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Ordinances

The Senate of the institute prescribes the ordinances in respect of the different academic programmes at IIT. The institute bases its programmes on the framework set by these ordinances. The links given below give additional details in respect of the ordinances issued for B.Tech, M.Tech, M.Sc, MS and Ph.D programmes.

B.Tech     M.Tech      Dual Degree     MBA     MS     MSc    PhD

B.Tech ORDINANCES (Effective from July 2004 Batch)

ORDINANCES

  1. Candidates who have passed the final Examination under the 10+2 system or its equivalent with Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics (OR) a pass in the three year diploma in Engineering awarded by Boards of Technical Education and who have been placed in the final merit list in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) administered jointly by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay / Delhi / Guwahati / Kanpur / Kharagpur / Madras / Roorkee are eligible to be considered for admission to the B.Tech programme in the year in which the JEE is held.
                     In addition, candidates who are eligible to seek admission as foreign nationals or under other categories as approved by the Council of the IITs will also be considered for admission to the B.Tech programme if their applications are received through proper channels and if they are qualified in JEE.
  2. Admission to the particular branch of study shall be as decided by the Joint Admission Committee
  3. The duration of the B.Tech programme will normally be 8 semesters.
  4. The award of merit scholarships to the B.Tech students will be governed by the regulations framed by the Senate from time to time.
  5. The award of the B.Tech degree shall be in accordance with the regulations of the Senate of the Institute.

REGULATIONS

R.1.0     Admission   

R.1.1    The number of seats in each branch of the B.Tech programme for which admission is to be made in the IIT Madras, will be decided by its Senate.  Seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, physically challenged candidates and children of army personnel who lost their life fighting for the country as per the Government of India orders from time to time. 

R.1.2            Admission to the B.Tech programme in any year will be based on the results of a Joint Entrance Examination conducted in the months of April and May of that year by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Roorkee).   

R.1.3    The eligibility criteria, consistent with ordinance 0.1, for appearing at the Joint Entrance Examination, as well as the criteria to be satisfied to apply for direct admission in any year will be decided by the Joint Admission Committee and the Directors of all the seven IITs in their capacity as Chairman of the respective Senate. 

The criteria will be set out in an information brochure to be forwarded to the applicants along with the relevant application forms. 

R.1.4    The Joint Admission Committee will decide on the procedure for conducting the Joint Entrance Examination and preparing a merit list for the general category of students and a separate merit list for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.  Subject to minimum performance criteria in the examination decided by the committee from year to year, the Joint Admission Committee will offer admission, in order of merit, from these lists to candidates taking into account the choice of branch indicated by the candidate and the available seats in each branch in the various IITs.  

R.1.5    At the time of admission a candidate should have appeared / passed in the final examination of the 10+2 system or its equivalent with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as subjects of study or three year diploma in Engineering awarded by Board of Technical Education. 

R.1.6            Candidates have to fulfill the medical standards required for admission as set out in the Information Brochure sent along with the application form. 

R.1.7    The selected candidate will be admitted to the B.Tech programme after he / she fulfills all the admission requirements as indicated in the letter of admission after payment of the prescribed fees. 

R.1.8    In matter of admission to the B.Tech programme the decision of the Joint Admission Committee is final. 

R.1.9       If, at any time after admission, it is found that a candidate has not fulfilled all the requirements stipulated in the offer of admission, the Dean of Academic Courses may revoke the admission of the candidate and report the matter to the Senate.

R.2.0     Structure of B.Tech Programme  

R.2.1    The programme of instruction will consist of : 

(i)             a general core programme comprising basic sciences, engineering sciences, humanities, engineering arts, and mathematics ;

(ii)           an engineering core programme introducing the student to the foundations of engineering in his / her branch ; 

(iii)          an elective programme enabling the students to take up a group of courses of interest to him / her; 

and 

(iv)          a project approved by the Department. 

In addition a student should satisfactorily complete the prescribed NCC / NSO / NSS programme. 

R.2.2    The complete programme will consist of 5 categories :  Humanities, Basic Sciences, Basic Engineering, Professional Major & Minor and distributed over eight semesters with two semesters per year. 

The Professional Major Theory (PMT) Courses will commence from first semester onwards.  The Minor Stream courses will be offered from the 5th semester onwards.   

A Minor stream course means a bunch of not less than 3 courses which may be offered by one or more number of Departments of which one department will be Co-ordinating department and the other(s) will be participating department(s). 

R.2.3    Every branch of the B.Tech programme will have a curriculum and course contents (syllabi) for the courses approved by the Senate. 

R.2.4    Credits are assigned to the courses based on the following general pattern : 

One credit for each lecture period ; 

One credit for each tutorial period ; 

One credit for each laboratory or practical or project session of three periods. 

R.2.5    The curriculum of any branch of the B.Tech programme is designed to have a total of 165 credits for the award of the B.Tech degree. 

R.2.6    No semester shall have more than six or more lecture based courses as prescribed in the curriculum carrying a maximum of 27 credits and four laboratory courses subject to the following constraints

Students are permitted to register for an additional course (backlog) from fifth semester onwards. 

However, in special cases, students of VII semester will be permitted to take seven lecture based courses if they are not already prescribed seven courses in previous semesters subject to : 

a)             two – three lab slots out of the 4 recommended are free 

b)             maximum number of credits registered in any semester shall not exceed 27 

c)             no withdrawal from any of the courses registered will be allowed except as per regulation 7.1 

d)             the student’s Faculty Adviser and Head of the Dept. recommends the same. 

e)             students can register one backlog course in V & VI semesters and two backlog course in VII & VIII semesters subject to a maximum of 27 credits in a semester. 

R.2.7    Every course of the B.Tech programme will be placed in one of the fifteen categories listed in Table 1.  

A student must earn a minimum number of credits under each category as shown in Table 1.  

However only students belonging to the VI or higher semesters are eligible to register for M.Tech / M.Sc. courses.  But every such student desiring to register for such a course must obtain the consent of the teacher offering the course.

TABLE 1

 

SL. NO.

CATEGORY

CODE

CGPA CREDIT

NON-CGPA CREDIT

COURSE-WISE MINIMUM CREDIT REQUIREMENT

1.

HUMANITIES

HSS

9

 

11

 

Pass/Fail Option

HPF

 

2

 

2.

BASIC SCIENCES:

 

 

 

27-29

 

Physics

SPH

8

 

 

 

Chemistry

SCY

7

 

 

 

Mathematics

SMA

12

 

 

 

Life Science

SLS

2

 

 

3.

BASIC ENGG

 

 

 

20-23

 

Theory

BET

14-17

 

 

 

Skills

BES

5

 

 

4.

PROFESSIONAL MAJOR

 

 

 

88-91

 

Theory Courses

PMT

60-67

 

 

 

Laboratory

PML

5-12

 

 

 

Self Study

PSS

3-4

 

 

 

Project

PMP

8-12

 

 

 

Industrial Training

PIT

2

 

 

 

Industrial Lecture (Pass/Fail)

PIL

 

1

 

5.

MINOR ELECTIVES

MNS

9

 

 

6.

FREE ELECTIVES

 

6

 

9

 

TOTAL

 

162

3

6

  Minimum number of credits to be earned for the award of B.Tech. Degree is 165 out of which 3 credits of coursework done under the Pass/Fail option are not counted towards CGPA calculation. 

R.2.8    A student who has the minimum number of credits required for the award of the degree including the minimum prescribed for each category will not be permitted to register for more courses to improve his cumulative grade point average (see Rule 26.2). 

R.2.9    The medium of instruction, examination and project reports will be in English.

  R.3.0     Faculty Adviser

R.3.1    To help the students in planning their courses of study and for getting general advice on the academic programme, the concerned Department will assign a certain number of students to a Faculty member who will be called their Faculty Adviser.

 R.4.0     Class Committee

R.4.1    Every class of the B.Tech programme will have a Class Committee consisting of Faculty and Students.  There will be one Class Committee for each of the first two semesters and for the common courses of the third semester constituted by Head of the Department concerned.  The class committees for the  department courses of each semester will be constituted by the Head of the concerned departments.

 R.4.2    The constitution of the Class Committee for the first two semesters common courses (excepting PMT courses) will be as follows :

(i)             one professor-not associated with teaching the particular class to be nominated by the Dean of Academic Courses to act as the Chairman of the Class Committee. 

(ii)           course co-ordinator of each of the lecture based subjects 

(iii)          Workshop Superintendent 

(iv)          Four students from the respective class; and 

(v)             Faculty Advisers of the respective class.

 

 
R.4.3    The constitution of the Class Committee for the department courses of each semester will be as follows : 

(i)             all teachers of lecture-based subjects except Chemistry, Mathematics and Humanities courses 

(ii)           four students from the top half of the class to be chosen by the students of the class from amongst themselves 

(iii)          one professor of the concerned Department, preferably not associated with teaching of the class, to be nominated by the concerned Head of the Department, to act as the Chairman of the Class Committee. 

(iv)          Separate Class Committee for Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Humanities courses will be constituted by the respective Heads of Departments on similar lines. 

(v)            Faculty Advisers of the respective class. 

R.4.4    The basic responsibilities of the Class Committees are

 a)             to review periodically the progress of the classes,  

b)             to discuss problems concerning curriculum and syllabi and the conduct of the classes.

 c)             The method of assessment in the course will be decided by the teacher in consultation with the class committee and will be announced to the students at the beginning of the semester.  However for the common courses in the first three semesters of the B.Tech programme the method of assessment will consist of two quizzes and an end semester examination with weightages specified in R.19.1.  Each class committee will communicate its recommendations to the Head of the Department and the Dean of Academic Courses. 

 d)             The Class Committee without student members is responsible for the finalisation of the semester results.

 e)      The class committees shall meet at least thrice in a semester, once at the beginning of the semester, once after the II quiz and once at the end of the semester to finalise the grades.

R.5.0     Change of Branch

R.5.1    Change of discipline from one branch to another branch may be permitted subject to the following : 

R.5.2    Such change will be considered only at the end of the first semester.  The performance of the first semester will be the basis for consideration for changes in branches.

 

R.5.3    All students who have successfully completed the first semester of the course will be eligible for consideration for change of branch subject to the availability of vacancies. 

R.5.4    In making a change of branch the strength of a class should not fall below the existing strength by more than ten percent and should not go above the sanctioned strength by more than ten percent.  For this purpose the strength in both cases refers to the total strength of the students in the class. 

R.5.5    However a minimum of one student will be eligible for consideration for change of branch from each discipline at the end of the first semester irrespective of the regulation 5.4 

R.5.6    If a student with a higher GPA is not offered a particular branch because of other constraints this should not be offered to any other students with a lower GPA even if he is eligible on the basis of the existing norms.   

R.5.7    Change over from 4-year course to 5-year dual degree course is permitted within the same Department at the end of sixth semester, subject to certain rules. 

R.5.8       Dual degree students are not eligible for branch change to 4-year B.Tech programme.  However, they are eligible for change of discipline within the same Department, in case, the Department offers more than one discipline under their dual degree programme.  The Dual Degree students are also eligible for change of branch at the end of first semester as per the Dual Degree Regulations.

 R.6.0     Registration and Enrolment

R.6.1    Except for the first semester, registration of a semester will be done during a specified week before end semester examination of the previous semester. 

Late registration / enrolment will be permitted with a fine of Rs.250/- upto two weeks from the last date specified for registration. 

R.6.2    From the second semester onwards all students have to enrol on a specified day at the beginning of a semester.  A student will be eligible for enrolment only if he / she satisfies R.10 and will be permitted to enrol only if he / she has cleared all dues to the Institute, Hostel, Library and the NCC Unit upto the end of the previous semester, provided he is not debarred for enrolment by a disciplinary action of the Institute. 

At the time of enrolment a student can drop a course registered for earlier and also substitute it by another course for valid reasons. 

R.6.3    The registration sheet contains the course number, course name, number of credits and category for each course taken in that semester.  The student makes the choice of course in consultation with his Faculty Adviser.

R.7.0     Registration Requirement

R.7.1    The curriculum for any semester, except for the final semester will normally carry credits between 21 and 27.  

If a student finds his / her load heavy in any semester, or for any other valid reason, he / she may drop courses within three weeks of the commencement of the semester but before commencement of first quiz with the written approval of his / her Faculty Adviser & Head of the department.   

However the student should ensure that the total number of credits registered in any semester should enable him / her to earn the minimum number of credits as specified in R.10.1.

 R.8.0     Summer Term Course 

R.8.1    A summer term course may be offered by a department on the recommendation of the Departmental Consultative Committee and with the approval of the Dean of Academic Courses. 

            An elective workshop course may also be offered in summer.  

            A summer term course is open only to those students who had taken the course earlier and failed except elective workshop.  

            No student should register for more than two courses during a summer term, including contact course during summer. 

R.8.2    Summer term courses will be announced by the Dean of Academic Courses at the end of the even semester before the commencement  of  the  end semester examinations.   A student will have to register within the time stipulated in the announcement by paying the prescribed fees. 

R.8.3    The number of contact hours in any summer term course will be the same as in the regular semester course.  The assessment procedure in a summer term course will also be similar to the procedure for a regular semester course. 

R.8.4    Withdrawal from a summer term course is not permitted.  No make up examination (see R.20) will be given for a summer term course ordinarily.

