1INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BANGALOREMASTER OF SCIENCE (RESEARCH) DEGREE PROGRAMME MANUALOCTOBER 2014.POST GRADUATE MANUALMaster of Science (Research)Document Revision TableVersion Number1.0DateMarch 2008Change DescriptionInitial baseline1.1July-15-2009a) Inclusion of new curriculum structureb) Corrections to some sections2.0October-08-20143.0June 2019a) Special admission recommendationsmade by the facultyb) Corrections to some sections based onM.Tech. manual.a) Special admission to PhD programme.b) Corrections to some part of section 18.104.22.168January 2021a)Regular RegistrationVersion StatusCreated from printed versiondated March 2008Approved by the Senate inits 19th meeting held onJune 25, 2010.Presented before the Senate inits 42nd meeting held onOctober 8, 2014.Presented before the senate inits 68th meeting held on June19 th 2019.Reporting to the 78th senatemeeting going to be held on 17thFebruary 2021INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, BANGALOREOctober 2014.
21I NTRODUCTIONThe goal of post graduate programmes at IIITB is to develop professionals of the high quality to cater tothe needs of industry and academia. Such education will be based on a broad grasp of the fundamentalprinciples of the sciences and scientific methods, a deep understanding of specific area of specialization,an ability to solve new problems, and a capacity to learn continually and interact with multidisciplinarygroups. Above all, IIITB aims at developing in its students a capacity for free and objective enquiry, courageand integrity, and awareness and sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of society.The postgraduate programmes are designed with the above goals in view. They include courses of study,seminars, project work, internships, and research leading to a thesis.The procedures documented in this manual embody the philosophy of the postgraduate education andensure a high standard of performance at the Institute. Within this general framework, and subject to theapproval of the Academic Senate, hereinafter called the Senate, additional requirements may be stipulated.The Institute offers the following post graduate programmes:1. Master of Technology2. Integrated Master of Technology3. Master of Science (Research)4. Doctor of Philosophy5. Other programmes as may be approved by the Senate from time to time.Hereafter, the degree programmes Master of Technology, Master of Science (Research) and Doctor ofPhilosophy will be referred to as MT, MSR, and PHD in the rest of the document.This manual provides details about the Masters of Science (Research) degree programme.22.1ADMISSIONSAcademic SessionThe academic session of the Institute is divided into three parts: two regular semesters and a summer term.The first semester (Term I) shall normally commence in the first week of August every year, and the second(Term II) in the first week of January. The Summer term shall run from May to July.2.2Calendar1. The Calendar for admissions for a particular year shall be notified by the Institute at the beginning ofthe previous academic year.2. Admissions to the programme shall be made in either or both of the two regular semesters. Studentsshall be admitted at the beginning of the semesters as per the defined procedure.2.3Eligibility for Admission1. The eligibility conditions shall be approved by the Chairman, Senate.2. Currently for admission to the programme, a bachelors degree in engineering (B.Tech., B.E., or equivalent) is the minimal requirement.3. The requirements may change for some of the research domains and in cases of exceptional applicants,for which the Senate shall deliberate on specific processes.
