AICTE Doctoral Fellowship (ADF) for the Academic Year 2020-21

Pondicherry Engineering College is an Institution promoted and fully funded by the Government of Puducherry ( The College was started in 1984 under the VII Five Year Plan. It is an autonomous Institution for the purposes of administration, staff recruitment and College development and is managed by a Board of Governors. Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC) upgraded to Puducherry Technological University (PTU) by the G.O.Ms.No.20 dated 3rd September 2020 with effect from 5th September 2020. The institute is approved research centre for prestigious AICTE Doctoral Fellowship (ADF) academic year 2020-21.

Number of available fellowships is 03 (Electronics and Communication/ Electrical and Electronics - 01, Civil Engineering / Mechanical Engineering - 01, Computer Science and Engineering – 01). The candidates interested in pursuing research in relevant areas may apply.

Online applications are invited from Post Graduate students in Engineering / Technology for admission to a full time Ph.D. program under AICTE Doctoral Fellowship scheme for the academic year 2020-21.

The interested candidates can submit the online application ( form along with required relevant enclosures. The candidate should pay an application fee (online) of Rs.3000/- in respect of Open category, Rs.2000/- in respect of reserved category candidates (SC/ST/OBC) and Rs.1500/- in respect of differently able (PH) candidates

The detailed criteria for the award of fellowship

The fellowship/HRA/contingency will be granted to research scholars admitted in the Technical Universities in the identified thrust areas of the ADF scheme.

  • Technical Universities will admit candidates in their research programme as per their procedure following minimum eligibility criteria as prescribed by AICTE.

  • The candidate must have secured minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 7.5 on the scale of 10 (or minimum 75% marks) or equivalent at both Bachelors and Masters. In addition to above, the candidate should have qualified GATE/GPAT/NET during the last 5 years. For SC/ST/PH candidates, CGPA requirement will be 7.0 on the scale of 10 (or 70% marks) or equivalent.

  • The candidate should be less than 30 years of age as on the date of admission in respective Technical University. However, age relaxation of 5 years would be applicable to candidates belonging to SC/ST, women and physically challenged category in succession.

Duration of the Scheme

The duration of the scheme shall be for a period of 3 (three) years. Further one-year extension (In two slots of 6 months’ each) may be given by AICTE on the recommendation of the respective Technical University based upon the performance of the scholar in the research work.

Amount of Fellowship

The Fellowship will be Rs.31,000/- pm for the first two years followed by Rs. 35,000/- pm for the third year. HRA will be provided at the rate of 8%, 16% and 24% as per the Government of India (GoI) norms as applicable in the city/location where the Research Fellow is pursuing their research and are not provided any hostel accommodation in the institute. In addition, Contingency grant will be admissible to the Scholars at the rate of Rs.15,000/-per annum to meet the miscellaneous expenditures


Dr. A. Amuthan,

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering,

Nodal officer (AICTE- ADF), Pondicherry Engineering College,

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Mobile : 9444104373