 R.9.0     Contact Course

R.9.1    A Contact course may be offered during the regular semester or summer term by a Department ONLY to a final year student who has obtained “U” grade in a CORE course.  

            The course will be offered ONLY on the recommendation of the department with the mutual agreement of the teacher and the student. 

R.9.2    No student should register for more than two contact courses during the semester or summer period.  If the students register 2 STC then they are not eligible for contact course during that summer. 

R.9.3    The contact course cannot be offered if a semester OR a summer course is offered on the same subject, during that period. 

R.9.4    Such final year students, who wish to take contact courses, should apply to the Dean, Academic Courses before the commencement of the semester / summer term in which the contact course is to be taken. 

R.9.5    The assessment procedure for a contact course will be similar to the procedure for the regular semester course. 

R.9.6    Withdrawal from a contact course is not permitted.

 R.10.0     Minimum Requirements to Continue the Programme

R.10.1   A student should earn not less than 10 credits in the first semester, and 26 credits (including the Summer Term Courses) at the end of the second semester.  

            Thereafter he must maintain an average of 14 credits per semester including first two semesters to continue his studies.  

            However in the final semester a student may earn less than 14 credits if it is sufficient for him to fulfill the requirements for the award of the degree.  

            If a student fails to earn minimum credits in every semester, as stated above, his/her name will be struck off the rolls at the end of the semester. 

R.10.2   A student who has not completed the NCC / NSO / NSS requirements (see R.27) in first four semesters will not be permitted to continue the B.Tech programme. (Students admitted from July 2002 should complete in first two semesters). 

R.10.3   A student should have a minimum CGPA of 5.0 (see R.26.2) calculated for the courses successfully completed at the end of each semester.  If the CGPA so calculated is below 5.0 or if he/she earns less than the average 20 credits, (19 credits for CS & ME) the students will be issued a warning. 

In the following semester if his CGPA is less than 5.0 or could not earn average 14 credits as per R.10.1, his name will be struck off the rolls.

 R.11.0     Maximum Duration of the Programme

R.11.1   A student is ordinarily expected to complete the B.Tech programme in eight semesters.  However a student may complete the programme at a slower pace by taking more time, but in any case not more than 12 semesters excluding semesters withdrawn on medical grounds etc. as per R.12.1.  However the students have to satisfy R.10.1 every semester, failing which their registration will be cancelled.

 R.12.0     Temporary withdrawal from the programme

R.12.1   A student may be permitted by the Dean of Academic Courses to withdraw from the programme for a semester or longer for reasons of ill health or other valid reasons.  Normally a student will be permitted to discontinue from the programme only for a maximum continuous period of two semesters.

 R.13.0     Discipline

R.13.1   Every student is required to observe discipline and decorous behaviour both inside and outside the campus and not to indulge in any activity which will tend to bring down the prestige of the Institute.

R.13.2   Any act of indiscipline of a student reported to the Dean, Academic Courses, will be referred to a Discipline and Welfare Committee constituted by the Senate.

 The Committee will enquire into the charges and recommend suitable punishment if the charges are substantiated.  The Board of Academic Courses will consider the recommendation of the Discipline and Welfare Committee and authorise the Dean, Academic Courses to take appropriate action.

 R.13.3   Appeal : The student may appeal to the Chairman, Senate whose decision will be final.  The Dean will report the action taken at the next meeting of the Senate.

 R.14.0     Attendance

R.14.1   Every teaching staff member handling a class will take attendance till 3 calendar days before the last instruction day in the Semester.  The percentage of attendance, calculated upto this point, will be indicated by a code number / letter as follows : 

                  Attendance Rounded to                          Code 

                           95% and above                                H

                           85 to 94%                                       9

                           75 to 84%                                       8

                           Below 75%                                     

R.14.2   A student who has an attendance lower than 75% whatever may be the reason for the shortfall in attendance will not be permitted to sit for the end semester examination in the course in which the shortfall exists.  

His registration for that course will be treated as cancelled, and he shall be awarded `W’ grade (W stands for registration cancelled for want of minimum attendance) in that subject.  This grade shall appear in the grade card till the course is successfully completed. 

If the course is a hard core, the student should register for and repeat the course when it is offered next. 

R.14.3   The teacher handling a course must finalise the attendance 3 calendar days before the last instruction day of the course in the semester.  

The particulars of all students who have attendance less than 75% in that course be announced in the class by the teacher himself.  Copies of the same should also be sent to the Dean, Academic Courses and Heads of Departments concerned.  Students who got less than 75% should not be permitted to sit for end semester exam without the permission of the Dean Academic Courses. 

R.14.4   Condonation of Attendance :  Those students who have more than 75% attendance for the period other than their medical leave be considered for condonation of attendance provided their overall attendance in a course including the period of illness does not fall below 40%.

 R.15.0     Assessment Procedure – Tests and Examinations

R.15.1   The Senate will decide from time to time on the system of tests and examinations in each subject in each semester.  The current practice is the following :

 R.16.0     System of Tests

 R.16.1   In lecture / tutorial based subjects two quiz tests in the case of common courses of first three semesters and for higher semester courses as decided by the class committee will be held in each course per semester. The details of weightage of marks for these quizzes have to be announced to the students, in consultation with the Class Committee, and the Dean of Academic Courses should be informed of the scheme at the beginning of the semester.

 R.17.0     End Semester Examination

 R.17.1     There will be one end semester examination of three hours duration in each lecture based subject.

R.18.0   Project Evaluation

R.18.1   At the completion of a project the student will submit a project report which will be evaluated by duly appointed examiner/s.  The evaluation will be based on the report and a viva voce examination on the project. 

R.18.2   The project reports of B.Tech students who have not completed their course work be evaluated in that semester itself and the result sent in confidential to the Dean, Academic Courses.  The result of the project work evaluation will be declared by the Dean, Academic Courses only after the successful completion of the courses by those students.

 R.19.0     Weightages

R.19.1   The following will be the weightages for different subjects : 

For common courses of first three semesters: 

a)             2 Quizzes - 20 marks each                                       40%                                                                                                                                     End Semester Examination                                                60% 

b)      Laboratory based subjects :

          For Laboratory based subjects, an end semester examination may or may not be held.          75 – 100%

Sessional Assessment                                                  

            c)      End-semester examination, if held :                           75%

Maximum weightage                                                25% 

For higher semester courses : 

The weightage for theory courses of higher semesters of the B.Tech programme should not be below 40% each for both sessional assessment and end semester examination.  Subject to the above constraint the Class Committee is free to decide the weightages in any course and announce to the students within 2 weeks from the beginning of the semester. 

R.19.2     The markings for all tests, tutorial assignments (if any), laboratory work and examinations will be on an absolute basis.  The final percentages of marks are calculated in each subject as per the weightages given in R.19. 1.

 R.20.0     Make-up Examination  

R.20.1   Students who have missed the quizzes or end-semester examinations for valid reasons are eligible for a make-up examination.   

            Student who has missed quiz(zes) and the end semester examination in the same course due to genuine reasons like illness etc. may be permitted to write make-up examination for the missed end semester alone and awarded zero marks for the missed quiz(zes) provided the student satisfies the attendance requirements. 

            They should make an application to the Dean, Academic Courses within ten days from the date of the examination missed explaining the reasons for their absence.   

            Applications received after this period will not be entertained.  

R.20.2   Official permission to take a make-up examination will be given under exceptional circumstances such as admission to a hospital due to illness.

 Students residing in the Hostels should produce a Medical Certificate issued by the Chief Medical Officer of the Institute that he / she was admitted in the Hospital during the period of the missed quiz / exam.

 Students residing in the Hostels and taking medical consultation with outside  Doctors  are required  to  obtain  written  permission from the Medical Officer, of the Institute Hospital before they proceed for consultation. 

Students residing in the hostels but taking medical consultation with outside Doctors are required to obtain an endorsement on the certificate of treatment by the Medical Officer of the Institute Hospital. 

A student staying outside the Campus permanently / temporarily must produce a medical certificate from the Registered Medical Practitioner and the same should be duly endorsed by   parent / guardian. 

R.20.3   A single make-up examination will be held about two weeks after the end-semester examination for those who are permitted to take make-up examination.

The question paper will be common to all the students taking make-up examinations in a given subject.  

However the question paper will be so structured that a student will be required to answer only parts of the paper carrying marks in proportion to the weightages of the tests / examinations missed by him / her. 

R.20.4   A student who misses this make-up examination will not normally be given another make-up examination.  However in exceptional cases of prolonged illness resulting in the student missing a make-up examination, the Chairman of the Senate, in consultation with the Dean of Academic Courses or within approval of the Senate may permit the student to appear for a second make-up examination.

 R.21.0     Subjectwise Grading of Students  

R.21.1   Letter Grades 

Based on the semester performance, each student is awarded a final letter grade at the end of the semester in each subject.  The letter grades and the corresponding grade points are as follows : 

S    10  grade points

A     9         

B      8         

C      7         

D              

E              

U      0         

W    0  Failure due to insufficient attendance in course

I       0  Incomplete (Subsequently to be changed into pass

            (E to S) or U grade in the same semester). 

R.21.2   A student is considered to have completed a subject successfully and earned the credits if he secures a letter grade other than U or W or I in that subject.  A letter grade U or W in any subject implies a failure in that subject.  

A subject successfully completed cannot be repeated.

 R.22.0     Method of Awarding Letter Grades

R.22.1   A final meeting of the class committee without the student members will be convened within seven days after the last day of the end-semester examination.  The letter grades to be awarded to the students for different subjects will be finalised at the meeting. 

R.22.2   Two copies of the results sheets for each subject, containing the final grade and attendance code and two copies with the absolute marks, the final grade and the attendance code should be submitted by the teacher to the concerned class committee chairman.   

            After finalisation of the grades at the Class Committee meeting, one copy with the absolute marks and one without the absolute marks but having only the grades and the attendance code will be forwarded by the Class Committee Chairman to the Dean of Academic Courses.  

            The other two copies are sent to the Head of the Department in which the course is offered.

R.23.0     Declaration of Results

R.23.1   After finalisation by the Class Committee as per R.22.1 the Letter-Grades awarded to the students in each common course in the first two semesters and in the courses of the third semester offered in common to all the disciplines of the B.Tech programme, will be announced by the Academic Section.    

            For the rest of the courses offered in the third semester and courses offered in the fourth and higher semesters by a department the letter grades awarded will be announced on the departmental notice board. 

R.23.2   The W grade once awarded stays in the record of the student and is deleted when he completes the subject successfully

 

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later.  The grade acquired by him will be indicated in the grade card of the appropriate semester with an indication of number of attempts made in that course. 

R.23.3   `U’ grade obtained by the students will be deleted in the grade card once that course is successfully completed, indicating also the number of attempts made in that course.  The CGPA will be accordingly revised deleting the `U’ grades in the earlier attempts in that course.

 R.24.0     Re-examination of Answer Papers  

R.24.1   In case any student feels aggrieved, he can contact the teacher concerned within three weeks from the commencement of the semester immediately following the announcement of the results.   

            The student shall have access to his answer paper/s in the end semester examination which may be shown to him by the teacher/s concerned.  If the teacher feels that the case is genuine he may re-examine the case and forward a revised grade, if any, to the Dean of Academic courses through the Chairman of the class committee with justification for the revision, with intimation to the Head of the Department.

 R.25.0     Course Repetition  

R.25.1   A student earned U or W grade in a core course has to repeat it compulsorily when the course is offered next.   

A student securing U or W grade in an elective course, may repeat it if he so desires to get a successful grade. 

A course successfully completed cannot be repeated.

 R.26.0     Grade Card

R.26.1   The grade card issued at the end of the semester to each student will contain the following : 

a)             the credits for each course registered for that semester; 

b)             the letter grade obtained in each course 

c)             the attendance code in each course 

d)             the total number of credits earned by the student upto the end of that semester in each of the course categories 

e)             the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of all the courses taken from the first semester

 

 

 

R.26.2   The GPA will be calculated according to the formula

 

                        S (C x GP)

   GPA  =        __________

                              S C 

Where C = credit for the course, GP = the grade point obtained for the course and the sum is over all the courses taken in that semester, including those in which the student has secured U and W grades.   

For the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) a similar formula is used where the sum is over all the courses taken in all the semesters completed upto the point in time.

R.26.3     No class or division or rank will be awarded to the students at the end of their B.Tech programme.

R.27.0     NCC / NSO / NSS Requirements 

R.27.1   All students admitted to the B.Tech programme will have to take either NCC or NSO / NSS as an extra-curricular programme. 

NCC programme is not available for Foreign nationals and women students. 

R.27.2   The NCC programme will have to be completed in two semesters. 

NSO / NSS programme will be held as announced by the Gymkhana. 

R.27.3   The NCC /  NSO / NSS requirement should be completed with in first two semesters.   

R.27.4   The minimum attendance requirement is 75%.

R.27.5   If a student falls short of the attendance requirements he / she should make up the deficiency as noted below : 

(i)             If the absence is on valid grounds, the deficiency will be made up in the extra NCC / NSO / NSS programmes to be offered during April of the same year. 

(ii)           If the absence is unauthorised, the deficiency will have to be made up during the following year.  The deficiency in NCC will have to be made up in NSO / NSS programmes at the rate of four times the deficiency : each NCC / NSS class missed will be made up by four NSO classes. 