32.4Admission Procedure1. The admissions procedure for the programme shall be based on previous academic record, researchstatement, prior research experience, recommendation letters, written tests as required by the chosenresearch domain and interviews of the candidates by interview panel at the Institute.2. The interview panel shall be drawn from Members of the Senate, Expert Members from the Industry,and Distinguished Academicians.2.5Admission to Part-Time Programmes1. The Institute also offers part-time registrations for the degree programmes for professionally employedpersonnel such as working engineers, scientists and teachers who can, while being employed, attend theclasses, discussions etc, as per schedule of the Institute.2. The applicant must be an employee of a recognized organization with at the time of admission.3. The research work shall be carried out by the student under the supervision of a faculty member of theInstitute, at the Institute or at such locations as specified by the supervising faculty.33.1REGISTRATIONRegular Registration1. Every student shall register each semester till student submits the thesis.The registration process involves:a. Signing the registration roll for zero or nonzero credits and,b. Payment of fees for that semester and clearance of any outstanding dues2. Zero-credit registration without fees will be approved only under the following conditions:a. Thesis submitted to office for examinationb. Maternity leavec. Medical leave (with proper documentation)d. A student who is likely to submit his/her thesis within two weeks from the commencement ofclasses. This period shall not be extended in any case.For full time students, stipend will be payable only for leave applied under (a) and (b) categories abovesubject to the limit specified for stipend payout for respective programs.3. Students who have submitted their thesis and are waiting to take the oral examination shall register forzero units. They may, however, apply for leave from the Institute with permission to take the oralexamination while on leave.4. In special cases, students who have completed all work related to thesis and are on authorizedfull semester leave may be allowed to submit their thesis during the leave period.5. Full time student who wants to pursue Internship for whole semester shall register as a part time studentfor a nonzero research credits and pay the fees for that semester.3.2Provisional Registration1. A new entrant to the the programme who is awaiting the results of the qualifying examination may beallowed to register ”provisionally”. Provisional candidates shall complete all the requirements forgraduation to the qualifying degree no later than the end of the first semester, failing which theiradmission shall be cancelled.3.3Late Registration1. If for any compelling reason like illness, a student is unable to register on the day of registration, he/sheshall be allowed to register on the day of late registration specified in the academic calendar (which isone week from the date of registration). Any student registering late shall pay the specified lateregistration fee. No late registration shall be permitted for the summer term.2. In exceptional cases, the Senate may consider registration beyond the date of late registration.
43.3.1 Deferred Admission1. For candidates who are professionally employed at the time of admission and are unable to be obtainpermission from their respective organization, to pursue the degree programme at the Institute, by theday of late registration, the admission may be deferred to the next term, i.e., a regular semester or thesummer term, with permission from the Chairman, Senate, prior to the last date of registration for thesemester the student has been admitted for.a. Deferring admissions to the summer term may be considered only for students whose fellowshipscome from sponsored research projects or those on part-time registration.b. Admission may be deferred to the subsequent regular term for students on institutional fellowshipsc. The deferment shall not be extended for any further period.2. The student shall make an application for the same.3.4Academic Advising1. A student registering for thesis units shall have a thesis supervisor assigned to him/her.2. The student may optionally have a thesis co-supervisor assigned to him/her. Hereafter thesis supervisor(s) may be interpreted as thesis supervisor and co-supervisor, if any.3.5Semester Load Requirements1. For a full time student a semester load is 16 units. However the Senate may permit a student to registerfor a maximum of 20 units or a minimum of 12 units.2. A part time student may register for a minimum of 8 units.3.6Summer Term Registration1. Students may register in the summer term for up to a maximum of 9 units.3.7Adding/Dropping of Courses and Withdrawing from Courses1. Adding and dropping of courses after pre-registration is permitted no later than the day of lateregistration. No adding or dropping of courses shall be permitted in the summer term.2. A student may be required to drop a course at any stage if it is determined that he/she does not fulfillthe prerequisites for the course, or if a timetable clash exists which does not permit him/her to attendall the meetings of the course, or any rule in this manual which forbids him/her to take the course(s)that he/she has registered for.4LEAVE R ULES1. Students may be granted leave on application as per the Senate approved leave rules.55.1P ERMISSIONTO P ROCEEDFOR ACADEMIC W ORK O UTSIDE IIITBPermission to Proceed To Other Academic Institutions as Non-Degree Students1. In order to help students broaden their horizons and enrich their cultural and academic experience,provision to proceed to other academic and research institutions in India or abroad as non degreestudents is available. Rules and procedures to be followed for availing this provision are as follows:a. A student enrolled in the programme who satisfies the minimum conditions as laid down mayproceed to another academic institution in India or abroad with prior permission of the thesissupervisor and the Chairman, Senate.b. The student shall get fellowship during this period from the organization or institute that isfinancially supporting this activity.
