PhD in Community Medicine



Increasing global recognition, direct categorization of University rankings have come up with the speed of India's higher education expansion. Demographically speaking, India's current population is one of the youngest in the world. This fresh and dynamic outlook helps to drive a culture of innovation and entrepreneurialism in Al–Karim University Katihar.

Al–Karim University, Katihar has introduced an innovative and dynamic PhD programme for the students rightly fit as a Ph.D. researcher looking to develop new ideas and approaches in the field of Medical Sciences.

This university offers Ph.D. programme which are multidisciplinary doctorate degrees in the diverse and emerging field of research which offer more specialized programmes in the field of Medical Sciences.

Al – Karim University also offers part-time Ph.D. programme, for working professionals of a Public sector Undertaking, a Government Department, a Recognized Hospitals, a Research and Development Organization or a private Industry or an Educational Institution with a minimum relevant working experience of three year.


For candidates who have completed MSc Medical or other Master degree courses: The duration of the course shall be three years for Full-time and four years for Part-time candidates.

For candidates who have completed MD, MS, DNB, DM, MCH courses: The duration of the course shall be two years for Full-time and four years for Part-time candidates.


The course structure of PhD program is divided into two parts:


1) Course work:

The minimum credits assigned for the PhD Course work shall be of 12 credits, consisting of four papers: (i) Research Methodology (4 credits), (ii) Discipline specific/synopsis preparation (4 credits), (iii) Statistics (2 credits), (iv) Computer Application (2 credits).

Regular monitoring of attendance shall be routinely counted. Expected attendance is 75% in all courses.

All registered PhD research scholars shall be required to pass the course work in the first semester in order to start their research work after title and synopsis approval by the subsequent RAC (Research Advisory Committee). If the scholar fails to pass in first attempt, one or more attempts may be given to clear the course work, failing which his/her PhD registration may be cancelled.

In rare circumstances with justifying evidence, RAC may recommend to the Vice-Chancellor for a final attempt to clear the course work paper(s), however, till then the PhD Scholars shall not be allowed to undertake any research work. But in the meantime, they have to formulate the research topic and prepare the synopsis.

The part-time candidate will have to undergo stipulated course work as per the mandatory requirement of Ph.D. programme by the UGC. The students will be required to compulsorily attend the scheduled classes and appear for evaluation components in order to complete the course work. Five (05) days classes will be held in each month of the first semester for the completion of course work.

2) Main Research Work:

i) At the second stage, students have to present synopsis before the RAC. The objective of the proposal is to enable the scholar to define the PhD research problem based on a survey and critical analysis of the literature. The actual research work (lab work, survey etc.) can open only, once the topic approval and receipt of a letter from concerned RAC mentioning the proposed topic of research is duly approved. The concerned RAC shall place similar letter of approval with their comments in the mail file of student.

ii) The synopsis presentation must be accompanied with the duly signed by the scholar and the supervisor, describing the proposed research work in the manner required by the University. The synopsis should be submitted in the form of spiral bound hard copies (03), as per the university’s approved format.

iii) The part-time candidate will have to submit synopsis before the RAC immediately after course work and get it approved as per due procedure. Once synopsis is approved, student may be allowed to pursue rest part of PhD at their parent organization/ approved centers.

iv) The part-time student will have to propose a co-supervisor from the place of work (Academic organization/ Approved hospitals/ Research center/ Industry). The proposed co-supervisor should be a PhD or the regular full time physician with MD/MS qualification with minimum 10 years of teaching experience at the PG level or 15 years at the UG level, and need to be recognized by Al – Karim University through RAC.

The ‘Provisionally Admitted PhD Student’ may apply for registration to the PhD program after Approval of his/her topic in the form prescribed for the purpose (address to Registrar), duly forwarded through the assigned supervisor and Dean of the concerned Faculty/School.

In addition to the supervisor, a co-supervisor may also be recommended by the supervisor at the time of registration or at a later stage in special cases, where the research work involves study or investigation in more than one subject or area of knowledge and the student needs guidance from an expert in allied area of knowledge for a part of the research work.


