Bhopal: Varsity divided over PhD push for IAS officer’s wife

  • Ashutosh Shukla, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 18, 2015 22:20 IST

Barkatullah University’s vice chancellor M D Tiwari had heated exchanges on Wednesday with some of the executive council (EC) members when he tried to push an amendment in rules apparently to help the wife of chief minister’s principal secretary obtain her PhD degree, which the EC once rejected.

The issue of PhD award to the wife of CM’s principal secretary Iqbal Singh Bains has been hanging fire since 2011.

“When vice chancellor M D Tiwari sought to get EC’s nod over changes in PhD rules at the last minute of the meeting, we objected. We understand he is under pressure to get the PhD degree awarded to Bain’s wife Harkirath Kaur but why should he take the EC for granted,” said Renu Malviya, who took objection to V-C’s conduct after the ruckus broke out.

She said the V-C had moved the amendment that a PhD student could approach afresh the examiners, who had given negative opinion over his/her thesis, to convince them about his/her work and get the degree.

Kaur had carried out research work on a home science subject but when she presented her thesis, two of the three examiners gave negative opinion and the remaining one positive and thus she was denied PhD.

She went to court in appeal, which referred the issue to executive council to decide. The executive council after examining the issue maintained the decision not to award PhD to her.

She went to court again and the matter came to EC again, which referred the issue to chancellor this time. But, chancellor threw back the issue back to the council asking it to decide the matter itself.

A group of EC members insist that Tiwari had been trying right from the beginning to somehow create a situation that PhD could be awarded to Karkirath Kaur.

On the other hand, Tiwari told HT that a student who is denied a PhD degree should be communicated the negative opinion given by the examiners, something which was not done in this case.

When asked about ruckus at the EC meeting, he said “There was no ruckus. It was just that some members were speaking simultaneously. I asked them to speak turn by turn and address the chair and not one another.”

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