Patna University : Six Months coursework Mandatory for PhD
Patna University has revised the PhD guidelines. It has made it mandatory for all PhD candidates to have six-month course work . The revised guidelines based on the UGC PhD regulations, 2009, for pursuing PhD in the university has been sent to the Chancellor for approval. The new regulations would come into force as soon as it gets the chancellor’s nod, the VC Shambhu Nath said.
A PhD scholar shall now be required to undertake a course work for a minimum of one semester (six months). The course work shall be treated as pre-PhD preparation and must include a course on research methodology, which may include experimental methods, quantitative and statistical methods and computer applications.
As per the new guidelines, the seats for the admission in PhD programme have to be advertised in leading newspapers and uploaded on the university website. Admission would be through an entrance test to be conducted by the university. After qualifying the entrance test, candidates shall be required to face an interview to be conducted by the departmental council to explain their interest in research. There is a little relief for the candidates who are UGC-NET qualified or those who have already done MPhil as they are exempted from taking the entrance test. Teachers of other universities, non-teaching staff of the same university and persons in regular job in government or reputed organizations with at least five years of service have also been exempted from the test provided they have at least two research articles published in reputed referred journals.
The candidate would be required to publish at least one research paper in a standard referred journal and to make a pre-PhD presentation at the seminar in the department concerned along with a draft of the thesis. After the successful completion of the evaluation process and announcement of the PhD award, the university shall submit a soft copy of the thesis to the UGC within a month for hosting the same on INFLIBNET, making it accessible to all the institutions and universities.