566.1ACADEMIC R EQUIREMENTSNormal Minimum Duration, Normal Maximum Duration and Academic Requirements1. The following table lists the normal minimum and the normal maximum duration allowed in theprogramme and credit requirements for graduation:a. “Course work” includes only postgraduate course units unless otherwise stated. “Research units”includes course units towards thesis preparation. To satisfy the “Normal Minimum Duration”requirements, registration must be over consecutive semesters; exception will be made only if thestudent is on authorized leave. “Normal Maximum Duration” is counted from the student’s firstregistration date. SGPA (Semester Grade Point Average) / CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average)will be calculated on the basis of all courses taken by the student.Minimum Units RequirementCourse work Research units Total units164875Normal MinimumDuration4 semestersNormal MaximumDuration5 years2. In special cases, where the research work may be completed before the normal minimum duration ormay exceed beyond the normal maximum duration, the student in consultation with the thesissupervisor may request the Senate to consider the early completion of or extension to the programme,respectively.6.2Grades, Semester and Cumulative Performance Index1. The Institute follows a 4-point system. A student shall be awarded a letter grade in each course he/sheis registered for, indicating his/her overall performance in that course. There are twelve letter grades:A, A-, B , B, B-, C , C, D, F, S, X and I. The correspondence between grades and points (on a 4-pointscale) is given below:Letter GradeGrade PointDescriptionA4.0A3.7B 3.4B3.0B2.7C 2.4CD2.0 1.0PoorF0.0FailureS: Satisfactory; X: Unsatisfactory; I: Incompletea. However, an instructor need not use all the available letter grades while grading and may choose asubset of letter grades . (Explanation: For example an instructor may choose to use only A,B,C,D andF, and not make use of A-, B , B-, C ).2. If a student does not complete all the requirements for a course for a genuine reason, the instructor mayaward the grade I (Incomplete). An I grade shall be converted by the instructor to a regular letter gradeby the last date for such conversion specified in the academic calendar, failing which it shall beautomatically converted to an F grade.3. A course with an F grade shall either be repeated or substituted with another course as suggested by theSenate.4. Grade Improvement Process:a. Students who, at any point of time during their study at IIITB, have obtained CGPA less than2.40 and thus determined to be deficient may be allowed to improve their CGPA, if they apply inwriting within one week of the announcement of grades for the previous semester, in the followingmanner.b. The students may improve their grades in courses where they have obtained C or D. The courseinstructor shall determine the assignments, examinations, laboratory work, projects or researchpapers that they have to undertake and the time period over which the deficient student have tocomplete the tasks as assigned by the course instructor. Based on the work and performance of thestudent in a scheduled examination, the course instructor shall assign him/her a letter grade
6at the end of the study period. If the grade thus obtained by the student is better than the gradeobtained earlier, the grade obtained shall be substituted and the new CGPA calculated. The earliergrade obtained shall be indicated in the grade sheet/academic transcript, with a remark that thiscourse has been repeated and the grade has been improved.c. In case the grade obtained is same or lower than the grade obtained earlier, the earlier grade shallstand.d. In case the course instructor is not available, the programme coordinator, upon a specific writtenapplication from the student, shall allow the student, with the concurrence of the new courseinstructor to undertake new courses from the list of courses approved by the Senate, provided, whereapplicable, the new course shall be from the student’s chosen area of specialization (“Area Elective”).The course instructor shall determine the assignments, examinations, laboratory work, projects orresearch papers that they have to undertake and the time period over which the deficient studenthave to complete the tasks as assigned by the course instructor. Based on the work and performanceof the student in a scheduled examination the course instructor shall assign him/her a letter gradeat the end of the study period. If the grade thus obtained by the student is better than the gradeobtained in the earlier course, the course shall be substituted and grade obtained shall be indicatedand the new CGPA calculated. The earlier course and the grade obtained shall be indicated in thegrade sheet/academic transcript, with a remark that this course has been substituted with anothercourse and the grade has been improved. The courses declared as core or mandatory totheprogramme shall not be considered for substitution.e. This facility for improving grades shall be available only to those students whose CGPA is less than2.40 at any point in time during their study, and