• No post-2009 students will be allowed to submit their final theses without the six-month course
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (Bamu) has finally decided to restart the six-month compulsory pre-Ph D preparation course by April-end, after a gap of one and a half years.
According to the revised Ph D admission regulations of 2009, a student will have to qualify Ph D Entrance Test (PET) and later undertake the pre-Ph D course for a minimum of one semester (six months).
This means any candidate who qualified PET and took admission after 2009 has to complete the six- month course, must include a course on research methodology, experimental methods, quantitative and statistical methods and computer applications.
Bamu announced that no student, after 2009, would be allowed to submit his/her final thesis until completion of the six-month course.
Hundreds of students who passed PET-2010 were selected for Ph D admission in 2011. However, the administration has not conducted the pre-preparation course, so far. In fact, many students have completed their theses in the last one and a half years. Before the final oral test, researchers have to submit their final thesis to the Ph D Section, which dispatches them to experts seeking their opinions. Once experts send their opinions, a student is asked to appear for the oral test.
The Ph D Section is not ready to accept the final theses without the six-month course. Students cannot submit their theses because their course work has not been held, so far.
The university administration held a meeting of deans and all top officers of the university few weeks ago to discuss the issue. Talking to this newspaper, director of the Board of College and University Development Dr M S Shingare said the six-month compulsory course would be conducted by April-end, most probably.