*Express gratitude to Company officials
I take this opportunity to place on record my grateful thanks and sincere gratitude to Mr——————————–,(include designation and company name) who gave me valuable advice and inputs for my study. My study could not have been completed if I had not been able to get the reference materials from the company.
*Express gratitude to Guide
I am immensely grateful to my esteemed guide Prof——————–whose Continued and invaluable guidance can never be forgotten by me but for whom, this study could not have got present shape.
*Express gratitude to others who helped you during the research
Last but not least, I would also like to express my thanks to my family members who inspired me to put in my best efforts for the Research/Project Report
Sign. Of Candidate
* = The headings are not required to be given.
Before any chapter begins, insert one page with borders mentioning only the Chapter no and Title of the chapter (in large fonts).
Begin a chapter with chapter number & chapter title.
Introduction should explain the concept of the problem studied along with the background and the history. It should also include the review of literature (in the format discussed below) and scope and research methodology of the studied.
Review of Literature:
While reviewing the previous study, the scholar should focus on the objectives of such studies, concepts used, methodologies adopted, conclusions arrived at.
The scholar should normally classify this chapter in to four parts viz,
i) Review of Journal articles
ii) Review of Books
iii) Review of thesis
iv) Review of Reports.
The scholar should take care to avoid duplication and inclusion of irrelevant literature.
Always every article reviewed should be backed by the source.
Review of literature is essential in the research Project report (Fourth Semester). The students must refer to 8 – 10 reference books dealing the concept and theoretical background of the problem as well as empirical studies related to the problem studied in the research project. Further they must also refer to 5 � 10 journals related to the topic.
Articles in financial newspapers published and unpublished documents and reports must also be consulted.
Footnotes and References:
Footnotes and References should be inserted whenever any material from other sources as books, journal, thesis, article etc. is referred to the report. The format of footnotes and references is similar as in Bibliography (Explained later).
Foot notes are placed at the bottom of each page to give additional information on the source wherefrom the material used in the text is borrowed. The purpose of the footnote is to indicate the source of information used. Sometimes the material concerned may be elaboration of the reference used in the text, but not required to be produced in the body of the text. Acknowledgement of the sources may also be given in the form of foot notes .Usually the footnote number should correspond with the number assigned for the matter in the text of the thesis. The number should be placed slightly above the footnote text. The letter size of the footnote will be lesser than that of the letter size used in the body of the thesis .Footnote is always typed in single line spacing and double line space is given in between footnotes.
Scope and Methodology:
Scope and Methodology should state the objectives and hypothesis of the study. It should detail the source of data as well as research methodology used. Hypothesis, objectives, research design, Sample design and other research method techniques should be implemented positively and hence mentioned in the report, especially in the MBA IV Sem. Research Project report.
Data analysis and Interpretation:
Table should precede graphs, charts and diagrams. Students must use a good numbers of graphs and charts-as well as diagrams. Effort should be made wherever possible to present data in terms of pie – chart and multi dimensional diagrams for effective presentation. All tables, data, maps, Charts and diagrams must be followed by effective analysis of the same.
It has been commonly observed that students do not mention the source of data at the base of tables, graphs etc. This must be taken note of.
Use of Quantitative analysis:
Students are expected compulsory to make the use of computerized statistical, software packages like SPSS for the purpose of quantitative analysis for the summer training report (Second Semester) as well as research project report (Fourth Semester. If possible, their use in the product survey report will be appreciated as well.
It must be noted, for the M.B.A. IV Semester research project, specially, the secondary data used should be relevant to the study and it should relate to not less than 5 to 10 years. In case of trend analysis or period analysis, data relating to the same period should be considered for all variables for e.g. if you are discussing about the growth of the company in the last 10 years say 1994 � �2004, then all the data analyzed for e.g. net value added, turnover, sales or employment should relate to the same period i.e. 1994 – 2004.
A deviation of one or two years here or there in a few variables may be accepted, but no substantial disparity of period is allowed.
List of Tables-
The scholar provides the Tales that are used in the body of the Report. Usually the table number is given continuously in roman numerals right from the first chapter till the last chapter of the thesis. For example, 3.16 means 16th table in the third chapter. Some scholars give Arabic number for the Table in serial order from 1st to last chapter. Whatever be the numbering style used, in the list of Tables, the scholar would indicate the Table number, title of the Table and the page number in which the Table is indicated.
List of Figures �
This is page in which the scholar would present the list of Figures/diagrams used in the thesis. If the Tables are numbered in roman then the figures Are numbered in Arabic numerals. The chapter number is followed by the figures. Diagram number. For example, III.4 means the fourth figure in chapter III. Like tables, the figures or diagrams are numbered continuously, if no chapter number is indicated continuously.
Photographs / Maps:
Short term project, especially (product study report) should be supported with relevant photographs in appropriate number. All photographs should be followed with details. For e.g. an advertisement photograph should be supported with over comments. Maps should be inserted, wherever relevant for e.g. if there is a locational study on bank branches, town map showing the location of branches should be included. Similarly maps showing retail outlets, dealers, if they are in large numbers can be used in case of product study.
Bibliography (for e.g. on topic of product study of computers) should include references related to computer or IT. It should also include reference from general Mgmt areas, the functional areas, for e.g. if the study is on advertisement then it should include advertisement related reference. National newspapers and financial dailies like Economic Times; Financial Express should be consulted and referred to. Name of at least 5 management journals must be included an e.g. of right way of making an entry in the Bibliography:
Kotler, P.(l999) : ‘Marketing Management’ ‘Prentice Hall of India Pvt. Ltd.,
New Delhi. (For reference of books)
Gartner Report, 2000. (For Journals) All names should be alphabetically listed
He should specify items in serial order, its title page, and the page number where it is found. For example,
2.Questionnaire/schedule used for the study,
3.Govt.policy relating to topic of the thesis.
4.Explanatory notes for the mathematical/econometric models used in the study etc.
Whenever the students use questionnaire, schedule, case analysis, structured questionnaire, the detail should be mentioned and the questionnaire should be compulsorily put in the annexure.
Summer training projects and Research Project Repots should be leather bound in black, with golden embossing. While the product survey report should have spiral binding with Yellow plastic covers in back and front. The cover page should be screen printed on the yellow cover.
1. No fraud or manipulation of space and / or font size should be undertaken in order to increase the volume of the report otherwise the report will be rejected all.
2. Pages must be serially numbered [printed and not hand written].
3. There should be no spelling/grammatical mistakes in the entire report.
4. Draft Reports must be got checked from respective guide well in time before finalisation.
5. No two reports can be the same. Therefore, individual effort will be required even if the students have worked as a team during their Research Work.
6. Please note that if the above-mentioned instructions are not fully adhered to, the project report will not be accepted for evaluation/ Viva.
7. Dates for submission of respective Research/Project Reports will be notified from time to time and strict adherence is solicited.
8. The declaration and acknowledgement should be signed by the scholar.
9. Appendices and Annexure should be serially numbered and not at random. Appendices can be numbered A,B,C�� and the Annexure should be numbered 1,2,3�..
2. While downloading from the Internet, only relevant contents of the article should be taken and not the whole length. The source should be given as footnote.