Panjab University has made an amendment in its PhD guidelines for scholars who want to upload their thesis on Shodhganga, a repository which provides a platform for research scholars to deposit their thesis and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access. Refer to UGC Guidelines on Shodhganga for more info.
As per the guidelines amended by the PU syndicate in a meeting last week, a PhD scholar must store the thesis in a CD and upload each chapter in a separate pdf file using the resolution as suggested by Shodhganga and now adopted by PU. The format of the thesis will be serial-numbered 01-title, 02-contents etc.
The supervisor or head of department will endorse the CD submitted by the researcher to confirm that the soft copy and exact replica of the print version accepted for award of PhD and a letter of the effect will be issued by the corresponding department at the time of submission. The thesis will be checked by the supervisor for plagiarism and accordingly certificate its originality. PU’s Joshi Library will issue the certificate of plagiarism check.
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Moreover, the chairman of the department will have to certify that no alteration has been submitted during the viva and on the basis of this commendation deputy registrar will validate the CD. Of some rectifications are found, then the reviewed CD will have to be submitted instantly by the researcher, otherwise the degree will not be awarded. Refer to UGC M.Phil/PhD Regulations 2009 for more info
Degree to the candidate will be awarded only after deputy registrar verifies that CD of the thesis to be uploaded on Shodhganga has been submitted by the student. Finally the candidate will be required to give non-exclusive rights in the specified format to the archive and distribute their work through Shodhganga as well as through PU’s IR in full text at the time of submission.