Bits Wilp Dissertation Proposal

 

Important Instructions

1.

Along with the Registration Card and fees draft, the student must submit theDissertation Outline document and the Dissertation Outline evaluation sheet. Thedocument must contain the following items:1.

Proposed topic of Dissertation2.

Area of Work3.

Background4.

Scope of work5.

Objectives6.

Plan of work7.

Literature references, and8.

Particulars of the Supervisor as well as one Additional Examiner (Name,Qualification, Designation, Employing Organization, and contact information).2.

The Mentor can be the Supervisor. The Supervisor will be the guide and mainexaminer for the student. In case the Mentor is not the Supervisor, he/she must bethe Additional Examiner. The chosen Supervisor / Additional Examiner must havequalification equivalent to that of the Mentor. The Supervisor and Examiner must betwo different individuals. The same person cannot act as both the Supervisor as wellas Examiner for the same student.3.

Students who are currently enrolled in MS SS/MM cannot be Supervisors/Examiners/ Mentors for other BS/MS Students doing Project Work/Dissertation.4.

The Mid-Semester Evaluation will be based on Work Progress and achievement, Mid-Semester Progress Report and the Mid-Semester Seminar/Viva. The Mid-SemesterProgress Report will be in the same format as the final report but it can be spiralbound. It should contain the details of work done till the Mid-Semester and the planof the work to be completed during the rest of the semester.5.

The student should submit two copies of the word-processed, hardbound FinalDissertation Report to the Supervisor, atleast two weeks before the deadline. TheSupervisor should evaluate the final report and conduct the final seminar and viva-voce for the student, alongwith the additional examiner. The Supervisor and theAdditional Examiner should jointly complete the final evaluation sheet andrecommend the final grade for the Dissertation.6.

The

final report along with the final evaluation sheet (after the Report/Seminar/Vivaevaluation by the Supervisor and Additional Examiner) should reach the

Dean,DLPD, BITS Pilani –333 031 (Rajasthan) by Speed Post

so as to reach us

latest by March 31, 2008.

7.

The student should also submit a soft copy of each Evaluation ComponentONLINE through the BITS-Virtual University website on the specified date.

8.

We do understand that all BITS DLP students are employed professionals with theirown professional and personal constraints. We expect all students to coordinate withtheir Supervisor and Examiner and submit all documents and evaluation sheets asper schedule given in the handout.9.

The students must submit the Outline, Mid-Semester Report and Final Report in thespecified format by the specified deadlines, even if the evaluation by theSupervisor/Examiner is not available by the deadline. The evaluation sheets dulysigned by the Supervisor and Examiner can be submitted separately within twoweeks from the specified deadlines.10.

Requests for extension of deadlines for submission of documents orevaluation sheets will not be entertained irrespective of the reasons.Page 2 of 15

The management of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, has made a conscious decision to have a sharper focus on research. It has proposed to double the number of research students in its four campuses by 2020. Currently, it has 650 research students, and hopes to increase this number to 1,500 in the next five years.

Acting Vice Chancellor V. Sambasiva Rao, in a recent telephonic interview, said that the institute wanted to focus on research, entrepreneurship and innovation. “We have proposed to improve research by recruiting more Ph.D. students and encouraging our faculty to go for research in interdisciplinary areas,” he said.

According to him, only collaboration between various departments would improve research and increase the flow of funds from the industry and government departments. “Essentially we don’t want to depend on public funding,” he said.

At present, the institute receives grants from the Departments of Science and Technology, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Atomic Energy and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the University Grants Commission. “We also encourage faculty to apply for sponsored grants and approach industry for funding for research. We involve undergraduates, postgraduates and research students [in the research programmes],” he added.

Supporting healthcare

At BITS three projects that were launched by its tech-business incubators have been successful. The institute is involved in two projects in biotechnology and one in pharmacy.

The biotechnology project is involved in creating a diagnostic device to test for blood sugar and urinary tract infection. The Department of Pharmacy is collaborating with the industry to create a drug for tuberculosis.

Prof. Sambasiva Rao’s motivation is Prof. C.N.R. Rao, who proposed that research grants be increased substantially to institutes of national repute.

On whether the institute would absorb all the research students after they graduate, Prof. Rao said that the students are encouraged to work in the outside world but that some of them do stay back to pursue their research. To another question on whether all students who take up Ph.D. end up finishing the course work, he said that 99 per cent of the students do complete the programme.

The institute also offers a direct Ph.D. programme after their undergraduate degree for students who demonstrate an ability to do research. Though many of them do enter research, a large number leave for countries that offer better atmosphere. Can BITS prevent such movement?

“To attract students we have to provide a better ecosystem for meritorious students. To make them stay back (in the country) we need public-private partnership for research projects and fellowships. We also need to offer them challenging problems,” Prof. Rao said.

He firmly believes that the country needs centrally funded institutions. “We need institutions like IITs and central universities. Funding for these institutions must be improved. The government should concentrate on providing seed funding,” he said. This would, in turn, encourage researchers to remain focussed on developing new products.

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