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Integrated M.Phil.-Ph.D. course in Bengali

(We invite applications from male candidates only)

Application form available from   28 May 2012
Last date of issue and receipt of form 12 June 2012
Admission Test     14 June 2012 at 11.00 am
Result Publication of written test  18 June 2012
Interview      21 June 2012 at 10.00 am
Beginning of Classes    4 July 2012

 Course structure:

Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute (formerly ‘Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University’) was declared by Government of India through its Ministry of Human Resource Development as an institution Deemed-to-be-University under Section 3 of University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956. It was formally inaugurated on 4 July 2005, the day of  mahasamadhi (passing away) of Swami Vivekananda who envisioned just a couple of days before he passed  away that Belur Math would develop into an all-round University. Swami Vivekananda, along with  Rabindranath Tagore, was a pioneer in that adept use of Bangali language at a time when English was the official language of the British India and the vernaculars were hardly promoted by the British Government. Swamiji’s love of Sanskrit is well known, but his wonderful command over Bengali language, his own mother tongue, and his masterly prose compositions are relatively less known. In fact, Rabindranath himself recommended to an earnest enquirer the serious study of Swamiji’s prose writing  prachya o paschatya (The East and the West) to get a good grasp of the Bengali language. Our new Deemed-to-be-University in Swamiji’s hallowed name has decided to set up a School of Humanities and Social Science under which M.Phil./ Ph.D. programmes are being started in Bengali Studies, Philosophical Studies and Economic Studies.

Often, the background of students who take a Masters degree in the above subjects, namely, Bengali, Philosophy or Economics is found inadequate to pursue research in these subjects. To orientate the students for research as well as to give them an exposure to the different research areas, the various research institutes across the country have introduced post-M.Sc. courses or pre-Ph.D. courses for hard core science subjects for their incoming research students. All the Universities in the advanced countries have pre-Ph.D. courses for their students. But then, the Indian Universities offering Ph.D. programmes hardly ever provide any scope for systematic training in advanced topics at the Post-P.G./ Pre-Ph.D. level. This usually leads to the students acquiring on his/her own just enough background with great difficulty, in the very narrow field of his contemplated research topic. As a result, most of these students do not always acquire enough confidence to be able to carry on independent research during their Ph.D. programme nor do they find themselves equipped to take up research in other developing fields at the post-doctoral level. The M. Phil. course started at our new Deemed-to-be-University is intended to fulfil this important need of (i) providing research orientation to the students and (ii) giving them an opportunity for a fairly extensive as well as intensive study in the various research areas.

The M.Phil. course will be a four-semester course. The first three semesters will be fully devoted to course work, each semester carrying 16-18 credits (1 credit being 15-20 hours of course work). In the third semester, there will an elective subject to be chosen from out of several electives and the choice of the elective is likely to decide the area of research to be pursued later. While the planning for dissertation work, including the literature survey, would begin during the third semester, it is the fourth semester that would be devoted entirely to project/dissertation work. The project/dissertation work will be under the guidance of the teachers on an advanced topic in the subject concerned and is intended to give an orientation for Ph.D. research work.

Some selected students may be awarded fellowships for the M.Phil. / Ph.D. programmes. Students joining the Ph.D. programme after qualifying at the UGC NET examination for Junior Research Fellowship will be able to receive their fellowships through the Deemed-to-be-University.


55% marks in Bengali with Honours in Bachelor Degree and 55% marks in the concern subject in Master’s Degree from an UGC recognised University.
(5% relaxation in percentage of marks for SC/ST candidates)

Procedure of Admission:

  1. Admission to the above stated course is based on a selection test followed by an Interview as mentioned by the UGC as a minimum procedure of admission in M.Phil. course in Arts.
  2. The question paper of Written Examination of selection shall consist of questions based on the subject (linguistics, literary theories and modern Bengali literature) and carrying 80 marks in total. Candidates must able to secure the minimum qualifying marks (at least 50%) in the examination.
  3. The qualified candidates of the written examination are called for the Interview which will be in 20 marks.
  4. Candidates qualified in NET with JRF will be exempted from written test.
  5. Candidates must bring their original documents of educational qualification & other testimonials in the time of Interview
  6. There is no provision for revaluation of papers of Written Examination
  7. The decision of the Selection Board & RKMVERI Board of Management will be final under any circumstances.

How to apply:

Application forms may be downloaded using the link. They are also available from the RKMVERI's central office at Belur (just outside the Belur Math main gate), during office hours. More information in this regard may be obtained by calling phone no. 2654 9999.

Please download theadmit card  too if you are downloading theapplication form.

Submission of Application Forms

Application forms, along with necessary certificates, can be submitted either by post or in person during office hours at the RKMVERI office, together with a fee of Rs.200/- by cash or demand draft in favour of 'Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University'. An attested passport size photograph should be affixed in the application form. Filled in applications should reach the RKMVERI office by 12 June 2012.

The admit card with the attested photograph must be retained by the candidate for the entrance examination and brought to the examination hall.