may be availed for a maximum of four courses inall and for no more than two courses in any one semester.f. The deficient students, who have improved their grades in the aforesaid manner, will not beconsidered for award of any medal, or honour from the Institute.5. Research units shall be graded as satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (X) and shall carry zero units forcredit.6.2.1 Course Types1. Course name: Reading Electivea. Course Code: XX 902b. Course Description: Students can register for reading for carrying out focused reading on a giventopic under the supervision of a faculty member.c. Grading Scheme: 4-point scale (A, A-, B , B, B-, C , C, D, F)d. Credits: 4 units during Term I and II; 3 units during Summer.e. Remarks:i. Students may take not more than ONE supervised reading course per semester within thepermissible semester load requirements.ii. Depending upon the subject on which the reading is prescribed, XX to be replaced with one of(BS, CS, DS, ESD, GEN, NC, ITS, SE). A prefix of IT may be used if the reading does not fit intoany of the existing areas of specialization as determined by the faculty supervisor.2. Course name: Thesisa. Course Code: IT 979 (MT) / IT 989 (MSR) / IT 999 (PHD)b. Course Description: This course is intended for MT students pursuing thesis in third semester, aswell as for MSR and PHD students who have to earn the requisite number of research units inaddition to course work. Students need not have begun writing their thesis for registering in thiscourse.c. Grading Scheme: S (Satisfactory) or X (Unsatisfactory)A single letter grade for the entire set of registered units for a term.d. Credits: Multiples of 4 units during Term I and II; multiples of 3 units during Summer.e. Remarks: Semester load requirements determine the number of units a student can register for in
7a given term.6.2.2 Computation of the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average(CGPA)1. The SGPA is an indicator of the overall academic performance of a student in all the courses he/she hasregistered in during a given semester. It is computed as follows: If the grade points awarded toastudent are tt1, tt2, . . ., ttn in courses with corresponding units U1, U2, . . . , Un, respectively, for n courses,the SGPA is given by: SGPA (U1tt1 U2tt2 . . . Unttn) / (U1 U2 . . . Un).2. In the above computation, courses with S and X grades are ignored.3. Similarly, the CGPA indicates the cumulative academic performance in all the courses taken up to thetime of computation.6.3Academic Performance Requirement1. A student shall enter into academic probation if any of the following criteria are satisfied:a. His/her SGPA in the first semester is below 2.0.b. His/her CGPA after the first semester is below 2.4.c. He/she has obtained either D or F in two courses.d. He/she has accumulated Xs in two semesters towards research units/thesis grades.2. Upon receiving a D or F in a course or an X in a semester, a warning shall be issued to the studentatthe beginning of subsequent semester about declining performance.3. Upon satisfying the aforementioned criteria for academic probation, the student shall be notified at thebeginning of the semester that he/she is on academic probation.4. Academic probation lasts for a semester. The student shall be underload of not more than 12 credits.During this period the student shall mandatorily register for coursework or research units to improveCGPA where there was deficiency in performance. This implies that he/she shall mandatorily registerfor the courses with deficient performance under the grade improvement scheme and/or for researchcredits where unsatisfactory performance was shown, for the purpose of obtaining satisfactory performnce. During this time the student shall not undertake any successive academic milestones requiredfor the completion of the programme.5. By the end of the academic probation, the Chairman, Senate may make the decision on if the studentwill be allowed to continue in the programme depending on:a. his/her academic performance while in academic probation, andb. the concerned thesis supervisor’s recommendation in the matter.6. Academic probation can be applied to a student only once. During or after probation, if the student getsD or F in a course or an X in a semester, the student shall not be allowed to continue on the programme.77.1ACADEMIC M ILESTONESThesis, Thesis Examination & Oral Examination7.1.1 Appointment of Thesis Supervisors1. A student enrolled in the programme shall not normally have more than one co-supervisor at any giventime.2. Thesis supervisor(s) of a student shall normally be appointed from amongst the faculty members at theInstitute.3. Under exceptional circumstances, experts from outside can be appointed as co-supervisors of thestudent with the approval of the Senate. One such co-supervisor can be appointed to only one studentat a time.4. If a student’s supervisor proceeds on long leave, the Senate shall appoint a supervisor or a co- supervisorin consultation with the supervisor and the student. In this case the number of supervisors may be morethan two if an external supervisor already exists.
