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Research Project Guidelines 2015

Guidelines for
Graduation/ Research Projects

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Contents

Guidelines for ........................................................................................................................................... 1


Graduation/ Research Projects ................................................................................................................. 1
1. Objective of Research Project ........................................................................................................... 3
2. Scope of Research Project ................................................................................................................. 3
3. Potential areas of research................................................................................................................ 3
4. Stages of Research Project ................................................................................................................ 4
5. Calendar for research project: ........................................................................................................... 8
6. Word of advice .................................................................................................................................. 9
7. Logistics of approving appropriate topics .......................................................................................... 9
8. Format for documenting final topics with sponsor details ................................................................. 9
9. Expected student learning from the Research Project ....................................................................... 9
10. Expected outcomes/benefits........................................................................................................ 10
11. Sponsorship of Project ................................................................................................................. 10
12. Number of students taking Research Projects - Individual or team projects ................................. 11
13. Guides .......................................................................................................................................... 11
14. Evaluation matrix ......................................................................................................................... 12
15. Criteria for evaluation .................................................................................................................. 12
16. Details on Jury .............................................................................................................................. 15
17. Award Categories : ....................................................................................................................... 17
18. Report Writing ............................................................................................................................. 19
19. Format of abstract for uploading on website................................................................................ 28

Reference: Document prepared by Prof Prabir Jana in 2003

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1. Objective of Research Project

A research project (RP) is a research based project done by the students in the final Semester
(final semester) in partial fulfillment of their degree. The purpose of the project is to integrate the
learning of the students of the last semesters through research/experimentation in the chosen
area by the applications of technology in apparel manufacturing.

2. Scope of Research Project

Students may take up projects within the scope of fundamental research or applied research.
Fundamental research is an activity designed to broaden scientific and technical knowledge not
directly linked to industrial or commercial objectives. Applied research is designed for the purpose
of producing results that may be applied to real world situations.

Therefore, the Research Projects maybe any of the following


1) Projects which studies the relationship and/or applicability of theories or principles to the solution
of a problem which is either organization specific or industry specific.
2) A careful investigation or scientific research into a subject in order to discover facts, to establish
or devise/revise a theory/hypothesis.
3) A survey based research of an industry phenomenon, trend or an issue of concern.
4) Research done with an eye towards making products/software applications that can be
commercialized, or at least made available for practical benefit.
5) Any research which is used to answer a specific question, determine why something failed
or succeeded, solve a specific, pragmatic problem, or to gain better understanding.

The research project is not


1) An additional Industry placement after summer internship.
2) An opportunity provided to factories to get piece meal work done from students, which may not
fulfill the Departments RP requirements.

3. Potential areas of research

Few Suggested Areas for Research Project are:


Productivity Measurement and Improvement techniques.
Fit analysis
Quality Measurement and Improvement Methods.
Implementation of any Production or Quality System.
Product Development Process for new/unexplored products.
Product/Process Re-engineering
Sizing
Research on new products/technology/processes.

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Technical evaluation and/or implementation of MIS/ERP/CAD systems.


Software Design and Development covering various functions in an apparel firm.
System Analysis and Design
Retail / Vendor management
Merchandising
Human Resource Management
Corporate Social responsibility
E Commerce
Compliance issues such as social, environmental and technical
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
Process automation for productivity and/or quality improvement etc.

To ensure appropriate and balanced coverage of various issues/subjects a prescribed percentage


of projects to be done in different areas. The Centre Co-ordinator should ensure that the
coverage should not only be in terms of above topical issues but also is in terms of four basic types
of research i.e. descriptive, analytical, applied and empirical.

4. Stages of Research Project

There are four stages of Research Project


Stage I Preliminary
Identification of Topic
Identification of Sponsor
Development of research proposal
Allotment of Faculty guide

Stage II Planning
Literature Study
Design and development of Research Methodology
Submission of documentation of first three chapters
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Review of Literature
Chapter 3 Methodology

Stage III Execution


Field work
Analysis
Report writing

Stage 4: Assessment & evaluation

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Stage I: Preliminary
1) Identification of Topic

Student shall identify suitable topics for the project. For this purpose they shall need to do extensive
reading of literature available (this includes projects done in similar areas both in NIFT and in other
institutes), interact with faculty and industry people.

The committee of department faculty members shall collectively provide feedback on the proposed
topics submitted by the students. This should be undertaken in Sept- Oct 2014
Students may be advised not to undertake a specific topic due to certain reasons like duplication of
topic, limitation of reference material on the subject or perceived difficulty for the particular student
in undertaking the project.

