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PhD admissions to get tougher

Admission to Delhi University’s PhD programme is set to get tougher, reports Ritika Chopra.

delhi Updated: Jun 22, 2012 15:41 IST
Ritika Chopra

The university academic council will discuss the proposed changes in the admission procedure in its July 24 meeting. This move comes in the wake of the UGC seeking changes in MPhil and PhD admission process.

In a latter sent to all universities on January 31, 2008, the UGC letter stated: “The informal methods currently used in some universities for admissions need to be discontinued and admission methods to these high-level research courses should be made formal and transparent. Keeping this in mind, the new guidelines proposed by DU will usher in significant changes in the eligibility criteria and selection process and even introduce course work spanning one to two semesters.”

Academic council member J. Khuntia said the proposal contains several amendments. “The fresh instructions look at formalising the procedure by admitting candidates through an entrance examination and interview. The composition of the Board of Research Studies (BRS), which is the final authority to ratify or confirm registration, may also be changed,” said Khuntia.

Though the new registration guidelines for PhD were on agenda of the council meeting on July 12, it could not be discussed due to time constraints, said members. “With the date for new registrations drawing near, a special academic council meeting with a one-point agenda has been scheduled for July 24,” said Veena Agrawal, another council member.

The proposed revision has already run into controversy with many academic council members alleging that the new guidelines are faulty. “The revised instructions have flaws and are even vague in certain parts. The role of lecturers in BRS has been deleted completely. The new guidelines state that out of the six BRS members, the V-C will nominate five,” said academic council member Rajiv Verma.