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MTech (Research)

The MTech (Research) research program is a 2-2.5 year's duration program. The students are expected to be self-motivated and should be able to work well in teams as well as individually. It is to be noted that you can also change over to the PhD programme either during the course of your MTech (Research) or at the time of submitting your MTech (Research) thesis. Following are the guidelines based on experience, for new students, to complete the program in flying colors.

First Term

1. Getting acquainted with the people, facilities in CSA specifically and IISc in general.
2. Selection of courses (Depending on your intended area of research): The selection includes at least one mathematical or mathematical-oriented course. Most of the students take 4 courses to complete the RTP (minimum required is at least 12 credits) in the first semester itself. However, you can as well split it depending upon the availability of the required courses.
3. Selection of Research area and guide: Take help from DCC, faculty and senior Research students in the department in this regard. There will also be a DCC meeting shortly after joining.
4. Work hard to complete your RTP with good grades. Note that if your CGPA is 6.0 and above, the general test is not mandatory.

Second Term

1. Take any advanced course useful for your Research if needed/suggested.
2. Select the problem and take help from the students working in the same area.
3. Start literature survey.
4. You have to participate in the 'Perspective Seminar' course where students present a comprehensive survey of their area of work from the standpoint of the specific problem of their investigations.

Third Term

1. Start Doing experimentation and collection of results
2. Complete the general test if your CGPA is below 6.0. It is ideal to complete the general test within one year or in the beginning of third term. This is an oral examination. The candidate is first expected to give a brief presentation on his research work. This is followed by questions on the syllabus for RTP chosen by the student in consultation with his/her advisor. This test expects the student to be proficient in two or three fields of his choice.
3. Writing of Research paper/technical report, etc.

Fourth Term

1. Complete the remaining work to conclude your research.
2. Start writing your thesis.
3. Prepare for your future endeavor.
4. Colloquium, thesis defence, etc.

Faculty Advisor

While we are sure that all of you have the inherent motivation and abilities to get through the Programme with flying colours, we believe a little extra guidance from us will go a long way in smoothing out your adjustment to a new academic environment and in enhancing your academic performance. Your primary source of academic guidance and counseling is the faculty advisor assigned to you. You should make it a point to get to know your advisor well, and meet your advisor frequently in the early part of your stay here, and especially whenever you face any problems. The distinction between students and faculty is more blurred: you will find faculty willing to deal with you on a more equal level, to listen to and value ideas from you that might be contradictory to their current knowledge and viewpoints, etc.

Another person who can help you will be the TA (Teaching Assistant) for each course. The TA is likely to be a student just one year senior to you. Occasionally, the TA can be someone from your batch who has done the course a semester before you! This is because graduate studies are also meant to teach you things such as honest and critical evaluation of work done by peers.

Student Advisor

There will also be a student advisor assigned to each student. He/She is someone with whom you can interact closely in a friendly and informal way to help yourself acclimatize to the environment here. Apart from the Faculty Advisor, the Student Advisor is another avenue for helping you in adjusting with the environment in the CSA department and the IISc campus in general.

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