The deficiency in NSO / NSS classes will have to be made up at the rate of two classes for each class missed.

R.28.0   Scholarships and Tuition Fee Exemption

R.28.1   25% of the students admitted or 25% of the sanctioned strength, whichever is less, will be awarded merit-cum-means scholarship for the entire duration of the programme subject to the terms and conditions and at the rates approved by the Government of India from time to time.   

            These students are exempted from paying tuition fees. 

In the cases of scholarships provided by private organisations, the rates and terms and conditions for the award of such scholarship shall be as approved by the Senate. 

In addition 10% of the students admitted or 10% of the sanctioned strength, whichever is less, are exempted from payment of tuition fees for the duration of the programme. 

In the case of the SC / ST candidates the award of scholarships and other benefits will be in accordance with rules framed by the Government of India. 

The Dean of Academic Courses will lay down the administrative procedures to be followed in the selection of the students for the award of the scholarships consistent with existing Government regulations if any.  The number and names of the selected candidates will be reported to the Senate.

R.29.0     Eligibility for Award of the B.Tech Degree

R.29.1   A student shall be declared to be eligible for award of the B.Tech degree if he has 

a)             registered and successfully completed all the core courses and projects; 

b)             successfully acquired the minimum required credits as specified in the curriculum corresponding to the branch of his study within the stipulated time; 

c)             earned the specified credits in all the categories of subjects; 

d)             completed the NCC / NSO / NSS requirements; 

e)             has no dues to the Institute, hostels, Libraries, NCC /     NSS / NSO etc.  and 

f)               no disciplinary action is pending against him / her.

 

R.29.2   The award of the degree must be recommended by the Senate and approved by the Board of Governors of the Institute.

 R.30.0     Power to Modify

 R.30.1   Notwithstanding all that has been stated above, the Senate has the right to modify any of the above regulations from time to time.

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DUAL Degree Ordinances

ORDINANCES
  1. Candidates who have passed the final Examination under the 10+2 system or its equivalent with Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
    OR
    a pass in the three year diploma in Engineering awarded by Boards of Technical Education and who have been placed in the final merit list in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) administered jointly by the Indian Institutes of Technology are eligible to be considered for admission to the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) in the year in which the JEE is held.
  2. Admission to the particular branch and area of specialization of study shall be as decided by the Joint Admission Committee.
  3. The duration of the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programme will normally be 10 semesters.
  4. The award of merit scholarships to dual degree students for the first 8 semesters will be governed by the regulations framed by the Senate from time to time for the B.Tech programme.
  5. The award of Half-time Teaching Assistantship (HTTA) to the dual degree students for IX and X semester shall be in accordance with the regulations of the Senate of the Institute.
  6. The successful completion of the requirements of the dual degree programme by the students will qualify him/her for the dual degree referred to as the B.Tech and M.Tech of the Institute.

REGULATIONS

R.1.0     Admission 

R.1.1    The number of seats in each area of specialization and branch of the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programme for which admission is to be made in the IIT Madras, will be decided by its Senate. 

Seats are reserved for candidates belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, physically handicapped candidates and children of army personnel who lost their life fighting for the country as per the Government of India orders from time to time. 

R.1.2     Admission to the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programme in any year will be based on the results of a Joint Entrance Examination conducted each year by the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee). 

R.1.3    The eligibility criteria, consistent with ordinance 0.1, for appearing at the Joint Entrance Examination in any year will be decided by the Joint Admission Committee and the Directors of all the seven IITs in their capacity as Chairman of the respective Senates.  The criteria will be set out in an information brochure to be forwarded to the applicants along with the relevant application forms. 

R.1.4    The Joint Admission Committee will decide on the procedure for conducting the Joint Entrance Examination, to prepare a merit list for the general category of students and a separate merit list for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.  Subject to minimum performance criteria in the examination decided by the committee from year to year, the Joint Admission Committee will offer admission, in order of merit, from these lists to candidates taking into account the choice of branch/area of specialization indicated by the candidate and the available seats in each branch/area of specialization in the various IITs. 

R.1.5    At the time of admission a candidate should have appeared / passed in the final examination of the 10+2 system

OR

its equivalent with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as subjects of study or three year diploma in Engineering awarded by Board of Technical Education. 

R.1.6     Candidates have to fulfill the medical standards required for admission as set out in the Information Brochure sent along with the application form. 

R.1.7    The selected candidate will be admitted to the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programmes after he/she fulfills all the admission requirements as indicated in the letter of admission after payment of the prescribed fees. 

R.1.8    In matter of admission to the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programme the decision of the Joint Admission Committee is final. 

R.1.9    If, at any time after admission, it is found that a candidate has not fulfilled all the requirements stipulated in the offer of admission, the Dean of Academic Courses may revoke the admission of the candidate and report the matter to the Senate. 

R.1.10   The students who have valid GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) score are eligible for HTTA (Half-time Teaching Assistantship) for their IX and X semesters.  The students of final year dual degree programme who are not having valid GATE score would also be entitled to HTTA from the IX semester onwards, in case, they get a CGPA of 8.00 or above (on a scale of 10) (Minister Letter No.F.23-1/2002-TS.1 dated               ) (or CGPA of 7.5 or above for SC/ST students).

R.2.0     Structure of the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) Programme

 R.2.1    The programme of instruction will consist of :

(i)             a general core programme comprising basic sciences, engineering sciences, humanities, engineering arts, and mathematics in the first 8 semesters, as in the case of B.Tech programme.

(ii)           an engineering core programme introducing the student to the foundations of engineering in his / her branch in the first 8 semesters.

(iii)          an elective programme enabling the students to take up a group of courses of interest to him / her; and

(iv)          project in IX and X semesters as approved by the Department. 

In addition a student should satisfactorily complete the prescribed NCC / NSO / NSS programme. 

R.2.2    The complete programme will consist of 5 categories :  Humanities, Basic Sciences, Basic Engineering, Professional Major & Minor and distributed over ten semesters with two semesters per year.

The Professional Major Theory (PMT) Courses will commence from first semester onwards.

The Minor Stream courses will be offered from the 5th semester onwards.  A Minor stream course means a bunch of not less than 3 courses which may be offered by one or more number of Departments of which one department will be Co-ordinating department and the other(s) will be participating department. 

R.2.3    Every branch of the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programme will have a curriculum and course contents (syllabi) for the courses approved by the Senate. 

R.2.4    Credits are assigned to the courses based on the following general pattern. 

One credit for each lecture period;

One credit for each tutorial period;

One credit for each laboratory            OR

practical or project session of three periods.

 R.2.5    The curriculum of any branch of the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programme is designed to have the credits of 195 for the award of the B.Tech and M.Tech dual degrees.

 R.2.6    No semester shall have more than six or more lecture based courses as prescribed in the curriculum carrying a maximum of 27 credits and four laboratory courses subject to the following constraints.

 However, in special cases, students of VII semester will be permitted to take seven lecture based courses if they are not already prescribed seven courses in previous semesters subject to :

two � three lab slots out of the 4 recommended are free

 maximum number of credits registered in the semester is limited to 27

 no withdrawal from any of the courses registered will be allowed on any grounds excepting for the reasons given in R.7.1

 the student�s Faculty Adviser and Head of the Department recommends the same.

 students can register one backlog course in V and VI semesters and two backlog courses from VII semester onwards subject to a maximum of 27 credits in a semester.

 R.2.7    Every course of the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programme will be placed in one of the fifteen categories listed in Table 1.  A student must earn a minimum number of credits under each category as shown in Table1.  However only students belonging to the VI or higher semesters are eligible to register for M.Tech / M.Sc. courses.  But every such student desiring to register for such a course must obtain the consent of the teacher offering the course.

TABLE 1

 

SL. NO.

CATEGORY

CODE

CGPA CREDIT

NON-CGPA CREDIT

COURSE-WISE MINIMUM CREDIT REQUIREMENT

1.

HUMANITIES

HSS

9

 

11

 

Pass/Fail Option

HPF

 

2

 

2.

BASIC SCIENCES:

 

 

 

27-29

 

Physics

SPH

8

 

 

 

Chemistry

SCY

7

 

 

 

Mathematics

SMA

12

 

 

 

Life Science

SLS

2

 

 

3.

BASIC ENGG

 

 

 

20-23

 

Theory

BET

14-17

 

 

 

Skills

BES

5

 

 

4.

PROFESSIONAL MAJOR

 

 

 

118-121

 

Theory Courses

PMT

81-91

 

 

 

Laboratory

PML

6-12

 

 

 

Self Study

PSS

3-4

 

 

 

Project

PMP

15-25

 

 

 

Industrial Training

PIT

2

 

 

 

Industrial Lecture (Pass/Fail)

PIL

 

1

 

5.

MINOR ELECTIVES

MNS

9

 

 

6.

FREE ELECTIVES

 

6

 

9

 

TOTAL

 

192

3

6

 Minimum number of credits to be earned for the award of Dual Degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) is 195 out of which 3 credits of coursework done under the Pass/Fail option are not counted towards CGPA calculation.

 R.2.8    A student who has the minimum number of credits required for the award of the degree including the minimum prescribed for each category will not be permitted to register for more courses to improve his cumulative grade point average (see Rule 26.2 of B.Tech. Regulations)

 R.2.9    The medium of instruction, examination and project reports will be in English.

 R.3.0     Faculty Adviser

R.3.1    To help the students in planning their courses of study and for getting general advice on the academic programme, the concerned Department will assign a certain number of students to a faculty member who will be called the Faculty Adviser.

 R.4.0     Class Committee

R.4.1    The class committee composition for the first eight semesters will be as in the case of B.Tech programme and for IX and X semesters as in the case of M.Tech programme.

 R.4.2    The responsibilities of the Class Committees are as specified in the B.Tech regulation (R.4.4) and M.Tech regulation (R7.c) for the first eight semesters and for IX and X semesters respectively.

 R.5.0     Change of Branch, Specialization, Programme

R.5.1    Change of branch will be considered only at the end of the first semester.  The performance in the first semester will be the basis for considering the branch change of students in the dual degree programmes across the Departments.  Dual degree students are not eligible to seek change to a branch in the 4-year B.Tech. programme.

 R.5.2    All students who have successfully completed the first semester of the course will be eligible to be considered for change of branch, subject to the availability of the vacancies.

R.5.3    In making a change of branch, the strength of a class should not fall below the existing strength by more than 10% and should not go above the sanctioned strength by more than 10%.  For this purpose, the strength in both the cases refers to the total strength of the students in the dual degree programmes concerned.

R.5.4            Notwithstanding (5.3), a minimum of one student will be eligible to be considered for change of branch from each branch at the end of the first semester.

R.5.5    If a student with higher GPA is not offered a particular branch because of other constraints, this will not be offered to any other student with a lower GPA even if he / she is eligible on the basis of existing norms.

R.5.6    Change of branch rules is subject to revision from time to time and the decision of the Senate will be final and binding.

 R.6.0     Registration and Enrolment

R.6.1    As in the case of B.Tech. and M.Tech Programmes (R.6 and R.8 respectively).

 R.7.0     Registration Requirement

R.7.1    The curriculum for any semester, except for the IX and X semesters will normally carry credits between 21 and 27.  If a student finds his / her load heavy in any semester, or for any other valid reason, he / she may drop courses in consultation with his / her Faculty Adviser within three weeks of the commencement of the semester but before commencement of first quiz.  However the student should ensure that the total number of credits registered in any semester should enable him / her to earn the minimum number of credits as specified in R.10.1.

 R.8.0     Summer Term Course (STC)

R.8.1    As in the case of B.Tech programme (R.8) for the first eight semesters.

 R.9.0     Contact Course

R.9.1    As in the case of B.Tech programme (R.9) and M.Tech programme (R.9).

 R.10.0     Minimum Requirements to Continue the Programme

R.10.1   A student should earn not less than 10 credits in the first semester, and 26 credits (including the Summer Term Courses) at the end of the second semester.  Thereafter he / she must maintain an average of 14 credits per semester including first two semester to continue his/her studies.  However in the IX and X semesters a student may earn less than 14 credits if it is sufficient for him / her to fulfill the requirements for the award of the degree.  If a student fails to earn credits every semester, as stated above, his / her name will be struck off the rolls at the end of the semester.

 R.10.2   A student who has not completed the NCC / NSO / NSS requirements (see R.26) in first four semesters will not be permitted to continue the programme.  Students admitted from July 2002 should complete in first two semesters.

 R.10.3   Struck off Rolls :  A student should have a minimum CGPA of 5.0 (see R.26.2 of B.Tech Regulations) calculated for the courses successfully completed at the end of each semester.  If the CGPA so calculated is below 5.0 or if he / she earns less than the average 20 credits (19 credits for CS & ME), the students will be issued a warning and in the following semester if his / her CGPA is less than 5.0 or could not earn average 14 credits as per regulation 10.1, his / her name will be struck off the rolls.

 R.11.0     Maximum Duration of the Programme

R.11.1   A student is ordinarily expected to complete the dual degree (B.Tech & M.Tech) programme in ten semesters.  However a student may complete the programme at a slower pace by taking more time, but in any case not more than 14 semesters, excluding semesters withdrawn on medical ground etc. as per rule 12.1.  However the students have to satisfy regulations 10.1 failing which their registration will be cancelled.

