M. Phil. Rules

Guidelines for submission and assessment of Dissertation :

  1. The dissertation prepared by a student in Semester IV shall also carry 100 marks. There will be an open defence where the student will present his/her dissertation to the invited audience and this will carry 40 marks. The evaluation essentially by an external examiner will carry 60 marks. Its evaluation shall form part of the semester - end examination. The internal assessment does not apply in this case. Candidate will defend his/her dissertation as part of the examination process, i.e. Open Defence as per the examination time table. In case of failure in any of the exams i.e. open Defence or external evaluation of dissertation, the result will be considered as fail.
  2. The text of the dissertation should not exceed more than 100 pages excluding references, illustrations, acknowledgements, table of contents, certificate, tables and photographs (plates). The running text should be in Times New Roman with font size of 12 with line spacing option of 1.5 only and the text should be justified.
  3. For the dissertation in Sanskrit & Lexicography, candidates may use Unicode font for Devnagari script (Sanskrit 2003 font) in font size being 14 with 1.5 line spacing.
  4. The pagination of all the pages prior to the Chapter 1 should bear Roman numbering and Reference list will also have Roman numbering in continuation.
  5. Only the references which have been cited in the text should include the list of references. Any other publication which is not referred to in the text should be included in Bibliography. The pattern of referencing should be as follows:
    1. Spelling : For the sake of uniformity, spelling should conform to the Oxford English Dictionary.
    2. References : Should be followed alphabetically at the end of the thesis. Books : Sankalia, H.D. 1974. Prehistory and Protohistory of India and Pakistan (second edition). Pune: Deccan College. Journals : Misra, V.N., Shinde, V., Mohanty, R.K., Dalal, K., Mishra A., Pandey, L., and Kharakwal, J. 1995. Excavations at Balathal: Their Contribution to the Chalcolithic and Iron Age Cultures of Mewar, Rajasthan. Man and Environment 20 (1), 57-80. Edited volume : Boessneck, J. 1969. Osteological differences between Sheep (Ovis aries) and Goats (Capra hircus), pp. 331-358 in Brothwell D. and Higgs E. Higgs (eds.), Science in Archaeology, II Edition. London: Thames & Hudson. Monograph : Clason, A.T. 1979. Wild and Domestic Animals in Prehistoric and Early Historic India. Lucknow: Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society.
  6. The jacket of the dissertation should be in Black with cover page in golden embossing. No other matter including photographs or art work is allowed on this page. The spine of the bound volume of dissertation will bear the dissertation title, name of the candidate and year of submission only. The logo of this University has to appear on the centre top of the jacket in golden embossing.
  7. Three copies of the dissertation should be submitted to the university. One copy is for evaluation which along with another copy will be submitted to the University Library. Third copy will go to the respective dissertation supervisor and in case of a co-guide candidate will have to submit as extra copy for the co-guide. The respective copies will be handed over by Academic Section.
  8. The final assessment of dissertation will be done by an external examiner.
  9. Guideline for the evaluation of the dissertation will be based on the following five parameters. Guidelines for evaluation of dissertation: 60 marks.

    Name of the candidate
    Name of the Degree
    Subject
    Name of the examiner
    Sr. No. Parameters of evaluation Maximum marks (60) Marks allotted
    1 The level of understanding of the problem of research and aptitude of the candidate 10 --
    2 General awareness of the candidate with regard to the current trends in the field with special reference to the topic of research he/she has opted 10 --
    3 Originality of the data and methods of data collection 15 --
    4 Level of Research and Interpretation of the data 15 --
    5 Total performance 10 --

    Guidelines for assessment of oral presentation: 40 marks.

    Subject
    Name of the examiner
    Sr. No. Parameter Max. Marks Marks allotted
    1 Content of the presentation 20
    2 The student's ability to address questions raised by the external examiner and the RAC in the oral examination 10
    3 Overall presentation 10

Duration of the course :

The duration of the course of M Phil will be of 1.5 years of which first semester will consist of Research Methodology course and three subject papers suggested by the research guide. The students will be assigned a topic of research of their interest and capabilities to write a dissertation and submit on the day assigned as part of schedule of the M.Phil examination coinciding with the November Term end examination. In failing to meet the deadline of thesis submission, the candidate will be allowed to submit it only during the May Term end examination. Further details of course format are enumerated as under:

COURSE FORMAT :

M.Phil. Degree in Archaeology /Linguistics/ Sanskrit & Lexicography Credits 30 Duration 18 months (3 semesters) Research Advisory Committee: The student's RAC will consist of not more than two members who have expertise in the student's area of research. Ideally one of the two members will be from outside the department.

