The distinguishing feature of the Research programme offered by the English faculty of Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) is that students shall be encouraged to pursue inter- or multidisciplinary research based on the assumption that concerns raised in literary texts often find resonances or analogies in other disciplines. The faculty shall make every effort to create an intellectual environment in which a researcher has the confidence and freedom to challenge canonically accepted critical positions and methodologies. The rationale behind any research undertaken in this programme shall be to understand how a literary or cultural text is profoundly influenced by art, politics, style, history, psychology, image-making, translations and technologies that define the spirit of the age in which literary production happens. Literary research in the contemporary world should, therefore, be inspired sometimes by present anxieties and discontents, sometimes by new areas of knowledge and visions of a different future; it should re-establish, for its own time and location, the truth or the enigma of any text; and, finally, it should claim its place in the same cultural and moral habitat in which other acts of reason and imagination take place
Eligibility: Any student with a postgraduate degree from a recognized university and a minimum of 55% (or as per Ambedkar university rules) can apply for admission. Entrance Examination: The written entrance examination shall evaluate a candidate’s research aptitude, capacity for critical thinking and the ability to write a coherent argument in English. A section of the entrance test will be based on the readings uploaded on the website.
Proposal: Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the entrance examination will be asked to submit a research proposal within a very short notice period after the admission test result is displayed on the website. They shall then appear for an interview which will be based primarily on their research proposal.
The Research proposal (2000-2500 words) should follow the following format:
1. Introduction: Research Area
2. Aims and Objectives
3. Research question 2
4. Existing Research in the area
5. Research Approach/Methodology
6. Bibliography A provisional admission to the PhD programme will be offered to candidates fulfilling the minimum requirements. The proposal will carry a weightage of 25%, the entrance examination 50% and the interview 25%.