I. Administration

By the Post Graduate Council constituted by the Vice-Chancellor.

II. Eligibility

The Candidate shall have an LL.M. Degree (regular mode) from a recognized University securing ‘B+’ grade or an aggregate of 55% marks or its equivalent.

III. Duration

The candidates are required to carry out research for a minimum period of one year from the date of registration, which includes residential requirement as detailed in Rule VIII and submit the thesis within a maximum period of three years.

Failure to complete within the stipulated time (i.e. three years) will lead to cancellation of registration.

IV. Admission Procedure

1) Application

    • Application along with the research proposal of about 10 to 12 pages to be submitted within the stipulated time
    • The research proposal should contain:
      • Title
      • Statement of the problem and the background information on the subject
      • A set of research questions along with Hypothesis & Methodology
      • A Research Design containing chapters

2) Admission Test

There shall be a written test which will be on par with UGC NET / JRF exams.

The test shall consist of the following:

    • Objective type questions on Research Aptitude – 50 marks
    • Contemporary developments in the field of law and society – 50 marks
    • Specific questions in Law /MBL/MPP/other disciplines – 50 marks

Candidate securing not less than 50% marks in aggregate will qualify for making an oral presentation before the expert panel.

    • The FOREIGN NATIONALS are exempted from taking the Admission Test.

3) Presentation

The candidates successful in written test and the candidates exempted from taking the admission test shall be required to make an oral presentation before a panel of expert on the dates specified for the University.

V. Selection Process

The candidates will be selected by the P.G. Council upon consideration of the report submitted by the expert panel on the presentation.

VI. Eligibility Criteria for Supervisors

      • The Professors, including the Chair Professors and the Retired Professors of NLSIU will be recognized as `Supervisors’.
      • Associate Professors and Assistant Professors with Ph.D. and five years of teaching including three years teaching after Ph.D. will be recognized as `Supervisor’.

VII. Allocation of Supervisors

      • The allocation of the Supervisor for a selected candidate shall be decided by the P.G. Council in a formal manner depending on the number of candidates per faculty member, the available specialization among the faculty supervisor.
      • A supervisor cannot have more than five M.Phil Scholars at any given point of time.

VIII. Course Work & Residential Requirement

a) The first three months after the commencement of the programme, the candidates are required to fulfil the following by obtaining atleast 50% of marks in each paper:

      • Research Methodology and Computer 100 marks
      • Applications
      • Review of Literature 100 marks
      • Fine tuning of the research proposal and 100 marks
      • submitting a revised version

b) Scholars failing to secure 50% of marks in the courses mentioned above, may be provided an opportunity to re-appear one or more time(s)
within two months of the publication of results.

c) The scholar shall be allowed to continue further research work only after completing the course work as mentioned above.

d) Residential requirement for three months during coursework as specified in (a) above is compulsory.

IX. Reports Submission & Presentation

Within one month from the date of completion of the course work, the candidates are required to send / submit the first report of progress to the Examination Department which will be sent to the respective Supervisors for their evaluation and suggestions. Thereafter the candidates will be furnished with the suggestions on the report made by the supervisors.

The Scholar shall submit through his/ her guide the report of progress in his / her research work. These reports shall be submitted in the months of April & October. If in two consecutive reports the progress of a scholar’s research work is found to be unsatisfactory, he / she shall be automatically deregistered from the programme.

Further, if a candidate fails to submit two consecutive progress reports, the candidate shall be automatically deregistered.

There will be two presentations during the programme.

a) The first presentation should be made after incorporating the suggestions made by the Supervisors in the first report. The presentation will be evaluated by two internal experts and the respective Supervisors.

b) The second and final presentation should be made at any time after completion of one year from the date of registration, once the final draft thesis is approved by the Supervisor. The candidates are required to submit 4 (four) copies of the draft thesis to the Examination Department with an endorsement by the Supervisor. The second and final presentation will be scheduled approximately one month after the submission of draft thesis. The presentation will be evaluated by at least two external experts specialized in the area. The suggestions / comments made by the experts will be furnished to the candidates by the respective Supervisors along with their suggestions.

c) After incorporating the suggestions / comments made by the experts as certified by the Supervisor, the candidates are required to submit the final thesis both in soft and hard copies in quadruplicate (4 copies) duly signed by the Supervisor to the Examination Department by paying the requisite fees.

