Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Programme Overview

Technology is changing at a very rapid pace, and it is nearly impossible to cope with modern problems without research. To provide solutions to these problems as well as to understand the various underlying mechanisms that affect the proposed solutions, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering where Ph.D. supervisors and research scholars work on fundamental and applied research in an interdisciplinary manner. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has expert faculty members working in several areas covering almost all the core as well as allied disciplines of mechanical engineering. Various published research papers in international peer reviewed journals and several granted patents reflect the command and expertise of Ph.D. supervisors in their areas of interests.

As a Ph.D. degree requirement, the research scholar is required to take coursework for a minimum period of one semester which trains them in the fundamentals of research like hypothesis creation, research methodology, use of tools and more.

The scholars are engaged in research in a variety of areas including

Scholarship DetailsScholarship Details

Minimum 3 Years

Applications for Autumn semester Ph.D. Admissions will open on 10 Feb 2024.
Programme Name

Ph.D. in Mechanical 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 Supervisors
S.N. Name of the Research Supervisor Designation Research areas of the Supervisor Email address of the Supervisor Scopus ID , Researchers ID, Personal website link  and Vidwan profile link  of the Supervisor
1 Dr. B. S. Kothavale Professor Reliability, condition based maintenance, product design Scopus ID:57189730803
Researchers ID: G-3802-2017
Personal website link
Vidwan profile link;
2 Dr. S. B. Barve Professor Advanced Manufacturing, Materials characterization, Additive and Digital Manufacturing Website: Scopus ID:
36466151200 Researchers ID:
AAT-8838-2020 Vidwan profile link; Orcid:
3 Dr. M. M. Lele Professor Heat Exchanger,
HVAC, Cryogenic Engineering, Mixed Convection,
Energy Saving Scopus Author ID: 55635449000
ResearcherID: AAD-2032-2020
4 Dr. G. M. Kakandikar Professor CAD/CAM/CAE, Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Materials Characterization Orcid Id
00000031204009 Scopus Id
55874256900 Researcher Id
5 Dr. D. P. Hujare Professor NVH
Condition Monitoring
Acoustics and Vibration
System Modelling
Bio Mechanics Scopus Author ID: 57205059826 Researcher ID
AAR-5246-2020. Vidwan ID
6 Dr. K. V. Mali Professor HVACR, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, CFD
7 Dr. Anand Kulkarni Professor AI based Nature Inspired Optimization Methods & Applications ​SCOPUS: URL: ResearcherID:
8 Dr. P. M. Gadhe Asso. Professor Solar Thermal, Heat Transfer, CFD Scopus ID:56529637200
9 Dr. Atul Elgandelwar Asso. Professor Heat Transfer,Fluid Mechanics, Natural circulation in water-tube boiler Scopus ID-57216155324,Web of Science ResearcherID: ABC-1497-2020
10 Dr. R. R. Ghadge Asso. Professor Composite materials and structures,
Machine learning for Material discovery,
Uncertainty based design optimization.
Fatigue analysis of composite joints/ structures.
AI/ML based composite product design. Scopus ID:  57222344585 Web of Science ID : ADP-9131-2022 Researchers ID:
Vidwan profile link; Orcid:
11 Dr. R. R. Ghorpade Asso. Professor Composite materials, Bio materials Personal Web:
Linked In
Google Scholar:
Web of Science Researcher ID: O-5929-2016, AAI-1837-2021
Vidwan Inflibnet:
12 Dr. D. R. Waghole Asso. Professor Heat transfer equipments,Renewable Energy,
Nanofludics,EV(BTMS /FC),Operations Research,
Healthcare Technology SCOPUS:
ORCID ID: ResearcherID:
13 Dr. V. S. Kanthale Asso. Professor  NVH, Fatigue, Composite Materials, MR Fluid, Nano Finishing Scopus ID:57209203863
14 Dr. S. Razdan Asst. Professor NVH, Vehicle Dynamics, Machine Tool Design, Bamboo  Composite, Material, Characterisation, Mechatronics
15 Dr. M. V. Kulkarni Asst. Professor Acoustics and Noise Control,
Condition Monitoring
Acoustics and Vibration
System Modelling
Bio Mechanics ORCID:
SCOPUS ID: 57202996731
16 Dr. P. N. Dhatrak Asst. Professor Biomechanical Engineering, FEA, Fatigue, Vibration , Design of Medical Devices, Bone Modelling
17 Dr Puskaraj D Sonawwanay Asst. Professor Product Design, Biomechanical Engineering, Materials Characterisation, Materials Processing, Concentrated Solar Energy Orcid Id
0000-0002-8985-8622 Scopus Id
57204039130 Researcher Id
18 Dr. R. K. Jagtap Asst. Professor ISF, Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing
SCOPUS ID: 57205182522
19 Dr. Gopinath T. Asst. Professor Welding;
Quality Engineering;
Solid State Diffusion; Physical Metallurgy Scopus ID: 55832153200 ORCID:
20 Dr. Deepak Kumar Asst. Professor Computational fluid dynamics,
Vortex-induced vibrations,
Fluid-structure interactions,
Flow control and drag reduction, Two-phase flow, Energy storage Scopus Profile link: Scopus ID: 57226701487 Orcid id:  
21 Dr. Parshant Kumar Asst. Professor Mechanical Behaviour of Materials,
Friction and Wear Characteristics of Materials,
Fiber and Particulate Reinforced Composites,
Stress Map Analysis using Photoelastic Techniques,
Friction Stir Processing Contact no: - 9419171757 Scopus Profile  Link: ORCID Id: 
22 Dr.  Sabana Azim Asst. Professor Micromachining of difficult-to-cut materials, Surface integrity in manufacturing Contact No: 7008874625 Google Scholar Link: ORCID Id:
23 Dr. Ganesh Jadhav Asst. Professor Ergonomics, Product Design, Industrial Engineering, Production Engineering, Time Study, Motion Study, Value stream Mapping, Craft Mechanization Scopus Profile link
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