VTU ETR 2023-2024 Last date Extended

VTU ETR 2023-2024 Last date Extended

Updated on 2nd Feb 2024

Vtu etr 2023-24 last date extended.

The last date to submit VTU ETR 2023-24 application is extended from 30th Jan 2024 to 10th Feb 2024. The revised exam date and schedule will be announced later.

Applications are invited for Full time/ Part-time Programs for the award of PhD (Full Time/Part Time) and MS Research in the following faculties:

1.Faculty of Civil Engineering

2.Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Science

3.Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Science

4.Faculty of Computer and Information Science

5.Faculty of Technology

6.Faculty of Management

7.Faculty of Applied Science

8.Faculty of Architecture

VTU Circular

VTU ETR 2023-24 Circular

Updated on 9th June 2023

Vtu etr 2022-23.

Applications are invited for Full time/ Part-time Programs for the award of PhD (Full Time/Part Time) in the following faculties:

The Applications are also invited for the award of Integrated PhD (Full Time) and M.S. (Research) Part-Time, in the following faculties:

The candidates who desire to apply for VTU Eligibility Test for Research (VTU-ETR - 2022) to qualify for admission to Research programs as listed above are requested to visit the following weblink https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in The application is required to be filled online and signed printout of the same be sent to following address on or before 6th July 2023, along with the payment details and hard copies of the enclosures submitted online.

VTU ETR Application Sending Address

The Registrar, Visvesvaraya Technological University, "Jnana Sangama" Belagavi-590018, Karnataka,

The envelope should be super scribed as "Application for Research ETR-2022".

Mode of Payment

Fees are to be paid through payment gateway https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbicollect .

Important Dates

Candidates are advised to choose the city/ town of their own choice for taking the test. The University will allocate the centre in the Hall ticket. Incomplete applications are liable to be rejected, and further correspondence on such cases will not be entertained under any circumstances.

The candidate who desires to join for Full-time PhD and Integrated PhD. Programme VTU PG Centers (Belagavi, Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Muddenahalli), under "Jnanayaana", will be provided with Financial assistance as per the norms of the University.

The Candidates who wish to seek exemption from ETR as per the norms must submit the documents as mentioned in the web link.

VTU Notification

VTU ETR 2022 Notification-1

Updated on 25th Jan 2023

Vtu provisional merit list after pre-registration interviews.

VTU has released the provisional merit list after pre-registration interview for option entry of Research Supervisor/ Co-Supervisor.

Provisional Merit List

Updated on 6th Dec 2021

Allotment of research supervisors for candidates, if you have attended the interview and filled the research supervisor details, you can see the same in candidate / supervisor login. on the otherhand, if you have not entered your research supervisor details then you can do so now. it is mandatory for those selected for the final round to enter the choice of research supervisor/ co-supervisor., last date for choice entry.

Last Date for Choice entry for Final Round is 11th Dec 2021.

Fees to be paid by the Candidates Allotted with Research Supervisor

Procedure to enter research supervisor details.

Below are the steps:

1. Go to the vtu jnana shodha research portal https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in/

2. Login with your Candidate Credentials.

3. Enter the Research Supervisor details in the application.

4. Pay your fees via https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbicollect

5. Submit your application online on or before 11th Dec 2021.

6. Also, submit a hardcopy of the online application along with No-objection certificate, copy of receipt  on or before 13th Dec 2021 to

The Registrar,

Visvesvaraya Technological University,

Belagavi-590018

Updated on 29th July 2021

Vtu etr pre-registration interview.

VTU has announced the pre-registration interview schedule for the VTU ETR qualified candidates. The interview will be conducted through video conference mode. Below is the schedule.

Candidates must upload a brief presentation about their area of research in the web link https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in before 1st August 2021, 4 pm.

VTU Circular on 29th July 2021

VTU Circular on 29th July 2021-1

Updated on 21st June 2021

Vtu etr pre-registration interview for vtu etr exempted candidates.

