Letters From Learners: Sandeep Bhalekar

Hello Rashmi,

I just thought of sending a small thank you note for the support you have extended as my student mentor. 

As you are aware, I have had an exciting journey while pursuing my research master’s work at Liverpool John Moores University arranged by upGrad. However, it was not a simple decision to join the program as I was not sure if I could devote the time needed to perform well in the time-bound learning process, especially after spending close to 15 years in industry having multiple responsibilities from both professional and personal fronts. However, this turned out to be a great decision. 

letters from learners

I am extremely happy to tell you that I have already completed and submitted my mid-thesis work and am working towards the final thesis on my research topic. This has been possible only because of extraordinary learning opportunities upGrad and LJMU provided. Apart from that, I am highly impressed and extremely thankful for the support you have provided as a student mentor.

You have kept me engaged starting from keeping me organised, providing the resources, and arranging personal learning calls with industry experts; all of that certainly helped me to succeed. In addition, I want to thank my Prof. Dr. Manoj J. and guide Mr. Minesh M. for motivation and understanding extended for project work. Looking forward to having similar wonderful learning experiences in the future. 

Thank you again.


Sandeep Bhalekar

Data Analytics and Data Science Professional

Is writing a thesis necessary?

The compulsion in writing a thesis depends on the course or programme one plans to study and from where. In India, it is not compulsory in a Master’s programme to write a thesis, while it is mandatory for a PhD student. Most colleges in the USA have a compulsion to write a thesis in the Master’s programme. Though the thesis is theory-based it offers a number of perks to the students, which many overlook. Doing research and then writing all of it along with conclusions and suggestions will boost one's own creativity and thinking skills apart from making one finer at planning and organising. The quality of the thesis also plays a pivotal role in one’s employability.

What are the complexities of writing a thesis?

There are often no clear instructions and requirements mentioned regarding the thesis. This is more like shooting an arrow in the dark, with uncertainty of hitting the target being there perpetually. To add to it, no teacher ever has taught about it. As per Harvard University professors, a thesis should tell what you plan to argue and also how you plan to argue, without clearly taking a stance and declaring it as the best. It is with proper planning and guidance.

How to write a good thesis?

As already talked about, there are no clear guidelines regarding thesis writing. The best way is to use your creativity and put the best of yourself into it. The selection of a good research topic is a prerequisite. A poor topic can’t lead to a rich thesis. The volume of research pivots on the topic chosen. Marshalling of various resources, content, past papers, knowledge about the industry, having a conversation with the industry experts, etc., will lead to an exceptional thesis. But this whole process by yourself is time-consuming as well as energy-draining. But with the help of an ally and a mentor, this was made easy for Sandeep Bhalekar.

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