3) Progress of the Research Work:

The research scholars have to submit a copy of his/her progress report at each six month interval to the Dean Research that has to be duly signed by his/her supervisor. The candidate shall make a presentation before the RAC for feedback and comments. The RAC shall send the Assessment Report to the Dean Research with its recommendations on continuation or cancellation of registration. If the research work would be satisfactory then the report would be accepted otherwise the modifications have to be done.

The part-time student must submit the progress of his/her research work to the assigned supervisor at Al – Karim University on a monthly basis, and must report the progress of his/her research work before the departmental RAC in each six month.

4) Evaluation and assessment method:

a) Full time and part time PhD Scholars shall have to attend at least four (04) and six (06) RAC meetings after successful completion of course work, respectively,

b) Prior to submission of the thesis, the scholar shall make a presentation in the department before the Research Advisory Committee of the school concerned which shall also be open to all faculty members and other research scholars. The research scholar shall present the proposed topic, the background knowledge through literature survey, proposed plan of research work to be carried out by him/her and defend it before the RAC.

c) Permission for Pre-PhD presentation shall not be given unless the scholar shows all the approved objectives have been achieved with at least one publication in Thomson Reuter and/or SCI or Scopus indexed journals in addition to either one additional paper or two paper presentation and/or National conference/ seminar before the submission of thesis for adjudication, and produce evidence for the same in the form of presentation certificate, acceptance letters and/or reprints.

d) Upon successful completion of Pre-PhD presentation and final comments of RAC mentioning the approval to submit the final thesis, the candidate shall prepare six to seven printed copies of the main thesis.

e) The thesis shall be written in the specific format and it should be substantiated by facts, and fresh approach towards interpretation of facts and theories or significant contribution to knowledge of design or development, or a combination of them. It should bear evidence of the candidate’s capacity for analysis and judgment and also his/her ability to carry out independent investigation, design or development.

f) The thesis is to be submitted along with an electronic version (CD in pdf. Format). All printed main thesis should be hard bound and each copy must be signed by the candidate (acknowledgement & PhD Scholar’s Certificate), by the Supervisor and/or Co-Supervisor (Supervisor’s Certificate) and by the Dean of the concerned faculty (‘Forwarded by Dean’ Certificate).

g) The candidate shall also submit PhD thesis evaluation and viva examination fee, as decided upon by the University, along with all prescribed duly filled forms.

h) Thesis submitted by the research scholar shall be evaluated by his/her Research Supervisor and at least two external examiners (who are not in employment of the Institution/ University). The Supervisor of the PhD student will submit at least five names of external examiners of the concerned subject/field of research as a ‘panel of experts’ to the Registrar office. The Registrar office will present the ‘Panel of Examiners/Experts’ to the Honorable VC who will suggest a minimum of two names (external examiners) for thesis evaluation to the Dean Research. Upon receipt of all three consent letters, the registrar shall send the copies of the main thesis to each of the two external examiners and also to the supervisor. The external examiner shall send the report to the Registrar office in a prescribed form together with additional observations.

The examiner shall make a clear recommendation that, 

  i. The thesis is accepted for the PhD degree, 


     The candidate will be allowed to resubmit after revision/ extension/ modification of work.


When a thesis is unanimously and unconditionally recommended for the Degree by all the examiners, the candidate will be eligible for appearing at the Viva-Voce. The Dean of concerned faculty/school shall call any one of two External Examiners and the supervisor will arrange a suitable date of Ph.D. Viva which has to be defended by the PhD Candidate.

i) The examiners of the Viva-Voce shall jointly submit a report (duly forwarded by the Dean of concerned Faculty) to the Dean research on the performance of the candidate at the said examination, clearly indicating whether the candidate deserves to be admitted to the PhD Degree. If the candidate fails to satisfy the examiners at the Viva-Voce, the candidate shall be allowed by the Honorable VC to appear again at a Viva-Voce within a period of three months from the date of the first Viva-Voce.

j) The Honorable Vice – Chancellor, after considering the reports (by Dean Research) on the thesis and the viva-voce, shall recommend to the office of Controller of the Examinations for award of the PhD Degree to the candidate.

k) The University shall issue a ‘Provisional Certificate’ after the deposition of Provisional Degree fee, Convocation fee, any other fees as applicable by the candidate, certifying to the effect that the PhD Candidate has qualified for Degree.

l) A PhD degree may then be conferred on the PhD Candidate under the seal of the University and signed by the Honorable Vice – Chancellor at the next annual convocation of the University. Abstracts of the thesis of all candidates awarded Ph.D. Degrees will be published in the University Booklet/ Souvenir/ News-Letter etc.

