Rules and Regulations for MS Degree Program

  • Admission Criteria for MS Program
    • Eligibility

      To be eligible for admission to MS a candidate:-

      • Shall possess an MA/M.Sc/ BS (Hons)/ BSc Engineering degree or its equivalent in the relevant discipline.
      • Must have 2.5/4.00 CGPA or its equivalent
      • a. Shall have at least 50% marks in GRE-General /GAT-General and interview

        OR

        b. Should qualify the subject test and interview conducted by the Departmental committee in which admission is sought as per HEC criteria.
    • Basic criteria/ distribution of 100 marks
      Sr. No. Description Marks
      1 Academic qualification 45
      2 Subject written Entry Test / GAT-General / GRE-General 40
      3 Interview 15
      Total 100
      Note: 50% marks required to be obtained in written test & interview separately. OR 50% score in GRE-General / GAT-General & interview separately.
    • Breakup of 45 marks for Academic qualification; is as follow:
      Course / Degree 50-54% 55-59% 60-69% 70-79% >=80
      BA/B. Sc or equivalent 3 4 5 10 20
      MA/M. Sc or equivalent - - 15 20 25
      BS(Hons) 4 years Program - - 20 30 45
    • Break up of 40 marks for GAT General is as follow:
      Yet to Clear 55-59% 60-69% 70-79% >=80
      0 10 20 30 40
  • General
    • NOC is required from degree holders from other Universities for the registration in University of Wah.
    • The Minimum period for the completion of MS degree program shall be two years (4 semesters) from the date of registration and the maximum period shall be four years (08 semesters) for all faculties.
    • The employees of the government / other agencies nominated for MS degree at this University shall have to take study leave to pursue studies as a regular student, failing which he/ she will not be admitted. However, after getting admission by a nominee in the university, it would be obligatory for the parent department to sanction the study leave or extension in the leave in favor of the nominee within one semester failing which, his/her admission shall stand cancelled.
    • Admission/ Enrollment criteria for University Employee: The UW may allow his employees to enroll him/her self for post graduate courses (after getting permission from the competent authority). He/she under this arrangement will be a part time student and full time employee.
    • Admission in the respective department shall be approved by the Dean of concerned faculty.
    • The course offered for the degree programs may be amended from time to time.
    • A student shall present an acceptable thesis in addition to completing his/her approved course work in order to qualify for the award of the degree.
    • A student admitted to the degree programs shall be required to take minimum 24 credits (excluding 06 credits for thesis research). Deficiency course(s) shall not be counted toward the minimum credit hours requirement. For engineering disciplines students may complete the degree with 30 credit hrs of course work.
    • Under special circumstances when a course/courses is/are not offered in UW, a student may take a maximum of six credit of relevant courses in another HEC recognized institute/University. The grade so earned must not be below B. Any such course / courses could be transferred on the recommendation of Chairperson subject to the approval of Board of faculty and Academic Council.
    • All semester examinations shall be held at the University Campus.
    • English shall be the medium of instructions.
    • If the course(s) studied by a candidate in his /her previous degree (on the basis of which admission is requested) do not provide adequate background for the degree program of study, he/she may be required to make up the deficiency by taking additional course(s) as determined by the respective Departmental Board of Studies.
    • To pass a deficiency course, a student is required to obtain at least “C” grade.
    • Deficiency course once qualified will not lapse and shall not be called in question again and need not to be revalidated.
    • A course studied to qualify a degree will not be taken / considered for any other higher degree program.
  • Examinations
    • There shall be two examinations mid and final in each semester. In addition to these examinations the teacher shall give home assignments and quizzes etc. to the students. The form of these examinations will be left to the teacher who will be solely responsible for the conduct of examination as well as evaluation in his/her course. The grade given in the course by the teacher shall be final but only those students, who have at least 75% attendance in theory and practical separately in each course, shall be eligible to appear in the final examination.
    • The final examination for a semester shall be held on a date, time and place to be notified by the controller of examination in advance.
    • The scripts of each examination shall be discussed with the students.
    • The mid-semester examination shall be held during 9th week of the semester.
    • A student shall be evaluated in each course on the basis of Assignment, Quiz, Mid Semester Examination, Project and End Semester Examination as per the weightage given below:

