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Program Structure

DURATION OF THE FELLOW PROGRAMME
The fellow programme consists of the following stages: Course work, Literature Review - cum- Registration, Credit – cum –Progress Seminars, Synopsis Submission, Thesis submission and final viva voce examination. Since the financial assistance to fellow students is provided for 4 years, it is expected that the student should plan out the research activities so as to complete the research and submit the thesis during this period. Thus, a fellow student should complete the course work in first year (Page no. 08) and the literature review cum pre-registration seminar (Page no. 09) within the given time frame. As a guideline, a fellow student should plan and complete the three credits – cum – progress and research publications in second and third year, and synopsis and final thesis writing and submission in the fourth year.
 
TIME LIMITS FOR THE FELLOW PROGRAMME
The following conditions apply with respect to time limits:
A fellow student in the regular category may submit his/her thesis only after a minimum of 2 years from the date of registration. The maximum time period allowed for the submission of the thesis is 5 years from the date of admission or 4 years from the date of registration, whichever is earlier. If a candidate fails to submit the thesis within the above upper time limit due to the reasons beyond his/her control, he/she may apply to the Post Graduate Programme (PGP) Committee for an extension of time. The PGP committee may recommend an extension of time based on the merits of the case. A fellow student who is granted an extension of time needs to re-register to the programme by submitting an application in the prescribed form accompanied by a Re-registration fee of Rs. 2000.00. This re-registration will, however, be effective only for a period of two years beyond which no extension will be permitted.
 
The final decision on extension of time will be taken by the Director as Chairman, Academic Council.
 
BREAK OR UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCE FROM THE PROGRAMME
Any break or unauthorized absence from the programme before registration will lead to the cancellation of admission. Any authorized break or leave of absence will not be counted for the minimum period of 2 years stipulated for submission of the thesis but will be counted in the maximum period of 5 years permissible for submission of the thesis. Any authorized leave of absence from NITIE campus for the purposes of data collection or questionnaire survey will not be treated as break in study. The financial assistance for regular candidates in such cases will be governed by Government of India Rules and the final decision will be taken by the Director as Chairman, Academic Council.
 
COMMITMENT FROM SPONSORED CATEGORY FELLOW STUDENTS
Sponsored candidates must get relieved from their normal duties from the parent organization and be available on the campus for course work (two semester). In addition, fellow students in sponsored category must allocate adequate time for (i) regular interaction with their Guide(s) and members of his/her research progress review committee, (ii) periodical progress review of research, (iii) payment of annual tuition fee, and (iv)adequate preparation for seminars, synopsis presentation and thesis writing.
 
PRESCRIBED COURSE WORK AND CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
The faculty guide(s) will finalise the proposed area of research and recommend stream specific course(s) for the fellow student. The fellow student should submit the stream specific course names for semester - I in the prescribed format to the academic section within the first week of admission to the programme.
 
	CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
All fellow students will have to complete a minimum of 12 courses. If Guide/Research progress committee ( RPC) recommends additional courses to be completed by a fellow student then he/she should be encouraged to complete the same during the first year of fellow programme.
In partial fulfilment of the requirements of the fellow programme, a minimum number of credits are required to be earned through coursework and seminars as prescribed in Table 1.
 
Research Enabling Courses: Building research skills
 A total of 7 courses should be taken during the first year of the fellow programme.
 These are categorized as Basic research skills and Special research skills
 Both basic research skill and special research skill courses should be done during the first year of Fellow programme and Basic research skill courses comprising Research methodology, Statistics-I, Qualitative research, and Technical writing, Survey research, Review of Industrial Engineering and management
 Special research skill courses are Quantitative Skills / Statistics II / Econometrics/Research Methodology-II
 Basic research courses are compulsory for the fellow students whereas fellow students would choose one special research skill based course.
 
Foundation Courses: Building perspective
 A total of 2 courses should be taken during the first year of the fellow programme.
 Suggested courses may be: (1) macroeconomics and (2) technology, business and environment (TBE)
 These are compulsory for all the fellow students and are fellow level courses. These courses could be seminar based or based on a term paper.
 
