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I am trying to write my PhD proposal using the document class report. I borrowed the simplest template from: http://theoval.cmp.uea.ac.uk/~nlct/latex/thesis/examples/index.html

On the first page I wanted to a couple more sentences like "A proposal submitted to so and so university for so and so PhD." I pasted the code below. Is there a simple way to add a statement? Have I chosen a wrong template for my proposal?

\documentclass[a4paper]{report}

\begin{document}

\title{A Sample PhD Thesis}
\author{A. N. Other}
\date{July 2004}

\maketitle

\pagenumbering{roman}
\tableofcontents
\listoffigures
\listoftables

\chapter*{Acknowledgements}

\begin{abstract}
\end{abstract}

\pagenumbering{arabic}

\chapter{Introduction}
\label{ch:intro}

\chapter{Technical Introduction}
\label{ch:techintro}

\chapter{Method}
\label{ch:method}

\chapter{Results}
\label{ch:results}

\chapter{Conclusions}
\label{ch:conc}

\bibliographystyle{plain}
\bibliography{thesis}

\end{document}
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use the environment titlepage for an extended title and not the macro \maketitle –  Herbert Sep 17 '12 at 6:21
    
IMO, you should go with Herbert's recommendation but you could also try something like \date{July 2004 \\\vfill <YOUR TEXT>}. –  mkota Sep 17 '12 at 7:14
    
Shashank: I have given a link above. I hope you can use the code given there as a template. Both the misuse of \title and \author and using \titlepage are discussed there. If you need any more help please let me know. –  Harish Kumar Sep 17 '12 at 13:57
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EDIT: Sorry, indeed, it seems that this template does not allow it.

\documentclass[a4paper]{report}

\begin{document}

\title{A Sample PhD Thesis}
\author{A. N. Other}
\date{July 2004}

\maketitle

Just type after this make title, and it will still appear on that page. (for instance your line). If preferred, put it in a \center{ } environment. There are also things like acknowledgements that have their own command (for instance, supervisor or something).

\pagebreak %this will stop that page prematurely
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