Ph.D. in Civil Engineering

Programme Overview

The doctor of philosophy program (PhD) in Civil Engineering provides a platform to students to explore their research skills in a specialised area and to develop a dissertation that embodies the results of original research and gives evidence of high merit. The students acquire a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialized research skills in core aspects of civil engineering to advance learning and/or professional practice.

The faculty at department of civil engineering, comprising a multi-disciplinary team, attempts to deliver industry relevant, original solutions in an ethical and sustainable way. The team, through its doctoral programme, endeavours to develop engineering solutions that make a difference to society. Many peer reviewed articles and patents are published by the faculty as an outcome of doctoral research.

The research is strongly supported by state of art experimental and computational facilities, many of which are procured through research grants from reputed organizations including AICTE, MOUs with recognized academic institutes like Politecnico De Milano of Italy and industries.

Broad areas of research available at the school include

Scholarship DetailsScholarship Details

Minimum 3 Years
Programme Name

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering

I. Eligibility Criterion for admission to the Ph.D. Programme

The following candidates are eligible to seek admission to the Ph.D. programme

Candidates who have completed:

i) A 1-year/2-semester master’s degree programme after a 4-year/8-semester bachelor’s degree programme or a 2-year/4-semester master’s degree programme after a 3-year bachelor’s degree programme or qualifications declared equivalent to the master’s degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed or equivalent qualification from a foreign educational institutions accredited by an assessment and accreditation agency which is approved, recognized or authorized by an authority, established or incorporated under a law in its home country or any other statutory authority in that country to assess, accredit or assure quality and standards of the educational institutions.

A relaxation of 5% marks or its equivalent grade may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/differently-abled, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of the commission from time to time.

Provided that a candidate seeking admission after a 4-year/8-semester bachelor’s degree programme should have a minimum of 75% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade on a point scale wherever the grading system is followed. A relaxation of 5% marks or its equivalent grade may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently-abled, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of commission from time to time.

ii) Candidates who have completed the M. Phil programme with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade in a point scale. A relaxation of 5% marks or its equivalent grade may be allowed for those belonging to SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/Differently abled, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and other categories of candidates as per the decision of commission from time to time.

Reservation is applicable only to Maharashtra domicile candidates provided they submit the necessary documents for reservation before interview. Outside Maharashtra candidates will be considered in open category.

II. Selection Process for the admission to the Ph.D. program

1. Candidates satisfying eligibility criterion shall be called to appear for the Ph.D. entrance test conducted by MITWPU.
The exemption will be given from Ph.D. entrance test for those students who qualify UGC-NET /UGC-CSIR NET /GATE (valid score)/CEED/GPAT (valid score)and similar national tests.

2. PhD entrance test shall be qualifying with qualifying marks as 50% provided that relaxation from 50% to 45% shall be allowed for the candidates belongs to SC/ST/OBC (Non creamy layer)/Differently abled category, Economically Weaker section (EWS) and other category of candidates. The syllabus of entrance test shall consist of 50% of research methodology and 50% shall be subject specific.

3. The interview/viva-voce will be conducted by the university for test qualifying candidates. For selection of candidates a weightage of 70% to the entrance test and 30% to the performance in the interview/Viva-voce shall be given. For GATE/NET/JRF /SET/GPAT/CEED qualified students, the selection will be based on Interview/Viva Voce

4. The recommended candidates will be intimated through email about their selection and the candidates will be offered Ph.D. provisional admission.

5. The eligibility of a candidate is provisional as per information provided by the candidate in his/her application form and is subject to verification of minimum eligibility conditions for admission to the program, educational documents and reservation documents (if any).

6. University keep rights to cancel admission of the Ph.D. scholars in the case of misconduct by the scholar, unsatisfactory progress/absent for consecutive two progress seminars, failure in any examination related to Ph.D., fabrication found in educational and reservation documents, candidate is found ineligible, involved in plagiarism in paper publications and thesis.

7. Provisional eligibility to appear in the selection process is no guarantee for admission to the program.

8. Candidates who will join PhD program full time, they will be provided with the stipend as per MITWPU norms.

9. PhD admission will be confirmed after successful completion of the course work with 55% or more as per UGC norms. Ph.D. programme should be minimum of three years including course work and maximum of six years from the date of admission to the Ph.D. programme.

10. A maximum of an additional two years (2) years can be given through the process of re-registration provided, however, that the total period for completion of a Ph.D. programme should not exceed eight (8) years from the date of admission in the Ph.D. programme.