 R.12.0     Temporary withdrawal from the programme

R.12.1   A student may be permitted by the Dean of Academic Courses to withdraw from the programme for a semester or longer for reasons of ill health or other valid reasons.  Normally a student will be permitted to discontinue from the programme only for a maximum continuous period of two semesters.

 R.13.0     Discipline

R.13.1   Every student is required to observe discipline and decorous behaviour both inside and outside the campus and not to indulge in any activity which will tend to bring down the prestige of the Institute.

 R.13.2   Any act of indiscipline of a student reported to the Dean, Academic Courses, will be referred to a Discipline & Welfare Committee constituted by the Senate.  The Committee will enquire into the charges and recommend suitable punishment if the charges are substantiated.  The Board of Academic Courses will consider the recommendation of the Discipline and Welfare Committee and authorize the Dean, Academic Courses to take appropriate action.  The student may appeal to the Chairman, Senate whose decision will be final.  The Dean will report the action taken at the next meeting of the Senate.

 R.14.0     Attendance

R.14.1   As in the case of B.Tech programme (R.14) and M.Tech programme (R.14)

 R.15.0     Assessment Procedure � Tests and Examinations

R.15.1   As in the case of B.Tech programme (R.15) for the first eight semesters and M.Tech programme (R.16) for IX and X semesters.

 R.16.0     End Semester Examination

 R.16.1   There will be one end semester examination of three hours duration in each lecture based subject.

 R.17.0     Project Evaluation

 R.17.1   At the completion of a project the student will submit a project report which will be evaluated by duly appointed examiner/s. The evaluation will be based on the report and a viva voce examination on the project.

 R.17.2            Evaluation of Project work will be taken up only after the student completes all the core as well as elective course requirements satisfactorily.

 R.18.0     Weightages

R.18.1            Weightages for the first eight semesters are as per B.Tech regulation (R.19) and for IX and X semester as per M.Tech regulation (R.19).

 R.19.0     Make-up Examination

 R.19.1   As per B.Tech regulation (R.20) for first eight semesters and for IX and X semester as per M.Tech regulation (R.21).

 R.20.0     Subjectwise Grading of Students

 R.20.1   As per B.Tech regulation (R.21) for first eight semesters and for IX and X semester as per M.Tech regulation (R.23 and 24).

 R.21.0     Method of Awarding Letter Grades

 R.21.1   As per B.Tech regulation (R.22) for first eight semesters and for IX and X semester as per M.Tech regulation (R.25).

 R.22.0     Declaration of Results

 R.22.1   As per B.Tech regulation (R.23) for first eight semesters and for IX and X semester as per M.Tech regulations (R.26 and 27).

 R.23.0     Re-examination of Answer Papers

 R.23.1   As per B.Tech regulation (R.24) for first eight semesters and for IX and X semester as per M.Tech. regulation (R.26).

 R.24.0     Course Repetition

 R.24.1   As per B.Tech regulation (R.25) for first eight semesters and for IX and X semester as per M.Tech. regulation (R.28).

 R.25.0     Grade Card

 R.25.1   As per B.Tech regulation (R.26) for first eight semesters and for IX and X semester as per M.Tech. regulations (R.29 and 30).

 R.26.0     NCC / NSO / NSS Requirements

 R.26.1   As per B.Tech regulation (R.27)

 R.27.0     Scholarships and Tuition Fee Exemption

 R.27.1   25% of the students admitted or 25% of the sanctioned strength, whichever is less, will be awarded merit-cum-means scholarship upto 8 semesters of the programme along with B.Tech students subject to the terms and conditions and at the rates approved by the Government of India from time to time.  These Students are exempted from paying tuition fees.

In the cases of scholarships provided by private organizations, the rates and terms and conditions for the award of such scholarship shall be as approved by the Senate.

In addition 10% of the students admitted or 10% of the sanctioned strength, whichever is less, are exempted from payment of tuition fees for the duration of the programme.

In the case of the SC / ST candidates the award of scholarships and other benefits will be in accordance with rules framed by the Government of India.  

R.27.2   Such of those Dual Degree students who obtain a valid GATE score will be awarded HTTA prevailing at that time for a period of 12 months as applicable to the regular M.Tech programme.

 The Dean of Academic Courses will lay down the administrative procedures to be followed in the selection of the students for the award of the scholarships consistent with existing Government regulations if any.  The number and names of the selected candidates will be reported to the Senate.

R.28.0     Eligibility for Award of the B.Tech and M.Tech Dual Degrees

R.28.1   A student shall be declared to be eligible for award of the B.Tech and M.Tech dual degree (2 certificates) if he has

(a)     registered and successfully completed all the core courses and projects;

(b)     successfully acquired the minimum required credits as specified in the curriculum corresponding to the branch of his study within the stipulated time;

(c)     earned the specified credits in all the categories of subject;

(d)     completed the NCC / NSO / NSS requirement;

(e)     has no dues to the Institute, hostels, NCC / NSS / NSO; and

(f)       no disciplinary action is pending against him / her.

The award of the degree must be recommended by the Senate and approved by the Board of Governors of the Institute.

 R.29.0     Power to Modify

 R.29.1            Notwithstanding all that has been stated above the Senate has the right to modify any of the above regulations from time to time.

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MS Ordinance

ORDINANCES

0.1 A candidate who has qualified for the award of the Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology of this Institute or a recognised Institute or University in the discipline as prescribed in the regulations of the Senate is eligible to apply for the Master of Science by Research (M.S.) Programme in Engineering/Entrepreneurship/ Management of this Institute.
0.2 A candidate who has qualified for the award of the M.Sc. degree in basic Sciences of this Institute or a recognised Institute or University or Master's degree in certain areas approved by the Senate is also eligible to apply for the M.S Programme in Engineering /Entrepreneurship/Management of this Institute.
0.3 The award of the M.S. degree shall be in accordance with the regulations of the Senate of this Institute.

REGULATIONS

R.1 Categories of Admission

Candidates will be admitted to the M.S. by research Programme in Engineering/ Entrepreneurship/Management of the Institute under one of the following categories:
a) Regular full-time scholars with or without Institute fellowship or with project support.
b) Research scholars who are staff members of the Institute.
c) Research scholars under the external registration programme sponsored by and employed in industry/organisation having R & D facilities and recognized by DST or IIT Madras, national laboratories, reputed universities/colleges or employed in research/analysis jobs in public sector/private sector/government in the case of Management area.
(A research scholar under the external registration programme will normally carry out part or all of his/her research work in the industry/organization/national laboratories/universities employing the scholar under the supervision of a co-guide employed in the same organization and a guide at IIT Madras. The candidate must have at least two years experience).
d) Research scholars working on a part-time basis from a reputed university/ institution/ organization.
(A research scholar working on a part-time basis shall normally carry out research work at IIT Madras under the supervision of a guide at IIT Madras. The feasibility of doing this with sufficient intensity will be an important consideration in admitting the scholar in this category).

R.2 Eligibility

R.2.1 Minimum educational qualifications

The minimum educational qualifications for admission to the M.S. by research programme in Engineering / Entrepreneurship / Management are as follows:

M.S. in Engineering/Entrepreneurship/Management

2.1.1 Regular full time scholars
a) Candidates with a Bachelor�s degree in Engineering / Technology with valid GATE score or a Master�s degree in appropriate Sciences Management/Humanities and Social Sciences where eligible with a good academic record and a valid GATE score or CSIR/UGC NET/NBHM/JMET/CAT/AIMA or equivalent qualification tenable for the current year in the relevant areas.
b) Candidates having Associate Membership of the following professional bodies will also be eligible for admission to the M.S. programme of their parent discipline provided they have a valid GATE score and have passed both part A and part B of the Membership examinations with a good academic record.
(The Institution of Engineers (India) (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics, Electronics and Communications). The Aeronautical society of India, The Indian Institute of Metals, The Indian Institute of chemical Engineers, The Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering).

2.1.2 Institute staff members/Research Scholars under External Registration / Research scholars working on part time basis

Bachelor�s degree in Engineering/Technology or a Master�s degree in appropriate Sciences / Management / Humanities and Social Sciences where eligible with a good academic record. (Valid GATE score or CSIR /UGC NET/NBHM/JMET/CAT/AIMA or equivalent qualification may not be required in this case).

The list of eligible disciplines in which the minimum educational qualifications have to be obtained will be provided by each department in the Admissions Brochure, which will be updated from time to time.

The Department/Selection Committee may find fit to consider meritorious candidates from disciplines other than listed at in the Admission Brochure if there is a good match between the educational/research background of the candidate and the proposed area of research.

The Admission Brochure will also include details about inter-disciplinary research areas, which may be pursued by the research scholars for the M.S. degree and the corresponding eligible disciplines given by the Departments.

Additional and stiffer criteria than the minimum educational qualifications given in R.2.1 may be set by the Department/Selection Committee from time to time for short listing candidates to be called for interview and or test.

R.2.2 Upgradation of registration from M.S to Ph.D Programme

Meritorious candidates who have registered for the M.S. programme are eligible to upgrade their registration to the Ph.D programme in the same department under the suprevision of the same guide(s) if they satisfy the following criteria:
a) The candidate should have been registered for a minimum of 2 semesters in the M.S. programme.
b) Minimum CGPA of 8.0 in the prescribed courses in the M.S. programme.

The General Test Committee of the M.S. scholar will consider the application for upgradation of Ph.D under the supervision of the same guide(s) and make its recommendation to the Senate. If approved a Doctoral Committee will be constituted.

The candidate should pass the comprehensive examination within a semester after upgradation to the Ph.D. programme and within two attempts.

The candidate will be treated on par with one admitted directly after a Bachelor�s degree, but with the residency period and course work completed under the M.S. registration as decided by the Doctoral Committee credited to the Ph.D. programme (See Ph.D Ordinances and Regulations).

R.3 International Students

Foreign nationals can only register as regular full-time scholars. Foreign nationals with degrees from Indian universities will be treated on par with Indian nationals for admission purposes. Foreign nationals with foreign degrees must meet the minimum educational requirements as given in R.2.1 equivalent to Indian Bachelor�s Degree in Engineering or Master�s Degree in appropriate Sciences/Management/Humanities and Social Sciences where eligible with a good academic record. In addition, they should have a valid GRE/GMAT/GATE/NET/CAT/ JMET/AIMA or an equivalent examination score in the relevant discipline. International students are expected to have a working knowledge of English. Once admitted, IIT Madras will apply for necessary clearance from the Government of India for study in India.

R.4 Selection Procedure

Eligible candidates possessing the minimum educational qualifications, and satisfying additional criteria set by the departments from time to time, will be called for an Interview and / or Test by Selection Committees of the respective departments.

For candidates who have obtained UG degree 10 years earlier as on the last date prescribed for receipt of completed application, a departmental test will be conducted.

Candidates for M.S. programme in Entrepreneurship will be called by Dean IC & SR to appear for an interview and/or test.

The applications of foreign nationals may be considered without a personal interview/ test.

Based on the academic record and the performance of the candidates in the interview and/or test, the Departmental Selection Committee will recommend to the Chairman, Senate the names of candidates found suitable for admission to the M.S. in Engineering/Management programmes. In the case of M.S Entrepreneurship programme the Dean IC&SR will recommend the names of the candidates suitable for admission, to the Chairman, Senate.

R.5 Admission

a) Candidates whose selection is approved by Chairman, Senate will be admitted to M.S in Engineering/ Management/ Entrepreneurship programmes after payment of prescribed fees.
b) Candidates admitted to M.S in Entrepreneurship shall undergo a three-month course on �Entrepreneurial Development� to be organised by IC & SR. At the end of the course, the candidates shall submit a pre-feasibility report on the products proposed to be developed by them at the Institute. The Dean, IC&SR will forward to the Chairman, Senate for approval for registration of the candidates for M.S in Entrepreneurship. The admission of the candidates to M.S in Entrepreneurship shall then be regularised. The General Test Committee will then be constituted.
c) Ordinarily, a candidate is not eligible for re-registration for M.S. after cancellation of his/her earlier registration for any reason. Based on the merits of the individual case, and taking into consideration any special circumstances, a candidate may be considered for re-registration.

R.6 Choice of Guide

a) Allotment of research scholars to guides will be made by the Head of the Department taking into consideration the research profile of the department and the preferences of the research scholars and guides.
b) There shall be not more than two guides for a research scholar.

R.7 Eligibility for being Guides

The following may be a guide for a M.S. scholar:

All faculty members of the Institute.
Scientific / Design staff of the Institute with a doctoral degree.
Continuance of retired faculty members / emeritus faculty as guides.

a) When a faculty member, who has guided a candidate for at least 2 years, retires, he will be permitted to continue as guide. However, a co-guide who is in service will be appointed in addition. The guide who has retired will be invited for the General Test Committee meetings, synopsis meeting and the viva voce examination.
b) A faculty member who is to retire within 2 years may be permitted to become a guide to a new scholar with another faculty member who is not likely to retire within 3 years as co-guide at the time of registration itself. On retirement, the faculty member will continue to be a guide and will be invited to the General Test Committee meetings, synopsis meeting and the viva-voce examination.
c) CSIR and other Emeritus Fellows / Scientists / Emeritus Professors, who hold office at this Institute for a period of 1 year or more, can become co-guides for scholars, along with a guide from IIT Madras, with at least 3 years service still left at the time of registration of the scholar.
d) In case a faculty member who is a guide goes on leave exceeding one year duration another faculty member will be identified to become a co-guide of the research scholar.
e) The induction of new guides after 2 years of registration of a research scholar will be considered by the General Test Committee in the office of the Dean, Academic Research.

