Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations


Conduct of the Programs (M.Phil/MS & Ph.D):


·         M.Phil/Ph.D level course work is of minimum 30 credit hours (24 credit hours work + 6 credit hours research) & 18 credit hours respectively. However, any students may be asked to undertake additional course work to meet the knowledge deficiency (if any).

·         At the end of the course work each scholar is required to qualify the comprehensive test from the courses taught during the program.

·         After successfully passing the course work and (with CGPA 3 or above for Ph.D & CGPA 2.5 or above for M.Phil) and qualifying comprehensive test, the students research period commences. However, M.Phil/MS students have to carry out research equivalent to 6 credit hours, in two semesters (minimum) to four semesters (maximum). The research dissertation thesis/project may be of six credit hours.

·         Research proposal duly approved by the department research committee and verified for plagiarism should be put up to BOASAR for its approval.

·         Ph.D dissertation once completed in all  respects and approved by the “Research Supervisor” must be evaluated by at least three experts including two foreign experts from technologically advance countries, given the availability factor. Research related to oriental languages and others may be sent to foreign experts of other than the technologically advance countries, e.g. For Urdu, India, for Persian, Islamic Republic of Iran, for Pashto, Afghanistan and for Arabic to any Arabic speaking country. Expenses incurred foreign evaluation of dissertation will be borne by the student.

·         Acceptance/Publication of at least one research paper in an HEC approved journal is essential for the award of PhD degree.

·         The maximum number of Ph.D students under the supervision of a full time faculty member will normally be 5 which may be increased to eight under special circumstances in teaching departments. In research fields where the faculty is involved in full time research with low teaching work load, the number of Ph.D. students may be larger with approval of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

·         Public defense of the Ph.D dissertation & viva voce of M.Phil thesis after successful completion of all requirements.

·         Award of M.Phil/Ph.D degree on successful of all the conditions mentioned above.

·         Rules for MS/M.phil are equally applicable to the students of MBA (Post BBA Hon) Programs.


Conduct of Examinations

·         There shall be two examinations in a semester, i.e. mid-term and final, in additional to home assignment/quizzes. However, evaluation of independent study (of 100 marks) will be made by the panel of experts, generally the supervisory committee in a detailed presentation made by the standard at the end of semester.

·         The weightage of the examinations shall be as follows:


Mid-term examination


Final examination (comprehensive)


Assignments/Presentations of individual courses etc.





·         Comprehensive Written Test and Oral Examination


(Viva-Voce) on Courses Studied & Passed

·         On the completion of the course work, a Ph.D scholar shall have to pass a comprehensive written and oral examination in the field of his studies. Fifty percent marks shall be required in written and the oral examination separately to pass the examination. These marks shall however, not to be counted towards CGPA of a research scholar.


·         The Comprehensive written and oral examination shall be conducted by the Supervisory Committee which may co-opt teacher(s) associated with the course work of the scholar.

·         If the scholar fails in the comprehensive written and oral exam, he/she will be given only one more chance to pass the written and oral examination within a period off six months.

·         The details of comprehensive Written and Oral examination will be worked out by the Supervisory Committee of the research scholar. However, there will be one written Paper of 300 marks, with three sections of 100 marks each, and viva-voce examination carrying100 marks.

·         The maximum duration of the theory examination will be 4 (four) hours, while the maximum duration of viva-voce examination will be two hours.


Grades and Academic Standing

The grading system for the Ph.D course of 700 and above levels shall be as follow:


o    Equivalence between Letter-Grading and Numerical-Grading shall be as follows:


Letter Grade















Very Good















·         Rounding off Principle: Only 0.5 marks and above will be rounded off to next digit in individual subject results.

·         In case where numerical grades are not assessable (i.e. field work), letter grade P (pass) or F (Fail) shall instead be used, and not counted towards CGPA.

o    The minimum standards for successful performance in Ph.D course work shall be a CGPA pf 3.0. A scholar whose record falls below it must raise his CGPA to the required minimum either by repeating the courses, or by taking additional course(s) in the following semester, otherwise he/she shall be considered as withdrawn from the Ph.D degree program or may be transferred to M.Phil/MS research work if it was not completed before. The course work of two semesters (under any circumstances) may be extended to maximum 4 four semesters on the recommendation of supervisory committee and approval of Vice-Chancellor.

o     A research scholar failing in a subject will be allowed only one more chance to pass the same in the following semester along with the subsequent semester subjects. In case he/she still fails to attain the required passing marks, then he/she has to take fresh classes for that subject provided the Supervisory committee has recommended extension of course work period with the approval of vice-Chancellor. However, this extension should not be allowed beyond two semesters.


Research Requirements: Thesis

o    The scholar will defend his/her research proposal by the end of 2nd semester or later. Scholar failing to submit research proposal within one semester of the completion of course work will be served with warning on fine or both. However, the provincial admission of the research scholar, who failed in submitting his/her research proposal with one calendar year of the completion of course work will be cancelled and he/she will be struck-off from the list of Ph.D students.

o    After the successful completion of course work and upon qualifying       comprehensive examination, the scholar shall pursue research work for two semesters for M.Phil/Ms/MBA and two calendar years for Ph.D under the guidance of a Supervisor designated by the BOASAR. However, the duration of research work may be extended by the Vice-Chancellor, upon the recommendation of supervisory committee on the request of research scholar.

o    The statement of research problem (synopsis) shall be submitted by the research scholar to the Supervisory Committee, preferably during the Second Semester for the approval of BOASAR. Once recommended by the supervisory committee the scholar will submit 16 copies of the research proposal for the approval of BOASAR.  

o    On completion of research, the scholar shall submit a draft of thesis for scrutiny and advice to the Supervisory Committee.


In case approved by the Supervisory Committee, Six (6) printed copies of the research work shall be submitted to the Controller of Examinations for the purpose of evaluation. Thesis for the Ph.D degree will not be accepted for evaluation earlier than six (6) semesters and later than 12 (twelve) semesters from the date of registration. Expenses on seeking evaluation from foreign examiners (including mail charges and remuneration of the experts) will be deposited by the research scholar in advance.