Training in Performing Arts
Academic education and practical training
Library & Research
I . VIII – X – Arts High School (3 Year)
II. XI – XII Plus Two (2 Year)
III. Degree Courses (3 Year)
IV. Post Graduate Courses (2 Year)
     V. M.Phil (1 Year)
     VI. Ph.D (3 Year)
     Regulations for Integrated M Phil – Ph D and Direct Ph D Programmes
     Panel of Guides ( M.Phil / Ph.D Course)

In April-May every year Kalamandalam notifies in the leading Malayalam newspapers details of admission to students in the various courses offered here. Every year we receive hundreds of applications from young aspirants for admission to different courses. Eligible applicants will be requested to appear for written test at Kalamandalam by the end of May. All those who secure reasonable marks in the test will have to appear for an interview. The interview - board will judge the aptitude of each applicant and would consider previous training if any he / she has in the art-discipline concerned. Applicants belonging to families practising traditional arts have a relative advantage. For the disciplines of acting / dancing, sense of rhythm, physical appearance and histrionic taste are the criteria for selection. For vocalists and percussionists, sense of rhythm, voice-culture and previous training are the most desirable qualities for selection. Students admitted to various courses have to join the A.H.S.L.C. (Art High School Leaving Certificate Course). The upper-age limit for admission is thirteen. Each student is allowed to choose only one art-discipline for intensive training. Together with theoretical and practical training in the performing art concerned he / she has to learn scholastic subjects in the school. Those who pass the three-year A.H.S.L.C. Course can join the Plus Two Course and then for the B.A. Degree in Performing Arts. Kalamandalam introduced High School education for its students in 1990. The new system harmonized academic-study and training in performing arts. Till then all the students who joined for regular courses were awarded Diploma and Post – Diploma. Post graduate program in performing arts started in 2007. Initially, Kathakali, Kutiyattam and Mohiniyattam were the faculties in which post-graduate courses came in to being. In 2013, three more art disciplines viz. Kathakali Chenda, Karnatic Music and Mohiniyattam were added to the Course. Selection to M.A. Degree Course in Kathakali, Kutiyattam, Mohiniyattam, Kathakali Chenda, Karnatic Music and Mridangam is strictly based on merit. Kalamandalam offers M.phil and PhD programs in various subjects. Details of the Course can be had from the office.

The challenge before the infant University is to harmonize the traditional Gurukulasampradaya with the modern pedagogy. Classes start in the kalaries at 4.30 in the morning and continue till evening. All the students stay within the campus as this is strictly a residential University. The Kalari-training focuses on physical exercise, body massage, recapitulation and repetition of lessons learned. Teacher-disciple relation here is informal, warm and exemplary.

While physical disciplining of the body and the limbs is a pre-requisite to students of acting / dancing, the current pedagogy aims at imparting theoretical knowledge of art forms too for inculcating a spirit of inquiry among them. Kalamandalam has seriously undertaken this task as well.

Research is yet to be a vital area in the sphere of classical arts. The materials for study / research we have so far are mostly eulogies / hagiography on artists by their admirers. Scientific evaluation and aesthetic interpretations are rare. Art criticism is hence in a degenerated state. The university has therefore begun programs for research and higher studies in the field of performing arts. Cultural studies, Performance studies, Mass Communication, Women’s studies and documentary film-productions are being incorporated as part of the doctoral programs at Kalamandalam.

The motto of the University is to design a sound system of art education in the traditional way imbibing the spirit of enlightenment of the new age.

Training in Performing Arts

Training in the different art-disciplines begins in the wee-hours of the morning, From 6.30 in the morning there is an interval for a few hours. At 9.A.M., the kalaries start again. The training goes on till noon. In the late afternoon, the classes begin at 3 P.M. In the kalaries where acting and dancing are taught one can watch practising of hand-gestures, eye-movements, facial- expressions, leg-exercises, torso-movements, character-enactment and so on. In the vocal- music kalari, the teacher will initially give training to the student in the basic-lessons of classical Karnatic music. Later on students of Kathakali vocal have to learn the text of invocatory items and then move on to the text of the Plays. Lessons in percussion-music begin with the vaytharis (Syllables) and progress to ‘strokes’ and fingerings’ in different rhythmic-scales and tempos. In the ultimate stage of training, there is a well-coordinated performance of Kathakali or Kutiyattam (without make-up and costumes) which is technically called “Cholliyaattam”. In this segment, dance, drama and music (vocal and instrumental) of the art-form concerned are integrated in one kalari. The Kathakali make-up class is most intriguing. Here one can watch the students applying different facial make-ups on earthen pots conceiving them as human- faces. As the study progresses, the students gradually switch over from the class to the dressing-room where actors lie down for facial make-up.

Body-massage is a major segment in the training-culture of Kathakali and Kutiyattam. There are pre-massage and post-massage exercises. The students smear oil on their face, body and limbs. Afterwards they lie down on the floor of the kalari and the teachers massage their body and limbs with feet. The teachers then massage the faces of students using hands. Massage is an exercise Kathakali and Koodiyattam borrowed from the Martial Arts Tradition along with other aspects of physical training. This makes the body and limbs of the actors supple for fluid and spontaneous movements.


