NLSIU Bangalore

M.Phil

I. (a) Administration

The Post-graduate Council constituted by the Vice-Chancellor from time to time shall be in charge of the administration of the M.Phil programme.

I. (b) Advertisement

The university will on the advice of the P.G. Council, issue an advertisement every year inviting applications from candidates seeking admission for the Research Degree Programmes. The maximum seats available during a particular year will be determined by the P.G. Council.

II. Eligibility

a) The Candidate shall have an LL.M. Degree (regular mode) from a recognized University securing an aggregate of 55% marks or its equivalent grade (50% of marks or its equivalent grade in case of SC/ST/SAP).

b) A Candidate with MPP (Master of Public Policy) through regular mode from a recognized University securing an aggregate of 55% marks or its equivalent grade (50% of marks or its equivalent grade in case of SC/ST/SAP) will be considered for M.Phil in Public Policy.

III. Duration

The M.Phil programme shall be for a minimum duration of one year and a maximum of two years.

Failure to complete the course within the maximum period of two years will automatically result in cancellation of registration.

IV. Admission Procedure

1) Application

a) Application along with the research proposal of about 10 pages to be submitted within the stipulated time
b) The research proposal should contain:

i) Title
ii) Statement of the problem and the background information on the subject
iii) A set of research questions along with Hypothesis & Methodology
iv) A Research Design

c) The research proposal for inter-disciplinary research shall have components which have a bearing on legal aspects.

2) Admission Test

There shall be a written test.

The test shall consist of the following:

a) Objective type questions on Research Aptitude – 50 marks
b) Contemporary developments in the field of law and society – 50 marks
c) Specific questions in Law /MPP – 50 marks

Candidate securing 50% of marks on the aggregate in the Admission Test will qualify for making an oral presentation before the panel of experts on the date specified by the University.

A separate Admission Test shall be conducted for Foreign Nationals.

3) Presentation

a) The successful candidates in written test and the candidates exempted from taking the admission test shall be required to make an oral presentation before a panel of experts on the dates specified by the University.
b) Passing in the Admission Test will not entitle the candidate for admission, unless his candidature is approved by the panel of experts and other regulations are satisfied.
c) In deserving cases, the expert panel may recommend the second opportunity to make the oral presentation within a period of 20
d) If the expert panel finds the candidate unsuitable even after the second presentation, the said candidate will be considered as having failed in the selection process and the candidate may be informed accordingly.

V. Selection Process

a) The candidate will be selected by the P.G. Council upon consideration of the research proposal and the report submitted by the expert panel on the oral presentation.
b) The list of selected candidates as above shall be displayed on the NLSIU website.
c) The candidate secures admission only on payment of requisite fee as notified by the University within the stipulated period, failing which the selection will be cancelled.
d) A candidate who has failed once may apply afresh during the next academic year, and the same procedure mentioned above shall be followed.
e) A candidate who has failed in a second attempt shall not be eligible for any further attempts to seek admission to the M.Phil programme in NLSIU.

Regular Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors working at NLSIU shall be recognized as ‘Supervisors’.

Course Work

a) The University will offer a course work of three months duration for all the scholars, which is compulsory. This programme will focus on equipping the scholar to carry out research in an effective manner. There will be training sessions relating to research questions, hypothesis, research methodology, literature review, use of computer applications etc.

b) At the end of the three months programme, the scholars have to obtain a minimum of 55% or B+ grade in the course work in order to be eligible to continue in the programme.

Research Methodology and Computer Applications 100 marks

Review of Literature 100 marks

Fine tuning of the research proposal and submitting a revised proposal 100 marks

The above evaluation will include an oral presentation before the supervisor and an expert, who may make suggestions to the scholar for further improvement to be incorporated in the first progress report.

c) Scholars failing to secure B+ grade in the course work may be provided an opportunity to reappear within three months of the publication of results. Failure after the first attempt will lead to cancellation of registration of the M.Philprogramme. No refund of fee will be made.

d) In addition to the course work of three months as mentioned above, the scholar is also required to satisfy the minimum requirement of three months (one trimester) either by offering a seminar course (subject to the approval of the course) / by assisting the supervisor/ an assigned faculty member in teaching work / research assistance in the thrust area of which is relevant to the broad field of research of the scholar. This second three months (one trimester) must be satisfied at any time during the course of three years prescribed for completion of the course.

University does not guarantee providing accommodation on the Campus.

Progress Report Submission and Submission

There will be two progress reports before a draft thesis is submitted. If a particular progress report is not satisfactory the candidate may be asked to resubmit the same. All such presentations shall be ordinarily made before a committee consisting of the Supervisor and two experts identified by the P.G. Council. All progress reports shall be submitted to the examination department, which will transmit the report to the supervisor and fix a date for oral presentation.

First Progress report

(a) The first progress report shall be submitted to the examination department in writing within three months from the date of successful completion of the course work. The candidate may prepare the progress report in consultation with the supervisor before doing so.

(b) The first oral presentation shall be made within one month of the date of written submission. It would require the scholar to detail out the problem identified for research, indicate the research outline, identify and firm up research questions and hypothesis, if any, proposed methodological approach and survey of literature.

(c) If the scholar’s work report and oral presentation are not satisfactory, a second chance may be provided for improvement within a further period of three months from the date of the first oral presentation. The scholar may consult his/her supervisor and take guidance before submitting the improved written report to the examination department.

(d) The examination department shall transmit the reworked progress report with the supervisor and fix a date for oral presentation.

