Punjabi University appears to have duped hundreds of PhD aspirants, who have failed to get supervisors despite clearing the entrance test.
These doctorate degree candidates are now running from one teacher to the other, pleading with them to become their supervisors.
The university ought to have the same number of supervisors as the tentative number of PhD seats in all departments, as declared by it before the entrance test.
However, after clearing the test and applying for registration, several candidates found that the actual number of seats was much less.
For example, in the economics department, the university website says there are 12 seats whereas more than 20 candidates have passed the test. But no teacher in the department has any seat for registration of a new candidate.
"I have topped the entrance test in the social science department," a candidate said. "But all nine teachers in my department have denied me registration as there is no seat. Cheating of this level by an esteemed institution is deplorable."
Although no PhD seats were available in journalism and mass communication department, the university conducted the test and has now left more than 20 students, who cleared it, in the lurch.
A senior teacher in the English department, on condition of anonymity, said the university's procedure of conducting entrance test was without logic.
"The university had asked us to give the number of tentative seats before the results of the University Grants Commission's National Eligibility Test (NET) was out," the teacher said. "After the NET results were declared, many of the available seats were filled."
It appears that the university conducted the test to make money. About 3,175 candidates appeared for the PhD entrance exam on July 29, each paying Rs 2,000 as test fee. The results were declared on August 8.
Dean (research) SS Tiwana admitted that there was a shortage of supervisors. The consolation he offered to candidates was: "The entrance test results are valid up to two years. Whenever seats are available, students can get themselves registered."