Following the successful completion of the evaluation process and announcements of the award of Ph.D., Al – Karim University shall submit a soft copy of the PhD thesis to the UGC, for hosting the same in INFLIBNET, accessible to all Institutions/Universities.


Eligibility for candidates who have completed MSc Medical or other Master degree courses

Full-time Master Degree in relevant discipline or a professional degree declared equivalent to Master degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade).


Eligibility for candidates who have completed MD, MS, DNB, DM, MCH courses

The candidates should have 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale in MD, MS, DNB, DM, MCH with 55% marks.

The part-time candidate required to submit a ‘No Objection certificate’ on a proper Letter head from the competent authority of the organization clearly stated the following:

  1. The candidate is permitted to pursue studies on a part-time basis
  2. His/her official duties permit him/her to devote sufficient time for research
  3. Adequate facilities for research in the candidate’s field of research are available at the candidate’s place of work, may be considered if required.

The student will have to follow all other regulations of Al – Karim University as other students.


We accept four students in every academic year in each of the following subjects:

  • Anatomy

  • Biochemistry

  • Community Medicine

  • Microbiology

  • Pathology

  • Pediatrics

  • Pharmacology

  • Physiology


Seats are allocated in each subject based on the following:

  • Students belonging to Muslim Minority category: 50% seats

  • General candidates: 50% seats



Admission and Registration Fee (one-time): Rs. 25,000.00

Course Fee (per year): Rs. 1,50,000.00 for full-time

                                     : Rs. 1,25,000.00 for part-time

Examination Fee (per semester): Rs. 8,000.00

Thesis submission and evaluation fee (at the time of submission of thesis): Rs. 40,000.00


  1. The admission & registration fees for all courses during the time of admission shall be applicable as mentioned above and will be charged only once.

  2. The annual tuition fee is charged for the subsequent academic years payable annually. The selected and admitted students shall be required to deposit the annual tuition fee through Bank Draft each year before the end of the month of June failing which they shall be charged a fine of Rs. 500/- per day from 1st July onwards till the date of payment.

  3. The examination fee is payable one month before the university examination date. The selected and admitted students shall be required to deposit the examination fee through Bank Draft one month before the university examination date failing which they shall be charged a fine of Rs. 600/- as late fine. Students who sit for supplementary university examination shall have to pay for the university examination again for each supplementary examination. For PhD the thesis submission and evaluation fee must be deposited by the students at the time of thesis submission

  4. The students shall clear all of their dues before university examination failing which they shall not be allowed to appear for the university examination.

  5. Those who want to take admission have to submit the undertaking that they will be liable to pay the fees of full course in case of cancellation of admission. Cancellation of admission is permissible as per para 05 of the Ordinance no 003. of the university.

  6. At the time of the admission, while paying the tuition fee for 1st year through Bank Draft, the candidate may also have to furnish Bank Guarantee/Bond for the payment of tuition fee for the remaining period of the course.

  7. Student Amenities Fees will be charged additionally.



Fee concession shall be provided to twenty-five percent of the students who are domicile of Bihar and who belong to SC, ST, BC, EBC, Women and Economically Weaker Section. Fee concession shall be based on merit- cum-means as follows :-

(i) One-fifth of twenty-five percent shall be granted full fee concession;

(ii) two-fifth of the twenty five percent shall be granted fifty percent fee concession;

(iii) the balance two-fifth of the twenty five percent shall be granted twenty five percent fee concession.


Only those students who score more than 60th percentile in the entrance examination will be considered for the purpose of determining merit.

To be eligible for fee concession, the applicant's family must be below poverty line (BPL) entitled.

To be eligible for fee concession, the applicant must fulfil all four criteria.

Applicants who fit into the criteria must bring original and submit a self-attested photocopy of each of the following at the time of counselling:

i) Domicile certificate of Bihar issued by Sub-Divisional Magistrate.

ii) Proof, issued by the competent authority, that the applicant belongs to SC, ST, BC, EBC, or Economically Weaker Section.

iii) Proof, issued by the competent authority, that the applicant's family is below poverty line (BPL) entitled or BPL Ration Card.