Alternately the faculty of the department may have some topic in mind and offer to the class or
directly assign the topic to a student/student group based on subject of the topic and capability of
the student.

Decision of the committee will be final in the selection of RP topic.

Since the students have already been associated with the industry they should identify the area of
work and the CC and the faculty guide should help them shape the topic as per the objective of the
department and research project. Student should formulate clear research proposal.

2) Identification of Sponsor

This shall be done by the students with departmental concurrence. Student may interact with
prospective sponsors and obtain sponsorships in tune with departmental policy. The finalization of
sponsorship shall be done with endorsement of the departmental head and formal acceptance in
writing shall be obtained by the students from the sponsor and deposit the same with the
departmental head.
As part of GP drive the students are given opportunity to interact the potential Sponsor. The students
should identify the one in line with their area of research interest with help of CC.

3) Development of research proposal

The student are required to prepare a detailed research proposal which involves introduction to the
topic to be investigated, spell out objectives of the project with the proposed methodology
to be followed, indicate the plan of work, resources required, budget of expenses, formal details
of sponsors etc.
Format of the Proposal
- Introduction and Justification of the topic
- Objectives of the research

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- Review of Literature
- Proposed Methodology
- Time Plan & Budget
- Resources Required in terms of sponsorship, organization support,
equipments/infrastructure requirements etc.

The research proposal will be attested by a committee of departmental faculty . Acceptance by this
committee will convey approval of the concept note and the authorization to proceed to the next
stages of project work. This activity should be completed latest by 1st week January 2015

4) Allotment of Faculty Guide

After approval of concept note, the guide for each project shall be allotted. From this point onwards
the students are required to be in continuous touch with their guide on the progress of the
project. The guide has a role of a facilitator and showing academic direction than of editing or
rewrite the report.

it is essential to have an industry guide from that sponsor organization to facilitate the work. In
some cases an additional specialist guide may be allotted to a student. This will be in addition to NIFT
faculty guide who will have the main responsibility of the project. Faculty guide and student
group(s) may mutually decide the schedule for meeting.

The students should report to faculty guide minimum once a week. D uring t he se me et ing the
written feedback should be given to the student and should be filled up on weekly basis.

It is essential to give written feedback to the students

Stage 2: Planning

1) Literature study

The body of literature studied is based on secondary source of data. Students should use the library
extensively. Review of literature will help them understand the existing extent of research done on
the same topic; understand other research approaches and it will also help the students to save
precious time in not doing repetitive work.

2) Design and development of Research Methodology

Students shall review the available body of literature and determine the methodology by which the
project will be executed. Students are required to identify the various research methods and tools
that will be employed.
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3) Submission of first 3 chapters of Report.

At this stage students will commence the documentation task by preparing the first chapter of the
report of the study as follows
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Review of Literature
Chapter 3: Methodology
These chapters shall be submitted on or before a midterm review.

The submitted report will be vetted by a departmental committee and improvements if any shall be
communicated to the students who will be obliged to carry out the same. The Feedback shall be
provided during the midterm review. Student may proceed to the next stage of work after the approval
is conveyed along with the feedback.

Stage 3: Execution

1) Field work and Data collection


This involves the collection of preliminary data, carrying out actual experiments and compilation of
results.

2) Analysis
This involves the analysis of preliminary data and the analysis and carrying out actual experiments
and compilation of result with supportive discussion and conclusions.

3) Report writing
On a due date draft report along with a synopsis must be submitted duly printed in 3 copies in
unbound form for the viva-voce. Students are also required to prepare presentation for the
industry. If the draft report is not found satisfactory, faculty guide many not allow the student to
appear for viva-voce and/or the presentation.

Stage 4: Assessment & Evaluation


1) Viva voce
Students shall undergo an interactive viva-voce for approximately 20 mins, between the student
and a panel of experts/faculty members to evaluate the overall performance of a student at the
end of the project. The details of the viva-voce and evaluation criteria are mentioned below.

2) Submission of Final Report


The students are required to submit two sets of the report in hard and soft copy (2 final hard
bound copies of report and 2 final soft copies on CD).

