Last Updated On:04/10/2023   

Research Programme


The National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (Nitttr), Chennai is one of the Four Autonomous Organisations Established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, With a Chief Aim of Improving the Quality of Technical Education in India. Established in 1964, This Institute has Devoted Itself to the Training of Teachers from Polytechnics and Engineering Colleges in Southern Region Comprising the Four States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala And Tamilnadu and the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
NITTTR, Chennai is Affiliated to the Anna University and University of Madras for the Doctoral Degree Programme in Core Engineering and Engineering Education (Inter-disciplinary). As the Ph.D. Programme of the Institute is affiliated to the University of Madras all the Rules and Regulations Prescribed by the University from time to time will Apply to the Candidates Admitted into the Programme.


National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research has been identified as Recognized centre (Institute Code 5004300) for carrying out Research Programs viz. M.S (Research) Ph.D in Engineering offered by Anna University.The eligibility conditions are as follows, for further details please refer to Anna University Web Site. The admission to Research Programs will be two times in a year (January and July Sessions)


1.1 Master’s Degree of the University or any other qualification recognized as equivalent there to in the fields of study notified from time to time by the University. Specific educational qualifications are given in Clause 2.
1.2 Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering/Technology of the University or any other qualification recognized as equivalent thereto in the fields of study with a minimum of 15 years of R&D experience in National Research Laboratories / Public sector undertakings and with minimum of three publications in referred impact factor journals or two international patents in the last five years.
1.3 A minimum of 55% marks or CGPA of 5.5 on a 10 point scale in the qualifying examination. In case of SC/ST/ OBC (non-creamy layer)/ differently –Abled candidates, 50% marks or CGPA of 5.0 on a 10 point scale.
1.4 The Clause 1.3 does not apply, if the qualifying degree is M.S. (By Research) of the University or recognized as equivalent.
Two categories of Ph.D. programme available are: Full-time and Part-time. Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria as in Clauses 1 & 2 are eligible to apply for Ph.D. Programme.


3.1.1 Candidates under Full-time shall do research work in the University and shall be available during the working hours for curricular, co-curricular and related activities.
3.1.2 Candidates working in the projects undertaken from State / Central / Quasi Government and totally funded projects in the University Departments / University Colleges / Colleges affiliated to the University. If the Principal Coordinator / Investigator of such projects are recognized Supervisor of the University, the scholar shall register for research programme under such Supervisor only. The scholar should be appointed in a project sanctioned by a funding agency/organization atleast for a period of two years. Part employments in different spells or in different projects are not permitted. The Department/ Centre where the project is undertaken should be a recognized research centre of the University.
3.1.3 Candidates in employment, who want to pursue Full-time study, should be sponsored by their employer and should avail leave for the minimum duration of the programme (Clause 10) and should get formally relieved from their duty to join the research programme.
3.1.4 Candidates who are sponsored by AICTE under Quality Improvement Programme for teachers of Engineering Colleges and who satisfy the eligibility conditions shall apply forFull-time category only,in the Specializations as notified in the AICTE guidelines.
3.1.5 Candidates who are selected at National level Fellowship programmes or by any recognized bodies and who satisfy the eligibility conditions as per the regulations shall apply for Full- time category in the respective Specialization.
3.1.6 Foreign Nationals sponsored by the Government of India on any exchange programme and who satisfy the eligibility conditions as per the regulations shall apply for Full-time category in the respective Specialization.


The following categories of candidates are eligible to apply under Part-time programme:

3.2.1 Full-time teachers of University Departments / University Colleges / Colleges affiliated to the University and Government /Government aided/Self-financing Polytechnic Colleges within Tamil Nadu.
3.2.2 Candidates working in Industrial Units / R&D Departments / National Laboratories / Units of Government / Quasi Government or any other research laboratories which are recognized by the University to do research with the University and sponsored by the respective employer.

The following faculty members have been recognized as Research Supervisor.

Prof. Dr. Sudhindra Nath Panda, Director, NITTTR Chennai , Ref. No - 3010021.
Prof. Dr. E.S.M. Suresh, Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering - Ref. No - 9910172.
Dr. G. Janardhanan, Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, Centre for Environmental Management - Ref. No - 2910016.
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Admission to the Ph.D. programme in Engineering Education under University of Madras can be made two times in a year, i.e., January and July. The online application will be available during the months of December and June every year for admitting the candidates for the two sessions. Candidates shall submit the hard copy of their applications on or before the first working day of January and July to NITTTR, Chennai where they propose to do their Research. The applicant is advised to get the acceptance of a recognized Supervisor at the time of submitting the application. However, this does not ensure admission which is based on the merit list prepared taking into account of the performance in the entrance examination and marks obtained in the PG degree.




    Prof. Dr. G. Janardhanan
    Professor & Head, Centre for Academic Studies and Research
    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Taramani,Chennai-600 113.
    044-22545442 / 441