R.8 Change / Addition of Guide

The General Test Committee of a research scholar may recommend change of guide or appointment of a co-guide for valid reasons.

R.9 General Test Committee

The Head of the Department will intimate to the Dean, Academic Research for each scholar, the area of research, name(s) of the Guide(s) and a panel of names indicating the area of specialization of each faculty member for constitution of General Test Committee within 8 weeks of the date of joining of the research scholar.

a) The following is the composition of the General Test Committee for M.S. scholars in Engineering/Management programmes:

1 Head of the Department (If HOD happens to be Guide of a research scholar, the Senior most Professor/previous HOD will be nominated by Chairman, Senate or his nominee) Chairman
2 Research Guide(s) Member(s)
3 Minimum of one faculty member of the Department nominated by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee from the suggested panel of names by HOD Member
4 One faculty member from allied departments of the Institute or allied institutions nominated by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee from the suggested panel of the names by HOD. Member

b) The composition of the General Test Committee for research scholars under M.S in Entrepreneurship shall, apart from those indicated in R.9 a) will include the Dean, IC & SR and a representative of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department or the Department of Management Studies as members. An advisor from industry shall also be a member of the General Test Committee. The advisor from industry should be a graduate in the area of his profession and should have been associated with an industry for a reasonable period of time. The advisor will be an invitee to the meetings of the General Test Committee.

In case any member goes on leave exceeding one year duration, or resigns or retires from the Institute, the Chairman, Senate or his nominee will nominate another member on the suggestion of the Chairman, General Test Committee.

R.10 Registration

a) The General Test Committee will meet normally within a month of being constituted, where the research scholar will make a presentation. The General Test Committee will fix the date of registration for the M.S. Programme, consider the proposed research topic and prescribe the courses of study in this meeting.
b) The registration may be backdated for research scholars employed in IC & SR projects by up to 6 months from the date of admission to the programme on the recommendation of the General Test Committee with justification. Based on the recommendation of the General Test Committee, the Senate may, additionally, permit backdating by a further period of 6 months.

R.11 Course Work

The General Test Committee will normally prescribe three core courses and at least four electives. The prescribed courses shall be post-graduate level courses of the Institute.

a) M.S. research scholars with a Bachelor�s degree in Engineering or Technology should successfully complete 3 core courses and at least 2 elective courses prescribed by the General Test Committee.
b) M.S. research scholars with a Master�s degree in Science or Arts who have registered for M.S. in Management or in the Computer Science & Engineering area should successfully complete 3 core courses and at least 2 elective courses prescribed by the General Test Committee.
c) M.S. research scholars with a Master�s degree in Science or Arts who have registered for M.S. Programme other than in Management or in the Computer Science & Engineering area should successfully complete 5 core courses and at least 3 elective courses out of 5 prescribed by the General Test Committee.

The General Test Committee may give credit to courses already undergone by a research scholar in this Institute or other Institutions provided they are the same or equivalent to those prescribed, and the performance level of the scholar in them meets the minimum required. The General Test Committee may prescribe additional courses for research scholars wherever found necessary.

M.S. research scholars admitted to the programme shall obtain a minimum CGPA of 7.5 in the courses taken by them, subject to a minimum of �C� grade in the prescribed courses. If more than the minimum required electives have been taken, only the electives with the best performance will be considered for computing the CGPA.

The General Test Committee may allow the research scholars to choose not more than 3 optional courses, in addition to the courses already prescribed. It shall be open to the General Test Committee to permit or not to permit a research scholar to take optional courses in view of research work. The optional courses will not count towards the requirements of M.S. Programme. The grades obtained in these courses will be mentioned in the transcript.

d) M.S. research scholars who update their registration to the Ph.D programme should successfully complete 5 core courses and at least 3 elective courses prescribed by the Doctoral Committee. The Doctoral Committee may give credits to courses already successfully completed by the research scholars during their M.S. programme towards the course requirement of the updated Ph.D programme. The Doctoral Committee may prescribe additional courses for such scholars if found necessary.

R.12 Progress Report

a) A research scholar shall, after registration, submit annually a written report in the required format. The report should be routed through the guide to the Head of the Department, for consideration by the General Test Committee.
b) The progress made by a research scholar shall be reviewed by the General Test Committee once a year. Continuance of registration, and award/continuance of scholarship/Research Assistantship will be based on the recommendation of the General Test Committee. In the case of research scholars under the external registration programme or working on part-time basis, the General Test Committee will pay particular attention to the quantum of effort put in by the scholar towards M.S Studies. Inadequacy of effort can be a reason for cancellation of registration.

R.13 Enrollment

All research scholars who are in residence and whose registration for research degree is still in force are required to enroll in person each semester on the stipulated date till their submission of thesis, on payment of the requisite fees. Those not in residences may enroll in absentia, on payment of the requisite fees.

R.14 Minimum Residential Requirement

a) The minimum period of study and research required at the Institute from the date of registration for M.S. Programme to the date of submission of M.S. thesis shall be 18 months for all regular full time M.S research scholars.
b) The minimum residential requirement for M.S research scholars under external registration or M.S research scholars working on a part-time basis not employed in the Institute is one semester.

R.15 Relief from M.S. programme to take up job

M.S. research scholars who get a job offer can get relief from the programme, while keeping their registration alive on payment of the requisite fees every semester, on the following conditions:

Scholars who take up jobs will be relieved on their request, based on the recommendations of General Test Committee, if they have completed their (a) minimum residential requirement and (b) course work.

The renewal of their registration for every year/semester will be considered only if the General Test Committee finds his/her progress to be satisfactory and recommends continuance of registration.

R.16 Maximum Duration of Programme

M.S. Research Scholars shall submit the thesis within three years from the date of registration. The General Test Committee may extend the period of submission of the thesis by up to 1 year for regular full time research scholars with an additional year for research scholars who are staff members of the institute, research scholars under external registration and research scholars working on a part-time basis.

R.17 Cancellation of Registration

a) The registration of a research scholar whose progress is not found to be satisfactory by the General Test Committee or who has not enrolled is liable to be cancelled.
b) The registration of a research scholar who has not submitted his/her thesis before the end of the maximum permissible period will be cancelled.

R.18 Reversion of updated Ph.D Registration to M.S Programme

a) A research scholar, who updates his/her M.S. registration to Ph.D, may apply for reversion to the M.S. programme under the supervision of the same guide(s), if he/she so desires and if he/she has completed three years after the date of original M.S. registration.
b) If a research scholar who updates his/her M.S. registration to Ph.D fails to pass the comprehensive examination in two attempts, he/she will be reverted to the M.S. Programme.

The Doctoral Committee will consider the application only if the scholar has completed all the course requirements prescribed originally by the General Test Committee when the scholar registered for M.S and if the research work carried out till date is found suitable for submission as an M.S thesis. If the application is found acceptable, the Doctoral Committee may recommend the reversal of registration. If the reversion is approved by the Institute, the Doctoral Committee will continue to function as the General Test Committee till the completion of the scholar�s M.S. programme.

The scholar must complete the requirements of the M.S. degree within a maximum period of one year from the date of reversal of the registration from Ph.D to M.S.

R.19 Synopsis of Thesis

a) On satisfactory completion of the prescribed courses and research, research scholars under the M.S. Programme in Engineering /Management, shall submit to the Head of the Department through their guide(s) 8 copies of the synopsis of the research work for consideration of the General Test Committee.
b) Research scholars under the M.S. programme in Entrepreneurship shall submit synopsis in two separate volumes, (8 copies each) one volume being the technical part and the other volume being the commercial part.
c) Prior to the submission of the synopsis, research scholars are required to give at least one seminar talk on the topic of their research work.
d) Research scholars are expected to publish the results of their research before submission of their theses.
e) The research scholars shall present the synopsis before the General Test Committee. The General Test Committee will, if it approves the work reported in the synopsis, permit the research scholar to submit the thesis and recommend a panel of at least six thesis examiners from outside the Institute.

R.20 Submission of Thesis

The research scholar shall, within three months of acceptance of the synopsis, submit the requisite copies of the thesis and abstract of the thesis as stipulated.

The General Test Committee may grant additional time beyond three months, on request from the scholar for valid reasons.

R.21 Panel of Examiners

a) The thesis of the research scholars other than the one under the M.S. programme in Entrepreneurship shall be referred to two examiners chosen by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee from among the panel of examiners recommended by the General Test Committee at its synopsis meeting.
b) The thesis of the research scholars under the M.S. programme in Entrepreneurship shall be referred to two examiners, chosen by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee from among the panel of examiners recommended by the General Test Committee at its synopsis meeting, one for evaluation of the technical part and the other for evaluation of the commercial part. A brief note explaining the objectives and scope of M.S. programme in Entrepreneurship will be sent to the examiners while making the offer.

R.22 Thesis Report

a) The examiner is expected to send the report on the thesis within six weeks from the date of receipt of the thesis.
b) In case of undue delay in receiving the thesis report, the Chairman, Senate or his nominee shall appoint another examiner in his place for evaluating the thesis.
c) If one of the two thesis examiners declare the thesis as not commended the thesis shall be referred to a third examiner from the panel for his evaluation.
d) If an examiner suggests resubmission of the thesis, after revision, the research scholar will be allowed to resubmit the thesis within the time stipulated by the General Test Committee failing which the revised thesis will not be accepted and his/her registration will be cancelled.
e) If two examiners, after referral to a third examiner, if necessary, report the thesis as not commended the registration of the scholar shall stand cancelled.
f) i) M.S. in Engineering/Management:

If reports of two examiners after referral to a third examiner, if necessary, declare the thesis as �commended� and if no viva voce is suggested, the General Test Committee will consider the reports within two weeks of receipt of copies of reports by the Chairman, General Test Committee from the Academic Section, and recommend award of Degree of M.S. (by Research) to the scholar, with a certificate that the corrections/revisions suggested by the examiner(s) have been incorporated in the thesis.

In the event of both or one of the examiners having suggested conduct of viva voce, the viva voce Board will conduct the viva voce examination and recommend the award of degree of M.S (by Research) to the scholar, with a certificate that the performance of the research scholar in the viva voce was found to be satisfactory and that the corrections/revisions suggested by the examiner(s) have been incorporated in the thesis. The viva voce will be conducted normally not earlier than two weeks from the date of receipt of copies of reports by the Chairman, General Test Committee from the Academic Section.

ii) M.S in Entrepreneurship:

If reports of each examiner after referral to a second examiner, (Technical or Commercial), if necessary, declare the thesis as �commended� the viva voce board will conduct the viva voce examination and recommend the award of the Degree of M.S (by Research) in Entrepreneurship to the scholar, with a certificate that the performance of the research scholar in the viva voce was found to be satisfactory and that the corrections/revisions suggested by the examiner(s) have been incorporated in the thesis. The viva voce will be conducted normally not earlier than two weeks from the date of receipt of copies of reports by the Chairman, General Test Committee from the Academic Section.

g) In all other cases, not covered by the above regulations the matter will be referred to the General Test Committee for consideration.

R.23 Viva Voce Board

a) i) M.S in Engineering/ Management:

The viva voce board shall comprise the members of the General Test Committee.

ii) M.S in Entrepreneurship:

The viva voce board shall comprise of the following members:

The Head of the Department � Chairman
Two Thesis Examiners � Members
Dean, IC & SR or his nominee � Member
Research Guide(s) � Member (s)
General Test Committee Members � Member (s)

If one of the thesis examiners cannot be present at the viva voce examination due to unforeseen circumstances, another specialist from within the Institute or from outside approved by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee will be appointed.

b) The viva voce board will examine the scholar on his/her thesis work and evaluate his/her performance as satisfactory or otherwise.
c) If the report of the viva voce board declares the performance of the research scholar as not satisfactory, he/she may be asked to reappear for viva voce at a later date (not earlier than a month and not later than six months from the date of the first viva voce).
d) If the viva voce board on the second occasion also evaluates the performance of the research scholar as not satisfactory, the matter will be referred to the Senate for a decision.
e) The viva voce board may also recommend revision to be made in the final version of the thesis after taking into consideration, suggestions of the examiners who evaluated the thesis and the discussion at the oral examination. The Chairman of the viva voce board shall forward the thesis to the Academic Section certifying that the revisions recommended by the viva voce board, if any, have been incorporated in the copy of the thesis along with the report of the viva voce board.

All the research scholars shall submit one copy of the final form of the thesis in A5 size and an electronic version in pdf format after the General Test Committee or the viva voce board recommends the award of the degree.

R.24 Award of M.S. Degree (by Research)

On the recommendation of the General Test Committee/viva voce board and Senate and with the approval of the Board of Governors of the Institute the research scholar will be awarded the M.S. degree (by research).

R.25 Power to Modify

Notwithstanding all that has been stated above, the Senate has the right to modify any of the above Regulations from time to time.

