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Doctoral Programme 2020

Reimagining learning for the
21st Century & beyond

Krea University has been enacted by the Legislature of the State of Andhra Pradesh as per
The Andhra Pradesh Private Universities (Establishment and Regulation) (Amendment)
Act, 2018 vide the gazette notification published on April 30, 2018.

Contents Page No .

Message from Vice-Chancellor 04
About Krea University
Governing Council 05 .
Academic Council 06
Message from Dean 07
About IFMR Graduate School of Business (IFMR GSB) 08
Our Philosophy and our Approach 09
Message from Chairperson - PhD 10
About PhD Programme 12
Areas of Specialisation 13
Current Thesis Research Topics 14
Course Structure 15
Admission Process 16
Important Dates 17
Why Join IFMR GSB’s Doctoral Programme? 22
Faculty Profiles 29

Contact Us 32


Dr. Sunder Ramaswamy

Vice-Chancellor, Krea University

“IFMR GSB has already established itself

as a leader in the research space with a
rich array of distinguished professors and
collaborative learning opportunities.
The PhD programme builds on the Krea
University ethos of interwoven learning
and critical thinking to o er an exciting
and intellectually stimulating research
The Krea ecosystem presents an excellent
opportunity for students to collaborate
with researchers and experts on
interdisciplinary research and capacity
building initiatives in a wide variety of
areas in Management, Economics and


About Krea University

Founded with a vision for the 21st Century and beyond, Krea University
has been instituted by a stellar team of academicians, industrialists and
intellectuals. An e ort to reimagine the education system, Krea University
aims to enable students to become agile, ethical and purposeful leaders in
a world that is increasingly driven by complex and changing paradigms
of human-human, human-machine and human-environment relationships.
A vibrant, collaborative learning community awaits students on the smart
and secure campus at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. Students who pass through
these portals are taught to “learn to learn”, have a sense of purpose and realise
the social consequences of decisions – with a sense of ethics anchoring their


Governing Council

N Vaghul Sunder Ramaswamy, Ph.D.

Chancellor & Member Vice-Chancellor & Member

R. Seshasayee Kapil Viswanathan

Chairman Vice-Chairman
Executive-Committee & Member Executive-Committee & Member

Anu Aga John W. Etchemendy, Ph.D.

Member Advisor

Vishakha N. Desai, Ph.D. Manjul Bhargava, Ph.D.

Member Member

Dheeraj G. Hinduja Sajjan Jindal

Member Member

Anand Mahindra Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Member Member

S Ramadorai Raghuram G. Rajan, Ph.D.

Member Advisor

C. Srinivasa Raju Member

Member P. R. Venketrama Raja

Adithya Mittal Member



Academic Council

Sunder Ramaswamy, Ph.D. Raghuram G. Rajan, Ph.D.
Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished
Srinath Raghavan, Ph.D.
Manjul Bhargava Ph.D.
Senior Fellow,
Mathematics, Princeton University Centre for Policy Research

Vishakha N. Desai, Ph.D. Gaurav Raina, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor for Global Affairs, Faculty, IIT, Madras
Columbia University
Jessica Seddon, Ph.D.
John W. Etchemendy, Ph.D.
Stanford University’s 12th Provost & Director of Integrated Urban Strategy
Patrick Suppes Family Professor in at the World Resources Institute
the School of Humanities & Sciences
Tara Thiagarajan, Ph.D.
Akash Kapur, Ph.D.
Writer and Journalist Chairman and Managing Director,
Former Columnist,
International New York Times

T M Krishna
Renowned musician &
public intellectual


Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran

PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

“IFMR GSB has a rich history and tradition
of academic and research excellence. The
research pursued at IFMR GSB, more
often than not, has had a practical
orientation and policy relevance and that
is why policymakers, academicians and
students find IFMR GSB an intellectually
stimulating place. The PhD programme is
a rigorous rite of passage for budding
research scholars. It has a rich, varied and
demanding curriculum and faculty are
proven scholars of repute. PhD Degree
holders from IFMR GSB have gone on to
become teachers in reputed institutions.”