11. Provided further that, female Ph.D. scholars and persons with Disabilities (having more than 40% disability) may be allowed an additional relaxation of two years(2) ; however the total period for completion of a Ph.D. program in such cases should not exceed ten (10) years from the date of admission of the programme.

12. Female candidates may be provided Maternity Leave/Child Care Leave for up to 240 days in the entire duration of Ph.D. programme.

Research Supervisor Information
S. No. Name of the Supervisor Research Area of the Supervisor Email Address of the Supervisor Scopus ID , Researchers ID, Personal website link and Vidwan profile link of the Supervisor
1 Dr Sunil S Pimplikar Geopathic Stress and Road Accidents , Surveying and Mapping, Sustainability in Road Construction, Construction Contracts Management, Metro Costing, Quality Management, Use of Nano silica in concrete
2 Dr Mrudula Kulkarni Structural engineering, Bio-mechanics
Google Scholar ID:
Web of Science ResearcherID AAW-3563-2020
Scopus Author ID: 57188550010
3 Dr Sandeep Potnis Risk Assessment in Tunneling, Design of segmental lining, Seismic analysis of Tunnels, Application of plastic waste in flexible pavemen, ,Effect of magnetised water on strength of concrete
4 Dr Ramesh Dod Environmental Engineering, Water, Wastewater Treatment, Air Pollution, Solid and Hazardous waste Management, Environmental Impact Assessment Scopus ID: 55350235100
Researcher ID: AAT-9393-2020
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5457-012X
5 Dr Sudhir P Patil Prestressed Concrete Structures, Bridge Structures, Corrosion, Composite concrete ht7tps://
6 Dr Shantini Bokil Environmental and Sustainable Management, Water Resource Management, Construction Management
7 Dr Nivedita Gogate Environmental Engineering; Water, wastewater and Stormwater Management, Air Pollution and Ambient Air Quality Management, Waste Management, Risk Assessment in Construction, LCA, Circular Economy, Utilization of waste materials in construction applications Orcid ID: 0000-0002-7021-5280
8 Dr Ganesh Ingle Geotechnical Engineering, Foundation Engineering, Ground improvements, soil reinforcement, Flexible and concrete pavement
9 Dr Amrut Joshi Design and Analysis of Structures, Earthquake resisting design, Structural Dynamics, Tensegrity, Composite structures
10 Dr Avadhoot Bhosale Performance based design/seismic risk of vertical irregular building, seismic retrofitting of strcuture, Lightweight concrete, Lightweight masonry, Recycled aggregate concrete, Fiber reinfroced concrete etc.,,
11 Dr Arunabh Pandey Rigid Pavement, Concrete Technology, Sustainable Concrete, Utilization of waste in concrete, Recycled Aggregate Concrete, Concrete microstructure Google Scholar:
Scopus ID : 57205668108
WoS ResearcherID: Z-5446-2019
12 Dr Makrand Wagale Transportation Engineering; Public Transportation; Rural Road Assessment; Traffic studies; Pavement Maintenance Assessment; Soft Computing; Machine Learning; Artificial Intelligence,,
13 Dr Vijendra Kumar Water Resources Engineering, Irrigation projects, Hydropower planning, Flood forecasting and Planning, Soft computing, Optimization in water resources projects, Machine Leaning and AI based Application in water resources projects, IOT based application in water resources.Smart crop-field monitoring and irrigation system based on IoT, Flood Forecasting. Scopus Author ID: 57197697241; ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0053-1210; Researchers ID: ; Google Scholar:
14 Dr Vishakha Sakhare Waste utilization in construction materials, green building, geopolymer, indoor environment Scopus ID 56020849800
ORCiD 0000-0001-6640-0603
Research Scholar Information
S. No. Name of the Scholar Name of the Supervisor Title Date of Registration
1 Sagar Sunil Kolapkar Dr Mrudula Kulkarni Not yet finalized 2021-22
2 Sanket Rajesh Tirpude Dr Sandeep Potnis Not yet finalized 2021-22
3 Shweta Baban Kashid Dr Ramesh Dod Not yet finalized 2021-22
4 Swapnali Mohol Dr Shantini Bokil Not yet finalized 2021-22