85. If all research work and related analysis is complete except writing of the thesis, and the supervisorproposes to go on leave, the Senate may appoint a stand-in supervisor.6. In case a supervisor resigns/retires or otherwise ceases to be a faculty member of the Institute the Senateshall appoint a new supervisor or co-supervisor.7.1.2 Constitution of Board for Thesis & Oral Examinations22.214.171.124 Thesis Examination Board1. The thesis shall be examined by an examination board recommended by the thesis supervisor(s)/programme coordinator, forwarded by the Dean-Academics, and approved by Chairman, Senate.2. The board shall consist of two members in addition to the thesis supervisor(s) approved by theChairman, Senate. Unless some special circumstances make it impractical, these two members of thethesis examination board (other than the supervisor(s)) must be from outside the Institute and at leastone of these two shall be from within the country.3. The thesis supervisor shall act as the Convener of the Committee.126.96.36.199 Oral Examination Board1. The oral board shall consist of two members in addition to the thesis supervisor(s). Of the two, one shallbe from among the faculty members of the Institute and one shall be from among the members of thethesis examination board from outside the Institute.2. Under special circumstances, if both the external members from the thesis board are not available toserve on the oral board, the Chairman, Senate, shall appoint an expert in the area of the thesis, andoutside the Institute, as a member of the oral examination board.7.1.3 Submission of Thesis1. The thesis shall be submitted only after the thesis examination board has been duly approved.2. After the thesis examination board has been constituted, unbound copies of the thesis, one for eachexaminer of the board, shall be prepared according to the format prescribed in the pamphlet entitled:Specification and Information Regarding the Preparation of Thesis, and shall be submitted within amonth of the constitution of the board. Two copies of the synopsis or abstract of the thesis (approximately 250 words) shall also be submitted before or along with the thesis report.2. Examination of thesis: Members of the thesis examination board shall be requested to indicate in writingwhether they:(a) approve the thesis without modification.(b) approve the thesis if modified as indicated in the evaluation report and resent to them for verification.(c) approve the thesis if modified as indicated in the evaluation report, but need not be resent to them.(d) reject the thesis2. On receipt of reports from all the examiners, the Office of Dean-Academics shall decide the next actions.The Registrar/ Staff Officer in the Office of Dean-Academics, shall provide all the evaluation reports(after suitably hiding the identity of the examiner) to the thesis supervisor. The thesis supervisor shallget the response of the student in writing to all observations and a modified thesis in case any of theexaminers has indicated (b) or (c). In case there is a difference of opinion between the thesis supervisorand the evaluator(s), the matter shall be referred to the Senate for a decision. In case any examiner haschosen (b), the modified thesis and the response of the student to the evaluation report shall be sent backto all the examiners for their examination. If at the end of second examination, no consensus could bearrived at, the matter shall be referred to the Senate for their decision.2. In case of (d), the student shall work on the thesis according to the advice of the thesis supervisor(s) andresubmit the thesis to the thesis examination board.
