The M.Tech. (Research) research program is a 1 to 2.5 year 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, as in case of M. Tech. program, you can also convert to Ph.D. programme during the course of M.Tech. (Research). However, you can also change over to Ph.D. programme at the time of submitting your M.Tech. (Research) thesis.
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 mathematics or mathematically-oriented course. Most students take 4 courses to complete the Research Training Programme (minimum required is at least 12 credits) in the first semester. However, you can choose to take less based on the availability of required courses.
3. Selection of Research area and guide: Take help from Departmental Curriculum Committee (DCC), faculty and senior Research students in the department in this regard. There will also be a DCC meeting shortly after joining.
1. Take any advanced course useful for your Research if required or suggested.
2. Select the problem and take seek the assistance of students working in the same area.
3. Start literature survey.
1. Deliver a 'Perspective Seminar', a comprehensive survey of your area of work from the standpoint of the specific problem under investigation.
2. Start experimentation and collection of results
3. Writing of research papers, technical reports, etc.
4. You may continue on to the PhD program immediately after submitting your dissertation. (Alternatively, you may apply for a PhD later and appear in a research interview after graduating and leaving IISc.)
1. Complete the remaining work to conclude your research.
2. Start writing your thesis.
3. Colloquium and thesis defense.
4. Prepare for your future endeavors.
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.
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.