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BPHES’ CSRD-ISWR Ph. D. Research Centre

CSRD-ISWR had been a Ph. D centre since 1991. Fresh admission for Ph. D Research centre for the academic year 2022-23 was started in September 2022. Presently there are 15 students pursuing Ph D under the centre. There are 4 university approved guides for the centre.


Research dissertation is an essential component of MSW curriculum of Savitribai Phule Pune University.  Research project (Paper No. G-14) carries 200 marks (6 credits).

  1. General Guidelines for Research Dissertation (200 marks, Total 06 credits)

1.1 MSW students are required to select an appropriate topic for their research dissertation during the second / third semester and complete the dissertation and submit it to the Institute before 15 February every year.

1.2. Completion and submission of the Research Dissertation is a pre-condition for appearing at Semester IV Examination. In any case no extension will be permissible for submission.

1.3. The candidate must bring spiral or hard bound copy of dissertation in internal as well as external viva voce examination of IVth semester.

1.4. There shall be only one Dissertation of 200 marks at MSW –II year and it shall be submitted to the University through the Head of the Institution, recommended for submission after Certification and approval of the concerned Research Guide/ faculty supervisor.

1.5. The research dissertation will be assessed and recommended for submission by the Faculty Guide/ internal and external examiner. Combined passing internal, external and viva examination in research shall be (50%) out of total marks.

Assessment of Dissertation Dissertation Marks
Internal Guide or Examiners or Specialization wise presentation / open defence25
External Examiner – Assessment of Dissertation150
Viva voce by External Examiner on Research25
Aggregate / combined Passing Marks (50%)100

A candidate failing in research dissertation will have to re-write and submit the revised dissertation in the same / or subsequent academic session within a period of three months after the declaration of results.

  1. Prescribed standard for Research Dissertation:

2.1. The topic of Research dissertation must be related to the area of Social Work. Ethical norms and concerns in research, plagiarism policy of the institute and University, must be adopted.

2.2. In case of dissertation/research, quantitative analysis is essential. Qualitative data may be incorporated. The candidate must justify the design and follow the scientific process and methods of Social Work Research.

