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Download the application form here.


Active PhD candidates who  have not graduated are eligible to participate in 3MT competition.

Nomination of contestants must be done via Schools/Centres/Institutes of each participated contestants to Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS). Direct submission of application to IPS by contestants will not be entertained.

Rules of Competition
  1. Only one (1) static Power Point slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, the slide is to be displayed from the beginning of the oration).
  2. No additional electronic media (e. g sound and video files) is permitted.
  3. No additional props (e. g costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  4. Presentation are limited to three minutes (maximum) and /presentations exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  5. Presentation are to be spoken word (e .g no poems, raps, songs).
  6. Presentation is to commence from the stage.
  7. The three minutes started as student commences via movement or speech.
  8. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

1. Comprehension

  • Ability to explain the research within time given
  • The selection of suitable and appropriate words

2. Engagement

  • Ability to attract the audiences’ attention
  • Body Language that suits the tone of the presentation

3. Communication Style

  • The research is clearly and effectively communicated

4. Slide

  • Logical slide presentation
  • Easy to follow


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