For non-agriculture Ph.D. programs, all admitted students are required to complete a mandatory coursework of at least 14 credits, typically spanning one or two semesters. The coursework includes three essential courses: Foundations of Research and Publication Ethics, Research Methodology, and Research Writing and Presentation Skills. Additionally, a Research Seminar is part of the coursework. A minimum aggregate attendance of 75% is compulsory, and the evaluation parameters align with regular university programs. To pass the coursework, a scholar must achieve a minimum of 55% aggregate, with at least 40% in the final end-term examination for Course I and Course II.
Exemptions in coursework are granted to scholars with an M.Phil. degree with a minimum of 55% or equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale through regular mode from LPU or any other recognized university.
For agriculture Ph.D. programs, coursework is mandatory and spans three semesters, amounting to 30 credits. Scholars with certain academic backgrounds may need to complete additional remedial courses. Scholars are required to clear non-credited compulsory courses as per ICAR norms, if not studied during their Bachelor's and Master's degrees. The minimum OGPA required in coursework is 6.5, with a minimum grade of 6.0 in individual courses. Similar to non-agriculture programs, a 75% aggregate attendance is mandatory for coursework, and exemptions are granted to scholars with an M.Phil. degree meeting specified criteria.
It's worth noting that the contact hours for these options remain the same, and an induction program precedes the start of each coursework option.