Kalamandalam has launched several schemes to re-strengthen the academic-culture of the institution. The syllabi of the degree courses in different performing arts have been revised with the help of the newly reconstituted Board of Studies. The degree has been renamed B.A. instead of B.P.A. (Bachelor of Performing Art). In prescribing the syllabi, experts have formulated guidelines taking into account the concerns of both teachers and students.
The criteria for regular admission, mode of selection, reservation, fee-structure and procedures for private registration can be had from the prospectus published by Kalamandalam. To facilitate advanced study and research on the traditional performing arts of Kerala, Kalamandalam has commenced a regular integrated M.Phil / Ph.D programme as well as a part-time three year Ph.D programme. The areas broadly identified for research are classical theater, modern theater, dance, music and other fine arts. Practising artists, scholars and connoisseurs are eligible to register for research programmes as per norms. The University will provide competent Guides for supervising research. Services of co-guides can also be availed of whenever necessary. Details regarding eligibility, admission procedures, evaluation, awarding of degrees and other essential rules and regulations related to these courses can be had form the prospectus.

The practical training in performing arts which forms the quintessence of Kalamandalam as an illustrious center of learning is soon to receive a fresh impetus as the hours of training get increased in due course. Steps have been taken to ensure qualitative assessment of the training imparted to students so that they get lot of space and time for corrections and improvements. The racholliyattam (late evening Kalari) will soon be re-introduced as a regular feature of training. Stage-performances of promising students for gaining expertise will get prominence in the training schedules.
Library & Research

Scores of students from different countries undergo condensed training in one or the other classical performing arts at Kalamandalam every year. Some of them combine applied- training and research. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India offers scholarships to a few of them under the International Cultural Exchange Program, With a collection of over 50,000 books on theater, music, dance, Indian History, Aesthetics, Epics, Puranas and so on Kalamandalam library is distinguished in many respects. In the early 1960’s Dr. Jones and his wife Ms. Betty True Jones did a profound study of Kutiyattam and Mohiniyaattam respectively based on their intimate association with this institution. The monumental book on Kathakali named Kathakali Complex by Dr. Philip Zarrilli is the outcome of his research held at Kalamandalam in the 70’s. Similarly Dr. Rolf Groesbeck from the New York University did an indepth study of the drum-music heritage of Kerala. He was student of percussion-music at Kalamandalam and was guided in this research program by the senior teachers of the institution in the early 1990’s. Dr. Marlene Pitkow from the US is former student of Kathakali at Kalamandalam. Her thesis on the female representations in Kathakali owes immensely to the training at and performance-culture of Kalamandalam. Similary Dr. Justine Lemos of the University of Riverside, California and Ms. Sarah Sohn had their research of Mohiniyattam and the make-up and costuming of performing arts respectively at the Kerala Kalamandalam. Both of them were Fulbright scholars. Ms. Eva Zily, a French national who was student of Kathakali at Kalamandalam in the 1980’s, recently got her doctorate in performance-studies.

There are fourteen art-disciplines at Kalamandalam which combine theoretical and practical training in the traditional performing arts of Kerala.
I .VIII – X – Arts High School (3 Year)
1. Kathakali Vesham (Vadakkan Kalari)
2. Kathakali Vesham ( Thekkan Kalari)
3. Kathakali Sangeetham
4. Chenda
5. Maddalam
6. Chutty & Vesham
7. Mohiniyattam (Female)
(sub: Bharathanatyam, Kuchippudi)
8. Kutiyattam (Male)
9. Kutiyattam (Female)
10. Mizhavu
11. Thullal
12. Mridangam
13. Thimila
14. Karnatic Music
II. XI – XII Plus Two (2 Year)
The Plus Two Courses have the same subjects as above. Those who get minimum 60% marks in AHSLC examination are eligible for admission to the Plus Two Course.
Degree Courses (3 Year)
All art subjects in the plus two courses are applicable to Degree courses as well.
Part I English  
Part II Malayalam
Part III Main Subject Theory
The eligibility criterion for admission to the degree courses is 60% marks in the Plus Two Examination.
IV. Post Graduate Courses (2 Year)
M.A. Kathakali
M.A Mohiniyattam
M.A Kuttiyattam
M.A Mridangam
M.A Chenda
M.A Karnatic Music
V. M.Phil (1 Year)
VI. Ph.D (3 Year)
As Kerala Kalamandalam is a residential centre of learning, all students admitted for the regular courses have to stay in the hostels concerned. The food is strictly vegetarian. All the students have to follow the rules and regulations prescribed for the hostel inmates from time to time.
Kalamandalam gives monthly stipend to the students based on the income-status of their families. The upper-income limit to apply for stipend is Rs.1 lakh. The stipend is usually awarded initially for a period of one year. The continuation of stipend for the subsequent years for each student is related to the Progress Report. For those who fall short of marks in the terminal and yearly examinations, stipends will either be withheld or withdrawn. The newly admitted students who are in need of stipend have to apply for the same in the first week of June every academic year.
Admission at Kerala Kalamandalam for various courses of study observes rules and regulations of reservation applicable to SC/ST/OEC students. All those students who come under the cast categories recognized by the Government are eligible for stipends and other allowances from the departments concerned.
Application can be had from the Kalamandalam office by directly remitting Rs.25/- (Rs. Twenty five) or through M.O. for Rs.40/- (Rs. Forty). For SC/ST students, the application fee is Rs.6/- when received directly from the office or Rs.40/- as M.O. A student wishes to apply for more than one art-discipline, he/she has to submit separate application forms. For the aptitude test conducted by Kalamandalam, no separate fee is to be remitted. Those applications failing to comply with the prescribed norms and submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Candidates applying for admission to various courses at Kalamandalam may note the following.

