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MBA Project Guidelines

Allana Institute of Management Sciences, Pune

GUIDELINES FOR PROJECT REPORT

In partial fulfillment of requirement of University of Pune for M.B.A. Programme, students have to undergo in-plant training of 60 days in an organization of repute assigned by the Institute or accessible to them. The objective of this activity is to test the ability of the student to apply management theories to practical business situations. He/She has, therefore to work on any topic/problem related to any functional of management area. The problem/topic can also be assigned by the organization in which the students undergo in-plant training , in the absence of which he/she is free to select topic on his or her own.

In the light of exposure to different functional area and Research Methodology at M.B.A Part-I curriculum, the students have to collect the data relevant to their topic, identify the problem, collect and collate the relevant data, analyze the same methodically, make intelligent inferences and report contents. A chapter scheme is suggested, which can be adopted with or without modification.

REPORT SCHEME

  • Cover Page (Refer Annexure I)
  • Title Page
  • Company certificate
  • Certificate of guide  (Refer Annexure II)
  • Acknowledgement
  • Declaration
  • List of tables, figures, and exhibits
  • Content page
  • Appendices

TENTATIVE CHAPTER SCHEME (for detailed chapter scheme refer Annexure III)

1. Introduction to Study
Students are expected to give a brief introduction of the study along with the problem under the study, objectives, hypotheses, scope and limitations.

2. Company Profile
History and present status of the company with the organization structure

3. Literature Review
Here relevant theoretical background in brief may be given by referring to some standard text books, journals, newspapers etc. Students should endeavor to collect, compile and concisely cover latest information and data by scanning latest articles published in periodicals, journal etc. Please note that the latest authentic data adds to the quality of the project report and gives a good impression to the viva–committee as well as organizations where in students are placed for summer training. Data collected from others source should be duly acknowledged.

4. Research Methodology (Refer Annexure IV)
This should include the research design, source of data collection and sampling plan.

5. Data Analysis and Interpretations
In this chapter data collected through questionnaire, observations, inspection of records, interviews conducted or data collected from published records be systematically analyzed and table, graphs, diagrams ,maps are to be used wherever necessary to present type data. Use of SPSS is advisable.

6. Findings
Results should be given in this chapter on the basis of data analysis and interpretation.

7. Conclusions and Suggestions
In this chapter practical suggestions should be given, to the organizations to solve the problem identified in the study.

8. Managerial implications and Scope for Future Research
This section should also include a note on implications of the results to the managers and practitioners. The purpose of future research section is to demonstrate that you not only understand what you did, but also see how your work fits with the wider development of the area.

Appendices
a. Questionnaire copy
b. Assessment work sheets
c. Financial statement
d. Bibliography

Bibliography should contain the following viz.

Format for citing a book

  • Name of the author/authors starting with surname, b) Year of publications, c) Title of the book, d) Name of the publisher, e) Edition number

Format for citing a journal article

  • Name of the author/authors starting with surname, b) Year of publication, c) Article title, d) Journal name, e) Volume number, f) Page No/s referred

Format for citing a material from WWW
Complete website address with the date on which the material was accessed

After completion of the field work, review and ensure that the data collected meets adequacy, accuracy, validity. It should be unambiguous and unbiased. After every presentation, offer your comments &/or observations. These are the findings of the research.

NOTE:
Students are also advised to buy a book on the industry under  study , for example if a student is undergoing in plant training in a textile unit  in this case he may go for a book which may help the student to have deep insight about the industry and its problems.

During in-plant training period students are advised to complete the project and submit first rough draft in the first week of August 2012. The final draft of the project will be prepared under the faculty guidance. The student should take care that all information relating to the study may be available while writing the final draft. If any one has a difficulty he/she may contact the concerned faculty or DIRECTOR via letter or phone whichever is convenient. While assigning final marks to the project report students observing the schedule will be properly rewarded.

General Guidelines

Personal Contacts
Many students want to work in areas or in organizations, which do not visit the campus. In such cases, students must write to such organizations and convince them for summer project. They may tap into their personal networks to solicit interest from such organizations.

 

Entrepreneurial Venture       
Some students are interested in developing their own business. So exploit this opportunity, develop concept. Innumerable successful companies have been launched from plans/projects developed by students in B-Schools.

Following avenues are available:
a) Multinational corporations                b) Indian large/multinational companies
c) Small & medium enterprises          d) Govt. /public sector undertakings
e) Cooperative sector organizations   f) Non govt. organizations each organization has its own work culture and the student will have to adjust to it quickly.

