How to Apply for PhD with Gangadharan Esakki

This is first ever Podcast Episode from Happy Schools Blog. You will be soon able to subscribe to Happy Schools Blog Podcast from your favorite app and via iTunes.

You can download the mp3 file and listed to it from your smart phone, desktop player, etc.

I had change of mind to publish the recorded interview with Gangadharan Esakki which was going to be available only for Premium Members.

We talk about the following during this interview

  • – How to select universities for PhD
  • – How to manage tuition fees without Financial Aid for PhD
  • – Cost of Living
  • – PhD Research Activities
  • – Roommates
  • – Cultural functions
  • – Yoga for Students

Do you have any question for Gangadharan?

What do you think about podcasting? Will this be easier to consume contents from HSB?


  1. Voke Ogbimi on June 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I am a Phd Applicant, I have a Masters in Computer Science from a First Generation Nigerian university. My research area is computer communication networks and digital electronics. I wrote GRE exam and my Verbal is 139 and Quantitative is 146, Will I get any school in canada or U.S.A with these scores if not, are there schools that do not require GRE. What is the implication of my GRE score to the admission in Canada and U.S.A.

  2. Himanshu on June 7, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Thanks Raghu for all your enthusiastic work for Students.The interview was kind of eye opener thanks to Gangadharan for sahring all his experiences.

  3. Ayodeji Taiwo on June 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Yeah. I think podcasts would be a wonderful and easy way for people to benefit from the contents of HSB. At times, it is tiring for the eyes to keep on reading materials no matter how beneficial they are, but when we listen, and we are enjoying the content, we seldom get tired. I for one, have been impressed by the little I heard from this particular podcast. Thanks a lot

  4. Kumari Nidhi on May 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Is there any difference between B.TECH to direct PhD and M.S to PhD? What are benefits and losses to the students who go for direct PhD? I am asking you this question because I want to apply for direct PhD in Aerospace Engineering after my B.TECH in Mechanical Engineering. I have 4 years of experience.

    • Gangadharan on June 3, 2013 at 8:26 PM


      The difference between direct PhD and M.S to PhD

      1.Direct PhD is 5 years (mostly) and you will get your MS on the way(You save one or two years by this way). You can also quit the program and still have a masters degree with you.Only thing is you have to work very very very HARD!!!.
      Since you will be expected to do research while you are pursuing your MS you have to be prepared for that.

      2.MS to PhD is usual way.Like MS for two years and then start your PhD which will take another 4 or 5 years to complete.But the first two years it is easy as you are an MS student rather a research student.

      • Kumari Nidhi on June 4, 2013 at 2:28 AM

        Thank you.

  5. prasad on May 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    hi I completed M.Tech in Nanotechnology in 2010 and currently working as a senior engineer in Fuel Cell Industry. I have 1090 in GRE, I want to pursue PhD in Fuel Cell technology in USA or canada. I’m trying from past two years by contacting professors but unable to get into it. Can you please guide how I can reach destiny.

  6. Rangappa Kattimani on May 31, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Congratulations !!! Sir !!!!

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