The Punjab Technical University (PTU) has decided to abolish entrance test for Ph.D aspirants in its four disciplines from coming academic session.
Speaking to HT, Rajneesh Arora, the vice chancellor, said that keeping in view the previous admission records, it was decided to enroll students under Ph.D programme in electronics and communication engineering, computer science and engineering, computer applications and management disciplines on the basis of their performance in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) or National Eligibility Test (NET).
“The entrance test for these four streams will not be conducted,” he said, adding that the entrance test for the rest of streams would be conducted on May 12 while the interview for selection of the candidates would start from May 20. “The students should start concentrating upon clearing GATE and NET with good rankings so as to fetch admission in the university,” he said.
“We will upload the entire admission schedule on the official website www.ptu.ac.in by March end. The students interested in getting enrolled for Ph.D programme will require to submit online applications along with a fee of Rs 1000 as per schedule,” Arora said.
He said that the university was emphasising on further improving the quality of the research work being undertaken by the doctorate aspirants to ensure better solutions for the industry problems.
“The industry is currently importing technology to improve their quality and production levels. Therefore, we have decided to set up a research centre at our Bathinda campus at an estimated cost of Rs 10 crores so that industry problems can be solved by our students through innovation driven research results. The centre will be equipped with latest research infrastructure. Another research centre will come up at Kapurthala campus. A sum of Rs two crores had been earmarked for this purpose,” he said.
Arora revealed that over 1600 students were enrolled for doctorate programme in various disciplines. “We are providing a scholarship of Rs 14000 per month and the house rent allowance to students currently pursuing regular Ph.D course on our campus,” he said.
Dean AP Singh said that the process to evaluate seats to be offered per stream was underway. “We will release list of seats per stream by March end,” he said, adding that the focused approach on consolidating Ph.D programme would help them further upgrade quality of the faculty.