RESEARCH ETHICS OF LNGC
Research Policy of LNGC
To enhance awareness about the responsible conduct of research and academic activities, to promote academic integrity, and to prevent plagiarism. The institution insists on following the mechanism as recommended by the UGC and the regulations framed by the affiliating university, the University of Madras. UGC_UoM_Research_Code of Ethics
Research and Publication Ethics of LNGC
A two credits course entitled ‘Research and Publication Ethics’ as prescribed by the UGC, is prescribed by the University of Madras as part of the course work for PhD scholars from July 2020 onwards, to inculcate the research and publication ethics among the scholars.
Research Advisory Committee of LNGC
All the research departments constituted a Research Advisory Committee, for each M.Phil. and Ph.D. Research Scholar. The Research Supervisor of the scholar shall be the Convener of this Committee.
This Committee shall have the following responsibilities:
- To review the research proposal and finalize the topic of research;
- To guide the research scholar to develop the study design and methodology of research and identify the course(s) that he/she may have to do.
- To periodically review and assist in the progress of the research work of the research scholar.
A research scholar shall appear before the Research Advisory Committee once in six months to make a presentation of the progress of his/her work for evaluation and further guidance. The progress reports shall be submitted by the Research Advisory Committee to the Institution/College with a copy to the research scholar.
In case the progress of the research scholar is unsatisfactory, the Research Advisory Committee shall record the reasons for the same and suggest corrective measures. If the research scholar fails to implement these corrective measures, the Research Advisory Committee may recommend to the college about specific reasons for the cancellation of the registration of the research scholar.
Evaluation and Assessment Methods for M.Phil. Program of LNGC
The overall minimum credit requirement, including credit for the course work, for the award of M.Phil. degree shall not be less than 24 credits.
Upon satisfactory completion of course work, and obtaining the marks/grade as prescribed above, as the case may be, the M.Phil. Scholars shall be required to undertake research work and produce a draft dissertation/thesis within a reasonable time, as stipulated by the Institution based on these Regulations.
Prior to the submission of the dissertation/thesis, the scholar shall make a presentation in the Department before the Research Advisory Committee of the Institution concerned which shall also be open to all faculty members and other research scholars. The feedback and comments obtained from them may be suitably incorporated into the draft dissertation/thesis in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee.
- M.Phil. scholars shall present at least one (1) research paper in a conference/seminar before the submission of the dissertation/thesis for adjudication, and produce evidence for the same in the form of presentation certificates and/or reprints.
The Academic Council (or its equivalent body) of the Institution shall evolve a mechanism using well-developed software and gadgets to detect plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. While submitting for evaluation, the dissertation/thesis shall have an undertaking from the research scholar and a certificate from the Research Supervisor attesting to the originality of the work, vouching that there is no plagiarism and that the work has not been submitted for the award of any other degree/diploma of the same Institution where the work was carried out, or to any other Institution.
The M.Phil. dissertation submitted by a research scholar shall be evaluated by his/her Research Supervisor and at least one external examiner who is not in the employment of the Institution/College. The viva-voce examination, based among other things, on the critiques given in the evaluation report, shall be conducted by both of them together and shall be open to be attended by Members of the Research Advisory Committee, all faculty members of the Department, other research scholars and other interested experts/ researchers.
The public viva-voce of the research scholar to defend the dissertation/thesis shall be conducted only if the evaluation report(s) of the external examiner(s) on the dissertation/thesis is/are satisfactory and include a specific recommendation for conducting the viva-voce examination. If the evaluation report of the external examiner in case of M.Phil. dissertation is unsatisfactory and does not recommend viva-voce, the Institution shall send the dissertation/ thesis to another external examiner out of the approved panel of examiners and the viva-voce examination shall be held only if the report of the latest examiner is satisfactory. If the report of the latest examiner is also unsatisfactory, the dissertation/ thesis shall be rejected and the research scholar shall be declared ineligible for the award of the degree.
The Institutions shall develop appropriate methods so as to complete the entire process of evaluation of M.Phil. dissertation thesis within a period of six months from the date of submission of the dissertation/thesis.