Visvesvaraya Fellowship for PhD applicants

Special advertisement for admission to the full-time PhD program under the “Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme” sponsored by DeitY, Govt. of India.

The Mechanical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur calls for applications for hiring PhD students from academia and industries. Candidates employed with industry or state government  called hereinafter as host organization can also get admissions to this PhD program with support from their host  organization. The details of the scheme for admissions to full time/ part time PhD program is listed in the website: http/

Selections of the candidates who may obtain the Visvesvaraya PhD fellowships will be carried out by the  Department of Mechanical Engineering through a written test and interview of shortlisted candidates. The eligibility criteria for applying for this program are the following:


Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

An applicant must have a master's degree in engineering/ technology with marks/CPI not below the specified minimum, or a bachelor's degree in engineering or science (4 year program) with a minimum of 75 percent marks/7.5 CPI, or master's degree in science or an allied area, satisfying each of the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 65 percent marks/6.5 CPI in the master's degree, 
  2. First division in bachelor's degree, and
  3. JRF/95 percentile or higher in GATE.

However, a valid GATE score is needed for the candidates with a bachelor's degree in engineering, if they have  not graduated from a CFTI (centrally funded technical institute).

Sponsored candidates

A candidate who is sponsored by his/her employer and who meets the additional conditions specified below may be admitted through a separate selection committee appointed specifically for the purpose. A sponsored candidate must have been in service of the sponsoring organization for at least two years at the time of admission. The sponsoring organization must specifically undertake to provide full salary to the candidate and  to relieve him/her to pursue the program for its full duration. Fulfillment of GATE eligibility  requirement may be waived for such candidates. However, the sponsored candidates seeking admission to the M. Tech./M.Des/PhD program who have not taken GATE/CEED will be called for interview and may in addition be asked to take a written test. The following are a list of research projects with the respective faculty members who are working on these projects where the selected candidates will be aligned.

Research Projects

Research Projects Available for Visvesvaraya Fellows

Sl. No.


Contact Professor


Design and control of electronic systems for performing coordinated tasks by multiple mobile robots.

Dr. A. Dutta


Design and control of Electro active polymer based micro robotic systems for micro manipulation and assembly.

Dr. A. Dutta


Experimental Study of Impingement Cooling of Electronic Chips Using Synthetic Jets.

Dr. A.K. Saha


Cooling of Array of Heated Chips Embedded on a Printed Circuit Board.

Dr. A.K. Saha


A Novel technique of Destruction of electronic waste (Hard-drives) for its easy disposability by using shock wave generated through novel nano-energetic materials.

Dr. S. Bhattacharya


A highly specific impedance based labeled gene identification system by using metallic nanoparticle labelling in PCR.

Dr. S. Bhattacharya


Structure integrated sensors and actuators to monitor and improve machine tool performance.

Dr. Mohit Law


Material engineering for the piezoelectric smart materials for electronic sensors and actuators.

Dr. Jishnu Bhattacharya


Structural influence on DNA-carbon nanotube based molecular electronic devices.

Dr. Niraj Sinha


Signal processing algorithms for data fusion of multiple detectors used in radiation portal monitors.

Dr. Shikha Prasad


Signal processing algorithms for soil characterization in mineral surveys using a 3D real time robotic system.

Dr. Shikha Prasad


Effective transient cooling of electronic devices using PCM based thermal storage.

Dr. Arvind Kumar


Modelling and simulation of transport phenomena during 3D printing of electronic components.

Dr. Arvind Kumar


Robotic Dragonfly: Design and Control.

Dr. Anupam Saxena


Bone Anchored Hearing Aid.

Dr. N. Tiwari


Active Vibration Control (Electromechanical modeling & Control Algorithms).

Dr. N. Tiwari


Investigation on RCS Reduction Characteristics of Conformal Narrow Band Metamaterials Absorber for Complex Shapes.

Dr. J. Ramkumar


Device fabrication of nanostructured carbon decorated with metal nanoparticle loaded metal doped monochalocogenides: Performance evaluation with commercially available thermoelectric devices and running of home appliances.