Date of issue of application form
Last date on which application form is issued
Last date of receipt of the filled in application form
Date of Aptitude Test
Date of Interviews
Publishing of Results
Date of Admission
Date of beginning of the Class
If by any unanticipated reasons there comes a change of date in the above schedules, it will be announced in the newspapers/radio. For details on admission procedures etc, the applicant may contact 04884-262418 or 262562.

The Vice Chancellor will entrust a Committee consisting of the following members for conducting the interviews.

1. Member of the Executive Board / Member of the Academic Council / Representative of the Vice Chancellor

2. Head of the Faculty concerned

3. External Expert

Complaint regarding admission will be examined by the Sub-Committee of the Academic Council. The decision of the Sub-Committee in this regard will be final.

Regulations for Integrated M Phil – Ph D and Direct Ph D Programmes
These regulations, formulated in accordance with the provisions of the UGC’s 2009 regulations prescribing the minimum standards and procedures for the award of M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees, shall be called the “Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University Regulations for Integrated M.Phil -Ph.D. and direct Ph.D. Programmes, 2012.” They shall govern the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D and direct Ph.D. Programmes offered at Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University in the subject areas of Classical Arts, Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Folklore, Fine Arts and Kerala Culture.
Programme Names
The University shall offer M.Phil and PhD. Programmes under two Faculties:
Faculty of Performing Arts
Music (Vocal & Instrumental)
Comparative Studies
Faculty of Cultural Studies
Literary Studies
Comparative Studies
Kerala Culture
Fine Arts
There shall be a common admission procedure for performing Arts and Cultural Studies in the Integrated M.Phil- Ph.D. and the Direct Ph.D. Programmes.
Notification and Application
Notification inviting applications for admission to the M.Phil-Ph.D. and Direct Ph.D. Programmes shall be issued in the month of October/November every year. The prescribed application form for admission shall be issued from the University Office on receipt of the cost fixed by the University from time to time. Applications indicating the discipline of study/research shall be submitted to the Registrar, Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University. The application shall be accompanied by the receipt of remittance of the entrance examination fee prescribed by the University.
Candidates who possess Master’s Degree in the subject concerned or in related/ allied subjects with not less than 55% Marks/B+ Grade of this University or equivalent Degree of any other Indian or Foreign University recognised by the University are eligible to apply for the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D. Programme. SC/ST candidates need a minimum of 50% marks only or B grade in their Masters Degree. Candidates who are awaiting results of their qualifying examinations can also apply, but they shall produce their P.G. Marklists and Provisional Certificates at the time of Interview.The maximum age of the applicants for admission to the Intergrated MPhil/PhD program shall be 35(Thirty five) as on the date of notification, granting excemption to Direct Ph.D.
Admission to the M.Phil-Ph.D. Programme shall be on the basis of an entrance examination, which will include a written aptitude test and an interview conducted by the Research Committee of the University. UGC-JRF holders, teachers of the University and teachers of Government and Aided Colleges with a minimum of two published works in referred journals and candidates with M.Phil in the subject areas relating to Performing Arts and Cultural Studies are exempted from the written test. There shall be a rank list prepared for both disciplines put together, based on the marks secured by the candidates at the Entrance Examination. Admission shall be made from the rank list.
Entrance Examination
The entrance examination shall carry 75 marks, out of which 50 marks are for the written test and the remaining 25 marks are for the Interview. The questions for the written test shall be prepared by an expert nominated by the Vice-Chancellor. The written test shall be common for both disciplines. It is intended to test the candidate’s research aptitude as well as his/her general familiarity with the subject areas specified for study and research at Kerala Kalamandalam. The candidates who secure a minimum of 50% marks in the written test alone shall be called for the Interview. The candidates belonging to the SC/ST communities require only a minimum of 45% in the written test. In the absence of sufficient number of candidates from SC/ST categories the vacancies shall be filled up as per rules. The reservation policy adopted by the State Goverment/ UGC for the admission of students belonging to SC/ST, OEC and OBC from time to time shall be followed.
The number of candidates to be admitted to the Integrated M.Phil/Ph.D. Programmes in a year shall be eight. The maximum number of candidates that can be admitted directly to Ph.D. in a year shall not exceed ten. However, the University can, if it so desires, choose not to admit any candidate to the Direct Ph.D. Programme in a particular year.
Documents to be produced
Every candidate shall submit the following original documents at the time of admission.
The original/provisional P.G. Degree Certificate and P.G. Marklist
Community Certificate to prove the caste and religion in the case of SC/ST/OEC/OBC candidates
A 'No objection Certificate' from the Employer in the case of employed persons
Conduct Certificate

Transfer Certificate. In the case of candidates from other Universities, Migration Certificate is to be submitted within three months from the date of admission. In the case of Foreign Universities and other institutions that do not issue Migration Certificates etc., a certificate stating the same from an appropriate authority is to be produced. Failure in the submission of Certificate within the time limit prescribed will lead to automatic cancellation of their admission.

