IITs, NITs may exempt PhD aspirants from GATE

In a bid to even out the ever widening research gap between
India and China, the government is considering exempting PhD aspirants from the
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). The test is a national gateway
for pursuing research at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other
central science and engineering institutions. Most PhD programmes at the IITs,
National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other central science schools
currently consider GATE scores.

The Standing Committee of the IIT Council (SCIC) – an
executive sub-group of the apex decision making body of the IITs — will
discuss the plan at a key meet on November 5 at IIT Bombay. The meet will focus
on strategies to ramp up the country’s science research.

This proposal among a set of recommendations will be
reviewed at the meeting. The recommendations have been made by a panel headed
by former atomic energy czar Anil Kakodkar. The Kakodkar panel has set a target
of increasing India’s annual science and engineering PhD output from about 9000
at present to 40,000 by 2025. The IITs alone contribute about 1000 of the
current PhDs each year. China already produces about 50,000 PhDs in science and
engineering each year, reported Hindustan Times.

China and India were almost at par in quantity of
peer-reviewed science research at the start of the millennium, but the former has
leapfrogged almost four fold ahead over the past 12 years. Globally, China
today provides almost 12% of the world’s research publications in science and
engineering, while Indian research makes up just over 3%.

The US share in world research has declined sharply from the
1980s but it still has 30% of the world’s science and engineering research.

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14 thoughts on “IITs, NITs may exempt PhD aspirants from GATE”

  1. In India most of the people doing Ph.D, but after getting degree they are not continuing the research work. lot of people getting degree only for getting high salary not for country development. this attitude should change

  2. Relaxing NET/GATE will not help to improve the quality. Most important requirement is to overall improve the faculty levels in general. IITs, NITs, central universities and few others are more or less OK, but still in some colleges faculties do ph d to get promotions or they supervise Ph. D. students not from their intuition, but only because of the criteria imposed by UGC for promotions. I think faculty improvement should be first requirement.

  3. Removing the GATE qualifying for PhD admission is not a good move. Earlier also whenever, Ph D was allowed under self-financing scheme, it was only used as a tool for giving admission to wards of some influential persons or relatives. If someone is really interested in doing PhD, he/she must be able to qualify at least one entrance exam such as GATE/UGC-CSIR test etc. What the government can do is to provide for more seats through these tests. Another point is that IITs who share a big chunk of quality PhD’s have reached a saturation point in terms of engagement of their manpower. The number of quality PhD’s can be improved by providing more resources to NITs, and universities.

  4. I thnk it shud be the betr criteria for d iits n various nits xam dat stdnts cud nt select, wud qualify d self xam for same n developd d research field ön d basis of deir hard makin .for the most welcmd studnts pasd d gate xam they shud be liable for selectin beyond iit n nits as per their rankin basis.
    On the contary. It wil be the betr optn to grow the human research field.
    Only pbm z dat financialy weak stdnts hav to fil the xam form both
    n whether dey l fil or nt depends on dem