thesis should be an advanced exposition of a particular topic. It must
demonstrate that the candidate has done a significant amount of original
work in the chosen subject.† A necessary
criterion for this is that at least some part of the thesis, where the
candidate has made significant contribution, should be published / accepted
for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. For large collaborations that
follow a rigorous internal review process, a Collaboration Note based on
the work of the candidate (that has passed through such a review) can be
considered a publication. However, such a note should be publicly
available. Where such a note is not yet publicly available, the student's
work in question should be certified by a competent authority (spokesperson
/ coordinator or equivalent) from the collaboration before the Synopsis is
The thesis must
be a PDF document, legibly typed on A4-size pages in 12 pt font size, with
1.5 spacing and with 1 inch margins. Apart from text, it may contain
figures, tables, sections of computer code and a detailed bibliography. In
addition, it should incorporate
A title page according to the format given here.
(ii) A Declaration
of Originality, duly signed by the candidate and by the Research Guide.
(iii) A list of the candidateís
publications, where it is clearly indicated which publication(s) contain(s)
material incorporated in the thesis.
should also contain a separate categorised
statement of which part of the scientific results presented in the thesis
are the candidateís own work. This is especially required if the
candidateís publications are a part of those created by a large group or
The practice of including the
Synopsis in the Thesis has been discontinued.
Once a student
has submitted his/her Synopsis in final form, after revisions/corrections
as suggested by members of the Evaluation Committee, he/she becomes
eligible to submit his/her doctoral thesis. The thesis can be submitted any
time starting from the next day following the submission of Synopsis, to a
maximum of six months from the date of submission of Synopsis.
Extension of the last date may be granted by the SBP in exceptional cases,
for any period so long as the studentís Registration remains valid.
The submission and evaluation procedure involves the following steps:
soft copy (PDF file) of the Thesis should be E-mailed by the student to
the University Cell. This should include a scanned copy of the Declaration
of Originality form, duly signed by the student and the supervisor.
Research Guide should send an E-mail to the University Cell mentioning
the names, official designations and complete contact information of at
least three possible external referees who work in India, plus at
least three possible referees who work outside India. Such referees
should satisfy the following requirements:
They should be active in the field of research
to which the thesis belongs.
They should be of a minimum level of seniority
Ė typically a regular faculty/research scientist position in a reputed
institution is considered enough.
They should not be direct collaborators of the
student, in the sense of research work done together. Co-authorship
through a large collaboration group, where no direct collaboration has
taken place, is admissible.
They should not be personally related to the
student or the supervisor.
One or two sentences by the supervisor explaining
why the person in question would be an appropriate examiner for the
thesis would help speed up the process.
The University Cell will take
the responsibility of sending the thesis to
the Guide, for his overall report on the
thesis and the studentís contribution;
one external examiner who works in India (to
be decided by Convenor, SBP);
one external examiner who works outside India
(to be decided by Convenor, SBP).
also follow up with reminders, as and when necessary. When all three
reports are received, the University Cell will send them to the Convenor, SBP, for approval before taking further
SBP will decide if the reports indicate that the thesis is adequate for further
processing and take appropriate action.
(a)† †Normally, if the thesis reports
are positive, and suggest only minor revisions or corrections,
then arrangements for the Ph.D. viva (thesis defence)
can be made. For the rules and procedures for the viva, check
(b)† †If the examiner(s) suggest major
revisions or corrections, the thesis may be sent back to the
candidate for re-submission after making appropriate revisions. The revised
thesis will be sent back to the examiners for their opinion. In case,
there is a major difference of opinion between the Research Guide and the
examiner(s), the SBP retains the right to send the thesis to an
(c)† †If the thesis reports are negative
and the examiner(s) reject its findings and/or conclusions, the candidate
may be asked to do more/different work, or the Ph.D. may be denied
outright. In such a case, the Guide may request for a re-examination by a
different set of examiners. Such a request can be made only once.†
After the viva,
the student should incorporate any changes/corrections/additions
suggested by the examiners, and prepare a final version of the Thesis. The
Research Guide should check that these changes have been satisfactorily
incorporated before signing the thesis submission form.
The student should download and
fill in the Thesis Submission Form.
should be presented along with a properly bound hard copy of the revised
Thesis, and signed by the Research Guide. The signed form can then be
submitted to the TIFR University Cell for further processing, along with
a soft copy on CD.
the Thesis is submitted to the University Cell, it will be processed
further and a Provisional Certificate will be issued within one or two