Academic Program - Ph.d.

Ph.D. in Banking & Finance under Academics

R. A. Podar College is one of the pioneering HEI which has a fully functional research centre since 1965. The college became a recognized centre for guiding Ph.D. students as early as 1965. Late Principal G. P. Palekar headed the Ph.D. programme for almost a decade and guided many students to complete their Ph.D. After the sad demise of Principal G. P. Palekar, the Ph.D. division became non-functional, lacking suitable guidance. The tradition of continuing the research activity was revived in the year 2009 by Principal Dr. (Mrs.) Shobana Vasudevan (recognized teacher guide). The college is committed and involved in nurturing a research culture among its faculty and students. Most of the teachers are actively engaged in research while enriching the learning experience of the students. The college is a recognized research centre with three Ph.D research centres in the subject of Banking and Finance, Accountancy and Commerce.

To inculcate the spirit of research and enquiry, the college Research, Development and Consultancy Cell organises lecture series on various research and research methodology topics. Some of the topics on which lectures have been arranged include Citation Analysis, Introduction to Endnote Software, research publication process, proposal writing for MRP and literature review.

Research Centers at R.A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics

Research Centre


Number of Ph.D. students awarded doctoral degree

Number of Ph.D. students pursuing Ph.D

Banking and Finance

Dr. Mrs. Shobana Vasudevan




Dr. Mrs. Vinita Pimpale




Dr. CA. Pradeep D. Kamthekar



Categories of Ph.D. Scholars
Senior Research Fellowships (SRF) Scholars: 01
Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) Scholars: 01
Research Scholars: 11

Admission process for Ph.D. programme:
A student seeking admission to Ph.D. course shall apply on a prescribed form. The application form, duly filled in by the student and with a passport-size photo affixed on it along with photocopies of the documents listed below, must be sent to the registrar of the College. Admission to the Ph.D. degree course is open once in the year.

Migration Certificate (No objection certificate from the University last attended)
Passing/Degree certificate of the last qualifying degree examination
Mark-list of the last qualifying degree examination
Documentary proof for date of birth
Research Proposal *
No objection certificate from the employer (if employed)

* The Research Proposal shall be prepared by the student in consultation with his proposed guide and shall be signed by both. The title of the Ph.D. thesis suggested should be such that no work of similar nature has been done or is being done. Research Proposal shall consist of: 

o Topic of research;
o Objectives of proposed research and methodology to be adopted;
o Nature of the data to be collected; Proposed method of analysis and interpretation;
o Expected contribution to the knowledge of the subject; and
o A detailed bibliography of the literature on the topic of research.
Note: Students are requested to note that their application will not be considered for admission if the above certificates are not enclosed with their application.

o Admission to the Ph.D. degree programme shall be done through an entrance exam i.e. PET. Students who have passed NET/SET/ M.Phil./JRF Examination in the relevant subject are exempted from the Entrance Test.
o Only those students who have passed entrance test or who are exempted from entrance test shall appear for an interview to be organized by the College.
o At the time of interview, doctoral candidates are expected to discuss their research interest/ area.

1. While granting admission to students to Ph.D. Programme, the College pays due attention to the State Reservation Policy.
2. Once the student clears the Research Viva Voce, a College application form is submitted along with the copies of the certificates.
3. The form and documents must be submitted along with the fees at the university.

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