About IFMR 09

Graduate School of Business

Since its inception in 1970, IFMR has been at the forefront of research and
teaching in various areas of Management and Business.

IFMR GSB, Krea University provides a vibrant intellectual foundation of theory,
knowledge, skills and perspectives to its students.

Enriched by the unique 'Interwoven Learning' approach of Krea University,
IFMR GSB focuses on endowing students with critical, abstractive, analytical,
quantitative, integrative and ethical thinking.

IFMR GSB is recognised as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
(SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of
Science and Technology, Government of India.


Our Philosophy

“Top Quality Management Education”

At IFMR GSB, we place a premium on quality education. Our students
are provided a vibrant intellectual foundation of theory, knowledge,
skills and perspectives that is further enriched by our unique
interwoven approach. It’s an intellectual environment that helps
students learn how to learn, explore their curiosity through
action-based learning, acquire a spirit of inquiry and hone their
capacity for independent thought and beliefs.

“Ethically grounded”

We endeavor to not just inculcate critical, abstractive, analytical,
quantitative and integrative habits of the mind, but ethical ones too. We
believe that a strong ethical grounding is essential to navigate
accelerating change and the increasing complexity of interdependence
in business and society and to meet the competing demands of diverse
stakeholders and thrive as professionals.

“Highly skilled in Integrated Reasoning”

We prepare our students in integrated reasoning so that they are the
preferred choice of employers. Many go on to become successful leaders
of enterprises— of existing ones and the ones they create. At IFMR GSB,
we ensure our students gain a sense of stewardship—not just of
enterprises, but also of the human, financial, material, and natural
resources that must be sustained for posterity.

Our Approach 11


• Extraordinarily high standards of ethics, rigour and meritocracy in academia
• Commitment to fostering a culture and attitude of life-long learning


• Co-created, co-taught courses
• Group projects and a culture promoting collaborative problem-solving


• Culture of innovation during the course of study and beyond,
focused on problem-solving

Hands-on Learning

• Focus on practical approaches to managerial challenges
• Fostering ability to translate ideas into action and ability to learn

from experience for broader managerial application


Dr. Vijaya Chebolu Subramanian

PhD (Texas A&M University)
Chairperson - PhD, IFMR GSB

“At IFMR GSB, accomplished faculty
work closely with PhD scholars as
partners on a challenging and highly
fulfilling academic journey. The PhD
programme is uniquely designed to
provide students the flexibility and
freedom to explore a wide array of
interdisciplinary areas in a stimulating,
collaborative environment. Through
in-depth coursework combined with
impactful research, PhD programme at
IFMR GSB is committed to training
highly accomplished researchers.”


About PhD Programme

IFMR GSB o ers a full-time residential research programme leading to
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Areas of Specialisation

Students are admitted to the PhD programme, and in due course have the
option of choosing from the following area(s) of specialisation:

Economics Finance Information Systems
Marketing & Data Science
Operations Strategic Management

Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management

“IFMR o ers an environment conducive
to the pursuit of research and the people
in the institute should be given credit for

facilitating the process of enquiry.”

L. V. Ramana
PhD, IFMR 1997
Professor, IIM Indore


Current Thesis Research Topics

Market Risk, Energy Finance, Financial Assets, Derivatives, Economic Development,
Inequality, Technology Di usion, Corporate Entrepreneurship Index, Work Place
Dignity, Employee Well Being.

“Studying in IFMR GSB was an extremely wonderful experience and the
PhD Programme was a valuable asset for me.”

