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‘PhD students at IIT-B doubled in 8 yrs’

Indian universities and students are often criticised for being more job-oriented and lacking research focus. But at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay there has been a 100 per cent increase in the number of PhDs on roll in the last eight years, said Devang Khakhar, director of the institute. HT reports

mumbai Updated: Aug 07, 2010 01:12 IST
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Indian universities and students are often criticised for being more job-oriented and lacking research focus. But at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) there has been a 100 per cent increase in the number of PhDs on roll in the last eight years, said Devang Khakhar, director of the institute.

Speaking at the institute’s 48th convocation ceremony on Friday, Khakhar said that the number of PhD students enrolled in the institute had doubled in the last eight years from 771 to 1,681 this year. The number of PhDs awarded has gone up from 73 degrees in 2001 to 179 this year.

“An interesting aspect of our PhD output observed in recent years is the fact that around 65 per cent of our PhDs are in the engineering disciplines,” said Khakhar.

During the two day convocation, a total of 1,691 degrees will be awarded, which includes 196 five year Btech MTech dual degrees, 706 MTech, 83 Masters in Management, 45 Masters in Design and 508 BTech degrees.

While the PhD students received their degrees on Friday, the graduates will be awarded degrees on Sunday.

“We can soon expect a substantial increase in the number of PhDs graduating from convocations like these,” said Anil Kakodkar, chairman of IIT B and former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. “This needs to be backed by comprehensive development of the Research & Development infrastructure.”

Chief guest Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, head of Biocon, urged IITians to be job creators and not job seekers.

“India needs capable young men and women like you to take a responsible stance for inclusive growth of the nation. Look at what we have done with the Commonwealth Games. We need to hang our heads in shame. Instead of showcasing our talent and technology prowess, there has been complete chaos and failure of trying to deliver a world class product.”