2.3. Minimum 50 respondents are required for collecting field data.

  1. Prescribed standard for Research Dissertation
    • The analysis of the data has to be presented in the form of a report. It is suggested that you prepare the plan for draft dissertation in which you may have about five to eight chapters. Your First chapter includes Introduction, Review of literature, Research design and the Profile of the area of study. ‘Introduction’ spells out the what, why and how of the topic you would like to investigate. ‘Research Design’ provides the methodology as well as the ‘review of literature’ pertaining to studies conducted in similar and / or same area, specifically showing the fresh knowledge and information you wish to add to the study area through your own research. References are to be given in literature review in line with the text in APA format (author, year: page number). Finally the introductory chapter includes the profile of the geographical area of the study.
    • Chapter two could perhaps provide information regarding the socio economic profile of the beneficiaries or respondents. Chapter three to five could be based on data-interpretation focusing on one or two objectives in each chapter. Case studies and data collected through focused group discussion may be incorporated in each data based chapter.
    • The sixth or the last chapter will give the summary of the findings, observations and provide suggestions or recommendation.
    • Bibliography in the APA format [Author (YEAR) Book, Place: Publisher] must be given at the end. Minimum 10 references must be there in the bibliography section. Interview schedule, Focus group discussion guide, observation guide and any psychological test used with the manual are to be given in the annexure. Any additional and useful information including photographs collected from primary and secondary sources may also be given in the annexure.
    • The dissertation must have a Cover page (Title page), Certificate from Director, Certificate from Research Guide, Declaration of Student, Acknowledgement, and List of contents, tables, graphs/ charts.
    • The dissertation may be submitted as hard bound / spiral bound copies. Students need to prepare at least three original copies of the dissertation– two for submission to the Institute and one for personal use.
    • There will be internal as well as external evaluation of the dissertation by means of students’ presentation / dissertation viva / poster presentation
    • The last Date for Submission of the final report is 15 February every year. The dissertation you have prepared is a document of importance. You have spent time, money and expertise in developing this valuable document. This document could be later kept in a library for use by others. You may also think of publishing the same in the form of a book or as a research paper. Perhaps you may like to make a presentation of your findings in a seminar or a conference. All these potentials and possibilities speak volumes for the nature and importance of the thesis you have compiled.
  1. Checklist
    • The dissertation should be properly typed (preferably computer typed) in 1.5 lines space, Times New Roman 12 point font size (APS 14 point font size for Marathi / 12 point google input Marathi font) in A-4 size (29 x20 cm) paper. Margins: 1.5 inch in the left hand side and 1 inch on all other sides
    • The final draft should be shown to your supervisor before binding.
    • You must read the typed version and correct the typing errors;
    • Page numbers are to be given and the same need to be mentioned in the list of content, list of table and charts.
    • For fulfillment of the requirements of the course, a declaration from you that the work is original and has not been, copied from any other source must be included in your dissertation. Level of plagiarism above 10 % will be considered unauthentic work.
    • A certificate from your supervisor stating that the dissertation project work was done under his/her supervision and that it is a genuine and original work.
    • Proper hard binding / spiral binding is to be done.
    • Three copies of the Project Report are to be prepared: one for the University, one for the Institute and the other to be retained by you as your personal copy.
    • The project report submitted to University / Institute will not be returned to you.
    • The Project report is a document submitted to university as a part of MSW Degree Programme there should not be a dedication or any other extra information.
  2. Sequence of the preliminary pages shall be in the following:
    • Cover page (Title page)
    • Certificate from Director
    • Certificate from Research Guide
    • Declaration of Student
    • Acknowledgement
    • List of contents along with page number
    • List of tables along with page number
    • List of graphs/ charts along with page number
  3. Research Design Format
  1. Title of the study
  2. Introduction (statement / formulation of the problem)
  3. Introduction of the area / Profile of the place of study
  4. Literature review
  5. Review of past research studies
  6. Rationale of study
  7. Significance to social work
  8. Objectives
  9. Research questions
  10. Hypothesis (optional)
  11. Operational Definitions
  12. Methodology (design)
  13. Pilot study conducted
  14. Source of data
  15. Universe and Sampling plan
  16. Tools for data collection
  17. Pre-test plan
  18. Methods and plan of data collection
  19. Methods and plan of data analysis
  20. Case study plan
  21. Chapter plan
  22. Time plan
  23. Assumptions & limitations of the study
  24. References / bibliography
  1. Research skills expected from the students
    • Skill to select topic, formulate research problem or statement of the problem
    • Skill to frame objectives, research questions, and hypothesis
    • Skill to make the profile of the research setting (geographical location / agency / community)
    • Skill to prepare research design for quantitative, qualitative and intervention research
    • Skill to conceive and implement social work intervention research
    • Skill to design adequate research tools such as an interview schedule, observation guide and group discussion guide
    • Skill for data collection, such as competence to conduct interview; skill of observation; skill of conducting focused group discussion
    • Skill to collect secondary data (skill to choose appropriate literature, reports, and records; skill to review articles; skill of content analysis; skill of critical evaluation of others’ research findings; and skill of appropriate use of secondary data in combination with primary data)
    • Skill of data analysis (skill to use computer for data entry, data analysis and statistical application; skill to process data manually – coding, master chart, tabulation, preparation of diagram, statistical calculation)
    • Skill of referencing and preparing bibliography in standard format
    • Skill of interpretation of both quantitative and qualitative data (use of case studies, observation and findings of group discussion)
    • Skill to use appropriate tests of significance (T-test and Chi-Square) to test hypotheses.
    • Skill of chapterisation and logical sequencing of the final report
    • Skill to formulate suitable conclusions and evolving suggestions
    • Skill of writing abstract
  1. Guidelines for the supervisors
  • Meet the students once in a week preferably in group on Saturdays and monitor their progress in research.
  • Give the students adequate orientation about research dissertation the research deadlines
  • Help the students to choose from a few suitable topics to finalize the best suitable topic for their research, which could be carried out preferably in the geographical location of their concurrent field work.
  • Assist the students to formulate a sound research design preferably in the format given (ref. 7, page. 3-4). Encourage the students to take up a social work research instead of a social research (with pre intervention and post intervention data collection).
  • Assist the students to design adequate research tools such as an interview schedule, observation guide and group discussion guide. Encourage the students to use a combination of research tools both quantitative and qualitative. Check carefully the tools designed by the students and see they are error free.
  • See that the students have collected appropriate and sufficient secondary data to supplement and support the primary data. Help the students to prepare appropriate references and bibliography in proper format (APA 6 format).
  • Assist the students to use appropriate tools and technology to analyze the data collected. Check the data analyzed and presented whether they are in proper form and style. Help the students to use suitable software for data analysis and data presentation.
  • Assist the students to analyze and interpret the findings of the study. Help the students to use appropriate tests of significance (T-test and Chi-Square) to test hypotheses.
  • Check all the chapters written by the students and correct the logical and grammatical errors.
  • Help the students to submit the final draft report in time for correction and see that all the students submit the final reports before the deadline of submission.
  • Encourage students to achieve all the research deadlines / important dates (section 3, page.2) without fail. If the students without sufficient reason fail to meet the deadlines, issue them memo, so that they might meet the director to give satisfactory explanation for failure to meet the research deadlines.