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Guidelines for Preparation of Dissertation/Thesis and



A project is one of the very important components of any undergraduate/graduate level

programmes. As a partial fulfillment requirement for a degree, a thesis is to be submitted in
accordance with the following guidelines. Attention must be paid to the content of the
thesis/report and to the standard format as prescribed. Three hardbound copies of thesis with all
necessary signatures/seal and a CD containing soft copies of full content of thesis should be
submitted to the Head of Department on or before the date of term end.


This thesis/report shall be presented in a number of Chapters, starting with Introduction and
ending with Conclusions. Each of the other chapters will have precise title reflecting the contents
of the chapter. A chapter can be subdivided into sections, sub- sections and sub-sub-section so as
to present the content discretely and with due emphasis.

1.1 Introduction:

The title of Chapter 1 shall be Introduction. It shall give an overview of the fundamentals,
present scenario of various technologies/methodologies concern with the theme of project,
comparisons, drawbacks, objectives, brief description about the content incorporated in the thesis
including significant contributions from the investigation. The length of this chapter should be in
between three to five pages.

1.2 Review of Literature:

This shall normally from the Chapter 2 and should have multiple chapters for review and shall
present a detailed study of the previous work published in the literature along with the present
scenario pertaining to the topic of the investigation. Recommended numbers of chapters for
review are two to four with minimum of ten pages each.

1.3 Details of Project/Investigations done by the Student:

The reporting on the actual project work/investigation shall be presented in two to four chapters
with appropriate chapter titles. Due importance shall be given to procedures adopted,
techniques/methodologies developed and adopted. Important derivations/formulae should
normally be presented in the text of these chapters, extensive and long treatments and
information, detailed results in tabular and graphical forms may be presented in Appendices.
Figures and tables should be presented immediately following their first mention in the text.
Short tables and figures (say, less than half the writing area of the page) should be presented
within the text, while large table and figures may be presented in separate pages. All the figures
and tables must be serially numbered, captioned, and cited in the body text. Equations should
form separate lines with appropriate paragraph separation above and below the equation line,

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with equation numbers aligned to the right. All the equations must be written by using
Microsoft Equation Editor (In MS Word, go to Insert –Object - Select Equation Editor - OK)
(block diagram ,design ,Implementation issues ,testing, procedures and experimental setup)

1.4 Results, Discussions, and Conclusions:

This shall form the final chapter of the thesis and shall include a thorough evaluation of the
investigation carried out and bring out the contributions from the study. The discussion shall
logically lead to inference and conclusions as well as scope for possible further future work.
Conclusions derived from the logical analysis shall be presented and clearly enumerated, each
point stated separately.

1.5 Appendix:

Detailed information, data sheets/specimens, lengthy derivations etc. are to be presented in the
separate appendices, which shall be numbered in Roman Capitals (e.g. “Appendix IV”).
Important data sheets/specifications, which were not studied earlier should only be attached to
the thesis.

1.6 Literature Cited/References Used:

This should follow the Appendices, if any, otherwise the last chapter. The candidates shall
follow the IEEE style of citation only.

[1] E. Iannone and R. Sabella, “Optical path technologies: a comparison among different cross-
connect architectures,” J. Lightwave Technol., vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 2184–2196, Oct. 1996.
[2] J. Mitchell, P. Lane, and J. O’Reilly, “Statistical characterization of interferometric beat noise
in optical networks,” in Proc. OFC’98, pp.123–124.
[3] Cooperative Association of Internet Data Analysis. [Online]. Available:
[4] W. Goralski, Optical Networking and WDM. New Delhi: Tata McGraw Hill, 2001.

1.7 Publications by the Candidate:

Articles, technical notes etc. on the topic of the thesis published by the candidate may be
separately listed after the literature cited. This may also be included in the Contents. The
candidates may also include reprints of his/ her publications after the literature citation.


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The thesis shall be printed or xeroxed on white bond paper on one side of the paper only. The
text shall be printed by using Laserjet or Inkjet printer and the text should processed using a
standard text processor.