VTU has announced the Interview dates for VTU ETR Exempted candidates. The Pre-registration interviews will be conducted through video conference.

Below is the schedule of the Pre-registration interviews

Instructions to Research Candidates

1. Select your broad area of research and upload a brief presentation( maximum 5 slides) in https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in using your login credentials. The last date to upload on the website is 24th June 2021, 4 pm.

2. On the day of the interview, you will have 10 minutes to interact with experts.

3. You must give a brief presentation on your chosen research area.

4.You must strictly adhere to the interview schedule.

5.They will share the link one day prior to the interview.

6.The expert committee's recommendation is final.

VTU Official Notification on Pre-registration Interview for VTU ETR Exempted Candidates

VTU ETR Pre-registration Interview for Exempted candidates

Updated on 3rd June 2021

Vtu etr pre-registration interview dates announced.

VTU has announced the VTU-ETR Pre-registration Interview Dates for PhD/ MS (Research) candidates. This applies to VTU ETR exempted category and VTU-ETR qualified candidates. The Interviews are scheduled for the third week of June 2021. Candidates must upload the below documents in https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in. after logging into their account. Also, you must be ready with a brief presentation on your proposed area of research which you will be presenting at the time of the pre-registration interview. A maximum of 5 slides is sufficient for the presentation.

Documents to be uploaded:

1.UG Degree Certificate

2.PG Degree Certificate

3.Papers published in journals if any

4.Papers presented in conferences if any

5.International/ National/ State level award/ Patent (granted or filed)

6.Participation in Winter school and summer school workshops/ Faculty Development programmes/ MOOCs.

7.NSS/ NCC/ Red Cross and other social services.

The last date to upload the documents is 12th June 2021 at 5:30 pm.

For any technical queries, you may reach out to [email protected].

Updated on 6th Jan 2021

Vtu etr 2020 results announced [provisional].

Applications were invited for Full Time / Part Time Programs for the award of PhD (Full Time/ Part Time), Integrated PhD (Full Time) and M.S (Research) Part-Time. The candidates who applied for VTU Eligibility Test for Research (VTU-ETR-2020) to qualify for admission to Research programs and Exam was held on 13th Dec 2020.

The provisional results of this examination are announced on https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in. Candidates can log in and download their result from 4 pm onwards on 6th Jan 2020.

VTU will announce more details regarding the schedule of the Pre-Registration interview shortly.

How to check VTU ETR 2020 Results?

(1) Go to the website https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in.

(2) Enter your credentials in the below screen.

jnanshodha vtu login

(3) Click on Provisional Result to view your results.

VTU ETR 2020 Results

Download VTU Official Notification on VTU ETR 2020 Provisional Result

Updated on 11th Dec 2020

Vtu etr 2020 hall ticket for exams on 13th dec 2020.

Candidates who had applied and did not get hall tickets as per the notification dated 17th Jan 2020 for VTU ETR to be held on 13th Dec 2020 can download their hall tickets by visiting https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in. Candidates can download their hall tickets on 11th Dec 2020 from 10 am onwards.

Download VTU ETR 2020 Hall Ticket Notification on 10th Dec 2020

Updated on 8th Dec 2020

The candidates who applied for VTU Eligibility Test for Research (VTU-ETR - 2020) to qualify for admission to Research programs can download their Hall Ticket from 8th Dec 2020 onwards.

VTU ETR 2020 Hall Ticket Download

Below are the steps to download the hall ticket

(1)Visit https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in

(2) Login by entering your credentials in the below screen. (https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in Login)

jnanashodha login

(3) After logging into the jnanashodha portal, you can download your Hall Ticket. The web portal is available from 8 am to 9 pm on 08-12-2020 04:00 PM onwards.

Who can download VTU ETR Hall Ticket?

(1) New Candidates

(2)Already registered candidates who have registered again at https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in

Test centres for VTU Eligibility Test 2020

Candidates are allotted the test centres according to the choice they have made in their application. The Test centre will be mentioned in the Hall ticket.

