Published On: Wed, Apr 13th, 2011

New PhD norms in Karnataka state universities

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The state council for higher education in Karnataka has prepared common PhD norms which will be applicable for all the state universities. The norms were announced by Higher Education Minister V S Acharya. The council made it mandatory for candidates pursuing PhD to do a six-month course work and clear three theory papers and an interview.

There will be three theory papers of 100 marks each and 50 marks for viva voce for the course, which consists of research methodology, core subject paper and field of specialisation

The state council also introduced minimum and maximum time limit to complete the PhD. A candidate registering for PhD needs to submit the thesis after three years and before five years. The thesis will be put on the website to rule out plagiarism.

“There will be a doctoral committee which will conduct pre registration and pre submission of thesis collegiums for each candidate. Candidates should have published at least two research papers in the journal of repute before becoming eligible to submit the thesis,” informed Acharya.

Adjudication of the thesis is by the two adjudicators/ one chosen from within Karnataka and other from outside Karnataka including foreign adjudicators. Both the adjudicators shall recommend the award of degree to enable the student to face the PhD viva, Acharya added.

Meanwhile, the council has also decided on the common admission formula for all UG and PG courses. It is must for the UG students to finish the course in six years and PG course in four years (double the duration). Also, as per the recommendations by NR Shetty panel a vice-chancellor’s term is restricted to at all the universities.