2.1 Details of fonts/styles to be used and others are as below:

• The size of the paper shall be standard A4: height 297 mm, width 210 mm.
• The standard font shall be Times New Roman with one and a half line spacing.
• Title of the Chapter: Normal, Font 16, Bold in Title Case
• Main Headings: Normal Font 14 Bold Capital
• Subsection Headings: Normal Font 12 Bold Title Case
• Paragraphs: Only whenever required, No tabs for paragraphs.
• No Header No Footer
• Page Margin: Top/Bottom/Right: one inch, left: one and a half each
• Do not add blank pages. Avoid blank spaces/too many paragraphs, and too many bulleted
• Body Text: Font 12 (Times New Roman, not italics, no underlines), No border. However,
one can use italic/underlines to emphasise a particular terminology.
• Figure Captions: Font 10 normal (Figures must be cited in the body text. Put the figures at
the relevant places)
• References: fonts 10 normal, only in IEEE format
• Pages should serially numbered at right bottom corner of each page starting from Chapter 1.
• Figures number should be like: e.g. the fourth figure in Chapter 5 will bear the number
Figure 5.4 or Fig. 5.4

2.2 Binding:

The thesis shall be hard cover bound.

2.3 Front Covers:

The front cover shall contain the following details:

• Full title of thesis in 22 point’s size font properly centered and positioned at the top in title
• Full name of the candidate in 15 point’s size font properly centered at the middle of the page.
• Institute/college logo followed by the name of the Department, name of the Institute and the
year of submission, each in a separate line and properly centered and located at the bottom of
the page.
• All lettering shall be embossed.
• The degree, the title of the thesis and the year of submission shall also be embossed on the
bound (side).

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2.4 CD Contents:

A CD containing soft copies of full content of thesis should be submitted along with the hard
copies of thesis. Thesis without a CD as well as a thesis with a CD without full content will not
be accepted in any case. A candidate must print/write (by permanent ink marker) on a CD the
details such as the short title of thesis, name of the student, course, year etc.

2.5 Dedication sheet:

If the candidate so desires (s) he/she may dedicate his/her thesis. Such dedication statement sheet
shall follow the title page.

2.6 Acknowledgements/Preface:

The acknowledgements by the candidate shall follow by declaration stating the work presented
in the thesis titled “_______” is a result of investigation carried out by the candidate and it
should be signed by him/her, with date.

2.7 Certificate:

Certificate should be as per standard format provided by Head of Department.

2.8 Abstract/List of Figures/List of Tables:

The 200-word abstract is to be written to highlight the important features of the thesis.
Figures as well as Tables shown in thesis should be enlisted at the start of thesis on the separate

2.9 Table of Contents:

Index for Chapters, section, subsections is to be prepared in standard way. Following Table of
Content give the idea about the sequence and style to be used.

2.10 Sequence for Attachments: After a hard bound cover:

1. A page containing same matter which is printed on cover page

2. Dedication page (if any)
3. Certificate from the institute
4. Certificate from company, if any
5. Dissertation Approval Sheet
6. Acknowledgement and declaration from candidate on same page
7. Abstract
8. Table of contents

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9. List/s of figures/tables
10. list of symbols
11. Chapters…..


Acknowledgements vi
Abstract vii
List of Figures viii
List of Tables ?

Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION ________________ 1

1.1. _________________ 4
1.2. _________________

Chapter 2. __ ___________________

2.1 _____________________
2.1.1 ___________________
Appendix A

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Evaluation Model for Projects:

Project will be evaluated on following criteria tentatively. Maximum mark allocated will be 200
for all projects.

Sr. Assessment Parameter Max. Marks Allocated for Total Marks/Parameter

Internal Project Evaluation
Guide Panel#
1 Concept of the Project 20 Nil 20
2 Methodology Adopted 20 Nil 20
3 Research (Own Contributions) 20 Nil 20
4 Interaction with Mentor 20 Nil 20
5 Thesis Contents/Presentation - 40 40
6 Viva - 80 80
Grand Total 80 120 200

# Consisting on guide/s, external examiner/s

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