5 Amar Shitole Dr Nivedita Gogate Not yet finalized 2021-22
6 Kalyani Mamdyal Dr Ganesh Ingle Not yet finalized 2021-22
7 Deepashree Mane Dr Ganesh Ingle Not yet finalized 2021-22
8 Sonar Prasad Gajanan Dr Sudhir Patil Not yet finalized 2021-22
9 Garsole Priyanka Ashok Dr Shantini Bokil Not yet finalized 2021-22
10 Pawar Vaishali Dnyanoba Dr Ramesh Dod Not yet finalized 2021-22
11 Kale Sarika Shantaram Dr Sudhir Patil Not yet finalized 2021-22
12 Behede Shradha Nilesh Dr Shantini Bokil Not yet finalized 2021-22
13 Pandit Dinesh Maroti Dr Sudhir Patil Not yet finalized 2021-22
14 Kadam Angad Ajay Dr Sandeep Potnis Not yet finalized 2021-22
15 Gawade Rutuja Nitin Dr Ramesh Dod Not yet finalized 2021-22
16 Bhalerao Nikhil Vinayak Dr Ramesh Dod Not yet finalized 2021-22
17 Kanade Khushal Suresh Dr Ramesh Dod Not yet finalized 2021-22
18 Minde Pravin Raghunath Dr.Mrudula Kulkarni Development of Project Management Approch for LGS - Ferrocement Contsruction 2020-21
19 Yadhav Adinath Dnyandev Dr.Mrudula Kulkarni Investigation of Improvement of Structural Rigidity of Offshore Floating Platforms 2020-21
20 Thorat Ankita Prashant Dr Amrut Joshi Evaluation of Seismic Performance of Buildings with
Self-Centering Rocking Shear Walls
21 Hradaya Prakash Dr Nivedita Gogate Lagrange Solution for computation of precise Dredging Quantity in Approach Channel 2020-21
22 Singh Sneha Dr Nivedita Gogate Model for Risk assessment due to ambient air quality 2020-21
23 Patil Sumit Ravindra Dr Amrut Joshi Developing a mathematical model to establish susceptibility index of a city 2020-21
24 Tatikonda Mahesh Venkatesh Dr Sudhir Patil Dura26bility and Micro-Structural Co-Relation of Normal Concrete with Recycled aggregate concrete with admixtures 2020-21
25 Patil Mrudula Mahendra Dr Mrudula Kulkarni Investigation of Gait foot pressure analysis and its measurement technique. 2020-21
26 Suryawanshi Sitaram Govindrao Dr Amrut Joshi Experimental and analytical investigation on composite construction 2020-21
27 Dipak Manohar Kolekar Dr Sunil Pimplikar Investigation for influence of geopathic stress on structural behavior of road element 2018-19
28 Rahul Dattatraya Shinde Dr Sandeep Potnis Identification, Assessment and Mitigation of Risks in Tunnel Construction 2018-19
30 Prashant Shivanand Alatgi Dr Sunil Pimplikar Development of Framework for use of advanced Hybrid Land Surveying and Mapping Technologies in preparation of accurate 3D base maps for Urban Local Bodies in India 2018-19
31 Parag Prakash Ankad Dr Amrut Joshi Desigh of Tensegrity Towers and Bridges. 2018-19
32 Ankush Ashokrao Palve Dr Ramesh Dod Design and Development of Structural Health Monitoring and Assessment System for Reinforced Cement Concrete and Prestressed Concrete Gurder Bridges 2018-19
33 Sumit Ramesh Thakur Dr Ganesh Ingle   2018-19
34 Sandeep Sampatrao Sathe Dr. Sudhir Patil Experimental Investigation on strength of corroded Reinforced concrete Beam 2018-19
35 Abhaysinha Gunvantrao Shelake Dr. Nivedita Gogate Development of optimisation model for reducing delays in schduling for predictable risks 2018-19
36 Shahbazmubarak Dandin Dr. Mrudula S. Kulkarni An experimental and analytical study: Effect of isolated footing on fly ash subgrade reinforced with PET bottles 2017-18
Synopsis Submitted
37 Appa Machindra Kale Dr Sunil Pimplikar Development of Sustainable Project Planning Model for Road Infrastructure in Indian Context 2017-18
38 Mangesh Mukundrao Kapote Dr Sunil Pimplikar “A Comprehensive Framework for Improvement of Contractor Selection Process on Indian Infrastructure Projects” 2017-18
39 Nitin Narayanrao Morey Dr Sandeep Potnis Seismic Assessment of effect of Cantilever Balcony on Asymmetric Residential Building 2017-18
40 Satyajit Dinkarrao Patil Dr Sudhir Patil Gust Load Analysis On High Rise Structures Installed With Buckling Restrained Braces 2017-18
41 Pradip Shankar Shinde Dr Shantini Bokil Development of a wireless sensor network system for structural health monitoring of RCC Bridge 2017-18
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