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5. Calendar for research project:

ACTIVITY DATES
Briefing students about RP to students Completed by 13th September 2014

Identifying students groups, areas of interest and Completed by 20th September 2014
at least 3 potential concept notes
Submission of 3 concept notes Completed by 27th September 2014

Letters to the companies and inviting them over Initiating 29th September 2014
for RPs
RP confirmations & Guide allocations October end
Students to get in touch with companies to finalize Nov-Dec 2014
projects

Semester opening 5th Jan 2015

Research Methodology Classes for finalization of 5th Jan - 16th Jan 2015
Research project proposal
Students report to companies with finalized 19th Jan 2014
proposals
Midterm review for the progress of the projects 16th 24th February, 2015
(5th week after commencement of RP)
Completion of the GP 18th April 2015
(13th week after commencement of RP)
4weeks before mid term
1 week of mid term
8 weeks post mid term
Explore placement possibilities with the companies Before 18th April 2015
they are doing their RPs
End Term Internal Jury 6th to 12th May 2015

End Term External Jury 18th- 22nd May 2015

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6. Word of advice

It is the responsibility of the department and mentor to see that the area of research is in line with the
objective of the department and that student implement the class room learning in real life situation of
apparel manufacturing.

7. Logistics of approving appropriate topics

The CC of the department with the faculty members of the department should deliberate on the topic
with the students before the topic is finalized. These discussions can start from Oct 2014 onwards so
that the proposals can be drafted which can be presented to the industry.

8. Format for documenting final topics with sponsor details

To be documented and sent to CP in 1st week of Jan 2015(02.01.2015)

National Institute of Fashion Technology


Department of Fashion Technology

Research Project Details: BFT / MFT


Programme: Campus:
S. No Student Name RP Topic Name of the Name of the Name &
Mentor from the Sponsoring Designation of
Department Company Industry Mentor

9. Expected student learning from the Research Project

1) It gives the students the capabilities to independently plan and execute projects.
2) Students will be able to put into practice some of the learning that has been taught
throughout the course.
3) The students will be able to use their creative skills towards problem solving.
4) The project will help students develop skills of analysis and integration along with develop
an awareness of existing literature and communicate the same in written and oral modes.
5) It will provide the student with a transition experience from managing exam based tasks to
more project based tasks.

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10.Expected outcomes/benefits

1) Results of the projects will have practical value and significance for industry and the
institute as a whole.
2) It will help create a bank of knowledge that will add value to teaching and classroom
learning.
3) The outcomes of the projects will aid in developing teaching material, publish papers and
case studies.
4) it should be encouraged that the research work is converted in to publishable article or
research paper for the conferences/ seminar/ journals / magazines etc .

11.Sponsorship of Project

The students s ho u ld undertake project that are sponsored by interested organizations. The
interested organizations could be any one from among the following; export organizations,
domestic manufacturers, consultants, retail organization, Information Technology enabled solutions
and services, government institutions, financial institutions, trade bodies, etc. Sponsorship of the
project entails that the sponsor will cooperate to provide all necessary formalities to the student(s) to
carry out the project work in the premises, will nominate a suitable executive to function as an
external/ industry guide to the student and will incur the costs of the project.

Other funding sources like Design Clinic Scheme (DCS) by MSME for sponsorship may be explored. The
final year students are eligible to apply under the scheme for funding the research projects. The
funding provides a monthly stipend along with prototype development cost.

The details of the MSME opportunity are as follows:


The Design Clinic Scheme shall support design work by reimbursing 75% of expenses incurred
subject to maximum of Rs 1.5 lakh.
MSME units contribution shall be 25% of the admissible cost. In case the student is not able to
organize the 25% funding from a MSME unit, the amount shall be considered against services &
facilities provided by NIFT. However the rights to sell the prototypes to any interested MSME unit
at a later date would remain with NIFT.
The admissible budget would include student designer's stipend, conveyance related to the
project, documentation and model making costs.
The students will have to apply in a specified format through his/her faculty guide at NIFT available
on their website and also has been sent to CCs through email.
Project Areas could range from:
Product Design
Product/ Process innovation
Human factor/ ergonomics /design intervention
Visual communication design
Logistics and packaging Design

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The relevance of the student project will be assessed by an Assessment Panel (constituted by DCS)
and recommendations placed before the Project Implementation Committee (constituted by DCS)
for approval.
The final decision of approval or rejection of a project proposal lies with the expert team at NID.
The usual time taken for this evaluation and approval activity is about 4 weeks, so it is advised to
submit the proposed projects for their timely approval
The project work must culminate in a mock up model/ prototypes and a report which will be
approved by the faculty guide at NIFT and any MSME unit involved in the project. This will be in
the format prescribed by the scheme and will highlight the design intervention strategies
proposed. The format is available on the weblink http://www.designclinicsmsme.org/about-
dcs/design-project
On completion of the Student Project, the prototypes/report will be submitted to the Nodal Officer
at NIFT duly endorsed by the Faculty Guide at NIFT for onward submission to DCS.
The funding grant will only be reimbursed to the students through NIFT.
NIFT IPR policy will be applicable for all projects.
More details are available at http://www.designclinicsmsme.org/about-dcs/design-project

12. Number of students taking Research Projects - Individual or team projects

Students may execute the research project individually or in team at bachelors level however teams
may not exceed two students. The department reserves the right to change/ alter team
composition on merits. The department also reserves the right to direct students to work on the
project individually as per merits. Students should not be encouraged to work in larger groups as
it makes the evaluation of such projects difficult.
At Masters level students have to essentially undertake RP individually.

