The Programme is broadly divided into six phases of course and research work. During the first 3 phases, the student undertakes rigorous coursework in her/his area of interest as well as in other areas of management. This is interspersed with a summer research work for a period of 10-12 weeks.
Various phases of the programme are given below:
• First year course work/
• Summer research project
• Second year course work
• Comprehensive qualifying examination [CQE]
• Submission and defense of research proposal
• Final submission and defense of thesis
First year course work
IIM Tiruchirappalli believes in the integrated view of management. It also believes that to gain credibility as a teacher in a management institute, the teacher should not only demonstrate her / his scholastic ability in her/his area, but also show expertise in other functional areas. Therefore, all courses as offered to first year PGDM students of the institute have to be taken by fellow programme students also. Click here for list of courses offered to first year PGDM students.
However, those with a PGDM (full time 2 year program) from any of the IIMs with a CGPA of 2.55/4.33 or equivalent will be exempt from first year course work provided the student has obtained the PGDM within 5 years from the year of admission to the FPM program. Other students who have an MBA / equivalent from other institutes / universities may apply for course wise waiver. They will be given waivers based on an examination and viva to be conducted by the course instructor. However, these students may start with advanced courses.
Passing requirements for fellow programme students will be 2.20 / 4.33 calculated over all the courses which were taken, i.e., for the purpose of calculation of CGPA and qualifying CGPA, exempted courses will be ignored and CGPA will be calculated only on the courses which were taken. Other conditions regarding Deficit Credit Points (DCP) will be same as that for the corresponding PGDM students. Any student who does not meet the CGPA requirement of the programme at the end of first year will be required to withdraw from the programme. Otherwise, the student's name will be struck off the rolls of the programme. There will be no slow track for fellow programme students.
Summer research work at the end of first year
At the end of first year course work, every fellow programme student is required to undertake a research project for a period of 10-12 weeks under the supervision of one of the faculty members. It is expected that at the end of the research work there will be a joint publication of acceptable quality. If this research work is carried out in a company or such other organization, then it is expected that it will result in a case study being developed and published in a standard journal.
This research work will be equal to a six credit course and the process and output will be graded as per normal grading pattern. Grade will be added to the courses as well as the grades of second year courses. Any student getting a "U" grade will be required to repeat the same at the end of second year. If she/ he gets "U" grade again, she/ he will be required to withdraw from the programme.
Second year course work
On successful completion of first year course work and summer research work, a student is promoted to second year course work. During the second year course work, the student is required to undertake course work as per details given below:
• 18 credits of advanced FP level courses in chosen area of specialisation
• 12 credits of advanced FP level courses in one or more areas other than the area of specialisation
• 6 credits of research methodology courses
• 6 credits of pedagogical methodology courses
Click here for list of courses offered to second year FPM students in the academic year 2015-16. Qualifying CGPA requirements at the end of second year course work will be 2.55/4.33. Any student who does not meet the CGPA requirement of the programme at the end of second year will be required to withdraw from the programme. Otherwise, the student's name will be struck off the rolls of the programme. There will be no slow track for fellow programme students.
Comprehensive qualifying examination
On successful completion of the second year course, the student is required to move to CQE phase. There will be comprehensive qualifying examination conducted in two parts. First part will consist of a written examination or series of written exercises in the chosen area of specialization. On successful completion of the written part of CQE the student will be required to clear a VIVA in the chosen of area of specialization as well as in other related areas. The examination committee will consist of faculty members from various areas.
THE CQE assesses the following parameters:
• Sufficient depth and reading in her/ his areas of interest
• Ability to review literature in her/ his area of interest
• Engage the student to conceptualise
• To demonstrate ability to undertake rigorous research
The result of the CQE will be in the nature of "PASS" or "FAIL". The result will be announced by the area within 15 working days of the conduct of the viva. If a candidate is awarded a "FAIL" grade, she/he will get another chance to re-appear within 3 months of announcement of the result. If the student is awarded "FAIL" grade, for the second time, she/ he will be required to withdraw from the programme. Otherwise, her / his name will be struck off the rolls of the programme.
The CQE shall be completed within 4 months of successful completion of the second year course work.
