MIT-World Peace University (MIT-WPU) is known to be among the top education institutions in India since the establishment of the MIT Group of Institutes in 1983. The ‘MIT World Peace University’ is recognised by the UGC under the Govt. of Maharashtra Act XXXV 2017, since 2017. Today MIT-WPU is at the epicentre for imparting a holistic value based education for the promotion of a universal culture of peace and welfare among the youth.

MIT-WPU is promoting a value based universal education to nurture the culture of peace through Technology, Research, Social Innovation and Partnership.

The Research programmes leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) are offered in the various Faculty/Streams of the university. The doctoral program at MIT WPU is an intense one geared towards preparing research scholars for careers both in academia and industry.

 About ARAI

Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) is a well-known Automotive Research, Development, Testing & Certification Institute in the country under the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Govt. of India.

ARAI Academy is a Skill Development initiative of ARAI, located on a 5-acre area in the middle of Industry at Chakan with education excellence over the last 15 years. Research Scholars would have open access to various labs like Containerized Engine Test Cell, Noise & Vibration, EMI/EMC, Automotive Engineering Systems, Automotive Electronics & Embedded Systems, CAE & Design and latest software such as Altair, Ansys, AVL, GT and Ricardo through the Simulation lab. Also visit for more information on the ARAI and ARAI Academy respectively.

About Ph.D. program in association with ARAI

The design and development of present-day automobiles lay more emphasis on safe, smart and sustainable mobility. More and more research is required in connected, autonomous, shared and electric mobility. R&D efforts in these fields need to address issues such as emission, climate change, fuel economy, noise, vibration and harshness, alternate energy, design of powertrain, electric & hybrid vehicles, advanced automotive materials and manufacturing, vehicle crashworthiness, structural dynamics, electronic control and embedded systems, mechatronics, information technology, recyclability, etc. There is a need to carry out cutting-edge research in the aforementioned areas.

ARAI and MIT-WPU have agreed to pool their resources to support research work leading to a Ph.D. Programme. Both ARAI and MIT-WPU will recognise the expertise and the research adequacy for each research work undertaken. MIT-WPU, by virtue of being a University, shall award Degree in association with ARAI, as per its statute and rules & regulations.


To facilitate research-oriented working professionals from the industry, serving faculty members, scientists working in research labs, fresh postgraduate students and others to carry out research in an ideal environment of academic excellence and state of the art laboratories in two of India’s premier institutions and obtain doctoral degrees.

MIT-WPU and ARAI offers Ph.D. programes in following streams:

Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering in focused areas of Automotive Technologies mentioned below, but not limited to:

Powertrain, Emissions and Alternate Fuels

  • Swirl Optimization
  • After Treatment Device
  • Engine Testing and Certification
  • Automotive Fuels and Emissions
  • Engine Design and Development
  • Engine Combustion & Simulation
  • Biodiesel
  • Automotive Transmission

Automotive Materials & Manufacturing and Structural / Vehicle Dynamics

  • Material Characterization and Failures Analysis
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Materials for Batteries and Fuel Cells
  • Vehicle Dynamics & Control
  • Fatigue Analysis / Structural Dynamics
  • ADAS / Hardware-in-loop

Safety, Lighting and Component & Vehicle Testing

  • Automotive Safety and Crashworthiness
  • Automotive Lighting / Photometry
  • Automotive Engineering System
  • Automotive Testing & Certification
  • Impact Injury Biomechanics
  • Automotive Sub-Systems
  • Driver and Traffic Simulation


  • Noise and Vibration Control
  • Power Train and Electric NVH
  • Modal Analysis
  • Sound Characteristics of Materials
  • Acoustic Enclosure
  • Semi Active and Active Noise Cancellation
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Automotive Aerodynamics & Styling

Electronics & Embedded Systems, Electric & Hybrid Vehicles

  • Engine Electronic and Management Systems
  • Automotive Electronics
  • Journey Risk Assessment
  • Micro Grid and Charging Infrastructure
  • Automotive Real Time Embedded Systems
  • Model Based Design & RPT
  • CAN & CAN Open Technology
  • Battery and BMS

Special Topics

  • Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
  • Vehicle Body Engineering
  • 2/3-Wheeler Technology
  • Off Highway Vehicles
  • Automotive HVAC

The above topics are not exhaustive but indicative. The research scholar can propose research relevant topics from the automotive domain pertaining to one of the engineering stream listed above.

Mechanical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Computer Engineering

Electronics & Communication Engineering

Polymer Engineering

Petroleum Engineering


Ph.D. Admission related queries, contact :

Dr. Rashmi Phalnikar

Ph.D. Coordinator, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, MIT-WPU

Dr. Sanjay Patil

Ph.D. Coordinator (ARAI)