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Saturday, 22 November 2014

50% seats for PhD vacant at Rohilkhand varsity - Barreilly

As Mahatma Jyotiba Phule ( MJP) Rohilkhand University held the first round of counselling for PhD courses, four years after the Raj Bhawan had stopped research work across state universities, around 50% seats remained vacant.

The authorities had asked applicants to report for the first round of counselling in science. There are a total of 54 seats in botany, 37 in zoology, 18 in plant science, 15 in animal science, 13 in computer science and one in environmental science. However, only half the total number of candidates turned up for counselling

University officials said that the low turnout was a result of the state universities not being allowed to offer PhD courses for the past four years, because of which students wanting to pursue higher studies took admission elsewhere.

"The Raj Bhawan had in 2008 stopped research work across state universities in Uttar Pradesh as it wanted to revise the format for the entrance exams to PhD courses. The new ordinance was introduced last year and the combined entrance examination took place in 2012 while counselling for it has begun now," said Prof VP Singh, chief proctor and dean of department of applied sciences.

He added that many students had applied for the courses before the PhD was stopped, and because of the delay they ended up taking admission in other private or central universities or those based in other states.

The counselling for PhD courses in other stream like commerce, education and law is scheduled for November 28. However, fearing that most of the seats would remain vacant even then, the authorities plan to hold a second round of counselling for all courses in the first week of December, after which the classes will begin.

This time, the university had received a total of 3,730 PhD applications through net, JRF and CET. Of the total applications, 1,705 belonged to the general category, 1,168 to the backward class and other 857 to the SC/ST category.

The PhD admissions have been the centre of controversy lately. Only recently when the authorities had declared the PhD merit list, they ignored the guidelines of the national reservation policy and did not include horizontal reservation in the list. As a result, reservation for women, physically handicapped and wards of freedom fighters and armed forces quota were not considered. After students raised the issue, the authorities ordered an inquiry and the revised merit list was announced.

Source : TOI , 19th Nov 2014

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