Varsity revises rules for research, Ph.D supervisors

Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: Pondicherry University has revised rules and regulations meant for research and Ph.D supervisors to allow any person from any country to register for Ph.D at the university with a supervisor from any part of the world.

Vice-Chancellor J.A.K. Tareen said a process has been formulated to recognise such supervisors. “Resources for research should not be confined to the eight to nine faculty members in the department. Global resources are our resources and this needs to be tapped,” he stressed at the inauguration of an International seminar on “Structural Biology,” organised by the Centre for Bioinformatics of the university on Monday.

To enable global interaction at the university, he welcomed professors from other countries to spend from three/six months to two years at the institution and offered them salary equivalent to Indian professors during the period, besides accommodation. “Such an interaction will help in triggering new thoughts among the students paving the way to innovation and creativity. This is the reason why Pondicherry University is opening up. The foreign professors could also write joint projects with their Indian counterparts,” he stated.

Keeping in line with the silver jubilee celebrations, the university has plans to create 25 chairs which would serve as a launch pad for “Professors for inspiration” wherein 25 overseas professors could interact with the students, Professor Tareen observed. He mentioned that the university had grown 400 per cent in the last three years.

Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, Union Ministry of Science and Technology T. Madhan Mohan said they were promoting postgraduate courses in bioinformatics such as M.Tech and M.Sc. “Many such courses are in the pipeline at various institutions. In five years, there will be a good number of bioinformaticians in the country,” he felt.

Faculty members from Germany and Singapore presented lectures on various subjects such as structural principles of DNA and RNA sequence recognition by proteins and structure-based discovery of anti-virals for future outbreaks.Dean, School of Life Sciences of the university Priya Davidar and Coordinator of Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics P.P. Mathur spoke.

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