RTMNU chooses quality, rejects 98 PhD proposals

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 May 2017 08:58:06










By Vikas Vaidya

Denounced for awarding large number of PhDs, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has decided to filter the proposals on the basis of quality. In a positive step towards this, the university has rejected as many as 98 proposals from the students pursuing PhD.

Out of 236 proposals received, the university has dumped 98 on the parameters -- quality, relevance, scrupulousness.
The university received highest 118 proposals in the faculty of Science and Technology followed by 51 in Commerce and Management. The varsity also received 39 proposals from the aspirants pursuing PhD in Humanities, and 28 in the faculty of Interdisciplinary studies.

Out of 118 proposals in Science and Technology, the university approved 73 and rejected 45. In Humanity faculty, out of 39 proposals received, 21 are approved while 18 are rejected. In Interdisciplinary faculty, out of 28 proposals, 15 are approved and 13 are rejected. Out of 51 proposals received in faculty of Commerce and Management, 22 proposals are rejected while 29 are approved.

In all, the University received 236 proposals for PhD of which 138 are approved while 98 are rejected.Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Pramod Yeole and Controller of Examinations (now Director of Examinations) Dr Neeraj Khaty have brought drastic changes in the examination and result section. There were lot of deliberations held on the credibility of PhD including the issue of plagiarism, integrity, seriousness of
the candidates.

It a first step towards making the entire process fool-proof, the University has started conducting two PhD Entrance Tests (PETs). Earlier, only one common PET was conducted.
Now, the PhD aspirants have to appear in the first PET and after clearing it, they will have to appear in the second PET which is subject-based. The aspirants have to submit proposals with the synopsis.

After clearing both the PETs, the candidates would have to face experts of Research Recognition Committee (RRC) in an interview. Basedf on the presentation, the candidates get a go ahead to pursue PhD. As 98 candidates failed to make proper presentations, the RRC rejected their proposals. As the validity of the PET is five years, the candidates can apply again with due modification to present themselves before the RRC.  With these changes in the entire process, now getting PhD has become a bit difficult for the students.