X. Evaluation

a) The thesis shall be in English and it shall be the result of scholar’s own work keeping in mind the standard of literary presentation.

b) The thesis should not include any other work done by the scholar for any other degree successfully completed at the present University or elsewhere.

c) The scholar should obtain a certificate from the Supervisor and the thesis should contain the same.

d) The thesis submitted by the candidate will be sent to two external examiners selected by the Vice-Chancellor, from out of a panel of ten external examiners submitted by the P.G. Council. The recommendation made by the examiners shall be taken into consideration for determining the award of M.Phil programme. If one of the external examiners recommend that there should be a Viva-voce, the same shall be held at the NLSIU with one of the external examiners along with the Supervisor.

e) After receiving the satisfactory assessment report from the examiners, the Degree shall or shall not be awarded to the Scholar. If the examiner’s assessment does not qualify for the award of the degree, the examiners shall indicate whether additional work should be undertaken by the scholar or whether the thesis should be rejected outright.

f) If the examiners recommend unanimously the award of the Degree, the award of the Degree is recommended to the Academic council.

g) Where a thesis fails to obtain the unanimous recommendation of all the examiners or the PG Council may decide:

a. to recommend that the degree be not awarded to the scholar; or

b. to recommend that the scholar undertake additional work on the thesis and submit a revised thesis within a specified period;

h) The scholar shall resubmit a revised thesis for evaluation within a period of three months from the date of P.G. Council’s decision on payment of requisite fee.

i) Only one such resubmission shall be permitted.

XI. General

a) Cases of Malpractice/Plagiarism – All M.Phil thesis submitted will be subjected to plagiarism scrutiny / software. Anyone found guilty of committing plagiarism or any kind of malpractice in the research work shall be subjected to punishment and penalty imposed by the University in addition to cancellation of registration / withdrawal of the Degree as the case may be. In such cases, the Supervisorship of the Research Supervisor shall also be withdrawn.

b) Following the successful completion of the evaluation process and announcements of the award of M.Phil Degree, the University shall submit a soft copy of the thesis to the UGC within a period of thirty days, for hosting the same in INFLIBNET, accessible to all Institutions / Universities.

c) Along with the Degree, the University shall issue a Provisional Certificate certifying to the effect that the Degree has been awarded in accordance with the provisions to these Regulations of the UGC.

XII. Guidelines for Submission

a) The length of the thesis should be preferably restricted to 200 printed pages;

b) Total number of references preferably to be restricted to 100;

c) The thesis to be printed on single side;

d) The thesis should be written in English;

e) The font shall be `Arial’ (12 font size to the body of the text and 10 font to be used for tables, figure, appendices, etc.;)

f) To begin each chapter on a new page;

g) A margin of at least 4 cm to the left, top, bottom and right side may be stick to 2.5 cm;

h) The thesis should be free from grammatical and punctuation errors.

i) For Certificate, Declaration, etc.,- reference may be made to the thesis which have been awarded the degree and kept in the NLSIU library.

Fee Structure

Registration fee Rs.25,000/-

Examination Fee (at the time of submission of dissertation) Rs.15,000/-

Continuation fee upto 2 years every year Rs.15,000/-

after the completion of first year

Re-submission of dissertation Rs.15,000/-

(The fee structure is subject to revision)

Fee Structure for Foreign Nationals

Registration fee Rs.45,000/-

Examination Fee (at the time of submission of dissertation) Rs.50,000/-

Continuation fee upto 2 years every year Rs.25,000/-

after the completion of first year

Re-submission of dissertation Rs. 17,500/-

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