Patna University With a view to raising its academic standard and being in line with other reputed institutions of higher education in the country, Patna University (PU) has introduced two new systems from the current academic session. On the one hand, it has introduced semester system at the postgraduation level, on the other, the university has made six-month course work mandatory for pursuing PhD programme under its revised guidelines.

Making these announcements, PU vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh said all the postgraduation courses have been revised as per semester system and revised admission ordinance and regulations are likely to be approved by the chancellor soon. Now, a student enrolled in a postgraduation course will be required to clear four semesters of six months each.

Decks have also been cleared for introducing revised guidelines based on the UGC PhD regulations, 2009, for pursuing PhD in the university. The draft regulations for a PhD degree from PU have already been sent to the chancellor for his approval. The new regulations would come into force as soon as it gets the chancellor’s nod, the VC said.

The revised regulations provide that after having been admitted to the PhD programme, each student shall be required to undertake pre-PhD 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. The minimum qualifying requirement for allowing a student to proceed further shall be decided by the departmental council by conducting a seminar.

The proposed regulations further provide that admission for PhD programme shall 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.

However, candidates who have qualified the NET examination conducted by the UGC, CSIR, CSSIR, ICHR or GATE or those who have already done MPhil have been 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.

Prior to the submission of the final thesis, the candidate shall have 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.

PU science faculty dean, U K Sinha, said the new guidelines, when implemented, would certainly raise the quality of research work and help end duplication of work. (TOI)