Staff Reporter

To improve quality of Ph.D, M.Phil

TIRUCHI: With a view to improving upon the quality of Ph.D and M.Phil programmes, Bharathidasan University has modified its existing regulations and also introduced new measures.

Henceforth, a Ph.D scholar can submit thesis only after getting two of his/her research papers published in refereed, standard, national or international journals. The course content has been increased to prepare the candidates to write thesis and do good research.

Research scholars have to complete three courses of 12 credits totally and in case of self-study they are exempted from Continuous Internal Assessment (the credit will be taken from the end-semester). The university expects candidates to make their dissertations compact. The university will offer part-time Ph.D programmes for citizens of other countries as well hereafter, said M.A. Akbarsha, Dean, Faculty of Science, presenting the minutes of the Research Committee meeting before the Standing Committee on Academic Affairs (SCAA), on Thursday.

When Indians could register for Ph.D programmes in universities abroad, there was no reason why Indian universities should not follow suit in the context of globalisation, he explained.

The house approved the move to permit research guides, who serve as teachers after superannuation, to register candidates up to the age of 62 years.

Centre recognition

Likewise, the university has also fixed norms for granting centre recognition to offer M.Phil programmes in colleges, to regulate the demand for the programmes, in the wake of the UGC equating the course with a pass in National Eligibility Test for lectureship aspirants and the likelihood for scrapping M.Phil programme under distance education mode.

All departments/schools/centres functioning directly under the university are recognised as research centres. But, the departments of affiliated colleges can offer M.Phil only if they have adequate facilities and have on rolls three qualified M.Phil Research Supervisors, including two Ph.D scholars in the subject. Also, one batch of PG programme should have been completed. For securing recognition, institutions must apply as `Centres of Research'. Expressing concern over the fall in the standards of M.Phil programme, the Vice-Chancellor, C. Thangamuthu, said that the course structure for M.Phil stands revised. While four courses will carry 16 credits, dissertation accounts for 8 credits. One would be a course on methodology and another will be an elective from out of three or four major branches of the discipline concerned in which the areas of research are likely to polarise. The `guide paper' course followed hitherto, has been done away with. All the course papers will be valued externally.

A provision was also made such that any PG Arts / Humanities / Social Science / Commerce student can join any M.Phil programme across the above disciplines and P.G. Science student can join any M.Phil Science Programme.