VTU Grievance

Any Grievance regarding Hall Ticket, kindly contact 0831-2498126,127 or mail to [email protected] on or before 11-12-2020, 05:30 PM.

Incomplete applications and the students who applied for the first notification dated 07-10-2020 but not updated as per revised notification dated 04-11-2020 will not be entertained for ETR. Further correspondence on such cases will not be entertained under any circumstances.

Download Official Circular on VTU Eligibility Test for Research

Updated on 6th Nov 2020

VTU Eligibility Test for Research 2019-20 & 2020-21 is rescheduled due to overlapping of few government selection examinations on 29th November 2020. Previously, the vtu PhD entrance exams were to commence from 30th Nov 2020. The new vtu PhD entrance exam date is 13th Dec 2020.

Below is the revised schedule for the conduct of the VTU Eligibility Test for Research

Download Revised Notification on VTU ETR 2020

Vtu phd entrance exam syllabus 2020.

Read more on VTU PhD Entrance Exam Syllabus 2020

How to Apply for VTU PhD Entrance Exam?

Follow the below steps:

1.Visit the website https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in/

Click on "Click here to Register."

VTU AICTE Doctoral Fellowship (ADF) Portal

2. Registration page appears. Select the registration type, whether Fresh Registration or Registration (Candidate exception from VTU-ETR).

VTU Phd Registration Type

3.Select your Programme type, whether Full Time or Part Time.

VTU PhD Select Programme

4. Under Programme applied, the dropdown displays a list of programmes such as PhD, MS.c (Engg by Research), Integrated Degree, AICTE National Doctoral Fellowship. Select the programme that you want to apply to from the list. Ensure that your password contains at least eight characters, including one uppercase, one lowercase and 1 number. Once you complete entering all the details, click on submit.

VTU PhD programme to apply

5.On successful registration, you will receive your registration id. You will also receive an email from VTU-ETR to your registered email id. Click on the activation link in the email.

Successful registration message

6.Once you click on the activation link given in the email, an OTP is sent to your registered mobile. Enter the OTP in the below screen.

VTU OTP sent to Registered Mobile

7.Now, log in with your credentials

https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in login

And click on New Application.

VTU Phd New Application

8.Personal Details

In the Personal Details tab, enter all details such as Father/ Husband name, gender, nationality, date of birth, category, permanent address and correspondence address and click on save.

VTU ETR PhD Personal Details

9.Academic Details

In the Academic Details tab, enter details of UG, PG and other programmes such as degree details, degree type, result and passing year and click on save.

VTU ETR PhD Academic Details

If you are applying for MSc (Engg) by Research, you must enter your academic details.

10.Professional Details

Enter your professional details and click on save.

11.Examination Details

In the Examination Details tab, enter examination details and also select test centre and click on save.

VTU ETR PhD Examination Details

12. ETR Exemption Details

While registering, if you used the option registration (candidate exception from VTU-ETR), then this tab displays, select the ETR exemption criteria applicable to you.

VTU ETR PhD Exemption details

Enter faculty under QIP & QIP/ FIP center details here

VTU ETR PhD Exemption Details Faculty

13.Upload Details

In the Upload Details tab, upload the required documents such as Candidate Photo, Candidate Signature, UG Degree Certificate, PG Degree Certificate, Candidate Aadhaar, Candidate Category Certificate bearing in mind the file size mentioned.

VTU ETR PhD Upload Documents

14.Declaration

In the Declaration tab, read the declaration statement carefully and click on submit.

VTU ETR PhD Declaration

15.When you submit the final application, the following message displays.

VTU ETR PhD Final Application Submit

16.On successful submission below message displays.

VTU PhD ADF Successful Submission Message

17.Fee Payment

i)To pay the fees, go to the SBI State Bank Collect Portal . First, click on the checkbox and then click Proceed.

SBI payment tab

ii)Select the category as "A-Fees Ph.D/MSC-ENGG-STUDENTS 2016-17 ONWARDS" from the dropdown.