C. Yoonus Ahammed
PhD, IFMR 2012

Director, Standard Chartered Bank
Dubai, UAE


Course Structure

1st Year Core Courses

2nd Year Area specific electives
3rd Year Doctoral Courses
4th& 5th Year Comprehensive Examination

Formation of doctoral committee
Proposal Presentation
Research Progress Report

Research Progress Report
Viva-Voce Examination
Thesis Submission


Admission Process


A candidate seeking admission into the Krea University PhD program must satisfy

the eligibility requirements prescribed by the University as under. The eligibility

criteria are:

5OR Years OR

Master’s Degree or Five-year integrated Master’s A Professional
equivalent in any degree/Dual degree or Qualification like CA,
discipline, with 55 percent ICWA, CS with at least
marks in the qualifying equivalent in any discipline 50 percent marks in the
with 55 percent marks in the qualifying examinations
qualifying examinations
How to Apply

Download the application form from the PhD admission section in IFMR GSB
Send the completed application form along with the supporting self-attested
documents to the below address:
PhD O ce, IFMR Graduate School of Business, Krea University,
5655, Central Expressway, Sri City, 517 646, Andhra Pradesh


The PhD programme at IFMR IFMR provides an excellent research
has helped me learn important environment. Studying at IFMR has
lessons to pursue quality and helped me to discover myself, developing
directional research. both personally and professionally.
Parthajit Kayal | PhD, IFMR 2018
Dilip Kumar | PhD, IFMR 2015 Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, IIM Kashipur Madras School of Economics, Chennai

Selection Process 19
Admission to the
Shortlisted candidates programme will be based
will be called for on combined scores of
Research Ability Test qualifying parameters,
and Personal interview Research Ability Test and
to be held in Sri City interview parameters.

Terms and Conditions

The information in this brochure is applicable only for the admissions process
of PhD admissions 2020 of IFMR GSB, Krea University and therefore no
inference can be made for future admission process. IFMR GSB reserves the
right to change, modify or adopt any new admission process that it deems
necessary, at any point of time.

It is expected that the In the event of any information being found
information given by the incorrect or misleading, at any time during the
applicant in the application selection process OR at the time of joining OR
form is true and correct, and after joining the school, the applicant’s
is verifiable against original candidature shall be liable for cancellation by
documents as and when IFMR GSB and in such a situation, the
sought by IFMR GSB. applicant / student will NOT be eligible
for refund of caution deposit paid.


Studying at IFMR has been an enriching and invigorating experience,
preparing me for the challenges that lie ahead in my professional life.

Swati Dutta
PhD 2015

Associate Fellow
Institute for Human Development, Delhi


Important Dates

Application opens
Thu, 9 Jan 2020

Deadline for submission of application
Mon, 16 Mar 2020

Announcement of shortlist for Research
Ability Test and Personal Interview

Fri, 20 Mar 2020

Research Ability Test & Interviews
Mon, 13 Apr 2020

Announcement of Results
Fri, 17 Apr 2020

Registration for the programme &
Commencement of classes
Mid-June 2020

*Above dates are tentative and are subject to change


Doctoral Programme?

Opportunities For
Excellence In
Research And Teaching

PhD scholars publish extensively in
reputed journals and present their
research in various national and
international conferences. The in-house
“Journal of Emerging Market Finance”
reinforces IFMR GSB’s research
credentials. The annual research
symposium provides an excellent
platform for scholars to showcase their
work and interact with researchers
from reputed national and international
institutions. The course of study is
designed to provide intensive training
in research and teaching.


Excellent Placements Possibilities

The alumni of the PhD programme have assumed positions as faculty in
prestgious academic institutions such as Ashoka University, Indian Institute of
Management (IIM) Indore, IIM Kashipur, IIM Shillong, IIM Amritsar and the
Madras School of Economics. Other alumni are in significant roles in research
institutes, think-tanks and corporates such as CRISIL, SCOPE International,
ICICI, Institute for Human Development and Centre for Excellence in Fiscal
Policy and Taxation.

The IFMR GSB Advantage

Faculty with PhD from renowned national & international institutions

Tuition Fee Waiver

Monthly Stipend & funding support for presenting in national &
international conferences

Financial Incentives for Referred Journal Publications



Current PhD Scholars Profile

Gender-wise Geographical Education-wise

11 15 27% 3% 11% 59% 8% Psychology
46% Economics
42% 58% East West North South 46% Finance

Male Female




A 3,00,000 sq. ft. world-class campus in 40 acres of land;
Multi-media enabled air-conditioned classrooms; Wi-Fi campus,
Lab for simulated and real trading on NSE, with live feeds.
ATM, hostel rooms on twin-sharing basis with attached bath &
geyser, dedicated TV rooms, QSR and Indian fast food outlet.