Stream specific courses: Building specialization
 A minimum of 3 courses should be taken during the first year of course work. Out of three, at least two courses should be from
major area and one course may be from minor area.
 Stream specific courses are fellow level courses.
 RPC may advise how many courses to be taken by a fellow student, however each fellow student needs to do a minimum of three courses. Additional courses, if any, fellow students may be encouraged to finish during the first year of the fellow programme.
 
List of courses credits
Table 1: Credit Requirements for Fellow Programme

 

Title

Credits

 

Courses

ResearchMethodology-I

4

Statistics1

4

Macroeconomics

4

Review of Industrial Engineering and Management

4

Systems Approach to Management

4

Stream specific course(major area-I)

4

Research Methodology II

4

Quantitative skills/Statistics II/Econometrics

 

Technical writing

4

Technology,Business and Environment

4

Stream Specific course(major area-II)

4

Stream specific course (minor area/major area-III)

4

 

 

 

 

Total Credit in course work

48

 

Seminars

One literature review cum pre-registration seminar

-

Three Credit-cum-progress Seminars of 4 credits each

12

Totall Credits

60

 
DURATION FOR EARNING CREDITS
A research fellow should earn all the credits courses in two semesters beginning from July-April after admission in the programme. Further, a  research fellow should earn rest of the credits specified in Table 1 (Page no. 07) within a maximum period of three years from the date of admission to the programme. Extension after total of four years may be recommended by the post graduate committee (PGP) for a period of one year with review of progress every six months. The final approval for extension will be given by the Director as Chairman, Academic Council.
 
CREDIT COURSE REQUIREMENTS
The following are the credit course requirements in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the fellow programme, as shown in Table 1 
A research fellow should undergo course work of 12 credit courses to secure a total of 48 credits in two semesters and it is attended as part of the one year residential requirement at NITIE campus. Subsequently, the research fellow should give one literature cum pre-registration seminar and three credit-cum-progress seminars each carrying 4 credits thus earning 12 credits these seminars. Thus, a total of 60 Credits is to be earned by a research fellow during the programme. seminars as prescribed in Table 1.
 
Research Enabling Courses: Building research skills
 A total of 7 courses should be taken during the first year of the fellow programme.
 These are categorized as Basic research skills and Special research skills
 Both basic research skill and special research skill courses should be done during the first year of Fellow programme
 
 
REGISTRATION OF THE RESEARCH TOPIC
Each research fellow needs to register his/her research proposal. The Registration procedure is given below:
LITERATURE REVIEW-CUM-PRE REGISTERATION. Each research fellow should give a LITERATURE REVIEW-CUM-PRE REGISTERATION SEMINAR (LRPRS) before a research progress committee (RPC) consisting of two or more examiners and faculty guide(s).
 
LRPRS will be given after completion of course works (Semester I and II) and literature review seminar. The research fellow should submit 6 copies of the registration report. This report will be about 15-20 pages, and include the following:
I. proposed title of the thesis,
II. objectives of research,
III. literature review and gaps identified,
IV. proposed research area and scope of the study,
V. hypotheses, if any,
VI. framework and usefulness of the proposed research,
VII. methodology proposed for carrying out the research, and
VIII. a list of references.
Registration is considered to be a very important stage for screening the candidate for further progress in the Fellow programme. In case the research fellow fails to successfully defend his/her research proposal, he/she will be allowed to resubmit the modified research proposal as suggested by the RPC. He/she needs to give a revised seminar based on the modified research proposal. In case he / she fails to defend it the second time, the research fellow will be liable for removal from the programme. The timelines are applicable for the 2014 batch is given below:

 

Course work July, 2015 to April 2016

Literature review cum Pre-registration seminar on or before 31st December, 2016
1st Credit-cum-progress seminar on or before 30th June 2017
2nd Credit-cum-progress seminar on or before 31st December 2017
3rd Credit-cum-progress seminar on or before 30th June 2018
Pre-synopsis seminar on or before 31st December 2018
Thesis submission on or before 30th June 2019
If the desired progress is not made by the student as per the above timelines, it may lead to cancellation of his/her admission. The final decision on removal of a fellow student from the programme or for time extension will be taken by the Director as Chairman, Academic Council.