13.Guides

Faculty Guide
He/ She will be a member of the department and be overall supervisor of the students work. The
guide shall only act as sounding-board to the student and will guide the students in the technical
aspects of the project. Faculty guides will be allotted to each group on the basis of project area,
expertise and interest area of the faculty. Students shall report to the faculty guide at least once every
week during the several stages of project work. THE GUIDE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO GIVE WRITTEN
FEEDBACK TO THE STUDENT ESSENTIALLY.

Industry Guide
He /She shall be a nominee of the sponsoring organization. He /She shall be a person sufficiently
senior in the organization and facilitate or co-ordinate the students obligations in the project
within the organization. The industry facilitator may not have any responsibilities for
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technical guidance to the student. It is the responsibility of the faculty guide to coordinate with
industry guide so that the student is given clear direction of work

Expert Guide- Co Guide


If deemed necessary by the Department an expert guide in the field may be nominated to provide
additional technical support to the student. He/ She shall function in close liaison with the faculty
guide. The student will have to report to him as frequently as deemed necessary by the faculty
guide. The expert guide shall not have any obligation to discharge the main supervisory role which is
vested only in the faculty guide.

The expert guide may be from the sponsoring organization or any freelance subject matter
expert/academics mutually identified by the student and faculty guide.

14.Evaluation matrix

Evaluation matrix Marks


Internal Guide / Mentor 20 Marks
Internal Jury
Mid Semester 10 Marks 20 Marks
End Semester 10 Marks
Industry Feedback / external Mentor 20 Marks
External Jury 40 Marks
TOTAL 100 Marks.

15.Criteria for evaluation

Internal Guide / Mentor- 20 Marks to be evaluated on the following parameters for 5


marks each
Timely Report,
Synopsis & Literature study / Methodology,
Documentation and
Work content & Efforts Taken

Internal Jury
Mid semester- 10 Marks to be evaluated on the following parameters for 2.5 marks each
Comprehension
Extent of Review of Literature
Understanding of subject matter / Clarity of Research work
Research Plan / Approach to problem solving

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End Term - 10 Marks to be evaluated on the following parameters for 2.5 marks each
Documentation & Presentation
Achieving Objectives & Project Approach
Analysis & Conclusion
Innovation / Implementation / Depth Research / Originality of work done

Industry Feedback / external Mentor*- 20 Marks to be evaluated on the following


parameters for 5 marks each
Professional Approach for the project & Punctuality
Innovation / Implementation / Depth of Research / Originality of Work
Technical Understanding / Knowledge Application
Overall Project Impact

External Jury- 40 Marks to be evaluated on the following parameters for 5 marks each
Presentation / Communication
Comprehension
Innovation / Implementation/ Research Depth
Subject Clarity
Project Approach
Relevance to Industry / Overall impact of the project
Quantum of work carried out
Analysis & Conclusion

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*Format of Industry Feedback Form of 20 marks

Students feedback from industry


Research Project Industry Feedback: BFT/MFT

Name of Student :
Department & Semester : ......
NIFT Campus : ..

Evaluation Criteria
S. No. Evaluation Criteria Excellent Very Good Fair Poor Total
Good
5 4 3 2 1
1. Professional Approach for the Project &
Punctuality
2. Innovation / Implementation / Depth of
Research / Originality of Work
3. Technical Understanding / Knowledge
Application
4. Overall Project Impact
TOTAL
Note: 5 is the highest, 1 is the lowest

Name of Industry Mentor :


Designation :
Signature :
Company Seal :

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16.Details on Jury

Jury composition

Internal jury
-2-4 Internal Faculty Members from same department (DFT)

External Jury
-2 Professional Experts/faculty from recognized institute/industry experts
-1 Faculty from same department (DFT )of other Campus
-1 Faculty from same department(DFT) same Campus(other than Mentor)

Format of documentation of End semester internal and external jury composition


research project

S. Campu Internal Jury External Jury


N s Internal 2-4 Internal External 2-3 Professional 1 Faculty 1-2 Faculty from
o. Jury Faculty Jury Date Experts/faculty from same same
Date Members from recognized department department(DFT)
from same institute/industry (DFT )of same Centre
department experts other (other than
(DFT ) Campus Mentor)

Pre requisite for Jury

Pre-requisite for end term internal jury :


i. Completion of the entire project to gather with the project report documentation
ii. Satisfactory certificate from the faculty guide
iii. Satisfactory certificate from the sponsoring company OR Satisfactory certificate from External
Mentor in case of Research Project is not carried out at specific industry / RP is an Academic
Research Project.

