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University frames norms to allow part-time PhD

In a relief to the PhD aspirants, the Nagpur University issued new directives for pursuing the doctoral degree on part time basis.

Earlier, it had barred employed candidates from pursuing the degree stating it was a full-time course and they needed to take three years break for it.

Later, UGC came out with a clarification that it would recognize both full-time and part time degrees, after which NU decided to frame rules for part-time doctorates. All these years, there were no rules for those with jobs aiming at PhD degree in NU. It was only after UGC’s clarification that NU realized the glaring lacuna.

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“Now those in jobs can also do PhD but they need to submit the thesis in four and half years, instead of three years for regular candidates. They also need to have minimum 500 hours of interaction with their guides at centres where they are registered. The guides would certify their contact hours. Other than these, all rules of regular PhD are same for them,” pro-VC Pramod Yeole told TOI.

He stated the period for submitting thesis was two years earlier which was changed to three by the university regulator last year.

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The pro-VC added they had finalized the dates of much awaited Research Recognition Committee (RRC) meetings, which were on hold since March 2, following government’s decision to implement the new ‘Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016’. “Now, RRC would meet on April 27, 28 and 29. We have constituted new panels for RRC. In two days, we have already examined 40 candidates. On Wednesday, we would be examining about 80 PhD aspirants from engineering faculty,” Yeole said.

About the summer examination, he said NU would be able to declare results of over 1,200 exams before June 10. “Of the 430 exams conducted in first and second phases, 228 results have already been declared while 108 are in process. The third phase of exams is already underway, while fourth would commence from April 21 and fifth from April 28. All postgraduate exams for subjects like MTech would be held in the last stage,” he added.

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Yeole further said NU had provided laptops and photocopiers to about 100 colleges prior to the exams. The colleges demanded these from NU after the latter decided to send question papers through e-mail, as part of its exam reforms. “We have focused mainly on rural areas this time, as they are the ones who often faced problems,” the pro-VC said.

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News Courtesy: Times of India (Link)


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