least twice a year and provides valuable inputs to the Ph.D. 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 after obtaining inputs from DC members. All Ph.D. students have to compulsorily abide by ISEC Ph.D. Rules as applicable.

5 (a) Full Time (Residential)

Full time residential Ph.D. Programme at ISEC normally takes about four years to complete. During the first 10 months Students are provided rigorous training through a Pre-Ph.D. Foundation Course Work followed by the dissertation work which commences in the eleventh month. The doctoral students admitted under this Programme are paid a nominal scholarship during first six months of Course Work period and full fellowship thereafter besides providing hostel facilities up to 5 years. Candidates are required to pay fees and comply with other requirements of affiliated University where they would be registered and pay an annual fee of Rupees one thousand to ISEC.

5 (b) Part Time (Non-Residential)

This Programme is open to in-service candidates to pursue Ph.D. on a part-time basis. Preference is given to those working in the Universities and Institutions of higher learning. Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are similar as in the case of the full-time Ph.D. Programme mentioned above except that of age, which is relaxable. Part-time candidates should pass the Pre-Ph.D. Course Work. They are welcome to attend the classes, though attendance is not compulsory. The part-time Ph.D. students do not get 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 Ph.D. Students must adhere to all the conditions and regulations stipulated by the University and Institute.

6. Enrollment/Registration

After successful completion of the Pre-Ph.D. Foundation 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.

7. Disciplines for Admission Test

The test for admission will be administered only in the disciplines mentioned below. Eligibility requirements are the same for all candidates. The disciplines or subject specializations available for taking up entrance test for Ph.D. in the Institute are:

  1. Development Studies (Candidates may choose to write admission test based on their interest viz., Urban studies/Environmental Studies/Decentralization & Development/Local Governance & Development) (Once admitted, the students will receive Degree in Development Studies)

  2. Economics

  3. Agricultural Economics (Once admitted, the students will receive Degree in Economics)

  4. Political Science

  5. Sociology/Social Anthropology/Social Work

  6. Population Studies (Once admitted, the students will receive Degree in Development Studies)

8. Eligibility Requirements

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

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Discipline in which Degree will be Awarded

Eligibility Requirement


Areas of Specialisation/Remarks


Development Studies

Masterís Degree in any discipline



Those Students with interest in:

Decentralization and Development/ Panchayats/Local Governance and Development

Environmental Studies/Agricultural Economics/Rural Development/ Agricultural Marketing  and Cooperation/Agri-Business Management/

Economics/Sociology/Political Science/Geography/Public Administration/Urban Planning/Public Policy preferably with specialization in Urban Studies/

Economics and Sociology of Education/ Statistics/Biological Sciences and Engineering


Population Sciences

Masterís Degree in

Demography/Population Studies/Public Health or have Masterís degree in other discipline with strong Demography Course

The students once admitted will receive Ph.D. in Development Studies



Masterís Degree in Economics/ Econometrics/Micro Economics/ Macro Economics/International Economics/Public Economics/ Energy Economics/Development Economics/Natural Resource Economics/ Applied Economics

Population Economics/ Environmental Economics/ Urban Economics/ Ecological Economics/Agricultural Economics/Fiscal Decentralization/ Economics of Education


Agricultural Economics

Masterís Degree in Agricultural Economics or with Masterís Degree in Economics with strong courses undergone in Agricultural Economics/Agricultural Marketing  and Cooperation/Agri-Business Management

The students once admitted will receive Ph.D. in Economics


Political Science

Masterís Degree in

Political Science/International Relations/Public Administration




Masterís Degree in

Sociology/Anthropology (Social Anthropology)/Social Work


9. Fellowship

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 selected for ICSSR/ISEC fellowship are paid a scholarship of Rs.10,000 p.m. for the first six months of Ph.D. Foundation Course Work. Thereafter, the fellowship is extendable to a further period of three years at the rate of Rs.16,000/- p.m. and a contingency of Rs. 15,000/- per annum. The Fellowship holders should comply with all the Ph.D. Programme requirements of ICSSR/ISEC, from time to time.

10. Selection Procedure

Applications will be invited every year in the month of March. After preliminary screening of applications, the short listed candidates will be called for a written test to be held in July every year after displaying the list of candidates to be called for written test on our website  Candidates qualifying in the written test will be interviewed at Centre level after the written test and final selection will be made their after.

11. How to Apply

The prescribed application form will be available for downloading on our website from the month of March to May every year. Applications received in response to the advertisement in the month of March will be processed after the last date fixed for receiving the application which is usually May every year.

The prospective candidates may await our PhD advertisement appearing in next March.

12. FOR MORE INFORMATION: send e-mail to: or contact over telephone (080) 23217013

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