      Weightage of Marks, for a Course Consisting of Theory only:

      Component of Exam Weightage
      Assignment 5-10 55 100%
      Quiz 7.5-15
      Mid Semester 20-30
      Project 0-20
      End Semester 45
      100

      Weightage of Marks, for a Course Consisting of Theory and Practical:

      A. Theory  
      Assignment 5-10 55 75% 100%
      Quiz 7.5-15
      Mid Semester 20-30
      Project 0-20
      End Semester 45
      100
      B. Practical
      Sessional 15 25%
      Viva/Oral 10

      (*) For the course consisting of Practical only, 100% weightage of Marks will be of Sessional and Viva / Oral in the proportion of 15 and 10 (i.e. 60 and 40) respectively.

    • A student’s grade shall be determined by the course teacher and approved by the Dean of Faculty according to the performance of the student in the relevant course. Relative Grading system shall be followed. The system is generally beneficial where class size is 20 or more. The same is expected in near future. To facilitate adoption of same it is being introduced, till the time class size is not appropriate faculty is required to make use of their experience / exposure to the absolute grading system.
      The result sheet shall include only letter grades. The following letter grades shall be used to assess the performance of a student in taught courses.
      Letter Grades Numerical Value of Grades
      A 4.00
      A- 3.67
      B+ 3.33
      B 3.00
      B- 2.67
      C+ 2.33
      C 2.00
      F 0.00
    • The duration of examination shall be as under: s
      Mid-Semester Examination One - Two hours
      Final Examination Two - three hours
    • Final examination covering the full syllabus with at least 25% of the course of mid-semester shall be held at the end of each semester.
    • Question paper for the mid and final semester examinations shall be set by the respective teacher. However, Chairperson shall ensure the quality and standard of the question paper set by the teacher.
    • To qualify a course, it is essential to pass separately in the theory and practical examinations.
    • If a student fails to appear in the End Semester Examination of a course without any permissible reasons defined under “Incomplete (I) Grade”, he/she will be treated as absent and will earn ‘F’ grade.
    • On receipt of the comprehensive grade sheet, the Controller of Examinations shall notify the results and send copy to the Dean, Principal and the Chairperson of the Department concerned.
    • There shall be no-re-evaluation of answer books. A student may, on payment of prescribed fee, within thirty days from the date of declaration of the result, get the answer book re-checked for any numerical error like transfer of marks and/or totaling which will be done by the controller of Examinations, however, for the discrepancy like unmark question/portion the answer book will be sent to the Chairperson of the concerned department. Error and omissions, if any shall be rectified.
    • Any student, who has not paid his /her fee, shall not be allowed to sit in the Mid Semester Examination and End Semester Examination.
    • Handicapped/ disabled students shall be provided a writer by the University on the recommendation of Chairperson of the concerned Department. The writer shall be of a lower grade of education than the candidate. He/ She would be allowed 45 minutes for solving paper over and above the time stipulated for question paper.
  • Incomplete (I) Grade
    • A student may be awarded “I” grade in a course, if he/she cannot take the end semester examination due to permissible reasons (accidental/medical and religious) reported timely. The Chairperson of the concerned department shall decide whether the reason was permissible or not. The appeal may be filed with the Dean of faculty concerned whose decision shall be final.
    • A student awarded “I” grade in a course may appear in the End Semester Examination of that course whenever held in a summer semester and / or when the examination schedule makes it possible for the student to take the examination after completing the requirements which make him/her eligible to appear in the examination to the said course. However, in such case the student’s previous results of mid-term exam and quiz/assignment (sessional work) shall stand valid.
  • Repeating Courses/Improving Grades
    • If a student obtains “F” grade in any course, he/she shall have to repeat that course. Similarly whenever a student obtains a grade lower than “B” he/she can improve the grade. A student of MS shall be allowed to improve three (3) courses to improve the grade in the whole course of study.