Pre-requisite for End Term External Jury


i) Satisfactory certificate from internal jury

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Role and Function of Jury

There will be a mid-term internal jury to monitor the progress for the students collectively for
department. There will be another internal jury as par t of end-term evaluation to access the completion
of the project prior to the end-term jury.

The internal jury as par t of end-term evaluation should decide whether the project work is
satisfactory and the student can go to external jury or not.

If the internal jury finds the work not complete and acceptable, a follow up with the specified time
period may be given to student subject to condition that such extension shall not be beyond the date
fixed for the external jury and shall apply only for making improvement in work submitted No new work
shall be permitted.

At the end of specified time frame the follow-up work is presented by student to the internal jury
again. If the re-jury finds the work acceptable, student goes for external jury on scheduled date, else the
student fails and does the RP / RP next year with next batch.

Methodology of Conducting the Jury

i. The Centre Coordinator of the respective discipline shall co-ordinate the jury.
ii. The senior most expert in the case of external jury and senior most faculty in case of internal
jury shall chair the jury to the jury proceedings.
iii. The chair would be responsible for giving the overall direction and guidelines to the
proceedings of the jury.
iv. The jury members would be oriented towards the objective, methodology and significance of
the projects.

Written Feedback

Written feedback will be given to the students clearly stating the shortcoming in the project and the
direction the project has to take.
written feedback will be given during
-The project approval stage
-Mid -term Jury review
- Weekly interaction with Guide
- End term Internal jury review
- End term external jury review

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Compilation of Jury Evaluation


Compilation of jury evaluation (Internal)
i) All jury should assign marks independently and confidentially to each students.
ii) All grades given by the various jury members would be interpolated and an average would be taken
out for various criteria for evaluation.

Compilation of jury evaluation (External)


i) All jury should assign marks independently and confidentially to each students.
ii) All grades given by the various jury members would be interpolated and an average would be taken
out for various criteria for evaluation.
iii) All comments given by various jury members will be synthesized formally and briefed as feedback to
the students at the end of the jury session
iv) In case a student's professional competence in the project, is evaluated as below average, the
external jury may recommend the following:
a) A FOLLOW UP work to be completed in case of poor and unsatisfactory work
OR
b) REPETITION of the project in case of poor and unsatisfactory work.
In the case (a) it is recommended to hold a re-jury at suitable date giving the student sufficient time to
complete his / her work. In the second case (b) student may be required to repeat the project and will
appear for the jury along with the succeeding batch of students.

17.Award Categories :

DFT award categories


Best Research Project/ Best Graduating Project
Most Innovative Project
Most Commercially viable Project.

Evaluation Guidelines :

Best Research Project/ Best Graduating Project


Awarded to the top student/s scoring the maximum marks in their Mentor, Internal Jury, External Jury
and Industry feedback Marks assessment

Most Innovative Project & Most Commercially viable Project


Most Innovative Project & Most Commercially viable Project, will be adjudged separately both by
internal and external jury members for the creativity/newness and commercial/financial viability.

Logistic of implementation and guiding parameters for evaluation is given underneath

Logistic of implementation:
Most Innovative Project & Most Commercially viable Project, will be adjudged separately both by
internal and external jury members by creating two columns in the evaluation sheet for Most
commercially viable and Most Innovative Project. The marks of these columns will not be added to the
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total mark of the student. These columns will only be used to identify the awardees in the mentioned
categories. The marking will be done by both internal and external jury on scale of 0- 10 and average of
the scores of the internal and external jury members will indicate the award winner. In case of a tie the
student having the higher overall score (Combine scores of all juries, mentor and industry feedback)
will get the award. In case there is a tie in overall grade also then both the students will get the award.

