The research program trains the next generation of scholars to pursue research questions with sophisticated skills and insights through an intensive, methodologically-based curriculum. Understanding and solving problems of public policy, management and IT demands a program that integrates disciplinary perspectives, advances theoretical models, and improves the quality of methodological and computer-based tools. The candidates registering for Ph. D. is expected to make a significant research contribution for the award of the degree. The program includes a research training program (RTP) of 6 credits for those with a ME/MTech/MSc(engg) and 18 credits for those with BE/BTech/MSc/MA. Typical duration for students in the department is 4 to 5 years.