    • An academically deficient regular (within minimum residency) student and academically deficient casual (after minimum residency) student shall be allowed to repeat/improve the courses either during summer semester or whenever teaching and examination schedule make it possible for him/her to register him/herself for the courses. In case of academically deficient casual (after minimum residency) student, for repetition/improvement of a course the student shall have to pay Casual-Course Registration and Examination Fee as prescribed by the University.
    • As soon as student improves a course, his/her previous grade for that course shall be cancelled, and latest Grade earned by the student shall be substituted and considered for the computation of CGPA. It shall be noted that a student can only improve a grade lower than “B” however, the improved grade should not exceed from “B”.
    • A student shall not be allowed to improve his / her CGPA once he / she attains minimum of 2.5 CGPA after minimum residency period, provided there is no F grade in courses required for the award of degree.
  • Research work and Appointment of supervisor
    • A student may register for Thesis on the successful completion of 18 Cr hr work with a minimum CGPA of 2.5
    • Each student shall perform Research work as partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Degree under the supervision of a person (supervisor) appointed for the purpose by the BASR (board of advance study & research) on the recommendations of Chairperson and the Dean of faculty.
    • Where necessary and desirable, a co- supervisor may also be appointed.
    • A supervisor must be a faculty member of the University of Wah.
    • A co-supervisor (optional) can be faculty member of UW/another University or R&D organization from the field.
    • Supervisor appointed for MS research must hold a Ph.D. Degree unless otherwise permitted by the BASR.
    • a) A student selects a field of interest and requests his /her research supervisor to assign a topic of research/thesis.
      b) The student will have to give a seminar on assigned research topic called Research Project Topic Approval Seminar in front of Guidance and Evaluation Committee (GEC).
      c) After a positive report of GEC, the supervisor, topic of research along with research proposal will be submitted by the Chairperson to BOF for approval of BASR.
    • In case, a student duly recommended by the Chairperson and Dean of the faculty concerned to conduct his/her complete/part of thesis research in other institution/laboratory, is allowed by the Dean/ Director Advanced studies/ VC the helping researcher / scientist may be taken as co-supervisor/special member on the supervisory committee of the student. However, the University will not bear any financial liability in this context.
    • The format of Research Proposal is as follow:
      • TITLE PAGE: A title page of the synopsis should include title of the research project, name of the student, name of the supervisor(s), name of the collage / University and date (month and year) of submission.
      • INTRODUCTION: A brief background of the selected topic.
      • OBJECTIVES: It clearly defines the aim of research.
      • MATERIAL AND METHODS / PLAN OF WORK: A plan of work describing the various aspects of the study in a logical sequence along with the methodologies to be employed with expected time.
      • REFERENCES: Follow IEEE pattern of reference.
      • TYPEFACE: Type size should be 10, 11 or 12 font (Calibri). Do not use script, or ornamental fonts. Print must be letter quality or near letter quality with dark black characters that are consistently, clear, crisp, and easily read.
  • Guidance and Evaluation Committee (GEC)
    • Guidance and Evaluation Committee (GEC) of the student will be constituted by the Chairperson in consultation with supervisor and approved by the Dean of a concerned faculty.
    • The constitution of the GEC will be as follows:
      • Suitably qualified and experienced individual as decided by the Chairperson in consultation with Dean of respective faculty will be head of the committee.
      • Student’s supervisor.
      • Co-supervisor (optional).
      • Two experts from the Department concerned with Research interests in the relevant field. Each expert must hold at least MS Degree.
      • One faculty member will not chair more than three committees.
    • The student will preferably brief the committee on a quarter-yearly basis about his/her progress on the research project/thesis and seek further guidance from its members. The proceedings of the meetings must be recorded.
  • Thesis Defense

    Following procedures / requirements will be adopted for MS Degree Program final Examination:

    • That the candidate has been a student on a regular basis in the teaching Department of the University for the prescribed period, or allowed necessary extension as per University Rules.
    • That the candidate has successfully completed the prescribed course work/credit hrs.
    • That the candidate has completed his / her thesis on research topic approved by the Board of Advanced Studies and Research.
    • That the candidate has got published a paper at least in a national general or has presented a paper in a national level conference.
    • The Supervisor on the approved Performa shall inform the Controller of Examination through the chairperson concerned and Dean about the date on which the “Thesis Defense” is to be held. The Vice Chancellor shall appoint an external examiner from a panel of examiners recommended by the department concerned and Dean of concerned faculty.
    • Thesis Defense shall be held at the University Campus on such a date as may be notified by the Controller of Examination in consultation with the supervisor/ chairperson.
    • The candidate will defend his / her thesis in front of a Committee consisting of chairperson, supervisor of the student, co-supervisor (if any) and an external examiner.
      The Thesis shall be evaluated by one external examiner and one internal examiner.
    • The supervisor shall send the award list of thesis examination after counter signature of the Chairman to the office of the Controller of Examinations after making sure that the student has incorporated the suggested improvements. The Controller of Examinations shall notify the result of the student after receiving six bound copies of thesis
    • After successful defense of thesis, the candidate will submit six (6) hard bound copies of his / her thesis signed by supervisor, external examiner and Chairperson, to the Controller of Examinations, one each for Controller of Examinations, University Library, supervisor, co-supervisor (if any), Department and the student.
    • Original Similarity report along with the certificate from supervisor and declaration by the student must be submitted to controller of Exams while submitting the thesis.
    • In case of disagreement between the Supervisor, Co-supervisor (optional) and the External Examiner regarding the acceptance of the thesis it shall be referred to another external examiner, with the due approval of the Competent Authority (the Vice Chancellor), whose decision shall be final.
    • If a candidate fails in the thesis examination, he/she may enroll again and will submit a revised thesis within six months after the date of declaration of the result of the last thesis examination, on payment of the prescribed thesis examination fee. He/she can avail this chance only once.
    • If the thesis, submitted by a candidate for final evaluation, is proved to be copied/ plagiarized as per HEC criteria at the time of viva-voce examination, it will be liable to be rejected on the report of supervisory committee and the Controller of Examinations will declare the candidate fail in thesis examination. The admission of such candidate shall be cancelled and he/she shall not be readmitted under any circumstances.
    • If the thesis of a candidate is proved to be plagiarized as per HEC criteria after its evaluation and declaration of result, previous result of the candidate will be cancelled and he/she will be declared as fail in thesis examination. Such a candidate shall not be readmitted to MS under any circumstances.
    • Each successful candidate shall be awarded the Degree of Master of Science in the relevant disciplines.
  • Honorarium
  • A supervisor may be paid some appropriate remuneration per student after successfully completion of MS degree and honorariums will also be paid to external examiner for the evaluation of thesis

  • Format for Thesis

      This section explains some of the preliminary information required for manuscript;