Guiding parameters for evaluation

Most Innovative Project:


The project has to have innovation / newness in terms of innovative/ creative
1- Approach to problem solving
2- Product
3- System
4- Solution

The projects can be classified as per the following cases and evaluation has to be done
accordingly. Guideline for the same is mentioned below

CASE Classification /Description Marks Range


CASE 1 Invention/ creation of new ideas. Concepts and products 8-10
CASE 2 Innovativeness suggested in research project is not existent in apparel 5-7
sector or any other industry
CASE 3 Innovativeness suggested is not existent in apparel sector but exists in 2-4
other industry
CASE4 No innovativeness in the research project 0 -1

Most commercially viable:


The project has to have commercially/ financially viable
1- Approach to problem solving
2- Product
3- System
4- Solution

The projects can be classified as per the following cases and evaluation has to be done
accordingly. Guideline for the same is mentioned below

CASE Classification /Description Marks Range


CASE 1 Commercially / financially viable with payback period clearly 8-10
calculated
CASE 2 Potential commercially / financially viable with indicative/ suggested 5-7
payback period
CASE 3 potential commercially / financially viable with NO payback period 2-4
CASE4 No commercial / financial viability in the research project 0 -1

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18.Report Writing

Introduction

A project report is a form of written communication that presents information to a specified


audience in a clear and logical manner. It represents the report writer in this case the student, in
absentia and therefore, should be self explanatory, self document, organized in a structured manner,
and should have a logical flow of ideas.

While planning the project report, the student should always keep the reader in mind. In this case
the reader is the Faculty in NIFT, Industry Members, Other prospective researchers, Student
community etc. Students should also decide on how much to include and how best to arrange it for
the readers benefit and therefore be clear about the objectives of writing the report.

This guideline is prepared for students of all NIFT campus. Wherever any information pertaining to
specific campus, specific year required, the students should consult the centre co-ordinator.

Some general points to follow when writing the report


Write as much as you can. It is easier to drop/edit later. Be simple and direct because you are
communicating with a purpose.
The report should be written in a formal language (Formal English No slang, No local dialect,
unless required).
The report should be written in third person avoiding the usage of words such as you, me,
I and we etc. The report is to be directed at public at large.
The report should be written in past tense unless there is a need to talk about the present and
future. In most of the reports, one will find the reference is always made to the time period of
writing the report at the time of writing this report. Whatever has happened before the report
was written is past tense, whatever is analyzed is in the present and whatever is being
recommended is in the future tense.
The report should have clarity, continuity and interest throughout the report. Each chapter,
section paragraph should be linked forward and backward. The report should not look like a
collection of parts of different parts. It should look like an integrated document in a
sequential manner.
The report should not be repetitive and monotonous in language. The sentence formation should
be innovative and thought provoking.
The report should have proper paragraphing, section breaks, sentences breaks, punctuation etc.
Page cuttings on paragraph, tables, figures etc. should be done appropriately without affecting
the flow and these should not be unnecessarily divided.
The report should have proper reference of graphs, tables, figures etc. with proper references to
them within the body of the report. All Annexure and Appendices should have proper reference.
The report should have authenticity of reference source notation in the form of footnotes and
endnotes. In other words, every document that has been referred to should be traceable with
complete bibliographic details for further reading on the subject.
Write the summary and abstract last because by that time you would have already seen what all
has gone into the report.
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OUTSIDE COVER (HARD BOUND) Format as follows (all lines justified at centre): Project should be
hard bound in black colour. Front cover should have following text with gold embossing
Name of the student (s) (first name/s are ok in case the name is long), degree, NIFT and passing
year should be embossed on sides to ensure easy identification and trace ability of report when kept
in book shelves/cupboards.
STUDENTS FIRST NAME/S

NAME OF THE PROJECT(limited to 10 words)

STUDENTS NAME/NAMES
M.F.Tech NIFT
B.F.Tech ,/

Department of Fashion Technology


Year

National Institute of Fashion Technology, (Campus Name)


Month, Year

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I. INSIDE COVER (First page of report) Format as follows (all lines justified at centre):

NAME OF THE PROJECT (limited to 10 words)

A dissertation submitted in partial Fulfillment of


the requirement for the award of Degree in

Name of the program


(Bachelor of Fashion Technology (Apparel Production)
OR
Master of Fashion Technology)

Submitted By

STUDENTS NAME/NAMES

Under the Guidance of

NAME OF THE FACULTY GUIDE/GUIDES

Department of Fashion Technology


National Institute of Fashion Technology, (Campus Name)
Month, Year
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II. SEQUENCE OF CHAPTERS AND INDEX PAGE

Abstract

Certificate

Acknowledgments Page numbering in Italics

List of tables

List of figures

All tables and figures should be numbered in decimal indicating the chapter number and the
corresponding table/figure number. Eg. Table 2.2 along with the page number.