The selected candidates shall remit the prescribed fee and the caution deposits to the University fund. The subsequent installments of annual fee and library fee for the integrated M.Phil-PhD programme shall be remitted within 15 days from the beginning of each semester and with a fine of Rs.25/- within the next 15 days. If the fees and fine are not paid by the due date the name of the student shall be removed from the rolls. He/She may be readmitted within the next 15 days on payment of all dues together with a re-admission fee of Rs.150/- provided the Head of the Department is satisfied with the reasons for the default. However, the student may be eligible to appeal to the Vice Chancellor. During the period of the programme the candidate shall not
undertake any employment
join any other course of study.
Course work and credits
The Researchers admitted for the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D Programme shall do course work, in two semesters. After successful completion of the M.Phil Degree Course with minimum B+ Grade, the students can continue the Integrated Ph.D. Course. Teachers working in Colleges/ Universities shall be permitted to convert to part time research after successful completion of M.Phil Programme. The minimum duration of the Fulltime Ph.D. Course is two years. The maximum period permissible for submission of the Ph.D. thesis shall be four years from the date of registration for the Ph.D. Programme. An extension of one more year may be granted by the Vice-Chancellor on the recomendation of the Research Committee, if necessary.
The courses and credits will be as follows:
First Semester
Research Methodology - 4 Credits
Core Course: Sanskrit 4 Credits
Core Course : Aesthetics 4 Credits
Second Semester
Seminar Course: Elective 4 Credits (Internal assessment only) (2 Papers)
Those who want to take M.Phil Degree:
Dissertation - 12 credits
Viva – voce - 4 credits
Total (for M Phil - 32 credits)
There shall be both continuous evaluation (internal assessment) and end- semester evaluation for the 3 courses of the I Semester. 50% of the evaluation shall come from the continuous evaluation (internal assessment) conducted by the faculty who teach the course. The seminar course in the IInd Semester shall also be evaluated internally by the course faculty. The valuation of the answer scripts of the end-semester examination of the first 3 courses of the Ist Semester shall be both internal and external. The candidates shall submit the applications for examination in the prescribed form along with the receipt of remittance of the prescribed fee by the end of each semester. Only those students who have scored an average minimum of B Grade in the I Semester shall be permitted to continue for the II Semester. A student has to present two seminar paper and submit written papers to the Department/ Faculty. The seminar papers shall be evaluated by two teachers and the average grade shall be taken. The M.Phil Degree students have to undertake a research project under the supervision of a Supervising teacher recognised by the University. They shall submit three copies of the Dissertation within one month after the end of the IInd Semester.
Grading System
Both the continuous and End semester evaluation shall be done Direct Grading System based on a 5 - point scale as given below:
Letter Grade Performance Grade Point Grade Range
A Excellent 4 3.5 to 4.00
B Good 3 2.5 to 3.49
C Fair 2 1.5 to 2.49
D Average 1 0.5 to 1.49
E Poor 0 0.00 to 0.49
The overall grade for the programme for certification shall be based on Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) with a 7-point scale given below:
CGPA Grade
3.80 to 4.00 A+
3.50 to 3.79 A
3.00 to 3.49 B+
2.50 to 2.99 B
2.00 to 2.49 C+
1.50 to 1.99 C
1.00 to 1.49 D
The Grade Card given to the student at the end of each semester shall indicate the grades he/she has obtained as well as the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA), which is the weighted average of the Grade Point obtained by him/her in the semester. Weighted average is calculated by dividing the sum of the product of the grade point obtained for each course and the credit that it carries by the total number of credits earned. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) for the whole programme will be calculated in the same way, which will also be indicated in the Grade Point. The minimum graduating CGPA for M.Phil shall be 2.00 (a cummulative grade of C+) and this shall be indicated in the Grade Card.
Publication of Results
The Disseration submitted for the M.Phil Degree shall be evaluated by the members of the Board of Examiners consisting of one external examiner chosen from a panel of five external examiners submitted by the respective supervising teacher and the internal examiner who shall be the supervisiong teacher himself/ herself. The Supervising Teacher shall forward the panel of external examiners to the Vice-Chancellor after the submission of the Dissertation by the candidate. After evaluation of the Dissertation there shall be a Viva-voce examination, which shall be conducted jointly by the external examiner, the internal examiner (Research Supervisor) and the Dean/ Head of the Department. The Supervising Teacher shall hand over the grades awarded on the dissertation and the grades given for the Viva-voce examination in respect of all the candidates to the Head of the Department who in turn shall forward the same to the Registrar/ Controller of Examinations within a week of the conduct of the Vivavoce. The University shall publish the results, within 15 days from the date of receipt of the grades from the Head of the Department.
Improvement of Low Grades
The candidates who fail to obtain the minimum graduating CGPA of 2.00 (C+) will be given one more chance with the next immediate batch to improve their results of their end-semester examinations. Internal assessment grades cannot be improved.
Other Regulations pertaining to Ph D Research
A student shall submit five copies of the thesis along with the following documents to the Head of the Department.
Only candidates who secure a minimum cumulative grade of B+ at the M.Phil Degree examination shall be allowed to go forward and register for Ph.D. Those candidates who intend to continue for Ph.D. Programme shall submit within one month from the publication of M.Phil results a written Synopsis outlining the details of the Ph.D. Project, containing; (a) the tentative title of the research project (b) the objectives of the study (c) the importance and relevance of the Investigation (d) a review of the earlier works in the area of the proposed research project and (e) the details of methodology.
The research project is to be carried out under a recognised Supervising teacher. The Research Scholar has to submit a consent letter of the Supervising Teacher along with the Synopsis.
The Research Committee of the University has to recognise the research projects submitted by the candidates.
The number of candidates registered for the Ph.D. Programme under a Supervising teacher shall not at any point of time exceed 8 (eight). For calculating the number of vacancies under a Supervising teacher, the date of submission of the thesis or the period of reaserach permissible for a candidate, whichever is earlier will be taken into account. A teacher shall not supervise more than five M.Phil Disserations at a time.