Dr. Kamal K. Kar


LiFePO4/Li4Ti5O12 fibrous solid state lithium ion batteries as smart fiber for advanced technological applications.

Dr. Kamal K. Kar


Biomass derived multi-doped carbons Pt-free cathode catalyst layer for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and electrodes for supercapacitors.

Dr. Kamal K. Kar


Electrical, optical, and structural properties and power dependent upconversion in Yb+3 / Er+3 / Tm+3 study in co-doped BiNbO4 and LaNbO4 phosphors for the high energy efficiency white LED.

Dr. Kamal K. Kar


Design and development of RF sensors loaded with nano-materials and conducting polymers to monitor toxic, hazardous and pollutant gases in the environment.

Dr. Kamal K. Kar


Design, development and synthesis of tuneable light weight functional materials for stealth applications in RF, microwave and mm‐wave frequency range.

Dr. Kamal K. Kar


Efficient cooling of data centre and utilization of low-grade waste energy.

Dr. S. Sarkar


Hybrid cooling of PCB through unsteady air and liquid cooled heat sink.

Dr. S. Sarkar


Study of bend-induced losses in optical fibers for optoelectronic sensing and optical communication applications.

Dr. Shakti S. Gupta

Salient Features

Salient Features

The salient features of the program are:

  • This is a full-time PhD program with fellowship for a maximum period of five years.

  • Fellowship @ Rs. 31,500 per month for 1st and 2nd yr, and @ Rs. 35,000 per month for 3rd, 4th, and 5th yr.

  • HRA on the abovementioned amount is available to candidates who do not reside in the campus as per the government rules.

  • Annual contingency grant @ Rs. 30,000 per year per PhD student.

  • In addition, a PhD candidate under this scheme is eligible to apply for an international travel support of upto Rs. 50000 from DeitY.

How to apply

How to apply:

Candidates interested to be considered under the Visvesvaraya Fellowship scheme should send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Visvesvaraya Fellowship” in the subject line of the e-mail providing the following details before November 27, 2016

  1. Full Name as given in the application
  2. Contact phone number
  3. Application number received during online application submission
  4. Maximum five projects from the list of projects given in the link “Research Projects” of interest to the candidate in the order of preference in the following format:
    Choice 1          Title of the project          Faculty Name
    Choice 5          Title of the project          Faculty Name

Original transcripts would have to be produced during the written test/ interview for verification.



Enhanced PhD fellowship: The fellowship amount is Rs 31,,500 p.m. (I&II Yr); Rs 35,000 p.m. (III - V Yr).
Annual Contingency grant/support: @Rs30,000 per year for consumables etc.

ROR: Those PhD candidates who are not provided accommodation or choose not to avail the accommodation provided by the institution, the ROR would be on reimbursement basis, based on actual and subject to a ceiling  based on location of the institution registering the PhD candidate.

ROR Amount: The ceiling would be 30%, 20%, and 10% of the fellowship amount as per the Government of India norms for class X, Y or Z cities respectively.

International Conferences Rewards: Support for attending up to two renowned international conferences per full time candidate:@ up to maximum support of Rs 50,000/- for each international conference would be  provided. The total support under the scheme is for 1000 such participations fulfilling the norms defined in the scheme on first come first serve basis.

Infrastructural Grant: Institutions registering PhD candidates, infrastructural grant for up-gradation /creation of the laboratory, equipment etc. (excluding civil construction! expansion of building) would be provided@ 50% of the actual cost subject to a ceiling of Rs 5 lakhs per full time candidate under the scheme. This grant  would be one time.

Over Heads: Institutional over heads @ Rs 25,000/- per year per full time candidate will be provided under the  scheme for a maximum of five years for each candidate.



Part-time candidates who do not avail of any PhD Fellowship/ scholarship/ stipend from any Central or State Government shall be provided one time incentive of Rs 2.5 lakh on successful completion of the PhD degree.

Further information

Further information:

Dr. P. Venkitanarayanan,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur.
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mr. Anil Kumar Arya
Senior Assistant ME Office,
IIT Kanpur
Phone: 0512-2597627