The University of Mumbai has again set up a committee for new PhD regulations. This, despite the acting Vice Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy finalising the new procedure a month ago. But the new V-C Rajan Welukar undid the process and set up another committee to study the UGC regulation and then design the method of registering PhD candidates.
The new norms, prescribed by the University Grants Commission more than a year ago, states that all PhD aspirants have to pass an entrance test.
But the university has not yet implemented the new norms and has been registering students on the basis of the old norms, including state's technical and higher education minister Rajesh Tope.
When questioned about Tope's PhD application, which was finalised on Friday, Welukar said though Tope is only a graduate, he can directly apply for a PhD because a university ordinance allows graduates with experience to apply without a postgraduate degree.
He said that Tope had given a presentation to change his field of specialisation from engineering to commerce.
“UGC norms are law of the land and it will be applicable to all. A lot of students have applied since the new PhD ordinance and there will be no discrimination. We will implement the new regulations in the next two months," said Welukar.
Members also took up the issue on the ordinance passed by the state in September 2009, which said that academic members of governing bodies including the Senate, must have a PhD.
During the previous meeting of the Senate in March, it had passed a resolution to appoint a committee that will appeal to the government to withdraw the ordinance. The committee appointed was supposed to meet Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. A writ petition has also been filed in the court against the ordinance.
On Monday, however, senate members alleged that the Chancellor's office has not yet given them an appointment.
Since senate elections are due in September 2010, members said the university should not be in a hurry to issue election notification without meeting the chancellor or the CM.
“We will seek legal advice on the suggestions made by the Senate members so that there are no complications later. Also, we won't issue the election notification," said Welukar.