The Ph.D. research scholars are required to submit monthly progress report certified by the Supervising teacher to the Registrar through the Director of the Research Centre/ Department on the last working day of the month along with the statement of attendance. This is mandatory for the disbursal of scholarships for the scholars every month.
Attendance and leave rules:
A student shall submit five copies of the thesis along with the following documents to the Head of the Department.
M.Phil students and Ph.D. (Integrated Course) Full-time research scholars have to maintain regular attendance in the concerned Department.
They are eligible to avail 15 days of casual leave per year, for which they have to submit application in the prescribed format to the Director.
Leave on duty for performance will be granted in genuine cases, for which application with valid proof should be submitted to the Director. The performance should, preferably, be with reputed masters in the fileld, from whom the student can obtain a lot of information and expertise both practically and theoretically. Personality development also is a major achievement of this collaboration.
Leave on duty for collection of data or for work assigned by the Supervising teacher will be granted as per requirement. Before entering into duty leave they should submit application for such leave mentioning the specific purpose, duly recommended by the Supervising teacher, to the Head of the Department. Certificate from the institutions they visited or the persons interviewed for collection of data should be submitted to the Director as and when they join the Department after duty leave.
Absence without sanction of leave will be treated as unauthorised absence.
Leave on medical grounds will be granted upto a maximum of 20 days in a completed year for which they have to submit application in the prescribed format supported by a valid certificate from a Goverment Medical Officer/ Physician. The application, duly recommended by the Supervising teacher and the Head of the Department is to be submitted to the Registrar. 75% of the total attendance is mandatory for submission of thesis. A certificate of attendance from the Head of the Department should be attached with the application for submission of Thesis.
If, however, the research scholar has shortage of attendance due to unavoidable reasons, condonation as per rules has to be obtained from the Vice-Chancellor. Application for condonation is to be submitted to the Registrar through the Supervising Teacher and the Head of the Department.
In exceptional cases, the Vice-Chancellor may, on grounds which he may consider as sufficient and reasonable, grant two months special leave for a fulltime Research Scholar. This special leave shall be granted only twice during the entire period of research, provided that, this period of special leave shall not be counted for fellowship. Provided further that a female research scholar shall be entitled to avail 180 days as maternity leave.
Long leave can be granted to full time research scholars for taking up foreign fellowships and other assignments for pursuing studies abroad on topics that are closely related to their areas of research. For this, application with sufficient proof, recommended by the Guide and Head of the Department should be submitted to the Registrar.
Supervision of Research
All permanent teachers of the University with PhD Degree are eligible to be approved as supervising teachers. The Vice Chancellor can, in consultation with the Academic Council, invite outstanding scholars and senior University Professors with proven credentials as Research Supervisors to act as Supervising teachers in the University till the University acquires its own qualified Faculty.
Change of Guide
Change of Research Guide shall not be permitted as a routine. In exceptional cases such change may be permitted provided that the Guide under whom the candidate has originally registered gives a “ No Objection Certificate” and the new Guide gives a “Certificate of Willingness” to guide the candidate for the remaining period of his / her research on the same topic.
The candidate shall submit a request for the change of Research Guide. After the approval of the new research guide, the candidate shall continue his / her research.
Change of Topic and Change of Title
Change of Topic may be permitted within one year from the date of registration.
Change of Title shall be permitted only two times when the required change is of a minor nature as recommended by the guide. Request for a major change in Topic/ Title should be approved by the research commitee after interviewing the candidate. Change of Topic as well as Change of Title should be recommended by the guide.
Research Committee
The Vice Chancellor shall constitute a Research Committee consisting of five members of outstanding research experience. Dean/ Head of the Research Department/Research Co-Ordinator shall be the Chairman of the Research Committee.
Functions and duties of the Research Committee include: (1) conducting of the interview for admission to M.Phil-PhD Programme (2) conducting the interview for the Direct Ph.D. Programme (3) assessing of the proposals and recommending registration of the Ph.D. Programme(4)assigning Supervising teachers to the research scholars if necessary.
Dean/ Head of the Department shall maintain the records of the Research Committee.
The Research Committee, along with the respective Supervising Teacher, shall also monitor the progress of the research work of each Research Scholar. Such monitoring shall be done at the end of every year. Annual approval of the Research Committee is necessary for the student to move into the subsequent year. The Research Committee shall scrutinize, review and evaluate the Progress report of the research programme submitted by the candidate at the end of every year.
Changes in the research project including the area and the title of research can be done only with the consent of the Research Committee. No change in the topic and title will be permitted after the completion of four semesters of the PhD programme.
Pre-submission Publication/ Presentation
A research scholar has to publish at least one research paper in a referred journal or get an acceptance letter/communication from a referred journal before he/she is allowed to submit the thesis. The details of the publication shall be recorded in the progress report.
On completion of research and the draft thesis the research scholar shall make a Pre-Ph.D. Presentation on the thesis in the University. This shall be open to all faculty members and research students whose feedback and comments may be considered by the research scholar for suitable incorporation into the draft thesis under the advice of the supervising teacher.
The date for the Pre- Ph. D. presentation shall be fixed at the request of the Research scholar by the Supervising teacher in consultation with the Dean/ Head of the Research Department. At least 7 days notice along with a 10- page outline of the thesis shall be made available to the faculty members and research students so as to make their participation in the presentation effective. The minutes of the presentation shall be recorded and signed by the Supervising Teacher and the Dean/ Head of the Department.