(e)Only a scholar who has satisfactorily completed the First Presentation will be permitted to submit the second progress report and the presentation thereof.

After the first presentation, based on the suggestions made by the experts, the scholar may modify the title, if needed, without changing the subject.

Second and final presentation

(a) The final draft shall be submitted to the examination department within one month from the date of completion of one year. In case of necessity, based upon the valid ground, the extension of not exceeding one year may be granted. The total period shall not exceed two years.
The scholar shall submit a soft copy as well as four hard copies to the Examination Department. The Examination department will subject the full text to a plagiarism test and send the report to the Supervisor and the scholar concerned about the same.

(b) If the plagiarism test reveals a level of plagiarism higher than 20%, the Supervisor may reject the draft thesis and make a report of the same to the P.G. Council and recommend cancellation of registration. The P.G. Council will take an appropriate decision after due hearing. A scholar so disqualified shall never be re-admitted to M.Phil programme of the NLSIU.

(c) If the plagiarism test reveals a level which is below 20% the supervisor will help the scholar to revisit the draft thesis, make necessary corrections after which the supervisor may re-examine the final draft and if the same is found to be in a suitable condition to be evaluated, he may endorse the draft and the scholar will be asked to furnish four copies of the draft thesis to the examination department.

(d) If the minimum standards are not complied with the supervisor may give another three months for adequate compliance of all requirements, unless the candidate is already disqualified for plagiarism as above.

(e) Once the final draft is approved for due processing and endorsed by the supervisor the final presentation shall take place within two months from the date on which the said four copies are submitted to the examination department. There shall be at least two external experts on the panel to evaluate the final presentation of the draft thesis. The experts will be furnished with a copy of the draft thesis at least fifteen days before the date of final presentation. Comments and suggestions may be made by the experts at the time of oral presentation.

(f) After incorporating the recommendations made by the external experts, the final thesis may be submitted with due certification by the Supervisor within a period of two months in the format prescribed by the University along with the payment of prescribed fee applicable at the time of submission. After incorporating the recommendations made by the external experts, the final thesis may be submitted with due certification by the Supervisor within a period of two months in the format prescribed by the University along with the payment of prescribed fee applicable at the time of submission.

(f) After incorporating the recommendations made by the external experts, the final thesis may be submitted with due certification by the Supervisor within a period of two months in the format prescribed by the University along with the payment of prescribed fee applicable at the time of submission.

M.Phil Scholars shall present at least one research paper in Conferences / Seminars before the submission of the thesis and produce evidence for the same in the form of presentation certificates.

Evaluation

a) The candidates are required to submit the thesis both in soft copy and 4 (four) hard copies after paying the requisite fee.

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

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

d) The candidate should obtain a certificate from the Supervisor and the thesis should contain the same.

e) The thesis submitted by the candidate will be sent to two external examiners selected by the Vice-Chancellor, from out of a panel of external examiners submitted by the P.G. Council.

f) The examiners shall send detailed evaluation reports which shall include:

i) A detailed report in the proforma sent by the University;
ii) A definite recommendation as to whether the thesis be acceptedin the present form or with minor revision or major revision or to be rejected.

g) If both the examiners recommend unanimously the award of the M.PhilDegree, the award of the Degree is recommended to the Academic council.

h) In case of one of the external examiners not recommending the award of the Degree, the candidate shall be provided through the Supervisor copy of the suggestions / comments made by the examiners. The candidate is required to resubmit the thesis after incorporating the suggestions / comments and submit the modified thesis within three months along with the prescribed fee. Only one such resubmission shall be permitted.

i) The public viva-voce of the research scholar to defend the thesis shall be conducted only if the evaluation report of the external examiners are satisfactory and include a specific recommendation for conducting the viva-voce examination.

j) The entire process of evaluation of M.Phil thesis shall be within a period of six months from the date of submission of the thesis.

k) Following the successful completion of the evaluation process and before the announcement of the award of the Degree, an electronic copy of the thesis shall be submitted to the INFLIBNET for hosting the same.

Award of Degree

The Degree shall be awarded after completion of all the above process at the time of Annual Convocation. However, the candidate is entitled to take a Provisional Certificate after the results are declared.

Guidelines for Submission of Thesis

a) The length of the thesis should not be less than 250 printed pages (not including foot notes);

b) The thesis to be printed on single side;

c) The thesis should be written in English;

d) 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.;)

e) To begin each chapter on a new page;

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

g) The thesis should be free from grammatical and punctuation errors;

h) Certificate, Declaration, etc. – Formats duly filled in have to be enclosed

Fee Amount
Registration fee (at the time of admission) Rs. 25,000/-
Course Work Fee (at the time of admission) Rs. 30,000/-
Final Presentation Fee Rs. 30,000/-
Examination Fee (at the time of submission of Thesis) Rs. 15,000/-
Continuation fee after the completion of first year (to be paid within one month of the completion, failing which a fine as prescribed by the University will have to be paid) Rs. 15,000/-
Re-submission of thesis Rs. 15,000/-
Foreign Nationals
Registration fee (at the time of admission) Rs.45,000/-
Course Work fee (at the time of admission) Rs. 65,000/-
Final Presentation fee Rs. 65,000/-
Examination Fee (at the time of submission of dissertation) Rs.50,000/-
Continuation fee after the completion of the first year (to be paid within one month of the completion, failing which a fine as prescribed by the University will have to be paid) Rs.25,000/-
Re-submission Rs. 17,500/-