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M.Sc. Ordinance

ORDINANCES

  1. Candidates who have qualified for the award of a three year B.Sc. Degree after 10+2 of a recognised University or Institute in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics are eligible to apply for admission to the M.Sc. programme of this Institute. The exact eligibility criteria will be as prescribed in the Regulations approved by the Senate of the Institute from time to time and announced by the Institute for admission each year.
  2. Notwithstanding what has been stated in O.1
    The Chairman, Senate or his nominee may approve of admission in an individual case and such action shall be reported to the Senate for ratification.
  3. The duration of the course shall normally be four semesters.
  4. The award of scholarships to the candidates admitted to the M.Sc. programme shall be in accordance with the Regulations of the Senate of the Institute.
  5. The award of the M.Sc. degree shall be in accordance with the Regulations of the Senate of the Institute.

REGULATIONS

  1. Admission

    1. The Institute offers courses leading to the award of M.Sc. Degree with specialisation in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Candidates who have already obtained or are likely to obtain at the end of the academic year a bachelor's degree (a three year B.Sc. degree after 10+2) in Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics are eligible to apply for admission to the M.Sc. degree courses offered by the Institute.
    2. For the department of Chemistry, only candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry as a main subject. They should have passed Mathematics at (10+2) level.
      For the department of Mathematics, only those candidates with Bachelor’s degree with Mathematics for at least two years or 4 semesters.
      For the Department of Physics candidates with Bachelor's degree in Physics with Mathematics as one of the ancillary subjects or additional mains/majors are eligible to apply.
    3. Announcement for admission to M.Sc. courses will be made by the organizing Institute and the candidates are required to submit their applications in the prescribed application form on or before the dates specified in the announcement by the organizing Institute.
      Foreign nationals whose applications are received through proper channels will also be considered for admission.
    4. Admission to each of the M.Sc. Courses will be made by Joint Admission Test.
      Seats are reserved for SC, ST and Physically Challenged candidates as per the rules of the Government of India.
    5. The Senate of the Institute will decide every year on the number of seats to be allotted for various specialisations. Vacancies, if required to be filled after the last date of admission, will be decided by the Chairman, Senate and reported to the Senate for post-facto approval.
    6. In addition to satisfying the conditions given in the application form and other relevant handouts concerning the M.Sc. admissions, the selected candidates should also satisfy all the other admission requirements indicated in the offer of admission and then only they will be admitted to the M.Sc. programme after payment of the prescribed fees. However if at any time the Dean Academic Courses finds any of the requirements is not fulfilled by the candidate, the Dean may revoke his/her admission to the programme.
  2. Structure of the M.Sc. Programme

    1. The programme of instruction in each stream will consist of:
      1. Core courses to be compulsorily taken by all candidates in the stream.
      2. Elective courses depending on the choice of the candidate from amongst the courses offered.
      3. A project work.
      In addition, every student will be required to give one or more seminars and/or take viva-voce test(s) during his/her programme of studies.
      A course can either be lecture based or laboratory based. A department may, if it finds it desirable, prescribe not more than one B.Tech course, to be offered by another department, as a soft core subject for all students in that stream. (Note: In the core program there may be two types of courses. Courses which have to be successfully completed for the award of the degree will be referred to as hard core courses. Those courses, a successful completion of which is not a pre-requisite for the award of the degree, will be referred to as soft core courses.)
    2. The complete programmes in each stream of specialisation will normally be of 4 semesters duration. The academic program in each semester may consist of course work and/or project work as specified by the Senate for each specialization. The total contact hours will not normally exceed 32 hours per week.
    3. Each of the M.Sc. programme will have a curriculum and syllabi approved by the Senate. The curriculum will be so designed by the department that the minimum number of credits to be obtained for the award of the degree in that department should be not less than 75 and not more than 77.
    4. Credits will be assigned to each of the courses based on the following pattern:
      1. One credit for each lecture period
      2. One credit for each tutorial period
      3. One credit for each laboratory or practical session of three periods.
      4. Four credits for project work with 12 contact hours.
      5. Two credits in all for seminar(s) and/or viva-voce tests which may be spread out, if the department desires, over the two years of the M.Sc. programme.
    5. A student will have to register in all the core courses listed in the curriculum of his/her stream of specialisation and successfully complete all of them (except for the soft core, if it is a part of the curriculum) (See R.2.1).
      In the case of Chemistry and Physics departments, the core subjects should include a minimum of four laboratory-based courses totaling upto a minimum of eight credits.
      The curriculum for any M.Sc. programme should provide for a minimum of three elective courses with a total of 9 credits. Electives will have to be taken from the courses offered by the Department in the particular semester from amongst the list of approved courses. However the Department may permit selection of electives other than those listed against the departments provided they have relevance to the area of specialisation and subject to the approval of the Faculty Adviser (for the Faculty Adviser see below).
    6. A student who has acquired the minimum number of total credits for the award of the degree will not be permitted to register for more courses to improve his cumulative grade point average (see R.21.2).
    7. The medium of instruction, examination and project reports will be English.
  3. Faculty Adviser
    • To help the students in planning their courses of study and for getting general advice on academic program, the concerned department will assign a certain number of students to a Faculty Member, who will be called as Faculty Adviser.
  4. Class Committee
    1. For each semester of each of the M.Sc. programmes, there shall be a class committee consisting of
      1. Course teachers of all lecture based subjects,
      2. Course co-ordinator of each practical course,
      3. Concerned Faculty Adviser – Ex Officio Member,
      4. One Professor, preferably not offering courses for the class as Chairman and
      5. Four student members or 20% of the class strength whichever is less.
      These class committee will be constituted department wise by the respective Heads of the Departments.
    2. The basic responsibilities of the class committee are to
      1. Review periodically the progress of the classes to discuss problems, concerning curriculum and syllabi and the conduct of the classes.
      2. The kind of assessment procedure to be followed in the various subjects of that semester will be decided by the respective teachers in consultation with the class committee and will be announced to the students at the beginning of the semester.
      3. Each class committee will communicate its recommendations to the Head of the Department and the Dean of Academic courses.
      4. The class committee without the student members will also be responsible for the finalisation of the semester grades.
      5. The class committee is required to meet atleast twice in a semester once at the beginning of the semester and another time after the end semester examination to finalise the grades.
  5. Registration and Enrolment
    1. For the first semester, every student has to enroll and register for the courses he/she intends to undergo on a specified day notified to the student. The concerned Faculty Adviser will guide the students in the registration process.
    2. For the subsequent semesters, registration for the courses will be done by the Students/Faculty Adviser during a specified week before the end semester examination of the previous semester. The registration form will give details of the courses to be taken in a semester with the number of credits for each course.
      The student should consult his/her Faculty Adviser for the choice of courses.
      The registration form is then filled and signed by the student and the Faculty Adviser.
    3. Late registration will be permitted upto two weeks from the last date specified for registration with a fine of Rs.250/- only.
    4. From the second semester onwards, all students have to enroll on a specified day at the beginning of semester.
      A student will become eligible for enrolment only if he/she satisfies R.7.1 and in addition he/she has cleared all dues to the Institute, Hostel and the Library upto the end of the previous semester and is not debarred from enrolment by a disciplinary action of the Institute.
      After enrolment a student can drop an elective course registered for the earlier and substitute it by another elective course for valid reasons with the consent of the Faculty Adviser on a specified date.
    5. Withdrawal from a course registered is permitted upto two weeks from the date of commencement of the semester. Substitution by another course is not permitted. The number of courses remaining registered after withdrawal should enable the student to earn credits required to continue the studies as indicated under R.7.1.
    6. Courses withdrawn will have to be taken when they are offered next, if they belong to the list of core courses.
  6. Contact Courses

    1. A Contact Course will be offered during the regular semester or summer by a Department only
      Eligibility Criteria :
      1. to final year students who have obtained "U" grade in that subject
      2. the subject is hard core and
      3. a teacher who is willing to offer this course is identified by the Department.
    2. No student should register for more than two contact courses during the semester.
    3. The contact course will not be offered if a semester OR a summer course is offered on the same subject, during that period.
    4. Such final year students, who are desirous of contact courses, should make representations to the Dean, Academic Courses well before the commencement of the semester in which the contact course is to be taken.
    5. The assessment procedure for the contact course (regarding attendance and weightage in examinations) shall be the same as for the subject when offered in the regular semester.
    6. Withdrawal from a contact course is not permitted.
  7. Minimum Requirement to Continue in the Programme
    1. A student should have earned not less than 10 successful credits in the first semester, 24 successful credits at the end of second semester and an average of 13 successful credits per semester for the subsequent semesters. Failing to satisfy the requirement, the student will be asked to leave the programme.
    2. In addition to the above, to be eligible to continue in the programme the student should have a minimum CGPA of 5.0, calculated according to the formula in R.21.2. However in calculating the CGPA for eligibility to continue the programme, only courses the student has successfully completed upto the point under consideration will be taken into account.
      If the CGPA of any student so calculated falls below 5.0 the student will be issued a warning and if he/she does not make good but gets a CGPA less than 5.0 in the following semester also, then he/she will be asked to leave the programme.
  8. Maximum Duration of the Programme
    • A student is ordinarily expected to complete the M.Sc. programme in 4 semesters. A student can also complete the programme at a slower pace by taking more time upto six semesters commencing from the date of admission (excluding the period of withdrawal if any permitted by the Dean of Academic Courses)
  9. Discontinuation from the Programme
    • A student may be permitted by the Dean of Academic Courses to withdraw from the programme for a semester or longer for reasons of ill health or other valid grounds. Normally a student will be permitted to discontinue from the programme only for a maximum continuous period of two semesters.
  10. Discipline
    1. Every student is required to observe disciplined and decorous behavior both inside and outside the campus and not to indulge in any activity which will tend to bring down the prestige of the Institute.
    2. Any act of indiscipline of a student reported to the Dean, Academic Courses, will be referred to a Discipline and Welfare Committee nominated by the Senate from time to time. The committee will investigate the charges and will recommend suitable punishment if it finds the charges as substantiated.
      The recommendation of the Committee will be considered by the Board of Academic Courses which will authorise the Dean of Academic Courses to take appropriate action. The Dean will report the action taken at the next meeting of the Senate.
    3. Appeal : The student may go in appeal to the Chairman of the Senate and his decision shall be final.
  11. Attendance
    1. Every teaching staff member handling a class will take attendance till the specified day before the last instruction day in the Semester. The percentage of attendance, calculated upto this point, will be indicated by a code number/letter as follows:
      Attendance Code
      95% and above H
      85 to 94% 9
      75 to 84% 8
      below 75% L
      1. A student who has an attendance lower than 75% indicated above, for the shortfall in attendance, will not be permitted to sit for the end semester examination in the course in which the shortfall exists.
        His registration for that course will be treated as cancelled and he shall be awarded "W" grade (where "W" stands for registrations cancelled for want of minimum attendance") in that subject. This grade shall appear in the grade card till the course is successfully completed. The CGPA will be accordingly revised deleting the "W" grade in earlier attempts in that course.
      2. If a student gets a Grade "W" in any course, then this course cannot be registered as Summer Term Course, Contact Course or extra course, over and above the prescribed limit.
      3. These provisions will not apply to those cases, where the student withdraws from the course/s within the permitted period of 2 weeks from the beginning of the semester.
    2. The teacher handling the course must finalise the attendance 3 calendar days before the last instruction day of the course in the semester.
      The particulars of all students who have attendance less than 75% in that course be announced in the class by the teacher himself. Copies of the same should also be sent to the Dean, Academic Courses and Heads of Departments concerned.
  12. Assessment Procedure - Tests And Examinations
    • For Lecture or/Lecture and Tutorial based subjects a minimum of two sessional assessments will be made during the semester. The sessional assessment may be in the form of periodical tests, assignments or any other suitable form of assessment as decided at the class committee. There will be a continuous assessment of the laboratory based courses.
  13. End Semester Examination
    • There will be one end semester examination of 3 hours of duration in each lecture based subject. Laboratory based subjects may or may not have a final examination.
  14. Project Evaluation
    • Evaluation of Project work will be taken up only after the student completes all the core as well as elective course requirements satisfactorily.
  15. Weightage
    1. The following will be weightage for the different Subjects;
      1. Lecture or lecture and tutorial based subjects:
        Sessional assessment : Minimum of 40%
        End Semester Examination : Minimum of 40%
      2. Laboratory based subjects:
        For laboratory based subjects the assessment may be only on the basis of sessional performance or on the basis of performances in the sessionals and end semester examination. In the latter case the weightage for the end semester examination should not exceed 25%, the rest of the weightage being given to the sessional assessment.
    2. The marking for all tests, tutorial assignments (if any), laboratory work and examinations will be on an absolute basis. The final percentages of marks are calculated in each subject as per the weightages given in R.15.
  16. Make-up Examination
    1. Students who have missed sessional assessments on valid reasons should apply to the concerned teacher giving the reasons for the absence and teacher shall consider these requests suitably.
    2. Students who have missed the end semester examinations on valid reasons, should make an application to the Dean, Academic Courses within ten days from the date of the examination missed. Permission to sit for a make-up examination in the subject/s is given under exceptional circumstances like hospitalisation etc.
    3. For application on medical grounds, students residing in the hostels should produce a Medical Certificate issued by an Institute Medical Officer only.
      Students staying outside the campus permanently / temporarily should produce medical certificates from registered medical practitioners and the same should be forwarded by the parents/guardians for the purpose of make-up examinations.
      The Dean of Academic Courses can use his discretion in giving permission to a student to take a make-up examination, recording the reasons for his decision.
      A student who has missed make-up examination will not normally be given another make-up examination. However, in exceptional cases of missing a make-up examination, the Dean of Academic Courses in consultation with the Chairman of the Senate may permit the student to appear for a second make-up examination.
  17. Subject-wise Grading of Students into Categories-Letter Grades
    1. Based on the semester performance, each student is awarded a final letter grade at the end of the semester in each subject. The letter grades and the corresponding grade points are as follows:
      Grade S A B C D E U W R
      Points 10 9 8 7 6 4 0 Registration cancelled for Want of minimum attendance Registered
    2. A student is deemed to have completed a subject successfully and earned the credits if he/she secured an overall letter grade other than U.
      A letter grade U in any subject implies failure in that subject.
      A subject successfully completed cannot be repeated for any reason whatsoever.
  18. Method of Awarding Letter Grades
    1. A final meeting of the class committee without the student members will be convened within seven days after the last day of the end semester examination. The letter grades to be awarded to the students for different subjects will be finalised at this meeting.
    2. Two copies of the results sheets for each subject, containing the final grade and attendance code and two copies with the absolute marks, the final grade and the attendance code should be submitted by the teacher to the concerned class committee chairman.
      After finalisation of the grades at the class committee meeting, one copy with the absolute marks and one without the absolute marks but having only the grades and the attendance code will be forwarded by the Class Committee Chairman to the Dean of Academic Courses.
      One copy with absolute marks, the final grade and the attendance code will be sent to the Head of the Department in which the course is offered.
  19. Declaration of Results
    • The letter grades awarded to the students in each subject along with the attendance codes will be put up on the departmental notice boards soon after the final class committee meeting.
      In case a student feels aggrieved, he/she can contact the concerned teacher for a second look at his/her performance but not later than two weeks from the commencement of the semester following the announcement of the results.
      The student shall have access to his/her answer paper/s in the end semester examination which may be shown to him/her by the teacher/s concerned.
      If the teacher feels that the case is genuine he/she may re-examine and forward the revised grade, if any, to the Dean of Academic Courses through the Chairman of the Class Committee with justification for the revision and with intimation to the Head of the Department.
  20. Course Repetition
    1. A student securing a U grade in any course has to repeat it compulsorily when the course is offered next if the course is listed as a hard core course.
      A student who has not secured the minimum attendance required in a soft core course will have to repeat the course compulsorily when it is offered next.
    2. If it is an elective subject, the student has the option to repeat it if he/she so desires in order to get a successful grade.
  21. Grade Card
    1. The grade card issued at the end of the semester to each student will contain the following:
      1. The credits for each course registered for that semester
      2. the performance in each subject by the letter grade obtained (vide R.25)
      3. the attendance put in each course in the form of a code (vide R.16)
      4. the total number of credits earned by the student upto the end of that semester
      5. the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of all the courses taken from the 1st semester onwards upto the point of calculation (only in the final semester grade card).
      6. The U grade once awarded stays in the record of the student and is deleted when he/she completes the subject later, indicating the number of attempts made in that course. The CGPA will be accordingly revised deleting the `U’ in the earlier attempts in that course.
    2. The GPA will be calculated according to the formula