SBI Bank Payment Details

iii) Now, fill in all the required details of the form—fields marked with Asterisk (*) are mandatory.

VTU Change of College SBI payment form

(iii)Fill the form and pay the application fees by clicking on submit.

Then go to VTU AICTE Doctoral Fellowship (ADF) portal, and in the Fee Payment Details tab, enter the fee payment details such as DUReference No, Fee Paid, Payment date and click on save.

18.Preview of application

Check the preview and click on Final Submit to submit the form.

19.Final Submit

When you click on final submit, the below message displays.

VTU PhD ADF Final Submit

20.Hardcopy of Application

The application must be filled online and signed printout of the same be sent to the following address on or before 19th Nov 2020, along with the payment details and hard copies of the enclosures submitted online.

"Jnana Sangama" Belagavi-590018,

The envelope should be super scribed as "Application for Research ETR-2020".

Updated on 18 Jan 2020

Vtu eligibility test for research 2019-20 & 2020-21 is being conducted by vtu on the same day this time. previously, vtu had postponed the vtu etr 2019-20 due to the covid-19 pandemic situation. however, vtu is planning to conduct vtu eligibility test for research for academic years 2019-20 & 2020-21 on the same day. therefore, the application dates are also the same for both the academic years. if you had already applied for vtu etr as per the previous vtu circular, you must still log in to the portal and make the necessary changes..

VTU ETR 2020-21 & 2019-20

The candidates who desire to apply for VTU Eligibility Test for Research (VTU-ETR - 2020) to qualify for admission to Research programs as listed above are requested to visit the following weblink https://jnanashodha.vtu.ac.in The application is required to be filled online and signed printout of the same be sent to following address on or before 13th Nov 2020, along with the payment details and hard copies of the enclosures submitted online.

However, "those who have already applied for our earlier notification VTU/BGM/Aca/Ph.D/2019-20/360 dated 17th Jan 2020 are required to log in again (compulsorily) to the above portal and update wherever needed. These candidates are not required to pay the fees if paid already".

Download Official VTU Notification on VTU ETR 2020-21

Also, read VTU PhD Notification 2020

Updated on 12th Mar 2020

VTU-ETR for Ph .D./M.Sc.(Engg.) by Research 2019-20 scheduled to be held on 22nd March 2020 has been postponed. The new dates for VTU-ETR 2019-20 examination will be announced shortly after ascertaining the situation.

This postponement is on account of the present scare of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and also the requests received from few candidates from abroad and distant places who have applied for VTU-ETR 2019-20

Download VTU Official Notification on VTU ETR 2020

Updated on 11th Mar 2020

VTU-ETR 2020 General Instructions to Candidates

VTU releases the general instructions for candidates taking VTU-ETR 2020 Exam.

Download VTU ETR 2020 General Instructions to candidates

Updated on 18th Feb 2020

REVISED SCHEDULE OF DATES FOR VTU ELIGIBILITY TEST FOR RESEARCH (VTU-ETR) 2019-20.

(As per VTU Regulations Governing the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)-Amended 2017)

Applications will be invited for Full time/Part-time Research Programs in:

1.PhD/ M.Sc.(Engg.) by Research in the Faculty of Engineering

2. PhD in the Faculty of Science

3. PhD in the Faculty of Architecture

4. PhD in the Faculty of Manage1neut Studies

The candidates who desire to apply for VTU Eligibility Test for Research (VTU-ETR) 2019-20 to qualify for admission to research programs as listed above (Ph.D/M.Sc. Engg.), are requested to visit the following weblink. http://phdcandidates.vtu.ac.in/#/login

The application must be filled online, and signed printout of the same be sent to the following address, along with the payment details and hard copies of the enclosures submitted online.

The Registrar, Visvesvaraya Technological University, "Jnana Sangama" Belagavi-590018, Karnataka, The envelope should be superscribed as "Application for Ph.D./M.Sc.(Engg.) by Research 2019-20" .