    • The Thesis shall be printed on A4 (8.27" x 11.69") size paper with margins of 1 .5 inches on the left and 1 inches to the right, top and bottom of each page.
    • All copies must be on 80-100 gm of white paper of fine quality.
    • The color of hard bound cover of MS thesis shall be Blue with golden lettering on the front and the spine.
    • On the title page write the thesis title in capital letters with double space if more than one line. Then insert the University logo below the title with 3̎ gap. After inserting the logo, maintain 3̎ gap to provide the student information below with name (start with capital letter) followed by complete registration number on next line with double spacing. Again keep 3̎ of gap to mention the name of the Department, University and the city name (all starts with capital letter) in three lines with 1.5 spacing.
    • Type size should be 12 fonts (Times New Roman). It may be 14 for main heading and 10 for figure captions and footnotes. Script or ornamental fonts will not be used. Print must be letter quality or near letter quality with dark black characters that are consistently, clear and easily read.
    • Page numbers must be centered 1/2" from the bottom edge of each page.
    • Every sheet must be counted for purposes of numbering pages. Every page must have a page number printed on it, except the title page, copyright page, signature page, dedication page, and epigraph page.
    • The text of the manuscript must be 1.5 spaced.
    • Single spacing is required for footnotes, captions and identification text related to tables, figures, graphs, or other illustrative materials. Single spacing is also required for bibliographic entries, and for all block quotations.
    • The abstract is a brief summary of the contents of the manuscript. It must not exceed 450 words. The words in the heading do not count in the 300-450 word limits.
    • Table of contents is a topic outline of the manuscript. It follows the organizational scheme used in the text. While heading subordinate to the chapter level is not required to be listed, the table on content is the only index to the manuscript.
    • All table/figure captions listed on your list of tables/list of figures must match their counterpart table/figure captions within the manuscript word to word. The student is only required to list the first sentence of each table/figure caption on the list of tables/list of figures.
    • Each chapter must have a title. The title of a chapter is always listed in all capital letters. Do not underline.
    • Subheadings must match the scheme presented in the Table of Contents and must not change or combine styles or formats at any point in the text.
    • Appendices are useful, particularly as a place for explanations too long for the main text and for documents, charts, copied forms or data sheets related to the main text.
    • Thesis must be in English.
    • Figures should be original graphs (*.tif) with high contrast, suitable for immediate reproduction, typed on separate sheets and identified by its number. Width of an image should be sized to 6.5 cm for one column, 13.5 cm for full columns; and a maximum width is 15 cm for full page. In the figures, the main lines should be about 0.3 mm in width, and the assistant lines 0.15 mm. Notations in the figures should be distinct and consistent with the same ones in the text, and their font size will be 8-10 pt. Line drawings and graphs must have exported resolution of at least 1200 dpi. Photographs and micrographs must have resolution of at least 300 dpi (600 dpi if there is text or line art in the figure). Please use LZW compression. The positions of figures should be marked in the text by boxes of a suitable size. Each figure should have its own caption.
    • References should be placed at the end of the thesis in APA style for social sciences and IEEE pattern for all other faculties.
  • Dropping/Freezing of semesters
    A student may dropped/ freeze an enrolled semester before appearing in the final examination with the permission of the Vice Chancellor/ Director Board of Advanced Studies & Research on the recommendations of the Chairperson and Dean due to circumstances beyond his/her control, subject to fulfillment of condition that the student has passed the final examination of previous semester with minimum prescribed GPA/CGPA required for the said degree program.
    • During the freeze/dropped semester, bonafide status of the student shall remain suspended. He/she will not be entitled to avail any privilege as that of a regular student.
    • A student freezing a semester before registration of courses shall be required to pay Rs 2500/- for continuation of the program.
    • A student, after registering for a semester, on his/ her written request made to the chairperson before the start of End Semester Examination, chooses not to continue the semester shall deem to have dropped that semester and his/her fee shall not be refunded or carried forward for the semester on resumption of studies as per rules.
    • The facility of dropped/ freeze can be availed only once during the whole degree program and that too for one semester only.
    • The dropped/frozen semester(s) shall not be counted towards the maximum residency for MS students.
    • If a student remains absent more than 30 consecutive days without any valid reason(s) his/ her registration will be cancelled.
  • Re- Admission
    Re admission in the first semester, without going through the admission process, is granted to only those students who have been dismissed on academic grounds but only for once. There is no second re-admission.
  • Withholding of Final Semester Result
    • The result of final examination of a student, who is allowed to appear in the final semester examination while carrying courses of the lower semesters, shall not be declared till he/she has cleared all courses of lower semesters. His/her final semester result will be declared with the session in which he/she clears his/her last course of the degree program.
    • The Dean may withhold the declaration of the result of a candidate who has not met all the conditions of the eligibility.
  • Award of the Degree
    The University of Wah shall award the degree to the student who fulfills the following conditions:
    • Has successfully completed/passed total credit hours/courses and defended his/her research thesis of the degree within the prescribed duration of the degree program.
    • Has scored a final Cumulative Grade Point Average of not less than 2.5 out of 4.00.
  • Gold Medal
    In each degree program, the student who tops the class in a degree program in terms of CGPA, will be awarded a gold medal and a certificate to this effect, provided that:
    • His/her class size of the degree program is minimum of 10 students.
    • He/she obtained minimum CGPA 3.5/4.00.
    • He/she did not fail/improve any course.
    • He/she completed the degree in minimum residency.
    • He/she had a good conduct and behavior during the stay for the degree to be certified by the Dean concerned.
  • Students Discipline Rules
    All the discipline rules of university of Wah approved for other disciplines and degrees will also be implemented, except uniform code.
  • Fee and other Dues
    As mentioned in prospectus and web site of university of Wah and may vary from time to time.
  • Scholarships
    Scholarships are available after completion of first semester on merit basis for first three positions, provided the University conditions of class size and GPA are fulfilled.