97.1.4 Oral Examination1. Oral examination shall be conducted within one month from the date of receipt of final evaluationreports and response of the student. If extenuating circumstances do not permit holding the exam in areasonable period of time, say, 6 months, then the matter shall be presented to the Senate for its decisionin the matter.2. The Office of Dean-Academics shall intimate the date of the oral examination.3. The oral examination board shall be provided with unbound copies of thesis, evaluation report of thethesis examiners and the student’s response. The board shall evaluate the thesis, conduct the oralexamination and send a report of the examination to the Dean-Academics, who shall forward the sameto the Chairman of Senate.(a) The oral examination board may provide feedback to the student for minor revision of the thesis.4. A thesis shall be considered to have been accepted if all members of the oral examination committeerecommend its acceptance. If no consensus could be reached, verdict of individual examiners shall beforwarded to the Senate for the final decision.5. If a thesis is rejected along with a recommendation for resubmission after incorporating any modification/correction suggested by the oral examination committee, oral examination of the re-submittedthesis shall be conducted by the original committee unless a different committee may be forwarded tothe Dean-Academics and subsequently approved by the Chairman, Senate. If the re-submitted thesis isrejected, the matter shall be reported to the Senate for appropriate action.6. The oral examination consists of two parts, namely, a presentation open to the public and viva vocerestricted to the examinee and the examiners.7. The student shall make a minor revision of the accepted thesis using the feedback from the oralexamination board and make a final submission of the thesis to the Registrar/ Staff Officer in the Officeof Dean-Academics and the Institute Library.8. Upon final submission of the thesis, the acceptance of thesis shall be reported to the Senate forrecommendation of award of degree.8G RADUATION R EQUIREMENTS1. A student shall be deemed to have completed the graduation requirements if the student has:a. passed all the prescribed courses,b. attained the minimum required CGPA,c. satisfied the minimum academic and residence requirements,d. the thesis has been approved by the thesis examination board and by the oral board,e. satisfied all the requirements specified by the Senate and the Ordinances.2. In addition, the student should have paid all the dues to the Institute and, should have no pending caseof indiscipline.9S PECIAL ADMISSION9.1TO PHDP ROGRAMMEGuidelines for Special Admissions of MSR Students to the PHD Programme1. A student registered for MSR programme desirous of pursuing PHD programme at the Institute shallhave the option of requesting for a special admission to the PHD programme, after the submission ofthe thesis to the thesis examination board.a. This provision may be considered to be a special admission to the PHD programme, where the studentmay bypass the regular selection process in the PHD admissions process and request the Chairman,Senate, for the same.2. Candidates desiring to be admitted to the PHD programme, after submission of the MSR thesis to thethesis examination board, shall submit a request for the same to the Chairman, Senate, beforecompletion of all requirements for the MSR programme.3. All such cases shall be considered by a Committee consisting of the following :
10a. A faculty member in the area of specialisation/research domain, other than the proposed supervisor(s), nominated by the Chairman, Senate (Chairperson).b. Coordinator for MSR programme.c. Two faculty members, nominated by the Chairman, Senate.d. Thesis supervisor(s) proposed for the student’s PHD registration.i. Where the programme coordinator is the proposed thesis supervisor, the Chairman, Senateshall identify another member of the faculty to serve on the committee.4. The Committee shall evaluate such candidates within one month after submission of the request.5. The report and recommendation of the Committee in such cases shall be considered by the Senate forapproval. After receiving the approval of the Senate:a. Student shall be given provisional PhD admission offer that shall be valid for the admission cyclethat comes immediately after successful completion of MSR.b. Student shall maintain the status in MSR after submission of the Thesis for examination.c. Student should continue to pay fee and register for non-zero Research and/or course credits underexisting MSR registration.d. The student’s MSR registration shall continue to be valid until the candidate completes all requirements of the MSR programme.e. The Research credits and course credits earned (as noted in c above) AFTER approval of specialadmission can be transferred to PhD whenever the student completes MSR and formally joins PhD.f. The academic requirements for the PHD programme shall be the same as those for a studentadmitted to the programme after selection through regular admission process.10P OWER TO REMOVE DIFFICULTIES1. If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of this manual, the Chairman, Senate may, by anorder, make such provisions, not inconsistent with the provisions of this manual, as appear to it to benecessary or expedient for removing the difficulty.2. Every order made under sub-section (1.) shall be laid, as soon as may be after it is made, before theSenate for ratification.
2.3 Eligibility for Admission 1. The eligibility conditions shall be approved by the Chairman, Senate. 2. Currently for admission to the programme, a bachelors degree in engineering (B.Tech., B.E., or equiv- alent) is the minimal requirement. 3. The requirements may change for some of the