The selection of a research topic can be considered a two-pronged process:
- Faculty involved: Every educational institution has a wide spectrum of research topics in which it deals with; consequently, numerous research faculties are involved in conducting research and development within the institution or under a government/private grant. Selecting the most appropriate faculty involved should list as one of the major factors during topic selection by a student. Finding an appropriate faculty might not be an easy task, and choosing a faculty from a finalized list might not be easy, too. Therefore, a preliminary check in the available avenues will help the student filter out his/her research interests as well as the corresponding faculties. It is a general practice by most faculties to update either their personal Web page or their dedicated university Web page about their research areas and their publications/interests along with a list of their earlier students. This can provide the best approach for a student to obtain information about the faculty’s career graph as well as form a network with the earlier students researching under the given faculty.
- Interest in the topic: A research topic should simulate the student not only at the academic level but also at a personal level. It is imperative to realize the fact that the chosen topic will be investigated by the student intensively as well as extensively almost on a daily basis: it is possible that the topic is going to become an integral part of the psyche of the student, and the student will be attached to the topic until the thesis is complete—and even beyond that. An appropriate research topic and an effective and thorough research in that topic can enable the student garner appreciation from the peers as well as set the path for a career in the same research area. Because of these reasons, selecting the right topic for thesis forms the crux of a student’s career.
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