PhD norms bent by Mumbai University

Mumbai University has allowed its PhD guides to conduct entrance tests for each candidate registered under them. The university has made this special arrangement for over 600 candidates who enrolled as per the old UGC norms for the doctoral studies in the university. These candidates did not appear for UGC approved PET (PhD entrance test).

In June 2009, the University Grants Commission (UGC) laid down norms for a common entrance test that universities across the country would have to follow for registering research fellows. But, Mumbai University has recently finalized the process for selecting candidates and held an entrance test for those who registered after February, 2011.

According to a university official, “the academic council has decided that the guides will take an exam for their PhD fellows and also a six-month classroom course on research methodology.”

The university’s academic council has decided on a special arrangement for around 600 candidates, who will now appear for a test conducted by their own PhD guides. Among the registered candidates are three politicians from the state, Jitendra Awhad (MLA), Anil Parab (former Sena MLC) and Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Rajesh Tope.

Tope has confirmed his registration for the PhD before November 2010 but hesmay not take the test  immediately. “I am busy with the session and other ministry-related work. I will attempt the test when I have the time,” he said.

Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission has came down heavily on MU’s decision, “This is not acceptable with the UGC guidelines of 2009, which warrants that the university must conduct an entrance exam, followed by face-to-face interviews and course work for one or two semesters. This special arrangement is not what we meant while drawing up the guidelines. Such a special arrangement is not provided for in our guidelines,” said Ved Prakash, UGC chairman.

[Source: Times of India]

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