Research Policy


     Nandha Engineering College (Autonomous) is committed to serve the society by conducting state of art research on par with the national and international standards. Our college creates an open platform to foster academic excellence and to pursue scholarly research activities. Researchers will abide by the research policy of the Institute in accordance with the two key principles namely, Quality and Ethics. They are also responsible for ensuring that the research practices are carried out in conformance with the Anna University research policy.

Academic Research

1. Norms for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

  • Candidates should enroll and register at Nandha Engineering College on getting provisional registration letter from Anna university and renew their registration during second week of January / July every semester. For full time scholars, every day attendance is preferred.
  • Candidates should present his / her progress of research in the review meeting once in six months during third week of January / July and submit the Half Yearly Progress Review Report to the department in which they have registered. The schedule for the review meeting would be prepared and announced by the concerned department.
  • The faculty after the award of Ph.D., shall get the guideship within 3 years. A supervisor, at any point of time, can guide 8 scholars at the maximum (including joint supervisor-ship). However, the number of full-time scholars to the supervisors can be limited by the institution time to time based on the infrastructure availability. Prior approval / permission should be obtained when there arises a need to guide more than the stipulated number of scholars under special / extraordinary / circumstances.
  • The Supervisors shall endorse the candidates to publish their research work. The candidate shall publish their research paper in reputed (Anna University Annexure / Scopus/ SCI/SCI-E/ESCI, Indian Citation Index) indexed conferences / Workshops / Journals) after obtaining formal permission from the respective Supervisor. The form should enclose both the paper and the Urkund report of the paper. Only after checking for Plagiarism, the Research supervisor can sign the form and permit the candidate to submit the paper to the journal.
  • The research scholar shall submit a copy of Ph.D. thesis to the College Library on successful completion of the Viva-Voce.

2. Plagiarism Check

  • All research supervisors recognized by Anna University will have login ID for online access to Urkund Plagiarism detection software by Centre for Research, Anna University, Chennai.
  • Research Scholar should submit the copy of Urkund plagiarism check report to the concern supervisor for a paper before submitting to the journal / Conference.
  • The research scholar Synopsis/ Thesis should accompany Urkund plagiarism report while submitting same to Center for Research, Anna university

3.The Act of Plagiarism

  • In the case of scholars who have committed the act of plagiarism in the Thesis / journal publication, his / her Thesis / degree shall be forfeited and his / her research registration shall be cancelled and also he / she shall be debarred to register for any other programme in the University.
  • For the abetment of above such action, the recognition of  his / her Supervisor ship shall be withdrawn for a period of five years and he / she shall be debarred from guiding the scholars for any research programme in the University till such period.
  • If any scholar has committed an act of self plagiarism in the publications and ascertained by the Committee, such work shall not be allowed in his / her thesis and the scholar shall be fined up as per the affiliating university, while the Supervisor shall also face action. The Synopsis / Thesis of such scholar shall be accepted only based on a new publication in a referred journal (as applicable).
  • If plagiarism is detected in the Publications / Thesis of any other scholar under the same supervisor, the recognition of his / her Supervisor ship shall be withdrawn for a period of five years and he / she shall be debarred from guiding the scholars, besides other disciplinary action.
  • Providing generous seed funding to the Faculty members to publish their research findings in refereed Journal / Conference. 
  • Providing international travel grant to faculty and students to enable them to participate and present papers in International Conferences or to attend the internship training in an emerging area.

4. Sponsored / Collaborative Research Project

  • The faculty shall apply for funding support from the Govt / Industries, to do Sponsored / Collaborative research based on the call for proposals from the agencies.
  • A Department Level Proposal Review Committee / Project Review Committee (PRC) shallbe constituted that comprises of Principal Investigator, Subject Expert, Dean / HOD for proposal assessment.
  • The PRC shall forward the proposals upon review to the Principal for approval towards the submission of proposals to the funding agencies
  • The Principal Investigator shall then submit the application along with supporting documents based on the approval to the Funding Agencies.
  • The PIs shall create a new Head of Account and prepare a Stock Register with proper entries of purchase of recurring and Non-Recurring items upon sanction of the project by the funding agency.
  • The PIs shall appoint a Project fellow (if applicable) by means of advertising and then selection shall be done by conducting the interview based on the budget approval of the funding agency. The interview panel should be constituted with one external expert member along with PI and HOD.
  • The PIs shall attend the Progress Review Meeting (Once in six months) conducted by the Progress Review Committee that comprises of Principal, Dean-R&D and expert members. The PIs shall submit the Annual Progress Review Report to the  funding agencies as per the guidelines.
  • The PIs shall prepare Project Completion Report on completion of the project duration according to the guidelines of the funding agency.
  • The PIs shall prepare the Utilization Certificate (UC) duly signed by the Auditor.
  • The PIs shall submit the Project Completion Report, Utilization Certificate and Publications / patent list to the Sponsoring agency through the Dean and the Principal.


Remuneration Policy for Consultancy, Testing and Sponsored Research projects

     Faculty members who are doing Consultancy, Testing and Sponsored Research projects are entitled to get remuneration as per the following norms.

Consultancy and Testing Assignments

  • The consultancy charges shall be shared as 20:80 for the College and the faculty members respectively.
  • The testing charges are shared as 40:60 for the College and the faculty members respectively.
  • The maximum remuneration is capped at Rs.1.00 lakh per project per faculty member.
  • The faculty members who are going for consultancy and testing work outside during the College working days are entitled to apply for on duty leave.
  • The faculty members who are going for testing work outside the College should get necessary out pass from the department and College.


Sponsored Projects

      Clause 1

  • Faculty members who do sponsored research are entitled to get remuneration as per the guidelines of Sponsoring Agencies.
  • The maximum remuneration is capped at Rs.1.00 lakh per project per faculty member.

     Clause 2

  • For consultancy projects sponsored by government agencies, the project Principal Investigator (PI) is entitled to get the actual expertise charges as approved in the financial budget.

     Clause 3

  • The faculty members are eligible for project remuneration only after getting the completion certificate / approval of the final Utilization Certificate from the sponsoring agency.