The Online Fee of Rs.750/- for SC/ST/Cat-I/SA and Rs.1500/-for others is to be paid through payment gateway https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbicollect.

Schedule of VTU ETR

Instructions to candidates.

Candidates are advised to choose the centre of their own choice. Incomplete applications are liable to be rejected, and further correspondence on such cases will not be entertained under any circumstances.

The candidate who desires to join for Full-time PhD Programme VTU PG Centers (Belagavi, Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Muddenahalli), under "Jnanayaana" will be provided with Financial assistance as per the norms of the University.

All are requested to note the change in the schedule of dates as above.

Download VTU Official Circular on 18 Feb 2020

Updated Feb 5th 2020

To demonstrate programme wise knowledge in the disciplines related to the candidate's own research field, the question paper pattern for the Visvesvaraya Technological University - Eligibility Test for Research (VTU-ETR) has been revised and the same is applicable with effect from the year 2019 - 20. The VTU - ETR is conducted for 100 marks, and the VTU - ETR paper pattern is as shown in the table below:

Table showing the details of VTU - ETR 2020 Exam Pattern

The Circular No VTU/BGM /Ph.D/2019-20/189 dated:11/11/2019 immediately stands cancelled. Therefore, here onwards, this revised Circular order will be in effect and implemented for the above mentioned ETR Syllabus.

Download Official VTU PhD Notification 2019-20

Updated 18 Jan 2020

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR VTU ELIGIBILITY TEST FOR RESEARCH (VTU-ETR) 2019-20.

(As per VTU Regulations Governing the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Amended 2017)

VTU Eligibility Test for Research Applications

4. PhD in the Faculty of Management Studies

VTU Eligibility Test for Research Application Procedure

The candidates who desire to apply for VTU Eligibility Test for Research (VTU-ETR) 2019-20 to qualify for admission to research programs as listed above(Ph.D/M.Sc. Engg.), are requested to visit the following weblink.

http://phdcandidates.vtu.ac.in/#/login

You must fill the application online, and a signed printout of the same be sent to the following address, along with the payment details and hard copies of the enclosures submitted online.

The Registrar, Visvesvaraya Technological University, "Jnana Sangama" Belagavi-590018, Karnataka, The envelope should be super scribed as "Application for Ph.D./M.Sc.(Engg.) by Research 2019-20".

VTU Eligibility Test for Research Fees

The Online Fee of Rs. 750/- for SC/ST/Cat-I/SA and Rs.l500/- for others is to be paid through payment gateway https://www.onlinesbi.com/sbicollect

VTU-ETR Test Centres

Belagavi, Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Muddenahalli, Davangere and Mangaluru.

VTU-ETR Instructions to Candidates

Candidates are advised to choose the centre of their own choice.

Incomplete applications are liable to be rejected, and further correspondence on such cases will not be entertained under any circumstances.

Download VTU Official Notification on 18th Jan 2020

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Research programs leading to Ph.D/M.Sc (Engg.) are available in the following departments.

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering And Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Master Of Business Administration
  • Mathematics
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Information Science and Engineering
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Department of Computer Applications

Eligibility:

Working professionals/faculty and others with a postgraduate qualification in the related discipline are eligible to apply for a Ph.D. The required qualification for M.Sc. (Engg) programs is a 4-year engineering degree program in the related discipline.

Application Form:

Application form for Ph.D Admission to VTU shall be downloaded from the University Website www.vtu.ac.in. Duly filled in applications along with online payment for Rs 1500/- receipt and necessary enclosures should be sent to: The Registrar, Visvesvaraya Technological University, “Jnana Sangama” Belagavi-590018”.