The Course Format :

Semester Course Code Course Title Credits
I ARC/LNG/SL -501 Research Methodology 5
I ARC/LNG/SL -502 ASSIGNMENT TO BE SUBMITTED TO SUPERVISOR Readings in Archaeology/Linguistics/Sanskrit & Lexicography 5
II ARC/LNG/SL -503 ASSIGNMENT TO BE SUBMITTED TO SUPERVISOR (topic that he/she has submitted as synopsis) Recent Trends in Archaeology/Linguistics/Sanskrit & Lexicography 5
II ARC/LNG/SL - 504 Term Paper : Topic to be decided in consultation with the supervisor 5
I/II ARC/LNG/SL - 505 Basic Course - 1 75% attendance
I/II ARC/LNG/SL - 506 Basic Course - 2 75% attendance
III ARC/LNG/SL - 507 Dissertation 10

Semesters I & II :

Compulsory courses for all M Phil Students
  1. Research Methodology - 501
  2. ARC/LNG/SL - 502
  3. ARC/LNG/SL - 503
  4. ARC/LNG/SL - 504
Additional coursework for students without a pervious degree in parent disciplines. These will be from among the core compulsory courses offered at MA level and will be decided in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the student. All coursework will be completed within the first and second semesters of the course.
  1. Two MA courses
  2. ARC/LNG/SL - 505
  3. ARC/LNG/SL - 506

Semester 3 :

All M.Phil students will work on a dissertation in the third semester of the course. The topic of the research would have been approved by the student's RAC with final approval of the Departmental Committee in the first year of the M.Phil. The dissertation will be completed within the third semester. An extension of up to six months may be granted to the student if needed and if recommended by the student's RAC and if approved by the Departmental Committee.

ASSESSMENT FORMAT :

Course Code Nature of Assessment Marking Scheme
ARC/LNG/SL - 501 As decided for RM course
ARC/LNG/SL - 502 An essay-type assignment of maximum 2000 N.B. If the assignment involves reporting on an experiment or original data analysis, the word limit may be lower as long as the work done is equivalent to 5 credits, subject to approval by the RAC. 3 assignments of 100 mark each. Passing: 50% All members of the student's RAC will mark the assignment and the average mark will be the final mark.
ARC/LNG/SL - 503
ARC/LNG/SL - 504
ARC/LNG/SL - 505 75% attendance and an assignment to be decided by the course teacher The assignment will be graded by the course teacher
ARC/LNG/SL - 506
ARC/LNG/SL - 507
  1. Mid-term evaluation : At the end of the first month of the third semester the student will submit a write-up on the research undertaken.
  2. Final dissertation submission : The student's dissertation will be evaluated by the external examiner.
  3. Viva voce and open defense before the members of RAC & rest of the department.
  1. The mid-term report will be assessed as follows : RAC - 10 Marks Supervisor - 15 Marks.
  2. External examiner - 50 Marks
  3. RAC - 25 Marks

Notes on the final assessment of the student's written assignments :
  1. At the end of each semester, soft copies of all the student's written assignments will be sent to the members of the RAC.
  2. The RAC will meet two weeks after the soft copies are sent to grade the written work for each course by consensus.
  3. In the absence of consensus, the grades will be referred to the Departmental Committee.
  4. The following will be the grading system for all written submissions :

    GRADE MARKS
    O 80-100
    A 70-79
    B 60-69
    C 50-59
    F Less than 50

  5. The passing marks for all written work will be 50%.

Guidelines for submission and assessment of M.Phil. Dissertation :

  1. The M Phil dissertation will contain a maximum of 150 pages typed in Font-size 12, 1.5 spacing, normal margins, excluding bibliography and photos as per the University guidelines.
  2. The student will submit a detailed synopsis of the proposed research including a literature review and methodology at the end of the first month in the second year of the M Phil This synopsis will be evaluated by the out of 10 marks and by the supervisor out of 15 marks. Assessment for Detailed Synopsis [A]
    Max. Marks given by
    RAC 10
    Supervisor 15
    Total 25

  3. After the final dissertation is submitted, the research supervisor will propose a panel of three examiners through the Head of the Department. One member of the proposed panel will be nominated by the Academic Council/RR Committee as the examiner. This examiner will assess the dissertation on the following parameters : Assessment by the External Examiner [B]: 50 marks. (Passing marks 25).