Air-conditioned Living space | Laundromat | Convenience Store |
Fitness Studio | Student Lounge | Students’ Hub | Dining Hall | Medical Centre |
Unisex Salon | Basketball Court | Futsal Grass Turf | Cricket Nets | Snack
Vending Machine


“At IFMR GSB, enough freedom is given to research scholars in selecting PhD
topics and attending classes. Also, the environment is very conducive for
interdisciplinary research.”

G. Ramachandran
PhD, IFMR 1991

Chief Knowledge O cer
Knowledge Enhance, Mumbai

Faculty Profiles 29

Amar Saxena Amit Das

Fellow from IIM-A, PhD (University of Minnesota),
MBA, IIFM, Bhopal PGDM (IIMC), B.Tech. (IIT KGP)

Anantha Nageswaran V Balasubramanian G

PhD (University of Massachusetts), PhD (University of Madras),

Chandrasekaran N Chandrashekhar G R

PhD (University of Madras) FPM – Strategy (IIM-L), PGDM –
Intl. Business & Mktg. (IIM-B), BE (ECE)
Hemalatha C
Jyoti P Mukhopadhyay
Kamal Ghosh Ray
PhD (University of Madras)
PhD (Calcutta University). ACMA (ICAI).
Krishnakumar Balaraman Dip. MA-PT (ICAI) M.Com. (Calcutta
University). B.Com (Calcutta University)
PGDM, IIM Bangalore, PGDIP in
intellectual property rights from Kannan R
the NLSIU, Bangalore.
M.Tech (IIT Bombay); DFM (Bombay Uni.),

30 Lakshmi Kumar

Faculty Profiles PhD (IIT-M),
MA (Econometrics)
Krishnan C
Madhuri Saripalle
M.A Economics, University of Madras
PhD (University of Connecticut),
Lakshmi Padmakumari M.Phil. CDS Trivandrum

PhD (University of Madras) Nagarani M

Muneer Shaik MBA (BIM), MA English (Madras University)

PhD (University of Madras) Raghu Raman S
Praveen Bhagwan PGDFM (IIFM-Bhopal)

PhD (University of Madras) Samir Ranjan
PhD (Purdue University) M.S., Columbia
Ramesh Subramanian University, Junior Research Fellowship
(NET- UGC), Master’s in Physics,
PhD (SCSVMV) University of Delhi, Bachelor’s in Physics,
CAIIB, FCS St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Sathya Saminadan R S Sathyanarayanan R

PhD (SCSVMV) MBA (SCSVM); PG Diploma (IB),
PGDBM, B.Com Pondicherry University


Faculty Profiles

Shobha Das Subramanian T V

PhD (University of Minnesota) Fellow (IIM-A), M.Sat
Sunanda Sangwan
Sumit Mishra
PhD (Rotterdam School of Management,)
PhD (IGIDR) M.S, Erasmus University
M.Sc. (Economics), B.A
Suresh Venkatraman
Sunil Bhatla
PhD (The Ohio State University -
The Max M. Fisher College of Business) Venkateswaran A
MBA, West Virginia University,
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), PGDM (IR and PM), MA Economics
University of Madras
V)i.jayalakshmi C
Venkatesh B
Fellow (MDI, Gurgaon);
CFA, FCS PG Dip in Rural Mgt (IRMA, Anand)

Vijaya C Subramanian

PhD (Texas A&M University,
College Station, USA) M.S,
University of Maryland, College Park


Visit us at:

IFMR GRADUATE SCHOOL Admin O ce:196, TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600018
OF BUSINESS Campus: 5655, Central Express Way, Sri City, Andhra Pradesh 517646

KREA UNIVERSITY [email protected] | Reach : +91 938 357 3814

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