Doctoral Program

Ph.D. Degree (Law)

V.M. Salgaocar College of Law took initiative to start Research Centre at this college to encourage legal research by the faculty and interested students. After affiliation, Goa University recognized the college as Research Centre in the year 2005. Since 2005 eight candidates were awarded Doctorate under the guidance of Dr. Marian Pinheiro and Dr. Carmo D’Souza. Presently the following faculty members are recognised for guiding Ph.D., students in Law. Twenty one students are registered under the Ph.D program.

Dr. M.R.K. Prasad
Dr. G. Shaber Ali
Dr. Kotagiri Srinivasa Rao
Dr. Nagesh S. Colvalkar


The Candidate shall have an LL.M Degree from recognized University securing an aggregate of 55% marks or its equivalent.

Admission Procedure:

A candidate desirous of seeking registration for a Ph.D., Degree at this research centre he/she has to follow the rule and regulations mentioned under Ordinance OB-9A, of Goa University Ordinance governing Ph.D., degree.

For admission procedure and research guide availability refer to Goa University website.

VM Salgaocar College of Law Research Policy

As the leading Research Centre in Law in the State of Goa, VM Salgaocar College of Law has adopted a research facilitation policy with a view to foster an environment conducive for research by its faculty and students. For this purpose, the College encourages innovation and the undertaking of research projects on contemporary socio-legal issues by providing state –of the art facilities and support for legal research.

The College is a recognized Research Centre for the award of Doctorate in Philosophy and the Masters in Law Programme conducted by the Goa University. It serves as the coordinating body for internally and externally sponsored research projects at the College. Information regarding the availability of research grants and funding agencies for research is communicated to both faculty and students from time to time.

Being a pioneer in clinical legal education in the State, the College annually conducts national and international conferences, seminars, workshops and training programmes and organizes guest lectures by experts in the legal profession, academia and others to update students and faculty on recent trends and developments in the law.

The College also has its own annual peer-reviewed Salgaocar Law Review publication with ISSN number promoting intellectual debate on a broad spectrum of contemporary legal issues and challenges.


The VM Salgaocar College of Law Research Policy is formulated to encourage a positive and vibrant environment for research among faculty and students in the College recognized as a Research Centre for Law.

  • To provide an environment that facilitates research as well as ensures the required support through research framework and guidelines.
  • To encourage empirical research among faculty and students.
  • To ensure effective support and encouragement for research among faculty and students in research activities.
  • To foster research initiatives for the benefit of the community.
  • To forge interdisciplinary collaborations both nationally and globally.
  • To enable the Research Centre to develop into a Centre for Excellence in Legal Research.

In order to encourage and motivate faculty members and law students to undertake quality research, the College provides support through the following policy:

I. Communication Regarding Research Avenues:

In addition to their teaching responsibilities, members of faculty are encouraged to undertake research leading to quality publications and presentations at National/International conferences. Information regarding upcoming conferences, seminars /workshops /symposia is communicated to the faculty by circulation of brochures or the necessary information through and emails /Whats app messages.

II. Seed Money:

Every academic year, seed money of Rs.50,000/- is set aside every academic year for promoting research among the faculty.

III. Reimbursement of Travel Expenses:

For ensuring their professional development and growth, the College reimburses expenses of travel and registration fee of faculty members who attend and participate in national /state level law conferences or seminars.

IV. Incentives to Faculty:

Appreciation is provided at the faculty meeting to faculty members who bring research grants from external funding agencies.

V. Student Research:

To ensure quality research by students, students are provided Research Supervisors who guide their students in their research work as a part of the LLM programme.

VI. Grant of Leaves:

Leave facility is extended to faculty members who are keen on pursuing research or who desire to participate and present papers at national /international seminar conferences, workshops and conferences. Leaves granted/sanctioned by the Head of the Institution for the purpose of undertaking research are as follows:

a) Duty leave for the purpose of attending conferences on behalf of the University/college may be granted for a maximum of 30 days in an academic year.
b) Study leave for a maximum period of three years to pursue a special line of study or research directly related to his or her work.
c) Sabbatical leave for undertaking study/ research or other academic pursuit solely for the object of increasing their proficiency may be granted for a maximum period of one year at a time.
d) Grant of Faculty Development Programme of the UGC for pursuing MPhil or Ph.D for a period of two years on the fulfillment of certain conditions as stipulated under the UGC Guidelines.

VM Salgaocar College of Law Policy on Academic Integrity

As a prominent institution in the State imparting legal education and undertaking research, VM Salgaocar College of Law places utmost importance on integrity in academic work and research undertaken.

The policy on academic integrity requires that a faculty/student undertaking research and/or publication.

a. Should properly acknowledge and cite the use of ideas, results, material or words of others.
b. Should properly acknowledge all contributors with regard to a given piece of work.
c. Should ensure that all work submitted as his or her own is produced without the adoption of impermissible materials or impermissible collaborations.
d. Should obtain all data or results by adopting ethical means.
e. Should report the findings accurately without suppressing or manipulating any results inconsistent with his or her interpretation or conclusions.

For the purpose of this policy, it is hereby clarified that plagiarism means the use of material, ideas, or data as one’s own, without appropriately acknowledging the original source.

Plagiarism includes but is not limited to:

(i) Reproducing in whole or part, text/sentences from a report, book, dissertations, theses, publications or internet websites.
(ii) Reproducing one’s own previously published data, illustrations, figures, images, or someone else’s data, etc.
(iii) Taking or using material from class-notes or incorporating material from the internet whether graphs, drawings, photographs, diagrams, tables, computer programs, or other non-textual material from other sources without proper acknowledgment.
(iv) Paraphrasing or changing an author’s words or style without citation/acknowledgement.
(v) Using unauthorized material, copying, collaborating when not authorized, and purchasing or borrowing papers or material from various sources.
(vi) Fabricating or manipulating data and reporting it in dissertations, theses and publications.
(vii) Creating sources, or citations that do not exist.
(viii) Signing another student’s name on an assignment, report, research paper, dissertation, or theses.

In addition to the above, the following ethics are to be observed by the faculty:

1. Faculty should not use the research of the student for their own purpose.
2. In case the faculty takes students assistance in research, due acknowledgement must be given to the student.
3. Student must be informed well in advance about the academic credits/financial incentives that he/she would receive for supporting the research.

The Goa University (GU) has received anti-plagiarism software through a body of University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, which will now enable the varsity to keep a check on plagiarism in doctorate thesis and other research submitted to the body.

The Information and Library Network Centre (INFLIBNET) is an autonomous inter-university centre of UGC, which has provided GU the facility of free access to the anti-plagiarism tools known as ‘Turnitin’ and ‘iThenticate’ under the ‘Shodganga Project’. The university has been made a part of the Shodganga project as it is a signatory to a memorandum of understanding with INFIBNE.

The university’s library has been identified as the nodal centre to put the software to use and GU’s librarian has been nominated as Shodaganga’s coordinator for the university.

With these anti-plagiarism tools, the softcopy of any manuscript or thesis can be scanned systematically to pinpoint the extent of plagiarism- URKUND

Ethics Committee:

Any violation of the policy on academic integrity would invite stringent action against the student and the disqualification of his/her work by the Ethics Committee.