CHAPTERS

1. Introduction
2. Review of literature
3. Methodology
4. 4,5,6 Varying from project to projects
5. Results
6. Limitations and scope of further study
7. Conclusion
8. Bibliography
9. Annexure

a. Annexure 1
b. Annexure 2
Certificate, Acknowledgement, Abstract page should have roman page numbers in Italics.
Similarly for all attached Annexure and Appendix.
Index page should also consist of separate page of List of Tables and List of Figures
mentioning Titles and Page Numbers. This is compulsory in case of projects having 10 or more
tables and figures.
Recommendations, if any, should be a different chapter.
The report should indicate further scope of research in the area as a separate chapter. This
maybe along with the limitations of the study.

III. ABSTRACT

This is a brief and concise statement of the research area being investigated by the study, the
methods used, major findings, main conclusions and summary recommendations of the study. In
other words this provides a birds overview of the report. It is a 1 - 2 page abridged version of your
project.

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IV. KEYWORDS

Keywords are the word or words or phrase that relate to a particular topic, that can be used to best
describe the contents of the document and a user believes is relevant to the information he or she is
seeking. Keywords may be present in the title, subject headings, contents notes, abstract, or text of a
thesis or database which can be used as a search term in a free-text search to retrieve all the records
containing it. Keywords are drawn from a person's natural vocabulary and allow you to type in any
word you think defines your topic. Keywords are neither the same as subject headings nor
necessarily the maximum occurred word in the thesis, but truly relate to the content of research.
Students must mention 3-5 keywords.

V. CERTIFICATE

Most of the academic reports need to carry a certificate by the researcher (not by the faculty) to the
effect that the material has not been copied and wherever the material has been borrowed, the
same has been duly acknowledged

The font should be in Italics with enough space for signatures.


Name of the guide should be mentioned along with Designation, company /organization and
role of the guide in the project (i.e. Faculty guide/expert guide /Industry coordinator etc.)
Project will only be accepted in the department after projects are signed by the guides along
with date.

Format of the certificate is

This is to certify that this Project Report titled {title of the project in bold} is
based on my (our) {name of the students(s) in bold} original research work,
conducted under the guidance of {name of faculty guide in bold} towards partial
fulfillment of the requirement for award of the Bachelors Degree in Fashion
Technology (Apparel Production), of the National Institute of Fashion
Technology, Campus.
No part of this work has been copied from any other source. Material, wherever
borrowed has been duly acknowledged.

Signature of Author/Researchers

Signature of Guide

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VI. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

It is important to acknowledge the sources from where the students have borrowed ideas,
information, data etc.
Students should acknowledge all those named individuals and organizations that have provided
information and/or support that have made direct or indirect contribution to the project should be
mentioned.

Suggested sequence of acknowledgement It must start with faculty guide, the institute
followed by industry guide, sponsoring organization and their people.

a) Sponsoring company
b) Industry coordinator(s)
c) Any other agency, organization, institutions etc. d)
Libraries visited
e) Any experts
f) Guides (External)
g) Director- NIFT and other Faculty h)
Guides (Internal)
i) Office & Department staff
j) Any worker, parents, friends etc.

Acknowledgements should be in italics

The main body of the report consists of the following chapters.

VII. INTRODUCTION

This chapter should not be more than 3-4 pages. This chapter is an introduction of the project
highlighting the need and scope of the study and this chapter should lead the reader to the objectives
and sub-objectives framed in order to conduct the study.

VIII. REVIEW OF LITERATURE

This chapter is an appraisal of the previous work done on the topic. It is a complete review of
the concepts related to the subject with a focused direction.
The chapter consists of the abstracts of literature surveyed published or unpublished in
academic journals, trade magazines, conference papers, govt reports, books, other similar
research projects within or outside the institute.
All ROL chapters should contain review of literature of only the related areas of the topic
studied.
Topics and sub topics are to be numbered approximately 2:0, 2,1 for main topics and
2.0.1,2.1.1. for sub topics without breaking up the topics into too many sub sub topics. Use
the numbering system sensibly.

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Indicate all references correctly with corresponding numbers listed in the list of references at
the end of the chapter. Use the super script option.
All tables and figures should be numbered in decimal indicating the chapter number and the
corresponding table/figure number. Eg. Table 2.2
Always refer to tables and figures as Table No or Figure no in the text.
All table and figures should have sources below in Italics.
For preparing List of References, refer to Bibliography.

IX. METHODOLOGY

This chapter constitutes in detail the research methods and techniques applied by the student in
completing the project.
It explains the logic behind the methods used, explains the reasons for using particular methods,
scope of the research, method of data collection, method of data processing and analysis,
sampling method, sample size and assumptions made, if any.
It is required to detail out the methodology keeping in view of the objectives framed.
This chapters answers the basic questions of How the Project has been conducted? and Why it
has been conducted in a particular manner?.