Period of Research
The research scholars of M.Phil/ Ph.D. Integrated Course shall submit their thesis after a minimum period of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years from the date of Ph.D. registration. An extension for a period of one year may be granted for any candidate if there are adequate grounds, after which the registration will lapse automatically.
Submission of Abstract/Thesis
A Ph.D. student shall submit 10 copies of the Abstract of the thesis (final Synopsis) through the Supervising teacher to the Registrar/Controller of Examinations two months prior to the submission of the original thesis. The final synopsis should be two pages (A4 size) neatly typed out in bond paper using 12 point type in single space.
Documents to be submitted
A student shall submit five copies of the thesis along with the following documents to the Head of the Department.
A declaration signed by the research scholar stating that the study has not been used previously as a part of any other work for the award of any other degree, diploma, associate-snip, fellowship, title or recognition.
A certificate from the supervising teacher stating that the thesis is a bona-fide record of the research work carried out by the candidate
A certificate to the effect that the candidate has successfully completed the required course work.
Evidence of pre-Ph D publication
Minutes of the meeting of the pre-Ph D presentation
A completed application in the prescribed format.
The original receipt of remittance of fee prescribed by the University.
No-dues certificates from the Hostel, Library, Department and Campus Director.
A compact disc of the thesis. The Head of the Department shall forward the thesis and the documents to the Registrar/Controller of Examinations without delay.
Panel of Examiners
comprising a Chairman and two experts from the panel submitted by the Supervising teacher for the evaluation of the thesis. The thesis submitted shall be sent to them for evaluation without The supervising teacher shall furnish to the Vice-Chancellor in a sealed cover a panel of at least 10 experts of whom, 5 (five) shall be from outside the state (with the name, designation, phone number, address and area of specialization, years of service) from academic institutions or research institutions. In the case of thesis written in Malayalam only three names of experts need be given from outside the State. The Vice-Chancellor shall constitute a committee delay.
Evaluation/ Open Defence
1. The Examination Wing shall make arrangements to complete the evaluation of thesis within six months from the date of submission of the thesis.
2. The Ph.D research scholar shall undergo a viva-voce examination which shall be openly defended beforeinvited scholars and well known academics.
3. The Board of Examiners for viva shall consists of the Chairman/Head of the Department/ Director, NilaCampus and Supervising Teacher.
4. On receipt of the adjudication reports from the members of the Board of Examiners, the Examination Wing shall intimate the Chairman about the receipt of the same and in consultation with the Chairman, Research Co-Ordinator of the University and the Supervising teacher shall fix a convenient date for the Open-viva.
5. Dean/ Head of the Department/The Research Co-Ordinator shall be the Moderator of Open-Viva and the supervising teacher shall be the Convener of Open-Viva.
6. The Supervising Teacher shall invite at least 25 scholars and researchers interested in the topic from various University/College/Department to attend the open defense. Along with the invitation, the invitees shall be provided a synopsis of the thesis. In addition to the invitees, all those who are interested in the topic shall be allowed to attend the open defense. Copy of the thesis shall be made available in the Library, fifteen days prior to the open defense and the matter shall be displayed on the Notice Board. An Attendance Register having the names of the referees who read the thesis shall be kept by the Librarian for future records. The referees, who wish to comment on the thesis, may pass the same on to the Librarian and the comments concerned shall be forwarded to the Registrar for the consideration of Board of Examiners. The Chairman of the Board has the right to consider or reject the comments. The copies of adjudication reports shall be given to the Board of Examiners fifteen days before the open viva.
7. At the commencement of the Viva, the Convener shall welcome the guests, the audience and explain the procedures to them.
8. The Researcher shall deliver a brief presentation of his/her thesis for not more than 20 minutes. The members of the Board shall ask questions to the research scholar. The scholar will answer them first. Subsequently the participants (audience) can ask relevant questions. Moderator intervene as and when necessary and issue instructions to the participants if they raise irrelevant questions. The scholar will be given an opportunity to clarify the position. The entire procedure of open viva shall be developed into an academic discussion.
9. The performance of the candidate shall be judged by the Board of Examiners. The Board of Examiners shall prepare a report on the open defense and it shall be forwarded along with the Minites of the session through the Registrar to the Vice-Chancellor. The Vice- Chancellor shall forward it to the Executive Board, if the Board of Examiners recommends to award Ph.D degree to the Research Scholar.
10. The Executive Board shall award the Ph.D Degree based on the report of the Board of Examiners.
Revision of thesis
If the experts suggest corrections, modification, revision etc., for the approval of the thesis for the award of Ph.D Degree, the same shall be communicated to the candidate. The candidate shall submit the revised thesis after an interval of Six months. If one of the experts differ in his/her opinion on the award of the Ph.D degree to the candidate, the thesis shall be sent to a 4th expert appointed by the Vice- Chancellor from the original panel submitted by the supervising teacher. If the fourth expert does not recommend the award of Ph.D degree, the thesis shall be rejected. If two or more experts differ in their opinion on the award of Ph.D Degree to the Candidate the thesis shall be rejected. A thesis whether approved or not shall be published only with the permission of the University..
Direct PhD Programme
