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A. Learning Focus and Pedagogy

The programme shall consist of (i) core courses and electives to be taught using the pedagogical tools of discussions, case studies, seminars, and presentations and (ii) Dissertation, which shall be the main focus of the program. The classroom sessions are designed to provide basic knowledge and practical understanding of in the issues in Natural Resource Management.

B. Core Courses

The core courses shall provide the theoretical framework, conceptual and analytical tools followed by elective courses. The selection of elective courses will lead to the area of dissertation work.

C. Dissertation

The dissertation component shall be the key component in the M.Phil. Programme. Participants are expected to undertake a thorough literature review of the chosen subject area, articulate a specific problem, do an in-depth analysis with valid output which may contribute to additional knowledge. The research proposal having the research questions and the methodology to be adopted would constitute the first stage. The proposal will then be presented to a panel of experts for suggestions/ comments. Participants would be encouraged to start working on their dissertations as per schedule.

The participants shall be making a substantial contribution to the theory and practice of natural resource management in the area of their interest and demonstrate their analytical skills in the process. The thesis work would be carried out under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member of the Institute. However, co-supervisor can be opted either from IIFM or other organizations. The student should present at least one paper from dissertation work in a National level seminar/conference before submitting the dissertation work.

D. Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to impart research skills considered essential for natural resource managers to operate successfully in a dynamic and complex environment. It helps in in-depth understanding in the specific area of Natural Resource Management.

The course shall be of 12 months' duration, consisting of two classroom terms and dissertation. The programme commences from the first week of December, 2020. The entire programme is of 30.0 credits. It includes 5 courses spread over two terms, having 4.0/3.0 credit each. Trimester-I is a course work with 08 credits having 2 core papers and Trimester-II is with 10 credits having one core and two elective courses. Trimester-III is dissertation work.

Trimester I (Three months)

  • Research Methods     -     04 credits
  • Principles of Natural Resource Management     -     04 credits

Trimester II (Three months)

  • Statistics for Research     -     04 credits
  • Elective – I     -     03 credits
  • Elective – II     -     03 credits
  • The choice of electives will define the area of dissertation work. The synopsis of the dissertation work should be completed before the Trimester II.

List of Electives:

  • Conservation and Society
  • Climate Change & Rural Adaptation Strategies
  • Sustainable Water Resource & Management
  • Risk Assessment & Disaster Management
  • Sustainable Finance & Investing
  • Microfinance
  • Sustainable Livelihood Management
  • Social Marketing for Protecting Natural Resource Management
  • Environment & Behaviour

Trimester III (Six months approximately)

Dissertation 12 credits
The dissertation work would be initiated in the second term. Based on the participant's area of electives and programme objectives, the guide(s) would be chosen by the candidate. Dissertation component shall include data collection, analysis, report writing and viva-voce

E. Evaluation Process

The evaluation system for M.Phil. Programme shall be the one used by the Saurashtra University as recommended by UGC as per their 2009 guidelines. It comprises of 30% evaluation through quizzes, assignments and presentations and the remaining 70% through written examination at the end of the course. In each course a student should obtain a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate for qualifying the exams.

Saurashtra University grading pattern for M.Phil. (as per the UGC guidelines 2009) is given in the table. However, the grading pattern may change from time to time as per the UGC guidelines and Saurashtra University norms.

Grade points


Grade letter

% of marks




90 - 99%






Very Good


















Below 40%

      TGPA (Term Grade Point Average) shall be calculated at the end of each term.
      Credit point for the paper = No. of Credits assigned for the course X Grade Point for the course
      TGPA = Total Credits points earned in the Term/Total credits for that Term
      CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) shall be calculated for the entire course.
      CGPA is calculated by dividing the total number of credit points earned in all terms by the total number of credits in all the terms. The CGPA shall be expressed to an accuracy of three decimal digits.
      The Equivalence table for CGPA obtained by the candidate as provided by Saurashtra University, Rajkot is given below.


% Equivalence

Description gradation

7.5 > = CGPA< = 10


First class with Distinction

6 > = CGPA< 7.5


First class

5 > = CGPA <  6


Second Class

4 > = CGPA < 5


Pass Class