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So basically my institute requires me to :

1) Number pages till Introduction in Roman --- Title page should be unnumbered

2) From Introduction onwards, Arabic numbering --- First page of Introduction should be unnumbered

3) My format is basically

  • Title page

  • Acknowledgement

  • Contents

  • List of Tables and Figures

  • Nomenclature

  • Abstract

  • Introduction

  • Chapters

  • Results

  • Conclusion and future work

Pretty complex problem. Does anybody have an idea how to solve this?

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check out the koma-script documentclasses: ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/koma-script they do all the stuff mentioned. Use \frontmatter, \mainmatter to change page numbering style. –  Reza Feb 3 at 7:20
    
Also, checkout the memoir class. I used this for my thesis and was very happy with it. I prepared a basic layout that I used for my thesis. Feel free to use and modify it. github.com/tdett/thesis-template. Also, consider learning git or mercurial for version control. –  biologue Feb 3 at 8:48
    
Toptesi class allow to adopt your format and has a command to automatically make the Title page. I used this class to build my thesis. You can find the manual here: link –  marchetto Feb 3 at 11:58

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With book class, you can do this:

thesis.tex

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{geometry}  %%% put packages you need here
\begin{document}
  \begin{titlepage}
    \vspace*{1in}
    \Huge This is the title
  \end{titlepage}
  %%----------------------------------------------
  \frontmatter
  \include{acknowledgement}
  \tableofcontents
  \listoftables
  \listoffigures
  %%put nomeclture command here. I don't know the details of how you do it.
  \include{abstract}
  %%--------------------------------------
  \mainmatter
  \include{introduction}
  \include{what} %% first chapter
  \include{how}  %% second chapter
  \include{results}
  \include{Conclusionandfuture}
  \backmatter
  %% like appendix if any comes here.  
\end{document}

In \include{file name} the file name stands for the file name of your sub-tex files. For example your introduction.tex may look like this. I remember that First page of Introduction should be unnumbered.

introduction.tex

\chapter{Introduction}\label{chap:intro}
\thispagestyle{empty}   %%% make first page with no page number
%
Some text here and your introduction starts which has sections
%
\section{some section}
Some text again....
.
.
.

And a sample chapter file:

what.tex

\chapter[What's this?]{What am I doing here?}\label{chap:what}
What are all these......
..
.
.
\section{Motivation}
Some text...
.
.
.

Put all thes .tex files in the same folder and compile thesis.tex file. You may prefer to put sub-files {what.tex, how.tex etc) in a sub folder for neatness in which case you have to use \include{subfiles/what} where subfiles is the folder that contains what.tex. Both thesis.tex and subfiles folder reside inside the same folder.

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