Procedure for Registration:

  • Online registration form for Ph.D/M.Sc hardcopy
  • NOC from the organization (for part time Ph.D)
  • Candidate Biodata
  • SSLC,UG, PG marks cards
  • Guide Biodata
  • UG, PG, Ph.D Certificates of Guide
  • Co-Guide Biodata
  • UG, PG, Ph.D Certificates of Co-Guide
  • Caste Certificate if any
  • Online Fee Receipt

Procedure for Admission:

  • Acceptance letter to Principal
  • Acceptance letter to Registrar VTU
  • BMSCE Application Form
  • SSLC, UG & PG Certificates
  • VTU Office Order
  • BMSCE College Fee Paid Receipt.
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Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) PhD: Fees, Courses, Eligibility

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Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) PhD Fees and Courses Summary

Visvesvaraya technological university (vtu) phd highlights, phd [doctor of philosophy] details.

VTU Ph.D is a 3-year full-time program. Candidates have to meet the basic eligibility criteria set by the college to apply. A merit list is prepared based on their previous performances and students are called in for consideration for admission.

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VTU Ph.D Eligibility Criteria

  • VTU Ph.D Admission 
  • Application Procedure

Documents Required

  • VTU Ph.D Fees  
  • Why Choose VTU Ph.D ?
  • VTU Ph.D Specialisation

VTU Ph.D Career Opportunities

Vtu ph.d scholarships.

Students interested in VTU Ph.D courses should meet the following eligibility criteria set by the college.

VTU Ph.D Admission

Admission to the Ph.D course is entirely based on merit. Candidates have to meet the basic eligibility criteria set by the college to apply. 

Application Procedure 

When applying for the VTU Ph.D course, students must follow the steps to register online and fill in the application form. 

The step-by-step application process for VTU Ph.D admission is as follows .

  • Step 1: Candidates need to visit the official websites of VTU
  • Step 2: Register yourself first by entering your details to generate login details.
  • Step 3: Log in using your details and click on the link provided for the online application.
  • Step 4: Fill out the application form and upload the scanned signature and passport-size photograph
  • Step 5: Pay the application fee online via credit/debit card or net banking.
  • Step 6: Submit the form and take a printout of the same for future reference.

During the admission process, students must submit a few essential documents. A list of those is shared below.

  • Marksheet of 10th, 12th and graduation
  • Qualifying exam mark sheet
  • Photo-id proof
  • Recent photographs
  • Address proof
  • Income certificate of the parents
  • Aadhar details of students and parents

VTU Ph.D Fees 

VTU Ph.D fees for a 3-year course are given below. 

Why Choose VTU Ph.D?

VTU is one of the top institutes among various government and private institutes in India. The Ph.D academic program at VTU is comprehensive in scope and includes a research thesis and a minimum number of course credits. Interdisciplinary work is supported through a shared supervision system and interdepartmental group activities. A strong faculty that values research creates opportunities for outstanding research training. The University seeks to engage in sponsored projects from businesses and other groups in the public and private sectors. Each academic department is also setting up the necessary research labs.

VTU Ph.D Specializations

VTU provides many specializations for the Ph.D course, and some of the most popular ones are listed below.

VTU Ph.D opens doors for students in various fields. A few of the job profiles are given below

Consideration is given to those students who are experiencing extreme financial difficulties as a result of sudden, unforeseen events.

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Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) PhD Courses List

Ph.d (library and information science).

₹ 1,98,300 ( 3 Years)

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VTU or Visvesvaraya Technological University has 194 colleges and offers 28 disciplines in varied undergraduate courses. Also, it offers 71 disciplines in post graduate studies. It offers doctoral studies in both part-time as well as a full-time option. The university is famous for a relatively different PhD course structure that it follows. The PhD programme … Continue reading “Why PhD in VTU is different and how to tackle Comprehensive Viva?”

VTU or Visvesvaraya Technological University has 194 colleges and offers 28 disciplines in varied undergraduate courses. Also, it offers 71 disciplines in post graduate studies. It offers doctoral studies in both part-time as well as a full-time option. The university is famous for a relatively different PhD course structure that it follows. The PhD programme here is split into different stages. What is different here is that, at the beginning of the II Part of the programme, which is followed by the course work in the previous part, the scholar is expected to face the comprehensive VIVA VOCE.