Admission & Selection Procedure for Session 2022-23

  1. The minimum qualification for admission into various diploma, undergraduate postgraduate and PhD courses at Al-Karim University has been prescribed in the university prospectus which has also been mentioned on the university website. Candidates are advised to refer to the prospectus or the university website to confirm their eligibility for the desired course.

  2. The candidates may apply online through the university website; or in-person by obtaining the form and submitting it at the university building located on the university campus. Candidates applying online must complete the application process (submission of the application form along with the relevant documents and online payment of application form fee) by 1st July 2022 11:59 pm, and the candidates applying in-person must submit the application form along with the relevant documents by 1st July 2022 4:00 pm at the university building located on the university campus.

  3. The cost of the form is Rs. 1500 (one thousand and five hundred).

  4. The last date for submission of application form for the session 2022-23 is 1st July 2022, and thus submission of application form after the last date will not be entertained. The university may revise the last date for submission of application form and the information regarding the same shall be published on the university's website.

  5. In one form, candidates may give preference for two courses that they wish to apply for. If they wish to apply for more than two courses, they may submit an additional application form for which they shall have to pay Rs. 1500 per additional form.

  6. University will conduct an entrance test for all the applicants.

  7. The information about the date of entrance test and other details will be announced by 7th July 2022.

  8. Only those candidates who have submitted the application form, paid the application fee and fulfilled the eligible criteria will be eligible to sit for the entrance test.


    Candidates who have not got their final result of 10 + 2 or equivalent / diploma / undergraduate degree examination yet may also apply for admission. However, the candidates must show their final result, fulfilling the eligibility criteria of the course they wish to get admitted into, on the day of counselling, failing which their admission will not take place. Counselling dates are yet to be announced, however, the candidates may expect the counselling to be scheduled between the third and fourth week of July, 2022.

  9. The course wise merit list of selected students based upon their performance in the entrance test will be declared on the university website.

  10. The date of admission and counseling for final selected candidates for various courses will be declared along with the first merit list.

  11. Based upon the seat vacancy, the admission office will declare additional merit list after the admission process of all the students in the first merit list is over.

  12. Admission offered to the successful candidates will be provisional in nature and will be based upon them fulfilling all the criteria, and payment of fees for the course.

  13. Reservation policy: 50% of all the seats in each course are reserved for candidates belonging to Muslim minority category. And 50% of the seats are reserved for general candidates. In case reserved seats are not filled by candidate of respective category the remaining vacant seats will be filled up by the candidate of general category.

  14. In case any successful candidates want to cancel his/her admission after taking admission, then the cancellation process of admission will be governed as per the university rules and regulations.

  15. One copy of each of the following documents is required to apply:

i)  Applicant's passport size photo in colour.

ii) Self-attested applicant's government issued ID (any one of the following):

  • Aadhaar

  • Driving license

  • Passport

  • PAN card

  • Any other government issued ID card containing the applicant's name, photo and date of birth

iii) Applicant's government issued permanent address proof (any one of the following and attested by the person in whose name the address proof is issued):

  • Aadhaar

  • Driving license

  • Passport

  • Electricity bill (in the name of father, mother or applicant)

  • Water bill (in the name of father, mother or applicant)

  • Municipality / Municipal corporation tax receipt (in the name of father, mother or applicant)

  • Any other government issued permanent address proof in the name of father, mother or applicant

iv) Self-attested applicant's latest mark sheet for each course pursuing or completed till date.

v) Father's or Mother's or Local Guardian's PAN card (attested by the person in whose name the PAN card is issued).

vi) If the applicant wishes to provide any other information, he/she may write it on a sheet of paper and attach it with her/his documents. Every such sheet of paper must be signed by the applicant.

vii) If the applicant wishes to provide any other document, he/she may attach the documents with the application form. Every such document must be attested by the holder of the document.

viii) Please note that, if needed, the university may ask for any additional document after the applicant has submitted his/her application form.


FOR PhD CANDIDATES: All the candidates who qualify the written entrance test shall appear in the personal interview before a committee.


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