Project / Investigation / Dissertation topic selection

A very common question asked by final yr or PG students -"What should be the topic of their project"Infact we all went thru the same phase. 

Before getting into specific topic i would like to give general steps we need to follow while selecting a topic. 

1. It should be simple and feasible to do in your college (i.e. ur college infrastructure should support your topic)
2. It should be relevent to the subjects in which your guide is working
3. It should be easy to understand and easy to make other understand
4. Its just a part of degree not degree itself so dont panic for it
5. It is not going to decide ur Job at all.........

Now how to filter topic

Food science and technology is very vast and no one can give a direct topic for project. Even the scientist / professor asks to come with topics. One need to first filter some topics in his/her mind. Based on the facilities and department in your college, filter the topic in your mind. That filteration can be done based on some questions and answers. 

a. What is my area of interest - food chemistry, food micro, food engg, food packaging, food processing etc . Suppose answer is food processing

b. Which food processing area is feasible in lab / is area of interest / is having best faculty in college. Suppose it is cereal. 

c. Should I go for fundamental research on cereal or application kind of project? Suppose answer is application

d. Should I go for study of traditional methods or new trends. 


Based on such question you come to a filtered area of research. Now, you need to go for topic selection out of the research work done till date. For that you need to do literature survey. 


Now how to search for topic 

For that one need to do slight literature survey...

1. Logon on to and search for topic of ur interest (e.g. "Cereal", extrusion")
2. Now go thru all the research topics and sort out those feasible and simple 
3. Now discuss with your guide and decide on any of the topics which can come out of it. 

This literature survey gives u a direction and an insight to latest works and probable work


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Comment by Mehak on September 16, 2016 at 9:58pm
does a new product development more favorable or sth else??
Comment by Mohammed shafeeque on July 19, 2015 at 2:03pm



Comment by paul varghese on September 24, 2014 at 10:54pm

thx a lot sir,.,.

i was confused wat to do in my final year b.tec project,.,.

itz a valluble message  for me,,

Comment by Sandip Gaikwad on September 29, 2013 at 12:23pm

Thanx sir,

now a days i was also searching for the topic of research for my M.Tech Project. I was really confused about that bt after reading this.. it seems to be easy.. lets hope it will work for me.. thanx again 

Comment by Sanjeev Sharma on June 7, 2012 at 9:12am

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