Submission and defense of the research proposal
On successful completion of CQE, the student moves into dissertation or thesis phase. The student in consultation with the area members works on a research topic under the guidance of TAC or thesis advisory committee. The chairman of the committee is also referred as the principal guide. Under the guidance of the TAC, the student submits a research proposal and defends the same publically within 6 months of formation of TAC. While all interested person can attend the proposal defense, evaluation is done by the TAC members and one or two faculty members nominated by the Chairperson of Fellow Programme. Normally such examiners will be from within the institute. If such persons are not available, then help of external examiners may be sought.
Once, the proposal is approved by the evaluation committee, the student can work on the thesis under the supervision and guidance of the TAC. If the proposal is not approved by the evaluation committee, the student can resubmit and defend the revised proposal within 3 months of the first evaluation. She/ he will get two more chances, totaling three chances to defend the proposal. If the proposal is not approved even after three attempts, the student will be required to withdraw from the programme. Otherwise, her / his name will be struck off the rolls of the programme.
Final submission and defense of the thesis
On successful defense of the proposal the student can work and complete the research work.
She / he is required to submit a thesis of an acceptable standard and an original contribution to body of knowledge in chosen area of management. Thesis once submitted will be evaluated by Thesis Examination committee (TEC) consisting of 4 members. On receipt of favorable reports from all the examiners, the candidate is required to publicly defend the thesis. If one of the examiners gives an unfavorable report, then the thesis will be sent to a fifth examiner. If her / his report is favorable, then the candidate can proceed toward public defense. If two or more examiners give unfavourable reports, then the student is required to resubmit the thesis. On resubmission of thesis, again the same process of sending the thesis to four examiners will be followed. A student can resubmit the thesis only once. If the thesis receives unfavorable report from two examiners for the second time, the student will be required to withdraw from the programme.
During public defense all interested persons may attend and question the student. However, the evaluation will be done only by the members of TEC present. If one or two members of TEC are unable to be present for the public defense, the Chairperson of fellow programme may substitute them with other faculty members in consultation with the Dean and area chairperson.
The decisions of TEC in public defense shall be unanimous. If the TEC decides NOT to recommend the thesis for acceptance during the defense, the candidate is required to resubmit the thesis. This opportunity for resubmission is given only once. On resubmission the same process for resubmission of thesis after the report of the examiners is followed.
TEC will comprise of 4 members, out of which two members will be from within the institute and two will be from outside the institute. There will no requirement for foreign examiners as we already have sufficient number of qualified and competent examiners within the country. Out of the two internal members, at least one shall be from outside the TAC. There will be no area restriction for membership of TAC or TEC. Any faculty member who was directly or indirectly involved with the thesis preparation, shall not be a member of TEC.
TEC will be chosen by the Fellow programme committee from the panel of names recommended by the chairperson of the TAC.
On successful defense of the thesis, the recommendations of the TEC are sent to the fellow programme committee. The fellow programme committee after obtaining administrative clearances as well as checking the records of the candidate, provides the provisional certificate of completion of all requirements of the programme to the candidate. It also recommends to the faculty body to recommend to the Board of Governors for the award of the title of "Fellow of Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli". The title is awarded in the convocation following the date of recommendation of the faculty body.
Duration of the programme and continuation of scholarship
Scholarships will continue for a period of four years at the first instance, subject to successful completion of milestones, such as completion of first year course work, summer research work, second year course work, comprehensive qualifying examination etc. However, scholarships will continue during second year course work also, even when the student has got a "U" grade in the summer research work at the first instance.
However, after the initial four year period the fellow programme committee may extend the scholarships for a period of six months, for a maximum of two times, as long as it is satisfied that there are justifiable reasons for continuation of the scholarship.
Total maximum duration of the programme will be eight years from the date of initial registration. Every student is expected to submit the thesis within this period. Extension of registration will be granted by the fellow programme chairperson in cases where the student has submitted her/ his thesis and the examination of the same is pending.
ALL CONCERNED ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE MANAGEMENT AND FACULTY OF IIM-TIRUCHIRAPPALLI RESERVE THE RIGHT TO AMEND ANY OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS CONTAINED HEREWITH WITHOUT ANY NOTICE AND SUCH AMENDMENTS WILL BE BINDING ON THE STUDENT FROM THE DECLARED DATE OF EFFECT. IN ALL MATTERS CONCERNING INTERPRETATION OF THESE RULES, THE DECISION OF THE FELLOW PROGRAMME CHAIRPERSON/ DEAN (ACADEMICS)/ DIRECTOR OF IIM TIRUCHIRAPPALLI WILL BE FINAL AND BINDING ON ALL STUDENTS.
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