The University shall earmark a few seats, not exceeding ten each year, for candidates opting for Direct Ph.D. programme. Direct Ph.D. can be either Full-time or Part-time. Teachers working in Universities, affiliated Colleges or Higher Secondary/ Secondary Schools or in reputed Private Institutions of Performing Arts are eligible to submit application for Part-time Ph.D. Programme. Candidates who are not interested in joining the M Phil, but who possess aptitude for research and a Master’s Degree in the subject concerned or in related/ allied subjects with not less than 55% marks/ B+ Grade of this University or equivalent degree of any other Indian or Foreign University recognized by the University are eligible to apply for the Direct Ph.D Programmes in Performing Arts or Cultural Studies. (SC/ST candidates need a minimum of 50% marks only or B grade in their Masters Degree.) Admission to direct Ph.D., as in the case of the integrated M.Phil-Ph.D, shall be on the basis of an entrance examination consisting of a written test and an interview. The nature, procedures and parameters of the entrance examination for Direct Ph.D. shall be the same as those for the integrated M Phil-Ph.D. UGC-JRF holders, regular teachers of the University and regular teachers of Government and Aided Colleges with a minimum of two published works in referred journals and candidates with M.Phil in subjects relating to performing arts and cultural studies are exempted from the written test. The candidates who secure a minimum of 50% (45% for SC/ST candidates) marks in the written test alone shall be called for the interview. The interview, to be conducted by the Research Committee, shall be based on the written research proposal of the candidate. Availability of approved guides, their willingness to guide on a specific research proposal, vacancy of seats etc shall be taken into account for giving admission. The University can decide not to admit any candidate to direct Ph.D. programme in a particular year in the absence of good research proposals or non-availability of research supervisors. Candidates who have qualified for the JRF can, on the recommendation of the Research Committee, register for the direct Ph.D. programme as and when they are awarded the fellowship by the UGC. Applications for Direct Ph.D. shall be accompanied by, apart from copies of certificates and other documents, a written research proposal on the subject the candidate proposes to work on. Teachers working in Colleges/ Universities/ Higher Secondary/Secondary School or reputed Private Institutions of Performing Arts shall be permitted to convert to part time research after successful completion of the Ph.D. Course work.Duration of the Ph.D. (Direct admission) Degree Course for Scholars with M.Phil Degree (with minimum B+ Grade) is two years, and for those without M.Phil Degree (M.A. Degree holders with 55% marks/ B+ Grade) is three years from the date of joining.
Course work: Candidates without M.Phil Degree, registered for Direct Ph.D shall be required to undergo a course work for a period of one Semester in the begining itself. The course work shall be organised by the University either along with the M.Phil students or separately. The course work shall be worth 12 credits and shall have the following components :
1. A course in Research Methodology (4-credits);
2. A course in Sanskrit Language (4 credits);
3. Indian Aesthetics (4 credits).
The Syllabus and evaluation procedure for the Ph D course work shall be the same as that adopted for M Phil Ist Semester. Those who fail to obtain B+Grade/ 55% marks in the course work shall not be allowed to continue research. They shall be allowed one more chance with the next immediate batch to improve their grade, and if they fail to get the minimum B+ in the second attempt too their registration shall automatically lapse. M.Phil students who have secured a minimum cumulative Grade of B+ at the Ist Semester examinations as well as for the seminar presentations. Course (a) in the IInd Semester, but who could not submit the Dissertation for completion of the M.Phil courses, or secured only B Grade for Disseration, shall be permitted to register for direct Ph.D. These candidates shall submit application to this effect within one month after the publication of results of the M.Phil IInd Semester examinations, along with five copies of the Synopsis of the proposed Ph.D. Research Project and a letter of willingness to guide the research from a recognised Supervising teacher. These candidates are exempted from the compulsory course work of six months duration and therefore they are permitted to submit the Ph.D. thesis after a minimum period of 30 months. The maximum period permissible for such Research Scholars to submit the thesis shall be four years from the date of registration. Extension of one year may be granted by the Vice-Chancellor in deserving cases. All regulations pertaining to the M.Phil - Ph.D Integrated Programme vide supra Nos. xv to xxv shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to the Direct Ph.D. programme.
Attendance and leave rules
During the period of compulsary course work, the Ph.D. research scholars (Direct admission) can avail casual leave for 10 days and leave on medical ground for 10 days. Application for medical leave should be accompanied by a Certificate from a Govt. Medical Officer/ Physician of an authorised medical institution. Female scholars are eligible for maternity leave for 180 days. During the period of Part-time research after the course work in the first year, the scholar should have minimum fifteen days compulsary attendance in the Department. In the subsequent two years, thirty days attendance per year is compulsory. A certificate of attendance from the Head of the Department/ Director or from the Research Guide is an essential attachment with the application for submission of thesis.
Progress Report
The Ph.D (Part-time) Research Scholars shall submit monthly progress report certified by the Supervising Teacher to the Registrar through the Head/ Director of the Department, on the last working day of the month.
Seminar Presentation
During the period of compulsary course work, the Ph.D. research scholars (Direct admission) can avail casual leave for 10 days and leave on medical ground for 10 days. Application for medical leave should be accompanied by a Certificate from a Govt. Medical Officer/ Physician of an authorised medical institution. Female scholars are eligible for maternity leave for 180 days. During the period of Part-time research after the course work in the first year, the scholar should have minimum fifteen days compulsary attendance in the Department. In the subsequent two years, thirty days attendance per year is compulsory. A certificate of attendance from the Head of the Department/ Director or from the Research Guide is an essential attachment with the application for submission of thesis.
Date of effect
As soon as these new regulations for the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D and Direct Ph.D. programmes come into effect, all the earlier rules and regulations pertaining to M Phil and Ph.D. shall be treated as cancelled. However, candidates who have already registered in accordance with the old regulations shall continue to be governed by that regulations existing prior to the revision except those related to the evaluation of the thesis. Along with the degree, the Ph.D. degree awarded under these regulations shall carry a Provisional certificate stating that the Degree has been awarded in accordance with the provisions of the “UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M Phil/ Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2009."