                      S  (C X GP)

      GPA     =   ___________

                               S  C
      where C = credit for the course, GP = the grade point obtained for the course and the sum is over all the courses taken in that semester, including those in which the student has secured U grades.
      For the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) a similar formula is used except that the sum is over all the courses taken in all the semesters completed upto the point in time, including those in which the student has U grades, until the students passes the subject.

    3. No class/division/rank will be awarded to the students at the end of their M.Sc. programme.
  22. Scholarships
    1. Merit Scholarship : On the basis of the performance at the end of the 1st semester, 25% of the students admitted or 25% of the sanctioned strength whichever is less will be awarded merit scholarship for the first two semesters of the programme and renewal for III & IV semesters will be based on the performance in the II & III semesters, at the rate approved by the Senate from time to time.
      These students are exempted from payment of tuition fees.
    2. Freeship : In addition, 10% of the students admitted or 10% of the sanctioned strength whichever is less are exempted from payment of tuition fees for the first two semesters of the programme and renewal will be based on the performance in the II & III semesters.
    3. 50% freeship : Out of the remaining students who may secure not less than 6.5% CGPA and whose parental income is less than Rs.2 lakhs per annum will be awarded 50% tuition fee waiver.
  23. Eligibility for the Award of the M.Sc Degree
    1. A student will be declared eligible for the award of M.Sc. degree if he/she has
      1. registered for all the core courses and soft core course, if any, the project and the viva voce and seminars and has successfully completed all these courses (except for the soft core)
      2. successfully earned within the specified time the minimum number of credits prescribed in the curriculum of the M.Sc. programme he/she is attending
      3. no dues to the Institute and Hostels and
      4. no disciplinary action pending against him/her.
    2. The final award of the degree must be recommended by the Senate and approved by the Board of Governors of the Institute.
  24. Power to Modify
    • Notwithstanding all that has been stated above, the Senate has the right to modify any of the above regulations from time to time.

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Ph.D Ordinance

ORDINANCES

  1. A candidate who has qualified for the award of Master's degree of this Institute or a recognised Institute or University in the discipline as prescribed in the regulations of the Senate is eligible to apply for the Ph.D. programme of this Institute.
  2. A candidate who has qualified for the award of Bachelor's Degree in Engineering / Technology with exceptionally good academic background in the discipline as prescribed in the regulations of the Senate is also eligible to apply for Ph.D programme in Engineering/Technology of this Institute.
  3. The award of the Ph.D degree shall be in accordance with the regulations of the Senate of this Institute.

REGULATIONS

R.1 Categories of Admission

Candidates will be admitted to the Ph.D programme of the Institute under one of the following categories:

  1. Regular full-time scholars with or without Institute fellowship or with project support.
  2. Research scholars sponsored under the Quality Improvement Programme (QIP).
  3. Research scholars who are staff members of the Institute.
  4. Research scholars under the external registration programme sponsored by and employed in industry/orgainsation having R & D facilities and recognised by DST or IIT Madras, national laboratories, reputed universities/colleges or employed in research/analysis jobs in public sector/private sector/government in the case of management area.(A research scholar under the external registration programme will normally carry out part or all of his / her research work in the industry/organization/national laboratories/universities employing the scholar under the supervision of a co-guide also employed in the same organization and a guide at IIT Madras. The candidate must have at least two years experience in the case of registration in Engineering/Sciences/Social Sciences and at least five years in the case of registration in Management).
  5. Research scholars working on a part-time basis from a reputed University / Institution / Organisation.(A research scholar working on a part time basis shall normally carry out the research work at IIT Madras under the supervision of a guide at IIT Madras. The feasibility of doing this with sufficient intensity will be an important consideration in admitting the scholar in this category).

R.2 Eligibility

R.2.1 Minimum Educational Qualifications

The minimum educational qualifications for admission to the Ph.D programme of the Institute are as follows:

2.1.1 Ph.D. in Engineering

  1. Candidates with a Master's degree in Engineering/Technology with a good academic record or a Master's degree by Research in Engineering/Technology disciplines, with a good academic record.
  2. Candidates with Master's degree in Sciences with a good academic record and of exceptional merit where eligible for the relevant Engineering discipline and with a valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR NET/NBHM or equivalent qualification in the relevant area tenable for the year of registration. In the case of candidates with more than 5 years relevant experience after the Master�s degree, the requirement of a test score may be waived by the Selection Committee.
  3. Candidates who have qualified for the award of Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Technology with exceptionally good academic record in an eligible discipline will be considered for direct admission to Ph.D. Programme as a regular full time scholar subject to the following conditions:
    • a B.Tech degree holder of an IIT with a minimum CGPA of 8.0 on a 10 point scale or with a valid GATE score.
    • a Bachelor's degree holder in Engineering/Technology from any other University should be among the top 10 rank holders in the University and having a valid GATE score.
    • a Bachelor's degree holder in Engineering/Technology from a reputed R & D organisation and having a proven research record.

2.1.2 Ph.D. in Sciences

Master's degree in Sciences with a good academic record and having a valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR NET/NBHM or equivalent qualification tenable for the current year in the relevant area. Master�s degree in Engineering/Technology where eligible with a good academic record. B.Tech degree holder of an IIT where eligible with a minimum of CGPA of 8.0 on a 10.0 point scale or with a valid GATE Score.

2.1.3 Ph.D. in Humanities and Social Sciences

Master's degree in an eligible discipline with a good academic record or equivalent and having a valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR NET/NBHM or equivalent qualification tenable for the current year in the relevant area.

2.1.4 Ph.D in Management

Master's degree in an eligible discipline with a good academic record and qualification in JMET/CAT/AIMA/GATE/UGC-NET JRF or Lectureship or equivalent. Candidates with at least 5 years managerial experience in lieu of the qualifying test are also eligible.

The list of eligible disciplines in which the minimum educational qualifications have to be obtained will be provided by each department in the Admissions Brochure, which will be updated from time to time.

The Department/Selection Committee may find fit to consider meritorious candidates from disciplines other than listed at in the Admission Brochure if there is a good match between the educational/research background of the candidate and the proposed area of research.

The admission brochure will also include details about inter-disciplinary research areas, which may be pursued by the research scholars for the Ph.D degree and the corresponding eligible disciplines given by the Departments.

Additional and stiffer criteria than the minimum educational qualifications given in R.2.1 may be set by the Department/Selection Committee from time to time for short listing candidates to be called for interview and or test.

R.2.2 Upgradation of registration from M.S/M.Tech to Ph.D. Programme

Meritorious candidates who have registered for M.S/M.Tech programmes are eligible to upgrade their registration to the Ph.D programme in the same department if they satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The candidate should have been registered for a minimum of 2 semesters in the M.S/M.Tech programme.
  2. Minimum CGPA of 8.0 in the prescribed courses.

In the case of a M.S. Scholar, the General Test Committee of the M.S. scholar will consider the application for upgradation to Ph.D. under the supervision of the same guide(s) and make its recommendation to the Senate. If approved, a Doctoral Committee will be constituted to replace the General Test Committee.

In the case of a M.Tech. Student, a Committee duly constituted by the Head of the Department will consider the application for upgradation to Ph.D. and make its recommendation to the Senate. If approved, a Doctoral Committee will be constituted.

The candidate should pass the comprehensive examination within a semester after upgradation to the Ph.D. programme and within two attempts.

The candidate will be treated on par with one admitted directly after a Bachelor's degree, but with the residency period and course work completed under the M.S/M.Tech. registration as decided by the Doctoral Committee credited to the Ph.D programme.

 

R.3 International Students

Foreign nationals can only register as regular full-time scholars. Foreign nationals with degrees from Indian Universities will be treated on par with Indian nationals for admission purposes. Foreign nationals with foreign degrees must meet the minimum educational requirements as given in R.2.1 equivalent to a Indian Master�s degree in the relevant disciplines. In addition, they should have a valid GRE/GMAT/GATE/NET/ CAT / JMET / TOEFL or an equivalent examination score in the relevant discipline. International students are expected to have a working knowledge of English. Once admitted, IIT Madras will apply for necessary clearance from the Government of India for study in India.

R.4 Selection Procedure

Eligible candidates possessing the minimum educational qualifications, and satisfying additional criteria set by the departments from time to time, will be called for an Interview and/or Test by the Selection Committees of the respective departments.

For candidates who have obtained PG degree 10 years earlier as on the last date prescribed for receipt of the completed application, a departmental test will be conducted.

The applications of foreign nationals will be considered without a personal interview / test.

Based on the academic record and the performance of the candidates in the interview and/or test, the Departmental Selection Committee will recommend to the Chairman, Senate the names of candidates found suitable for admission to the Ph.D. programme.

R.5 Admission

  1. Candidates whose selection is approved by Chairman, Senate will be admitted to the Ph.D. programme after payment of prescribed fees.
  2. Ordinarily, a candidate is not eligible for re-registration for Ph.D. after cancellation of his/her earlier registration for any reason. Based on the merits of the individual case, and taking into consideration any special circumstances, a candidate may be considered for re-registration.

R.6 Choice of guide

  1. Allotment of research scholars to guides will be made by the Head of the Department taking into consideration the research profile of the department and the preferences of the research scholars and guides.
  2. There shall be not more than two guides for a research scholar.

R.7 Eligibility for being guides

The following may be a guide for a Ph.D scholar:

All faculty members of the Institute.

Scientific / Design staff of the Institute with a doctoral degree.

Continuance of retired faculty members / emeritus faculty as guides

  1. When a faculty member, who has guided a candidate for at least 3 years, retires, he will be permitted to continue as guide. However, a co-guide who is in service will be appointed in addition. The guide who has retired will be invited for the Doctoral Committee meetings, synopsis meeting and the viva voce examination.
  2. A faculty member who is to retire within 3 years may be permitted to become a guide to a new scholar with another faculty member, who is not likely to retire within 5 years as co-guide, at the time of registration itself. On retirement, the faculty member will continue to be a guide and will be invited to the Doctoral Committee meetings, synopsis meeting and viva voce examination.
  3. CSIR and other Emeritus Fellows / Scientists / Emeritus Professors, who hold office at this Institute for a period of 2 years or more, can become co-guides for scholars along with a guide from IIT Madras, with at least 5 years service still left at the time of registration of the scholar.
  4. In case a faculty member who is a guide goes on leave exceeding one year duration, another faculty member will be identified to become a co-guide of the research scholar.
  5. The induction of new guides after 3 years of registration of a research scholar will be considered by the Doctoral Committee in the office of the Dean, Academic Research.