X. OTHER CHAPTERS

The final chapters that constitute the body of the report will depend upon the topic of the study. No
two reports will have the same chapter layout. Each report is focused differently and each of the
students will feel differently about the treatment to be given to a subject. Two groups developing
reports on the same topic may end up getting two different report layouts. Even the number of
chapters could vary from one report to another report .Generally, this part of the study should deal
with:

Presentation and analysis of secondary data available along with sources.


Tabulation and analysis of primary data collected during the study.
Interpretation of results of the data analysis.
Discussion on these results with specific context of secondary data presented earlier.
Implementation process, if any.
Findings and Interpretations
Conclusion and Recommendations.
Generally this should include a statement of researchers major findings and each one of the
recommendations should match with the objectives of the study. Each one of the
recommendations should be clearly stated, un-ambiguous, leading, indication of cost
effectiveness of major initiatives.
Suggest step by step plan of action.
Suggesting check points for control of implementation.

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XI. APPENDICES & ANNEXURE

Appendices includes all those parts of the report which the student creates originally for the
purpose of this study such as questionnaires, checklists, guidelines, formats etc. These should be
listed preferably in alphabetical order, not be included in the main body
These include the following -
-Design of questionnaires
-List of respondents/Organizations
- Tables of data collect from primary sources
- Technical notes on research techniques (s) used by the student (such as statistical tables etc.)

Annexure includes those secondary documents which the author feels should be provided for
quick reference by the student. These are borrowed documents and may be critical from the
readability point of view of the report. These should be numbered numerically, containing
supporting information ( not collected ,but secondary in nature), relevant to the project topic.
These generally include
- Important Reports and/or Articles
- Important Comments
- Important committees and their recommendations on the subject
- Glossary of terms

Each appendix and annexure should be listed separately as Appendix A, B, C etc. Appendix should also
cons is t of names, a d dr e s s , t e le ph one no. and cont a ct persons of all those people or
organizations contacted during the project. This is compulsory for all projects. Page numbering of
appendix and annexure is in italics.

XII. BIBLIOGRAPHY and References

Each one of us refers to some documents published / Unpublished on way to completion of a


report. The list of sources which have been used to complete the report is generally enclosed as a
bibliography to the report. The reference footnotes/endnotes cite the authority and the specific
location (page numbers) from where a statement, data, direct quotation was taken, where as the
bibliography lists in one place the sources used and gives a list of each work which could be of
relevance to the reader of the report. There are standard referencing guidelines freely available,
students should preferably follow Harvard referencing method.

XIII. TITLE

The title of the report is the first and major indication of the contents of the report. By looking at the
title, a reader should be able to make out what he/She can expect from the report. The title should be
neutral should not pass a judgment, should be unambiguous, and should accurately reflect the
subject matter of the project. Title preferably should have maximum of 10 words.

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XIV. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

1. Projects to be submitted in two copies. One for the Guide and one for Institute (for library or
dept) Original copy to the department and Xerox for the library.
2. Project and presentation is to be submitted in electronic form on a rewritable CD with students
name, batch and project title labeled on the disc.
3. Font size 12 ,Double spacing Font Type-Times New Roman/Arial
4. Italics and bold to be used wherever mentioned necessary.
5. No fancy fonts/styles are permissible.
6. Chapters to have a break page with the chapter mentioned at the centre of the page .Font size to
be same for all chapter break pages. These pages are also to be numbered.
7. All Figures, Tables and Charts should be numbered. Numbering will follow a sequence for each
chapter. These should also be accompanied by source/reference below in italics.
8. Page Numbering at the center, bottom of page, Chapter title may be printed at bottom right hard
corner as a foot note in smaller font. (This is optional)
9. Binding should be of best quality to ensure longevity of the report. Matt Finish to be used only.
Kindly refrain from using gloss finish

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19.Format of abstract for uploading on website

Photo of Student 2 for BFT Student Name1 (BFT /MFT)......................... Photo of student 1 for BFT /MFT
Student email :
Students phone no:

Student Name2 (BFT)........................


Student email :
Students phone no:

Faculty Mentor: (name).............


Industry Mentor: (Name with designation and
company name)
PROJECT TITLE
Background: Research Methodology: Analysis:

Step 1 Research
Methodology

Step 2 Research
Methodology

Step 3 Research
Methodology

Objective: Conclusion:

Step 4 Research
Methodology

Step 5 Research
Methodology

Step 6 Research
Methodology

Keywords: (preferably 5)

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