UGC to review PhDs granted in last 10 yrs

The University Grants Commission has decided to commission a study on the quality of PhD theses produced by Indian universities in the past ten years.

Published: 23rd May 2019 03:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd May 2019 03:57 AM   |  A+A-

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COIMBATORE: The University Grants Commission has decided to commission a study on the quality of PhD theses produced by Indian universities in the past ten years. The apex regulatory body for higher education in the country is planning to complete the study in six months.

The scope of the study would involve the PhD theses in different disciplines at various central, state, state-private and deemed-to-be universities. The study would have to be pan-India and may give findings at national as well as state level with regard to the quality of PhD theses, indicating the quality aspects proposed by the interested parties, UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain in a recent public notice.

The UGC has invited interested parties to send their proposal, indicating their capabilities, track record, procedure to be adopted and estimated budget for conducting the study, latest by June 10.

Commenting on this, Association of University Teachers former president K Pandian said, “Today, PhD has become a business and there are several people (teachers) producing PhDs by registering themselves as guides in different universities. Due to this, there is a question mark on the quality of PhDs.”

“When there is a National Eligibility Test and a State Eligibility Test for assistant professorship, why should we give exemption to PhD? How many PhDs are relevant to society,” he asked. When PhD is made compulsory for teaching, the quality gets affected, he opined.

In 1983, the UGC made MPhil mandatory for teaching. However, now MPhil is not a qualification for teaching profession. The main reason is the quality of MPhil has come down and has turned into project work, he recalled and added that the same was happening to PhDs, as now it was a qualification necessary for teaching.

The study proposed by UGC may unearth how poor quality of PhDs is produced in the country and also the issue of plagiarism. It could be a lesson for the UGC to take corrective steps to avoid such issues in 
the future,” he added.

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  • Rushikesh

    Good initiative by ugc as now a days fake thesis with the help of agencies are going on all this should be stopped
    1 month ago reply
  • Sushil Gupta

    Why should a PhD be exempted from NET and SET?
    1 month ago reply
  • Rajendra Pd

    Excellent idea. UGC must also conduct about work of Vice Chancellor too.
    1 month ago reply
    • Harjinder Dilgeer

      1 month ago reply
  • Suresh Bedi

    Doctoral quality is a great issue today. PhD quality in one university is greatly different from the one in another
    1 month ago reply
  • Jose

    Deemed universities in Tamil Nadu are giving PhDs to PGDBA candidates. These candidates have not completed PGDBA from IIM. Most of the supervisors in Tamilnadu are not GATE/CSIT-NET/UGC-NET Candidates.
    1 month ago reply

    What about the money lending business of NET and SET?
    1 month ago reply
  • Priya

    That's a good initiative. But the quality to teaching is also affected due to CUTOFF of NET and SET exam
    1 month ago reply

    Quality should be maintained.
    1 month ago reply
  • Fourth

    It is not surprising me. Even in kerala one TN fellow working in St.Gits engineering college - Kottayam purchased a PhD from Annamalai University. Almost all the teachers in that college know about it. He also filed more than10 patents and more than 2 journals of different subjects within a period of 1 month!!!. Some college managements are promoting this kind of ilegal activities for their institutions benefit.
    1 month ago reply
    • Indian

      1 month ago reply
  • S Murthy

    It is really rediculous deccesion of UGC
    1 month ago reply
    • B C Kumar

      First improve the standard of your english. Spell deccesion as decision. With due regards
      1 month ago reply
  • Aami

    Who can send proposals
    1 month ago reply
  • Xyz

    Good initiative....need of the hour....and for teaching passion for learning and sharing knowledge is important than PhD degree
    1 month ago reply
    • Keerthi

      1 month ago reply
  • Sachin kuhire

    Great initiative
    1 month ago reply
  • Dr. Poonam Alok Kant

    Brilliant idea
    1 month ago reply
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