GENERAL INSTRUCTION:

    • Complete the in-plant training sincerely meticulously, vigilantly and in time.
    • Send the joining Report in time duly signed, with date by the competent authority of the organization assigned.              
    • Join the organization as early as possible and see that you are spending a minimum of 60 days in the organization.  
    • Study the entire organization carefully with special emphasis on the topic selected/assigned problem.
    • Collect all the data and information required to complete the project.
    • A true & real outcome of this in-plant training opportunity should be an offer for a managerial post in the organization .This will bring name and fame to our institution and add weight age to your own bio-data.
    • Do maximum readings of journals, periodicals etc. to improve your understanding of the subject.
    • If two or more students are placed in the same organization, make sure that there is no duplication of matter and title of the project, which may lead to copying and is highly objectionable.
    • You require minimum of 10 seating with the concerned guide at the institute before finalization of report.
    • Do not bind the report unless authorized by the guide.

OTHER INSTRUCTIONS

  • Report should contain a minimum of 7000 words. For counting 7000 only chapter scheme should be considered.
  • Generally, each typed page should contain 30 to 35 lines (i.e.150 to 200 words). In all, project should be approximately of 100 pages.
  • Report should be hard bound in black Rexene with golden embossing.
  • Students are required to submit three copies of the report -
    • University copy (with originals)
    • Institute copy
    • Student’s copy (for his own record)

F) Acknowledgement & Declaration must be signed in blue ink by the student before submission. The certificate of company should be signed by the authorized person in BLUE INK.

G) Report should contain page numbers. Page number is to be marked at the bottom center of the page.

H) The sequence of page must be strictly followed.

I) Graphs, Diagrams etc. should be annexed at the end and references should be made.

J) Students should obtain the clearance from their guides before binding the project report.

POINTS TO BE REMEMBERED REGARDING YOUR SUMMER TRAINING:

1) Try to collect the following details regarding the company you are joining. This will be useful in presenting company profile.

  • Balance sheet analysis
  • Organizational structure
  • Key personnel with respect to placement decision. (head of HR department)
  • Product / service offered
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Joint Venture, if any etc.

2) Keep in continuous touch with the contact person of the organization

3) Be conceptually clear about the project and its Objectives, Empirical Research Methodology and Tentative time schedule.

4) Dress soberly at work. Report at work before your manager does & leave after he/ she does.

5) Report your progress to the institute on a regular basis.

6) Ask if any help could be given to your manager in his professional work.

7) You should be able to speak about Allana Institute of management Sciences, its mission & values & live that way.

8) Learn how to give effective presentations & the use of audio-visual equipments.

9) Facts should be presented as observed.

10) Recommendations should be realistic, financially feasible, technically viable, pragmatic & generally rewarding to the company, if implemented.

11) If possible operationalise recommendations systematically. (How, when, by whom etc. should the implementations take place).

12) Your project report must be completed & submitted to the institute latest by 30th August, 2012. Thereafter, late submission will attract a fine of Rs. 100/- per week.

13) Font must be Times New Roman Size: (12). For Headings font must be Times New Roman size (14). Keep appropriate left Margin so that binding does not affect your text.

WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.

Prof. R. Ganesan
Director


ANNEXURE I 

 

A Study on

“TOPIC NAME”

A Project report submitted to
University of Pune

BY
(NAME OF THE STUDENT)

 

Under the guidance of
(NAME OF THE GUIDE)

 

In partial fulfillment of
Master of Business Administration

Allana Institute of Management Sciences
Azam Campus, Camp PUNE – 411001

 September 2012

 

 

ANNEXURE II   



C E R T I F I C A T E

This is to certify that Project Report titled ________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________(title of project in inverted comma and underlined) is a bonafide work carried out by _________________________________________________________________
 (Name of the student) of our Institute for fulfillment of Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree of the University of Pune. He has worked under our guidance and supervision. The material referred from other sources has been duly acknowledged.

 

Prof. R Ganesan                                                  Name of Guide
Director                                                        Signature of Guide    

Date:
Place:                                                                                  

 

ANNEXURE III  



Chapter Scheme
 

Executive Summary

Chapter one: Introduction Of The Study
Background of the study
Research Problem
Objectives of the Study
Hypothesis/es
Scope of the Study
Limitation of the Study

Chapter two: Company Profile

Chapter three: Literature Review
Chapter four: Research Methodology: (See Annexure Four)
Chapter five: Data Analysis and Interpretations
Chapter six: Finding
Chapter seven: Conclusion
Chapter eight: Suggestion
Chapter nine: Managerial implications and scope of future study

Appendices
Questionnaire
Bibliography

Annexure IV

 

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 
        
Research Design

Type of study
Nature of study
Type of questionnaire
Type of questions
Type of analysis

Sources of Information

Secondary source
Primary source

 Plan for Primary Data Collection

Research Technique
Contact Method
Research Instrument

Sample Design

Population
Sample element
Sample size
Sample frame
Sample extent
Sample duration
Sampling procedure