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PhD in Automotive Engineering


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.

About MIT-WPU School of Engineering and Technology

MIT-WPU faculty of Engineering & Technology carries forward the legacy of four decades of excellence in engineering education inherited from MIT Pune to create "future ready" engineers who excel in the technological spectrum. With an emphasis on practical application of theoretical knowledge, MIT-WPU has one of the best placement records in India. Concurrent with our aim to offer ' peace Curriculum' for the spiritual and moral enhancement of the students. MIT-WPU firmly believes in technological advancement supported by value based education system and hence peace studies form an integral part of the curriculum across all 80+ UG, PG & PhD. Study Programs at MIT-WPU. MIT-WPU has state of the art infrastructure along with numerous PhD. Programs so as to make MIT-WPU a foremost center for research and development of new technologies to solve larger world issues like the environment, food shortages and energy deficiency.

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, 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 http://www.araiindia.com 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.

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Dr. Prasad Khandekar

Dean, Engineering & Technology MIT-WPU
Advisor- Centre for Industry Academia Partnerships

Dr. Rashmi Phalnikar (Ph.D. Coordinator)

Faculty of Engineering and Technology, MIT-WPU
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  • https://mitwpu.edu.in/
  • Mrs. Medha S. Jambhale (H.O.D.)

    Sr. Deputy Director & Head, ARAI Academy

    Dr. Sanjay A. Patil (PhD. Coordinator)

    General Manager, ARAI Academy

    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
  • Total Number of Seats: 20 Seats
    Tuition Fees:
  • Rs. 2,00,000/- per academic year for first two years and for First Year and
  • Rs. 1,00,000/- from the third academic year onwards
  • M.E/ M. Tech i n relevant field with eligibility criterion as per University Grands Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for M. Phil./ PhD Degrees) Regulations 2016.
  • Selection
  • for selection process and other and details of PhD Program, Please visit
  • https://mitwpu.edu.in/campuslife/arai-phd-program-computer-engineering
  • Contact Us

    B-16/1, MIDC, Chakan, Mahalunge Ingale,
    Maharashtra 410501


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