 This Comprehensive VIVA is slightly different from other universities and has the following details:

The scholar is expected to submit a written request for the conduct of the same within a span of maximum six months from the completion of the course work in Part I of the programme. A further extension of 6 months may be requested by the scholar with due approval of the research guide, in the case of any health related issues.

The research centre of the university has the responsibility or organising the comprehensive VIVA in consultation with the doctoral committee. It usually gets scheduled within the span of one month of the request submitted by the scholar. It is a tough closed door examination which includes the members of the doctoral committee, other than the scholar, and the research supervisor. The doctoral committee has the right to invite examiners also if the research guide has recommended any specialist or expert in the area of study.

The scholar is expected to prepare a presentation on the research topic. It should include in detail the work done so far, and what is the proposed work for the future. The intention of the doctoral committee is to verify and ensure that the scholar is through with the fundamental concepts, and also has the know how to apply the knowledge for the smooth conduct of the research work.

You got to be prepared and thorough at tackling the comprehensive VIVA. Be very particular about having a good study on the existing literature in your area of study. Particularly the one that has been taken up in the past 3 years as this is where the new trends could be understood. You must also know where your study fits in to fill the gap that has been created by previous studies. Your research methodology should be elaborate and simplified to the extent that each stage should smoothly graduate to the next one. Have the justification ready for your chosen research tools and techniques as well.

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First impressions are important. Scientists need to make their work stand out among a sea of others. However, many mistakenly believe that first impressions are formed based only on titles and abstracts. In actuality, the introduction section is critical to making a real impression on the audience. The introduction is where authors outline their research topic and describe their study. It is where they provide background information and showcase their writing and argumentation styles. For these reasons, the introduction engages the audience in a deeper way than the formalities and rigidities of the title and abstract can afford. To use a fishing analogy: if the title and the abstract serve as the hook and the bait, then the introduction is the process of actually reeling the fish into the boat.

Good Introductions Are Important Guides

In contrast to the constraints placed on the title and abstract, the introduction is the first real opportunity for the scientist to engage with their audience and showcase and convey their passions and motivations for the study in question. This opportunity is somewhat of a double-edged sword. Study authors inevitably have a treasure trove of knowledge and expertise when it comes to their projects and their fields. However, they must remember that the audience does not necessarily have this background information—and that they are only engaging with their audience for a finite amount of time. Despite the urge to excitedly write about all of the different aspects and intricacies of the project, it is very important that authors keep their introductions simple and well organized. 

Therefore, the introduction should move from broad scopes to narrow focuses as the audience reads further. The author should direct the reader along this journey, focusing on topics with direct relevance to what was investigated in the study. A broad fact introduced early on should be linked or paired with a more specific fact along the same lines of thought, eventually culminating in how this information led to the motivation behind the study itself. It is vital to not go off on tangents or talk about things that are too esoteric. A confused audience is an audience that tends not to read further.

Applying Common Principles Across Well-Known and Niche Subjects

Writers can apply these principles in more specialized manuscripts focusing on a single entity rather than a well-known pathology. Consider the following example from a manuscript by cell biologist Luis R. Cruz-Vera’s research team from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. 1

Here, they divide the opening paragraph of their introduction into four distinct sections. First, they explain what ribosome arresting peptides (RAPs) are and what they do.

Ribosome arresting peptides (RAPs) are nascent polypeptides that act in cis on the translating ribosome to control the expression of genes by inducing ribosome arrest during translation elongation or termination. RAPs commonly sense external forces or low molecular weight compounds in the environment that spatially and temporally contribute to the expression of genes. 

Then they introduce the two different types of RAPs.

RAPs such as SecM that sense external forces on the ribosome are typically large, because these nascent peptides have a domain that functions outside of the ribosome. In contrast, those that sense small molecules inside of the ribosome, such as TnaC are smaller. 

They describe how each type works via a different mechanism.

