UGC to study PhD thesis of last 10 years

Pranita Roy
Saturday, 1 June 2019

UGC has invited proposals to conduct a study on ‘Quality of PhD Thesis in Indian Universities.’ The scope of the study will involve PhD theses of the last 10 years in different disciplines from various Central, state, state-private universities and deemed to be universities. The study has to be a pan-India and give findings at the national and state-levels as per the quality aspects proposed by the interested parties, read the UGC notification

PUNE: In another measure to ensure good quality of PhD thesis are maintained by educational institutes, University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to study PhD thesis of last 10 years from all Central, state and deemed to be universities in the country. 

UGC has invited proposals to conduct a study on ‘Quality of PhD Thesis in Indian Universities.’ The scope of the study will involve PhD theses of the last 10 years in different disciplines from various Central, state, state-private universities and deemed to be universities. The study has to be pan-India and give findings at the national and state-levels as per the quality aspects proposed by the interested parties, read the UGC notification.

The time allotted for the study will be six months.

There is a general concern by academia that quality of PhD in Indian universities is falling down. To check and maintain the quality of PhD thesis, this measure has been taken.

Vice-Chairman of UGC Bhushan Patwardhan said that the commission has called for a competent party to volunteer for this work. 

“This is a new initiative started by UGC to involve the public in conducting a study of such level. So any competent party be it an individual or an educational institution or agency who can study the quality of PhD thesis can apply for it. Accordingly, the UGC will give the responsibility to the qualified party,” said Patwardhan. 

Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) was underway to create a database of experts from respective fields which can evaluate the PhD thesis, informed Vice-Chancellor Nitin Karmalkar.

“Generally PhD guide submits a panel of 10 reference people who can evaluate their thesis. Many times this brings a chance of bias activity in evaluating a particular person. We want to avoid this biased culture in thesis or dissertation or research evaluation. I believe there should be a standard procedure like online mode and no human intervention is followed in this regards,” said Karmalkar.

“Database will have a list of names of experts from different streams who are competent to evaluate PhD thesis of the given subject. So there are fewer chances of partiality practised here because a third person will be evaluating the thesis,” he added.

VC has also shown interest in volunteering for analysing the PhD thesis opened by UGC. 

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