If any difficulty arises in implementing the provisions of these regulations, the Vice- Chancellor may issue appropriate orders to remove the difficulty.
Fee structure
M.Phil/Ph.D integrated Tuition Fee( per semester) Rs. 600
Special Fee Rs. 500
Caution deposit Rs. 500
Part time Ph.D
Registration Fee Rs. 5000
Library fee (per annum) Rs. 1000
Fee for application Rs. 200
For candidates belonging to SC/ST Rs. 50
Postal Charges (extra) Rs. 30
Panel of Guides ( M.Phil / Ph.D Course)
Dr. Ajayakumar
Dept. Malayalam
Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University,
Kalady, Ernakulam.
Dr. A. Jalaja Varma
Head of the Dept. of Music
School of Drama & Fine Arts
University of Calicut
Aranattukara, Thrissur.
Dr. A.K. Nambiar
Retd. Professor School of Drama
Sruthi, Azhikode P.O.,
Kannur-670 009.
Dr. A.N. Krishnan
Dept. of Malayalam
NSS College, Ottappalam,
Dr. Chathanathu Achyuthanunni
Vallathol Vidyapeethom
Sukapuram, Edappal,
Dr. C.M. Neelakandhan
Retd. Professor
Saranya, Chethala Mana,
Kidangoor P.O.,
Angamali, Ernakulam.
Dr. C.R. Rajagopalan
Professor, Dept. of Malayalam
Kerala University,
Karyavattom, Trivandum.
Dr. C. Rajendran
Professor of Sanskrit
University of Calicut
Thenjipalam, Malappuram.
Dr. C. Rajan
Reader, Dept. of English
Sree Kerala Varma College
Dr. E.N. Narayanan
Dept. of Sanskrit
S.B. College, Changanachery,
Dr. Jalaja V.
Reader & Head
Dept. of Library & Information Science
University of Calicut
Thenjipalam, Malappuram.
Dr. Kanka Rele
Nalanda Dance Research Centre
Plot A-7/1 N.S. Road, No. 10
JVPD Scheme, Vilaparle (west)
Mumbai-400 049.
Dr. K.M. Krishnan
School of Letters
Mahathma Gandhi University
Dr. K.V. Vasudevan
Reader, Dept. of Sanskrit
Sreekrishna College
Guruvayoor, Thrissur.
Dr. M.R. Raghava Warrier
Retd. Professor
Publication Division
Arya Vaidyasala
Kottakkal, Malappuram.
Dr. Neena Prasad
Tara/102, Miranda Junction
Dr. N.K. Geetha
Dept. of Sahitya
Govt. Sanskrit College
Dr. N.P. Vijayakrishnan
Mulayankavu P.O.,
Kulukkalur, Palakkad.
Dr. N. Rajan
NSS College
Manjeri, Malappuram.
Dr. O.M. Anujan
Retd. Professor
Ponnoth Vedu,
Temple South Road,
Chilavannur, Kochi-682 020.
Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam
Director, Nrithyodya
6, Fourth Main Road
Gandhinagar, Chennai.
Dr. P.C. Murali Madhavan
Retd. Professor
Aparna, Vidya Nagar,
Ayyanthol P.O., Thrissur-680 003.
Dr. P.P. Raveendran
Professor, School of Letters
Mahatma Gandhi University
Dr. P. Venugopal
Editor, Lexicon
University of Kerala
Dr. Raghavan Payyanadu
Centre for Folklore Studies
Vatakara, Kannur.
Dr. S. Shifa
Dept. of Malayalam
Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University,
Dr. Sudha Gopalakrishnan
National Mission for Manuscripts
No. 5/Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi-110 001.
Dr. T. Devarajan
Head of the Dept. of Sanskrit
University of Kerala, Karyavattam
Dr. V.K. Krishna Kaimal
Dept. of Malayalam
Maharajas College
Dr. Sadanam K. Harikumar
Gandhi Seva Sadan
Kathakali & Classic Arts Academic
Gandhi Seva Sadan P.O., Perur,
Palakkad - 679 302.
Dr. B. Pushpa
HoD, Dept. of Music
University of Kerala, Karyavattam,
Dr. P.V. Ramankutty
Rted. Principal
Puthen vettil, Pallippuram,
Viz Pattambi, Palakkad.
Dr. Balagopalan T.S. Prabhu
Prof. of Architectural Engineering and
Head of the Civil Engineering
Regional Engineering College
Calicut-673 601.
Dr. S. Bhagyalakshmi
Bhagya Buildings,
Pulimoodu, M.G. Road,
Thiruvananthapuram -695 001.
Dr. K.P. Sreedevi
Professor in Sahitya
Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University,
Kalady, Ernakulam – 683 574.
Dr. K. Usha
Associate Professor in English
NSS College, Ottappalam
Dr. Raja G.
T.C. 16/1829, Navaneetham
Thiruvananthuprum-695 004.
Dr. S. Sreekumari
Assistant Professor in Malayalam
Providence Women’s College
Calicut -9.
Dr. K.P. Nanda Kumar
Associate Professor of English
Sree Vyasa N.S.S. College
Wadakkanchery, Thrissur-680 623.

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