Typically, larger RAPs interact with cellular factors that can control their capacity for arresting ribosomes. Because of their size and proximity to ribosomal components, large RAPs clearly show two structural domains, a sensor domain and an arresting domain. At the moment of the arrest for the large RAPs, the sensor domain is located outside the ribosome exit tunnel, whereas the arresting domain remains inside the tunnel. The short RAPs currently characterized interact with the compounds that they sense by using the ribosome exit tunnel as a binding surface. For these short RAPs, it has been determined that conserved amino acid residues are necessary to induce arrest by either directly binding the effector molecule or by acting at the peptidyl-transferase center (PTC) during ribosome arrest. 

And finally, they conclude by highlighting a knowledge gap in how small RAPs operate versus what is already known about large RAPs.

However, because the size of short RAPs ranges from only a few to a couple of dozen amino acids, as in the case of TnaC, it has remained unclear whether short RAPs are constituted by the two independent sensor and stalling domains, as it has been observed with larger RAPs.

In this way, the authors make a natural progression from “why this topic is important” to “what is known about this topic,” setting the stage for “what is unknown about this topic and why it should be studied.” 

Gradually Moving from Broad to Narrow

A three-step funnel explaining how the introduction guides the reader from summary to specific. The first phase should lay out the question that needs to be answered. The second phase should delve deeper into that question, and the final phase should tie what is already known with what is explored in this study.

These principles can be further transferred towards the introductory section as a whole. The first paragraph should serve as an introduction to the field and the topic. The middle paragraph(s) provide exposition and detail regarding what is known and unknown, and what has already been done and still remains to do, and the final paragraph outlines the study and its principle findings, providing a transition into either the materials and methods or the results section. 

For example, this work by radiation oncologist Eric Deutsch’s group at Université Paris-Saclay, published in PLoS One , 2 opens by succinctly explaining a scientific problem: “ the threat of extensive dispersion of radioactive isotopes within populated areas that would have an unfortunate effect on human health has increased drastically .” It then offers the call to action necessitated by this problem: “ the development of a decorporating agent capable of effectively mitigating the effects of a wide range of isotopes is critical .”

In the next two paragraphs, the study authors provide information on how and why dispersion of radioactive isotopes are a problem—“ the FDA has approved only three compounds (only one of which is used as a preventative therapy) for the treatment of exposure to specific radioactive elements ”—and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of what is currently available. They then introduce the focal point of their own work, chitosan@DOTAGA, within this context, explaining its potential as a solution to the problem they previously introduced: “ After oral administration to rodents over several days, no signs of acute or chronic toxicity were observed, and DOTAGA did not enter the blood stream and was fully eliminated from the gastrointestinal tract within 24 hours of administration. ”

Finally, the introduction concludes by listing the study objective—“ explore the potential of this polymer for use in the decorporation of a wide range of radioactive isotopes ”—and the motivations and rationale behind the study objective—“ there are no suitable countermeasures available for uranium poisoning. […] This innovative approach aims to directly chelate the radioactive cations, specifically uranium, within the gastrointestinal tract prior to their systemic absorption, which ensures their prompt elimination and mitigation of the associated toxicities. ”

The Introduction Engages with the Reader

The introduction section is often overlooked in favor of the title and the abstract, but it serves two important functions. First, it gives the audience all of the information that it needs to contextualize the yet-to-be-presented data within the context of the problem that needs to be solved or the scientific question that needs to be addressed. Second, and more importantly, it justifies the importance of the study, of its initiative, rationale, and purpose. The introduction is the author’s best—and arguably only real—opportunity to convince the audience that their study is worth reading.  

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  • Judd HNG, et al. Functional domains of a ribosome arresting peptide are affected by surrounding nonconserved residues . J Biol Chem . 2024;300(3):105780.
  • Durand A, et al. Enhancing radioprotection: A chitosan-based chelating polymer is a versatile radioprotective agent for prophylactic and therapeutic interventions against radionuclide contamination . PLoS One . 2024;19(4):e0292414.

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