A research degree student of the Institute is required to complete a thesis based on an independent research. A thesis submitted for a degree programme should consist of the candidate’s own account of his/her research and make a distinctive contribution to knowledge and afford evidence of originality shown by the exercise of independent critical analytical power and/or by the discovery of new findings and in terms of literary presentation. A student is not permitted to submit a thesis or part thereof on which a degree has already been conferred upon him/her or any other person by any other higher educational institute.
A PhD student submits a thesis of not less than 60,000 words completed during a period of minimum three years of full-time research for the fulfilment of the requirements of the degree.
An MPhil student submits a thesis of words in between 40,000-50,000 completed during a period of minimum two years of full-time research for the fulfilment of the requirements of the degree.
An MA student submits a thesis of words in between 20,000-30,000 completed during a period of minimum one year of full-time research for the partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree.
Evaluation of Thesis
The thesis examination consists of two components: thesis examination and viva-voce examination.
The thesis examination is done by two examiners. The examiners submit details reports on strengthens and weaknesses of the thesis, authenticity of information presented, evidence of plagiarism, methodological appropriateness, reference to the relevant literature, consistency of arguments and presentation of information, contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of study and revisions suggested and recommendations. These reports will be considered for final assessment of the thesis and the student at the viva-voce examination.
In viva-voce examination the student orally presents the thesis and depends it before a Viva-voce Examination Board. The maximum number of attempts a candidate faces the viva-voce examination is two.
Based on reports submitted by thesis examiners and performance at the viva-voce examination, the Viva-voce Examination Board may or may not recommend the award of the degree. Subject to the recommendations made by the thesis examiners and satisfactory performance at the viva-voce examination, the Viva-voce Examination Board recommends to the Senate of the University the award of degree. A student is considered to have failed the thesis if his/her thesis is rejected by the Viva-voce Examination Board or he/she failed to satisfy the Viva-voce Examination Board twice. In such a case, the candidature may be terminated.
Final Submission of Thesis
A student whose thesis is accepted by the Viva-voce Examination Board for the award of a degree is required to submit three (03) copies of the final/ corrected thesis in a fully bound form and the softcopy of the thesis written in a Compact Disk (CD) to the Assistant Registrar of the Institute.
Each copy of the thesis should be bound with hard cover with a material of good quality. The cover should be in the colour specified for the particular degree programme and in gold lettering. Specified colours of the Cover Page of a Thesis:
PhD Degree Blue
MPhil Degree Green
Other Masters Degrees (if any) Maroon
The cover shall carry the full title of the thesis, name of the candidate, degree sought, name of the Institute and year of the effective date. The spine of the thesis shall carry the title of the thesis, name of candidate, degree sought and year of the effective date.
Thesis Final Submission Form (PGIHS/STU/Form 010)
Policy on the Use of Thesis
Two (02) copies of the final thesis submitted by the student become the property of the Institute and the third copy will be returned to the student with the endorsement of the Institute.
Upon submission of the final thesis, a student is required to sign a Thesis Release Form which permits the Institute/University to use with restrictions the printed and PDF version of the thesis for scholarly purposes for a period of two years from the date of final submission of the thesis. The downloadable PDF version of the thesis is available on the website of the Institute after the restrictive two year period from the date of final submission of the thesis.
Thesis Release Form
Minimum Marks Requirements
A group is required to obtain a minimum of 20 marks from 40 marks assigned tothe final outcome to proceed to the oral presentation. If a group fails to obtain 20 marks for the final outcome of the project, the group is required to re-submit it by incorporating all revisions suggested.
A student in a group is required to obtain a minimum of 25 marks for the oral presentation to pass the project. If a student/a group of students obtains marks less than 25 marks for the presentation he/she/group is required to avail for another oral presentation within a period of two-weeks from the date of the first oral presentation.
Approval for Printing
A person who successfully completes the degree programme and wishes to publish the thesis / a part of the thesis is required to obtain permission in writing to do so from the Director of the Institute.