    Name of the candidate
    Name of the Degree
    Subject
    Sr. no. Parameters of evaluation Maximum marks (50) Marks allotted
    1 The level of understanding of the problem of research and aptitude of the candidate. 10 --
    2 General awareness of the candidate with regard to the current trends in the field with special reference to the topic of research he/she has opted. 10 --
    3 Originality of the data and methods of data collection. 15 --
    4 Level of Research and Interpretation of the data. 15 --

  4. Once the external examiner's report is received, the student will make an oral presentation of the dissertation before the RAC which will evaluate the dissertation and presentation out of 25 marks.
    The RAC will assess the oral presentation on the following parameters: [C]: 25 marks.

    Sr. No. Parameter Max. Marks
    1 Content of the presentation 10
    2 The student's ability to address questions raised by the external examiner and the RAC in the oral examination. 10
    3 Overall presentation 05

    Overall assessment pattern :
    A+B+C
    25+50+25=100 marks
  5. All grades/marks/assessment reports will be received by the Academic Section of the University.

Dissertation Format :

  1. The dissertation prepared by a student in Semester III shall also carry 25 marks for detailed assessment of synopsis, 50 marks for thesis evaluation and 25 Marks for open defence shall form part of the semester - end examination. The internal assessment does not apply in this case. Candidate will defend his/her dissertation as part of the examination process, i.e. open defence as per the examination time table. In case of failure in any of the exams i.e. open defence or external evaluation of dissertation, the result will be considered as fail.
  2. The text of the dissertation should not exceed more 150 pages excluding references, illustrations, acknowledgements, table of contents, certificate, tables and photographs (plates). The running text should be in Times New Roman with font size of 12 with line spacing option of 1.5 only, and should be justified. The page alignment will be according to the Office 2003 default.
  3. For the dissertation in Sanskrit & Lexicography, candidates may use Unicode font for Devnagari script (Sanskrit 2003 font) in font size being 14 with 1.5 line spacing.
  4. The pagination of all the pages prior to the Chapter one should bear Roman numbering and Reference list will also have Roman numbering in continuation.
  5. Only the references which have been cited in the text should include the list of references. Any other publication which is not referred to in the text should be included in Bibliography. The pattern of referencing should be as follows :
    1. Spelling: For the sake of uniformity, spelling should conform to the Oxford English Dictionary.
    2. References : Should be followed alphabetically at the end of the thesis. Books : Sankalia, H.D. 1974. Prehistory and Protohistory of India and Pakistan (second edition). Pune: Deccan College. Journals : Misra, V.N., Shinde, V., Mohanty, R.K., Dalal, K., Mishra A., Pandey, L., and Kharakwal, J. 1995. Excavations at Balathal: Their Contribution to the Chalcolithic and Iron Age Cultures of Mewar, Rajasthan. Man and Environment 20 (1), 57-80. Edited volume : Boessneck, J. 1969. Osteological differences between Sheep (Ovis aries) and Goats (Capra hircus), pp. 331-358 in Brothwell D. and Higgs E. Higgs (eds.), Science in Archaeology, II Edition. London : Thames & Hudson. Monograph : Clason, A.T. 1979. Wild and Domestic Animals in Prehistoric and Early Historic India. Lucknow: Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society.
  6. The jacket of the dissertation should be in Black with cover page in golden embossing. No other matter including photographs or art work is allowed on this page. The spine of the bound volume of dissertation will bear the dissertation title, name of the candidate and year of submission only. The logo of this University has to appear on the centre top of the front page in golden embossing.
  7. Three copies of the dissertation should be submitted to the university. One copy is for evaluation which along with another copy will be submitted to the University Library. Third copy will go to the respective dissertation supervisor and in case of a co-guide candidate will have to submit an extra copy for the co-guide.
  8. The candidate will submit the soft copy of his/her thesis to the Controller of Examination for verification through PLAGIARISM SOFTWARE prior to final submission. After receiving NOC from the COE, candidate will submit three hard copies to the Academic Section. If thesis is supervised by the Co-guide, four numbers of copies will be submitted. The copies for Guide and Co-Guide will be handed over to the respective faculty through Academic Section after the candidate has submitted all the required number of copies to the former.
  9. The Candidate has to submit final version of thesis in Soft copy to COE for submitting the same to UGC.

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