R.8 Change/Addition of guide

The Doctoral Committee of a research scholar may recommend change of guide or appointment of a co-guide for valid reasons.

R.9 Doctoral Committee

The Head of the Department will intimate to the Dean, Academic Research, for each scholar the area of research, the name(s) of the guide(s) and a panel of names, including the area of specialisation, of faculty members for constitution of a Doctoral Committee, within 8 weeks of the date of joining of the research scholar.

The following is the composition of the Doctoral Committee :

1 Head of the Department (HoD)(If the HoD happens to be the Guide of a scholar, the senior most Professor / previous HoD will be nominated by Chairman, Senate or his nominee) - Chairman
2 Dean, Academic Research - Member
3 Research Guide or Guides - Member(s)
4 A minimum of two faculty members of the Department nominated by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee from the suggested panel of names by HoD - Members
5 Two faculty members of allied Departments or allied institutions nominated by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee from the suggested panel of names by HoD - Members

In case any member goes on leave exceeding one year duration, or resigns or retires from the Institute, the Chairman, Senate or his nominee will nominate another member on the suggestion of the Chairman, Doctoral Committee.

Scientific/Design staff and others who are eligible to guide Ph.D. scholars may be nominated as members of the Doctoral Committee.

R.10 Registration

  1. The Doctoral Committee will meet normally within a month of being constituted, were the research scholar will make a presentation. The Doctoral Committee will fix the date of registration for the Ph.D.programme, consider the proposed research topic and prescribe the courses of study in this meeting.
  2. The registration may be back-dated for research scholars employed in IC & SR projects by upto 6 months from the date of admission to the programme, on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee with justification. Based on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee, the Senate may, additionally permit backdating by a further period of 6 months.

R.11 Course Work

The Doctoral Committee will normally prescribe two core courses and at least four electives. The prescribed courses shall be post-graduate level courses of the Institute.

  1. Ph.D research scholars in the Engineering/Sciences/ Humanities and social sciences/ Management shall complete the core courses and at least two electives. In cases where the scholar is directly admitted to the Ph.D Programme in Engineering with a Bachelor�s degree in Engineering/Technology or with a Masters degree in science where eligible or where the research scholar updates from the M.S/M.Tech programme at IIT Madras, to the Ph.D programme, the scholar should successfully complete 5 core courses and 3 electives out of a minimum 5 prescribed by the Doctoral Committee. In the case of a scholar updating to the Ph.D Programme in Engineering from the M.S/M.Tech Programme at IIT Madras, the courses already successfully completed by the scholar in the Master�s Programme may be considered by the Doctoral Committee for the course work requirements. Changes in prescribed courses shall be made only by the Doctoral Committee. The Doctoral Committee may prescribe additional courses for a scholar wherever found necessary.
  2. The Doctoral Committee may give credit to courses already undergone by a research scholar in this Institute or other Institutions, provided they are the same or equivalent to those prescribed, and the performance level of the scholar in them meets the minimum required.
  3. Research scholars shall obtain a minimum CGPA of 7.5 in the courses taken by them subject to a minimum of �C� grade in the prescribed courses. If more than the minimum required electives have been taken, only the electives with the best performance will be considered for computing the CGPA.

R.12 Progress Report

  1. A research scholar shall, after registration, submit a written report in the required format, annually for the first three years, and every six months thereafter. The report should be routed through the guide to the Head of the Department, for consideration by the Doctoral Committee.
  2. The progress made by a research scholar shall be reviewed by the Doctoral Committee once a year for the first 3 years and every six months thereafter. Continuance of registration, and award/continuance of scholarship/Research Assistantship will be based on the recommendation of the Doctoral Committee. In the case of research scholars under external registration or working on a part-time basis, the Doctoral Committee will pay particular attention to the quantum of effort put in by the scholar towards doctoral studies. Inadequacy of effort can be a reason for cancellation of registration.

R.13 Comprehensive Examination

  1. Every Ph.D scholar shall, take and perform satisfactorily in a Comprehensive Examination in his/her Department. The Comprehensive Examination shall be conducted by a Comprehensive Examination Committee of the Department, consisting of the Doctoral Committee members of the scholar and at least two other faculty members of the Institute nominated by the Chairman of Doctoral Committee.
  2. If the performance of a research scholar in the Comprehensive Examination in the first attempt is not satisfactory, he/she will be given one more opportunity to appear for the comprehensive examination within six months of the first attempt. The registration of a research scholar, who fails to successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination in both attempts, will be cancelled.
  3. The objective of the Comprehensive Examination is to test the general capability of the research scholar and the breadth of his/her knowledge in his/her discipline and areas related to his/her field of research. The Comprehensive Examination will usually consist of a written test and oral examination or a oral examination. The Comprehensive Examination Committee shall intimate to the research scholar sufficiently in advance the scope of the Comprehensive Examination, so as to enable the scholar to prepare adequately for it.
  4. The Ph.D research scholars are normally expected to complete successfully the Comprehensive Examination within a year after his/her registration in the Ph.D programme and in any case not later than three semesters after his registration in the Ph.D programme.

R.14 Enrolment

All research scholars who are in residence and whose registration is still in force, are required to enroll in person each semester on the stipulated date till their submission of thesis after payment of the requisite fees. Those not in residence may enroll in absentia after payment of the requisite fees.

R.15 Minimum Residential Requirement

  1. The minimum period of study and research for regular full time research scholars required at the Institute from the date of registration for the Ph.D. Programme in engineering to the date of submission of Ph.D. thesis shall be 24 months for research scholars with Master�s degree in engineering / technology and 36 months for research scholars with Masters Degree in Sciences, research scholars directly admitted to the Ph.D Programme with Bachelor�s degree in Engineering/Technology and for research scholars who update from the M.S/M.Tech Programme at IIT Madras to the Ph.D Programme.
  2. The minimum period of study and research for regular full time research scholars from the date of registration for the Ph.D Programme in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Management to the date of submission of the Ph.D thesis shall be 24 months.
  3. The minimum residential requirement for the Ph.D. scholar under external registration and research scholars working on a part-time basis not employed in the Institute is one semester.

R.16 Relief from Ph.D. programme to take up job

Ph.D. scholars who get a job offer can get relief from the programme, while keeping their registration alive on payment of the requisite fees every semester, on the following condition.

Scholars who take up jobs will be relieved on their request, based on the recommendations of Doctoral Committee, if they have completed their (a) minimum residential requirement; (b) course work and (c) comprehensive examination.

The renewal of their registration for every year/semester however, will be considered only if the Doctoral Committee finds his/her progress to be satisfactory and recommends continuance of registration.

R.17 Maximum Duration of Programme

Research Scholars should submit the thesis within 5 years from the date of registration. The Doctoral Committee may extend the period of submission of the thesis by upto 2 years for regular full time research scholars with an additional year for research scholars under QIP, research scholars who are staff members of the institute, research scholars under external registration and research scholars working on a part-time basis.

R.18 Cancellation of Registration

  1. The registration of a research scholar whose progress is not found to be satisfactory by the Doctoral Committee or who has not enrolled is liable to be cancelled.
  2. The registration of a research scholar who has not submitted his/her thesis before the end of the maximum permissible period will be cancelled.

R.19 Reversion of updated Ph.D Registration to Master�s Programmes

  1. i) A research scholar who updates his/her M.S. registration to Ph.D, may apply for reversion to the M.S. programme under the supervision of the same guide(s) if he/she so desires and if he/she has completed three years after the date of original M.S registration .
  2. ii) If a research scholar who updates his/her M.S. registration to Ph.D, fails to pass the comprehensive examination in two attempts, he/she will be reverted to the M.S. Programme.

    The Doctoral Committee will consider the application only if the scholar has completed all the course requirements prescribed originally by the General Test Committee when the scholar registered for the M.S. programme and if the research work carried out till date is found suitable for submission as an M.S. thesis. If the application is found acceptable,

    The Doctoral Committee may recommend reversion of registration. If the reversion is approved by the Institute, the Doctoral Committee will continue to function as the General Test Committee till the completion of the scholar�s M.S. programme.

    The scholar must complete the requirements of the M.S. degree within a maximum period of one year from the date of reversion of the registration from Ph.D to M.S.

  3. i) A research scholar who updates his/her M.Tech registration to Ph.D, may apply for reversal of registration to the original M.Tech programme if he/she completed three years after the date of original M.S registration.
  4. ii) If a research scholar, who updates his/her M.Tech registration to Ph.D, fails to pass the comprehensive examination in two attempts, he/she will be reverted to the M.Tech Programme.

      If the Doctoral Committee recommends the reversal of registration, and the same is approved by the Institute, the scholar must complete the requirements of the M.Tech degree within a maximum period of one year from the date of reversal of the registration from Ph.D to M.Tech.

      R.20 Synopsis of Thesis

      1. On satisfactory completion of the prescribed courses, the comprehensive examination, and the research work, the scholar shall submit the requisite copies of the synopsis of his/her research work in the required format through the guide(s) and Head of the Department to the Academic Section for consideration of the Doctoral Committee.Prior to submission of the synopsis, the scholar is required to give at least two seminar talks on the topic of his/her research and have at least one paper either published or accepted for publication preferably in a referred journal or in a conference proceedings.
      2. The research scholar shall present the synopsis before the Doctoral Committee. The Doctoral Committee will, if it approves the work reported in the synopsis, permit the research scholar to submit the thesis and recommend a panel of at least eight thesis examiners from outside the institute.

        R.21 Submission of Thesis

        The research scholar shall, within three months of acceptance of the synopsis, submit the requisite copies of the thesis and abstract of the thesis as stipulated.

        The Doctoral Committee may grant additional time beyond three months on request from the scholar for valid reasons.

        R.22 Panel of Examiners

        The thesis shall be referred to two examiners chosen by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee from among the panel of examiners recommended by the Doctoral Committee at its synopsis meeting.

        R.23 Thesis ReportM

        1. The examiner is expected to send the report on the thesis within two months from the date of receipt of the thesis.
        2. In case of undue delay in receiving the thesis report, the Chairman, Senate or his nominee shall appoint another examiner in his place for evaluating the thesis.
        3. If one of the two thesis examiners declares the thesis as not commended the thesis shall be referred to a third examiner from the panel for his evaluation.
        4. If an examiner suggests resubmission of the thesis, after revision, the research scholar will be allowed to resubmit the thesis within the time stipulated by the Doctoral Committee failing which the revised thesis will not be accepted and his/her registration will be cancelled.
        5. If two examiners, after referral to a third examiner, if necessary, report the thesis as not commended the registration of the scholar shall stand cancelled.
        6. If reports of two examiners after referral to a third examiner, if necessary, declare the thesis as �commended� the Doctoral Committee will consider the reports and recommend for conduct of viva voce which will be conducted normally not earlier than two weeks from the date of the constitution of the viva voce board. The Doctoral Committee will suggest a panel for nomination of one member for viva voce board.
        7. In all other cases, not covered by the above Regulations the matter will be referred to the Doctoral Committee for consideration.

        R.24 Viva � Voce Examination

        1. The following is the composition of the viva voce Board:
          i) Head of the Department Chairman
          (if HoD happens to be the Guide of the research scholar the Seniormost Professor/previous HoD will be nominated by chairman, Senate or his nominee)
          ii) The examiner of the thesis from within the country, or a specialist in the subject nominated by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee from the panel of examiners approved by the Doctoral Committee. Member
          iii) Research Guide(s) Member(s)
          iv) A Specialist either from the Institute or outside from the panel approved by the Doctoral Committee and nominated by the Chairman, Senate or his nominee. Member

          The Doctoral Committee members of the Research Scholar concerned will be invitees to the viva voce.

          1. The viva voce board will examine the scholar on his/her thesis work and evaluate his/her performance as satisfactory or otherwise. The viva voce board will ensure that the scholar answers satisfactorily the questions raised by the thesis examiner(s).
          2. If the report of the viva voce board declares the performance of the research scholar not satisfactory, he/she may be asked to reappear for viva voce at a later date (not earlier than a month and not later than six months from the date of the first viva voce). On the second occasion, the viva voce board will also include the members of the Doctoral Committee.
          3. If the viva voce board on the second occasion also evaluates the performance of the research scholar not satisfactory, the matter will be referred to Senate for a decision.
          4. The viva voce board may also recommend revision to be made in the final version of the thesis after taking into consideration suggestions of the examiners who evaluated the thesis and the discussion at the viva voce. The Chairman of the viva voce board shall forward the thesis to the academic section certifying that the revisions recommended by the viva voce board, if any, have been incorporated in the copy of the thesis along with the report of the viva voce board.

          All the research scholars shall submit one copy of the final form of thesis in A5 size and an electronic version in pdf format after the viva voce board recommends the award of the Ph.D degree.

          R.25 Award of Ph.D Degree

          If the performance of the research scholar in the viva voce is satisfactory, he/she will be awarded Ph.D. degree on the recommendation of the Senate and with the approval of the Board of Governors of the Institute.

          R.26 Power to Modify

          Notwithstanding all that has been stated above, the Senate has the right to modify any of the above Regulations from time to time.

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