Research scholars of Osmania University will have a tough time if they are not serious about their work as the University has decided to make it mandatory for students to present their research work every three months before a committee.
Those students who don't show progress will be given a chance to improve and if the progress is not to the satisfaction of the committee, they have to forego their benefits like hostel facility. Even the release of scholarships and grants will be linked to the research progress. “The effort is to monitor the progress of the research and also send a signal that it is a serious option,” the OU Vice-Chancellor, T. Tirupati Rao said. As of now, rarely do research scholars present seminar papers and periodic review is done only in a few cases.
In fact, the plan was to be implemented from last year itself but the developments on the campus due to the Telangana agitation forced it be put on hold for some time. “We were busy convincing students to write exams and attend classes in that volatile situation and could not focus on research aspects much. We had to put our energies on saving the academic year,” he said adding that now research work will be put on track.
Prof. Rao admitted that the University was not assisting students much in research publication, but now the outcome of all the research projects and Ph.D thesis would be put on the University website.
Only a few students get their research published in the form of books or articles in identified journals but now they will have an opportunity to showcase to the world about their research outcome. He reminded that quality research will be picked up by various journals and websites specifically dealing with such subjects.
The Vice-Chancellor said that OU was one of the few Universities in the country bagging large number of fellowships. Several departments are covered under UGC Special Assistance Programme (SAP) and they get five fellowships each. This is in addition to the Rajiv Gandhi fellowships and JRF fellowships bagged by the varsity students.
University makes it mandatory for students to present papers every three months before a committee