UGC to seek details of Phd admissions
Chairman rules out four-year B Sc course Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof Ved Prakash disclosed that he would soon be writing a...
Chairman rules out four-year B Sc course Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof Ved Prakash disclosed that he would soon be writing a letter to all Vice Chancellors on the issue of Ph D and M Phil admissions. Speaking to media after delivering a lecture on Challenges of Higher Education in Hyderabad, he said -"whether in respect of offering fellowships, publication of papers, conferment of awards or appointment as faculty, admissions in Ph D shall be in a proper way. I would like to take their views in this regard and we will seek details of admissions thereof" Ignorant over the recent unsavory incidents that shook Osmania University, Prof. Ved Prakash however said- UGC has issued broad guidelines over Ph D admissions and every university has to follow them without any deviations. Stating that a monitoring mechanism has been put in place to look into various issues pertaining to admissions in M Phil and Ph Ds in universities, Ved Prakash informed that-"There will be a committee and one of the members will be from the university. It will see how many candidates have been enrolled, in which department, who are the guides, whether procedures and all UGC norms laid out in 2009 were followed in admissions or not etc will be examined".A "If we find glaring irregularities, we will seek explanation from the administration of the respective university," he added. Ved Prakash has negated a proposal to merging B Sc and M Sc and making B Sc a four-year course.A "We have guidelines that the graduation shall be a three-year course and there is no change in it right now," he made it clear. Dr Mohan Rao, Director of CCMB, has mooted the proposal to make B Sc four-year course across the country. On supporting state universities, Ved Prakash said UGC has been trying to persuade varsities to utilise the scheme under 12-B of Commission's Act. Under the Eleventh Five Year Plan, the UGC has evolved a scheme called the Scheme for providing "One-time Catch-up Grant to Uncovered (Non-12B) State Universities funded by the State Governments. It is essentially to motivate the state universities to improve the infrastructure and quality so as to make them eligible for regular financial assistance under Section 12B of the UGC Act. "UGC gives five crores and the respective state government shall provide five crore matching grant," he said. Dr D N Reddy, member of UGC earlier said a panel comprising of Dr Syed Hasnain and himself has been studying various aspects to improve the financial health of the state universities.