Get set for PhD entrance test in September

UoM Academic Council decides to hold test with certain amendments

The Academic Council of the University of Mysore on Thursday decided to conduct entrance test for PhD programmes for the current academic year in the first week of September, but with certain amendments to the existing regulations.

Presiding over the meeting, Vice-Chancellor K S Rangappa said, “It is important for the varsity to adhere to the guidelines to conduct entrance test to ensure quality research works.” The VC reiterated that the candidate should enrol for the programmes within three years of passing the test. Or else, he or she should apply afresh.

However, a member of the Academic Council mooted exemption for in-service candidates
from appearing for the test. The V-C reminded him of the existing rules about exemption in place for those candidates who are qualified and have valid UGC, CSIR fellowships, besides NET, SLET, GATE, GRE and GMAT.

Another member sought to know if the faculty at undergraduate level were not considered for guiding research (PhD) students.  The V-C said: “It would not be a problem to give consent until and unless related facilities are created for the candidates.”
Another chance

The meeting also gave its consent for allowing repeaters in all degree, PG degree, and diploma courses to write exams again during June 2013-2014. The students, who have failed to pass even after double the duration, will be considered to write exams as ‘one time measure’. However, they can write the exams according to the syllabus at the time of the ending of respective schemes.

‘Blank CDs’

Professor N Usharani appealed to Vice-Chancellor to take note of CDs containing research reports submitted by PhD students.

The professor alleged that some of the CDs were later found to be blank.

Dress code makes for an interesting debate

Member of the Academic Council of the University of Mysore E C Ningaraju exhorted the authorities concerned to adopt a uniform dress code for the convocation, upholding Indian culture.

Referring to the different coloured gowns worn by dignitaries and also white dress of successful students during the recently held convocation, Ningaraju said: “It’s time we take a decision in this regard.” He urged for the formation of a dedicated panel to take an amicable decision.

Professor N Usharani, however said, while formulating a dress code, women candidates should also be taken into consideration, to ensure equality.

In his reply, the V-C said, earlier dress code of khadi for students and traditional Mysore peta worn by dignitaries had to be changed to any white dress and any type of peta, during the recently held convocation, due to non-availability of the same.

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